Coming to the end . . .

When you read, what kind of endings do you prefer? Happy? Ironic? Thrilling? Unexpected? I’m a happy endings girl, although I also appreciate just a touch of melancholy. The way I look at it, it’s hard enough to get a happy ending in real life, why would I want to read a book that ends badly?

Examples of books that have annoyed me mightily (without spoiling too much for anyone who hasn’t read them) include:
Cold Mountain – Honestly! I loved that book until the end, then I could have strangled Charles Frasier.
Marley & Me – Really, these people probably shouldn’t have had a dog in the first place.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – Okay, I didn’t actually finish this one. It was too not-happy all the way through. I held out zero hope of it ending well.

Endings I loved:
Water for Elephants – In my opinion this was PERFECT. Of course that’s how it was meant to come out.
Minding Frankie – Trust Maeve Binchy to work it all out in the end. As the last page approached I was hoping for just the ending I got.
Anything by Jane Austen – She’s so tidy in tying up loose ends and making sure that everyone is comfortable. It’s a big part of why I love her.

Q4U- Have you ever been blindsided by an unexpected/undesired ending? What kind of ending do you prefer?

2 thoughts on “Coming to the end . . .

  1. Oh yes. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Love the book. Loved it. Got to the end and was so blindsided by what happened that I literally lay in bed and sobbed. It had been decades since a book made me cry. For this reason, I still recommend it highly, because I was SO moved by it.

  2. I hope sometime you will go back and finish Edgar Sawtelle. I liked the ending. I like Maeve Binchey because of the way she ties everything up at the end. The Lilac Bus was a good example. I loved The Help, but did not like the ending. There have been many books that after the ending, I regreted that I read them and it turns me off of reading that author again. I really like surprising twists that I didn’t see coming, especially in “mysteries” and legal thrillers. I also like epilogues.

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