Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Endings

Hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers. Every Tuesday, participants compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

I am in love with today's topic because a good ending is vital to a good story. Like the final note of a concerto or the last bite of a gourmet meal, it delivers the ultimate sentiments, messages, and events that the author wants to include, and I tend to remember it above all else. As those who have read most of these books can probably tell, I do not require an ending to be happy or hopeful; rather, I want a conclusion that makes readers feel something, whether that is satisfaction or sadness. Each of these endings provides one or both of these emotions, which is why I still remember them as my favorites.

**I did my best to keep this post spoiler-free, do please do the same in the comments! I obviously talked about why I liked each ending, so proceed with caution if you are an extreme spoiler-phobe, but I did not include and huge plot reveals**

1. The List by Siobhan Vivian
I read this book over a year ago, but its three closing words still echo in my mind, symbolic and thought-provoking as always.

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
This ending is hilarious and so fitting to the characters.

3. Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
I love how this story's last scene brings everything full circle, tying everything up in such a perfect and memorable way.

4. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
This is one of those endings that sends readers into a desperate denial, which is exactly why it is so powerful.

5. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
This ending is intense and packed full of action. I could not stop reading.

6. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Eulberg's final chapters are open-ended and resonant in this fantastic tale.

7. The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
Twisty, vague, and weird in the best possible way, this novel's conclusion is exactly the kind I adore.

8. Now I'll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sentiment may have affected this pick a bit, but what other YA series chronicles the majority of a girl's life, ending beautifully, nostalgically, and happily at age sixty? I could not have been happier with the way Alice's story concludes.

9. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
This ending courses with passion and emotion, just like the rest of the book. I am spinning with excitement that the four of us Lit Up Review writers picked it for our July Spotlight Book Club selection because it gave me an excuse to praise it madly all month.

10. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
I loved seeing how much this book's cynical main character grew by its final page.

What do you look for in a book's conclusion? Have you read any of my picks and, if so, did you feel the same way?

10 comments:

  1. Great list! The ending of Everneath was unbelievable in my opinion as well. I still have to read the book 2 for it. I hope it will as good as the first one. :)

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    1. I have not read Everbound either, but I have plans to do so soon. I need to know what happens next!

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  2. I can't believe that I actually haven't read any of these. Everneath is high on my to-read list though. Great list :)

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon! It really is engrossing, especially at the end.

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  3. I haven't read any of the books on your list but I have had my eye on Brodi Ashton for a while.
    I'm a new follower :-)
    You can find my TTT here:
    http://moniquesmobooks.blogspot.ca/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday-8-best-beginnings.html

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    1. Everneath was the last book I added to this list, but I'm glad I did because it is getting the most comments. :) Thanks for following!

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  4. I lovde How to Say Goodbye in Robot! I need to read it again bc it's been a while and I forget some of it :( The List left me with a lot of questions and sometimes I like that, but in that case I didn't. I wanted to know what happened with the homeschooled girl and her mom. And I wanted to know what happened with the eating disorder! Anyway... I was left wondering about a lot in that book :)

    *New Follower** We have similar book tastes I can tell :)

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

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    1. Forgetting what happens in books is the worst thing about being a reader, and I always feel terrible when I cannot remember the bigger plot points. :( I agree about The List-the storyline felt like it was suspended in space without any background building or satisfying conclusion-but like I said, I adored the final words. An epilogue would have made them less resonant, but I would have liked to see some sort of character follow-up, maybe on Siobhan's website.

      Thanks for following!

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  5. Except for Everneath and the List, I haven't read any of these. Place the cone of shame on me, I deserve it, because I love great ending books!

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    1. That's okay! It's never to late to read a book. :) Haha.

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