8 Best and Worst Fictional Endings

Happily ever after? What do I look for in an ending and which book finales did I love/hate most?

The most important parts of a fiction book for me are the opening chapter and the last quarter.
I like to be thrown into action or posed a question for the initial hook. I will read a book without these elements, I consider myself a slightly varied reader, but I do prefer them to be there.
For me however, an impactful(!?) ending is non negotiable. I need the pacing to accelerate, big reveals or shocking twists. In my opinion the best books are the ones with plots that are unpredictable but still feasible.

I like to challenge my brain. Untangling a maze of misleads and consequences can tether me to a book for hours on end, just don’t throw in a wild card with no previous ties to characters or story line- that infuriates me, it feels lazy.

A brilliant ending can turn the tide of my favour for any book. I’ll forget all about any moments I spent drifting off or dragging my eyes across the page. An initially bad book can become a decent slow-burner if the pay off at the end feels worth the time invested in earlier details.

I can sacrifice action if the character development is intricate but there still has to be some sort of BANG towards the end. Nothing worse than a book that fizzles out leaving you wondering why you cared. Even predictable but well written reveals or events are preferable to me than none at all.

Here are just a few books with (spoiler free) endings I’ve loved or hated:
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5 Tips For Living Alone

For a very brief spell in my life I found myself living alone in a three bedroom terraced house on a quiet side road. I was in my late twenties and had never lived by myself before. For some of us this can be quite daunting, here are a few lessons I learned during that time… Continue reading “5 Tips For Living Alone”

7 Bone Chilling Books For Winter

Light a candle, grab a blanket and shiver away with these seasonal, snow-filled scares.

There’s something great about matching your books up with the current season. Reading a gothic novel whilst rain thunders down outside your window, a *** under the summer sun. Many readers choose a heart warming book to cosy up by the fireplace with in winter- but I’m one of those that prefers goosebumps to run up my spine in the early dark, when its cold and windy out.

With that in mind I’ve chosen a few titles to give you an extra shiver this winter…
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Is Your Friendship Over?

Not all friendships are forever, how and when should you walk away?

What do you do when a relationship has run it’s course? They’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve done nothing wrong, there just doesn’t seem to be any interest left.
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Do You Re-read Books?

Do you read books more than once? Find out why I can’t.

In my adult life I’m not sure I’ve ever re-read a book. I’ve tried, but never completed any. As a child I made my parents read me the same bath time story every Sunday, as a teenager I was often grounded with nothing but books I already owned to entertain me. Now with an endless supply and instant access to new books I still see so many bloggers talking about re-reading but I can’t seem to do it, lately I’ve been wondering why? Here’s my reasoning…

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