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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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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#SixForSunday; Books I Want To Re-read

#SixForSunday is a cheerful little prompt created by Steph, to view upcoming themes, join in, or see posts from the master of S4S click here.

I suppose this is a bit of an odd one for me to write as I don’t actually re-read books, there are many reasons behind this which I’ve wrapped up in a neat little post to be shared in the near future. BUT if we’re saying gun to my head, no other books exist and I can only re-read 6 titles of my choosing.. then I guess this is what I’d be reading!

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Thoughts On Diversity In Publishing

Be the change you want to see.

When I start reading from an author new-to-me I don’t take their demographics into account, I usually don’t even look. I mostly read author bios after I’ve finished their book.
I have two stances on this attitude of mine.
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The Page of Shame

Life is too short to spend reading bad books.
Find out which titles didn’t make the cut…

Life is too short to spend reading bad books.
It took me quite some time to accept IT IS OKAY not to finish a book, though still I forge on with almost everything I pick up.
I can abide poor grammar and incorrect punctuation, I’ll admit my own is nowhere near perfect. I shrug off overused phrases and vocabulary, including my most despised word ‘proverbial’ which I tend to think is used unnecessarily. Common tropes and predictability can be forgiven. Inconsistent pace, confusing timelines and irrelevant content are all acceptable to me as long as I ENJOY THE STORY, or at least some of it.
I don’t have a target number of pages or percentage of content to read before deciding a DNF, but I do have guidelines. Continue reading “The Page of Shame”