Let’s Talk Bookish – What is a ‘Good’ Ending

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! I thought I would start partaking in another bookish meme; this one is Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is What is a ‘Good’ Ending. 

I always think that the ending of a book can make or break a book for me. I need to either feel satisfied and content with the way the book has finished or I need to be completely surprised and desperate to pick up the sequel. If an ending is not the way I wanted, I think it impacts how I look back on the book and whether I would recommend it. I sometimes have trouble remembering the plot of a book weeks and months after reading it, but I will never forget it if it has an amazing ending.

What are some books that had “good” endings for you?

I think most of the best endings that I have read come from the fantasy books that I read. These usually have cliffhangers heading into the next book in the series, which I love. The most recent ending that I adored was from The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon. The Song Rising ended with the character going through some very rough events, and then the book ended. I think this helped create quite a few questions for me and made me eager for the release of the next book in the series.

What are some books that had “bad” endings?

The most recent book that I read that had a bad ending (in my opinion) was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I think it should have ended about 15 pages earlier, making it much more dramatic. This would have made me more intrigued to pick up the sequel and continue with the series.

What do you think makes an ending of a story satisfying?

I think the most satisfying ending to a story is when it feels right. I know that is a strange thing, but sometimes it feels natural for a book to finish when it does, and you can notice when an author should have ended, especially if there is going to be a sequel. If the book has a cliffhanger near the end of the story, I will always enjoy the cliffhanger more if it ends with it rather than explain what happened after. If the book is the end of a series or a standalone, I always think that the best endings tie up all the loose ends and don’t leave me with any questions. If I am left with questions, I will always want a sequel that nine times out of ten I will not get. If I am left with an epilogue, I want it to be worth it. I think it needs to have some purpose, rather than being just some more pages at the end.

Is there anything you always hate in an ending?

The only thing that I really hate with the ending of a book is if it has an unnecessary epilogue. I don’t like it when authors give us an epilogue that is several years in the future that shows that everything is okay, without actually giving us any information. The most famous book that I can think this happens in is The Hunger Games; I think that section of the ending let me down.

There you have it, my opinions on what makes a ‘good’ ending. Let me know what you think about endings in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – What is a ‘Good’ Ending

  1. I agree, I enjoy cliffhangers at the end of a book!
    Also, I don’t like it when a series ends with some unanswered questions since sometimes it feels incomplete.

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