More Endings That I LOVED!


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A while back, I did a little piece about some of my favourite endings and I thought it was right about time for part 2- because everyone loves a sequel 😉 Which is why I’m kicking this off with…

carry on

Carry On– speaking of sappy endings, this one makes my heart melt!! I don’t have much more to say about it than I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SURPRISE SEQUEL COMING OUT THIS AUTUMN!!


Emma– I mentioned Persuasion last time, but Austen deserves another shout because she is the queen of happy endings. The reason I chose Emma this time is because it culminates in the perfect character journey- Emma has changed so much from the beginning, but in a completely organic way that stays true to her generous heart.

secret countess

The Secret Countess– let’s be real: Eva Ibbotson = ultimate wish fulfilment. With her fairy tale style stories, it is entirely appropriate that she gives all her heroines the happily ever after they deserve- and none more so than the lovely Secret Countess!

daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone– I absolutely adore the twist at the end!! And it sets up the rest of the trilogy perfectly.


Vicious– I mean, this was the book that sold me on Schwab!! Originally a standalone, this has all the right twists and turns and surprises to bring everything to an epic conclusion. What’s even better is that it closes off the story, whilst still working as a series opener.

one word kill

One Word Kill– I really feel like Lawrence sticks his landings, just sayin’. I chose this one, because while I love his series enders, I am also a massive sucker for mushy endings (and I just love the last line!!) It definitely got me excited for the sequel as well!

crooked kingdom

Crooked Kingdom– now, this is what I’d call “bittersweet”. But somehow the fact it’s not entirely happy suits the story Bardugo was telling better- after everything the characters went through, there’s often a temptation to give them everything they desire, and yet it makes so much more sense that not everything is smooth sailing. It’s the proper finale for an wickedly dark duology.

1984 book

1984– because truthfully I think dystopias should end on a dark note. Sure, this depresses the hell out of me, but what do you expect from a book about a totalitarian government?


Sadie– I am going to sing the praises for this book (and audiobook) forever! Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say you will be simultaneously satisfied and heartbroken.

words in deep blue

Words in Deep Blue– this is such a powerful novel about grief and recovery. Admittedly, I spent most of this book’s journey in tears (a trend for some of the books on this list) but the part about this book that really worked is how everything comes together at the end and the reader is given the catharsis they truly deserve.

A thousand perfect notes

A Thousand Perfect Notes– on a slightly lighter note, this was a tough book to get through for all the dark subject matter, BUT stick with it because the way it plays out in the end is its own reward.


Circe– this is one of my favourite new endings- there is no ending more beautiful, more poignant, more powerful. It takes my breath away how perfect this is.

a thousand splendid suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns– this is one of those books written on such an epic scale, it’s hard to know if everything will come together by the end. And yet, for all this made me cry, by its final pages it had my heart uplifted and that cemented it as one of my favourite modern reads.

So have you read any of these? What did you think of these endings? And do you have any favourite endings of your own? Let me know in the comments!


34 thoughts on “More Endings That I LOVED!

  1. So many books I haven’t read, thanks for extending my TBR list. I also loved The Kite Runner, another book by Khaled Hosseini with an ending that had me in tears the last five pages – every time i read it. And a book you probably don’t know: The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Not all of these have happy endings but they end with suitable conclusions and plenty to leave you thinking long past the final page. Many have made me see the world in a different, more compassionate way.


  2. Lately I’ve developed a taste for open endings. Like in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, or to be a little bit more literary, in Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce. I suppose 1984 has also some kind of open ending because the Newspeak appendix of 1984 implies a hopeful end to Nineteen Eighty-Four, but it remains a subject of critical debate.


  3. Oh my God, you had A thousand splendid suns on your list! I cannot tell you how much I loved it, I simply cannot. There are no words. Half the book I read through tears and that ending… I was bawling. Fantastic book!
    I love your selection ❤

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  4. I have a couple of these on my wish list but, as yet, have yet to read any of them. I do want to read CIRCE, especially now as it’s about to be on Netflix, or is that, Amazon? Hmm…


  5. I have read two of these: sadie and A Thousand Splendid Suns (that I even prefer to The Kite Runner by the way). I completely agree with you! Usually I need a “definite” ending, not an open ending but I think Sadie’s ending was the perfect one for the story and the tone of the book!


  6. I like the ending on One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson. It’s very satisfying (relative to the darkness of the plot), and it grows organically out of the players’ individual characters, but then comes together suddenly at the same time.

    Austen is definitely the master at this. 95% of the way through every book, you are wondering, How is she ever going to get them out of THIS one? … and then she always does, in a completely believable way. Anthony Trollope is like that too, based on the one book of his that I’ve read.


  7. I’m planning to read Six of Crows in August! Heard a lot of praise for this book so I’m really excited to finally read it! The majority of the other books are on my TBR as well. Hope to get to them soon as well!


  8. Wow, these are all such incredible endings, I honestly can’t pick my favorite from this list! The end of Crooked Kingdom is SO satisfying, and I remember gasping out loud while listening to the end of the Sadie audiobook! And of course, the endings of both Circe and Emma are perfect for their respective characters and their development 😄


  9. The only one of these books I’ve read is 1984 and you are absolutely right, a happy ending would have been a travesty! Thanks for putting together the list, you’ve given me some great ideas for what to read next :O) x


  10. I also CANNOT WAIT oh my godddddd for Wayward Son. There are so many amazing releases coming out this autumn, and it’s going to be fantastic.

    I’m also super excited to hear that Emma has a great ending! I’m buddy reading it this month, and I can’t wait to dive into it.

    There are so many good books on this list! And so many good endings, too! But my two favorites would have to be DOSAB because wowza that ending. I remember finishing it, throwing it halfway across my room, and immediately lunging for the next one. And Crooked Kingdom–ugh, what a good way to end. Definitely bittersweet, but in a way that also makes me feel so satisfied.


  11. 100% agree about the ending for 1984. It might not be what I want to happen, but the ending fit the book perfectly.

    One of my favorite new-to-me book endings is The Giver. I love how open-ended that book leaves things (and as such I will never read sequels because this book was so perfect).

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  12. I sort of was too mad after the death in Crooked Kingdom to really process anything else, but I know Words in Deep Blue left me in happy tears. The book was perfection for me


  13. I mean Emma is literally a perfect novel! The best part of A Thousand Splendid Suns was definitely the ending, but poor Mariam, what a depressing life and what a depressing ending for her.


  14. So, I like the ending of Circe, BUT I think it comes too soon. IMO, she doesn’t spend *enough* time on Earth to make that decision yet. It definitely fit and worked well thematically, but I think it would have been better if she had spent a little more time on the Earth.


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