It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open (because of the cliffhanger or because it the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc. I’m having to be very careful with spoilers, so I won’t explain why it left me this way, just that it did.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling. I suppose, in hindsight, that I sorta saw it coming, but when it actually happened I was so shocked and amazed that Rowling would actually do it.
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Total cliff-hanger that had me diving headfirst, without hesitation, into Mockingjay. My only thought was “Thank God I waited to read this until all three books were released to start reading!).
3. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. I vaguely remember throwing the book across the couch and texting my friend demanding to know why I had to wait five more months until book 4 was out.
4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I’m still not sure what I think of this book, but I know that I sat there, stunned, when the book ended. And now I must know more!
5. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. And here I thought everything had wrapped itself up all nice and neatly and then THAT happened. What?
6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Seriously, so did not see that ending coming. At all.
7. The Stand by Stephen King. This is one of only a handful of Stephen King books that I’ve read and enjoyed (I’m not a big horror person) and I was amazed at the ending. But, I suppose it does make sense the longer I think about it.
8. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. This was jaw dropping, but in a good way. I CANNOT WAIT til The Golden Lily comes out!
9. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Looking back now it doesn’t seem so shocking, but when finished I remember sitting there with tears streaming down my face and my jaw just dropped.
10. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. When I finished the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I cried. And then I picked up The Two Towers and all was mostly well. But I just remember the pain I felt as Fellowship ended, I didn’t want to believe what I had read.
Most of these are books that I’ve read (or re-read) fairly recently. Apparently my brain isn’t able to think much farther back than the last year, I guess it’s because I’m burned out by grad school. I have to say that while I do curse the waiting for the next book, I love when a story or a book ends with me in shock, starting at the page and trying to figure out if that just actually happened. It’s the sign of a great writer in my opinion.
What’s your top ten (or one or two, whatever!) books that left you mind blown? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments, I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks!