Monday, October 3, 2011

TOP TEN TUESDAY: The Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is theTop Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open (because of the cliffhanger or because it the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc).

Chains by Laurie Halse AndersonBetween the choices Isabel had to make and her surprise supporters/enemies I was left looking for more pages because the book just couldn't be finished.

Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThat ending? I totally didn’t see it coming. I’ll re-read the book, but I can re-read the ending (or watch the ending on the movie).

Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games actually ended without a huge cliffhanger. But Catching Fire? The last several pages was a whirlwind of action and I think my eyes really were about to pop out of my head (it could also be that I was finishing reading the book at 3am).

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mystery was solved and in an unexpected way. Even though I have read this book multiple times, every time I get to the end I go back and re-read parts of the book to double-check the ending was right.

 Looking for Alaska by John GreenThe prank at the end of the book was amazing. I don’t recommend that anyone actually try it, but it really was hilarious.

The Alchemyst by Michael ScottTowards the end of the book I thought the main characters would finally get a break from all the life-threatening action. Nope. The author had a lot more weird/creepy stuff in mind. 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by AviThis book had tons of adventure (secret alliances, an eventful ship crossing of the Atlantic, a young girl on a ship full of unrefined sailors) and was a great read. In the end, I kinda wished I could be Charlotte.

 Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
Growing up in a town where tornado warnings were common, this book kept me on the edge of my seat (and had me hoping this wouldn’t really happen). My childhood friends and I still talk about this book!

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I wasn’t expecting that ending and all my hopes for something happy were completely dashed.

Divergent by Veronica RothSo much action and I didn’t know who I could trust (I was that invested in the story). Oh, I really can’t wait for the next book in the series!


  1. I definitely agree with you about Catching Fire and Divergent. Catching Fire because the ending was so quick and abrupt and left a thousand questions. Divergent because the ending left a thousand questions without being annoying or frustrating. I am dying to read the next book in the series, yet I was not frustrated by the way the characters were left in book #1.

  2. I tried reading the Charlotte Doyle a dozen times when I was a kid, but I could never get into it. I don't know why. Maybe I could do it now.

  3. Loved The True Confession of Charlotte Doyle and would have loved to see what happened to her next. Great list!

  4. number 3 and 10 are very popular books for this week list. I have 10 on my list for next year read. booked up for this year.