Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for the list lovers among book bloggers, created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week theme is “Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open” (because of the cliffhanger or because it the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc.).
The theme left me thinking because I could not come up with anything, until I realized that there are two kinds of books that leave me with my mouth open… in a sense:
Books that leave me asking for more:
1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– I went on living in the Middle Earth world for months!
2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett — I opened the sequel hoping that it would take over from where this left. (It didn’t.)
3. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino — so imaginative I kept reading one more sense to each city, and one more, and one more…
4. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy — you know when you just won’t let go of a character and they keep haunting you day in and day out until you get to a more powerful book? I’m not sure I found that “more powerful book” yet.
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez — this opened for me the doors of magical realism and Southern American literature. It did leave me with my mouth hanging open for more, but there was a huge supply of “more”, too!
Books that leave me asking
“what? can someone explain it to me? pretty please?”:
6. Blindness by José Saramago — there’s no reason for anything that happens in the whole novel, but really? The ending robbed me of what little sense I had gathered.
7. L’elenco telefonico di Atlantide by Tullio Avoledo — most of you don’t have access to it (it was never translated) and a good thing it is. Can you imagine a book building up mystery like The Da Vinci Code and then just busting everything with the most absurd twist? That’s the book.
8. American Gods by Neil Gaiman — yes, for much that I liked it, that’s the first reaction I had…
9. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov — review to follow soon(ish).
10. … and so many more that I do question my own intelligence sometimes…