Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

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:


Like these chicks asking for food! Photo credits: Sean Venn on Flickr

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?”:


Banging my head on the book, more likely. Photo credits: manveetSingh on Flickr

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…


6 comments on “Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

  1. Feel the same thing about The Lord of the Rings. I remember at some point in the middle of it thinking, “I’m going to miss these characters when it’s over.”

  2. I feel the same with a lot of books, but with LOTR I remember that I used to spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to college at the time, and each time I boarded the train I closed my eyes and spent the time thinking about my beloved characters… it was a bit over the top, I admit 🙂

  3. Great list!!! I was so disappointed that the sequel to “Pillars of the Earth” was not an actual sequel 😦 And I know what you mean with the “pleeeeease explain” part – hate feeling like that!

  4. Oh No! I just bought a copy of Blindness because it looked kind of dystopian freaky, like The Road, which I loved. I’ll have to get to reading it and see what it’s all about.

  5. @ Willa: thank you. I was disappointed, but ended up quite liking the sequel nonetheless!
    @ Two Bibiomaniacs: Let me know how you like it — I hope you do, Calvino is great!
    @ Trish: I didn’t mean to sound like I didn’t like it. It surprised me. But it’s a book meant to surprise, I think. I liked it a lot, and hope you do too.

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