Every bookish blog I visit has their own form of discussion feature while I’m sitting here alone, thinking, hmm, what can I do to make my blog more exciting and unique? So I decided, why not start my own feature where I can talk about random bookish topics? And so, Let’s Speculate was created.
The topic I chose for this week is What Do You Want To See In A Book Ending? There, of course, should be two sections for this: books in a series and books that are a standalone.
1. A sort-of happily ever after with a few strings left unresolved.
By “a few strings left unresolved,” I don’t mean plot holes, I mean like a sort-of mini-cliffhanger that wouldn’t kill us readers.
2. There are no plot holes left in the book.
I just finished reading a book today and boy, did it leave a major plot hole left unresolved. It’s also a standalone book, which leaves me thinking uhh, is this a mistake?
3. The ending shocks you to the core.
I’ve read so many standalone books, but none of them really shocks me to the core. I want to gasp, panic, and mentally smack the author for doing whatever she/he did to the book to shock me.
1. Not a cliffhanger.
I dislike cliffhangers. However, if the author writes a “sort-of” cliffhanger (an ending that makes you beg for more without using cliffhangers like Altered by Jennifer Rush) that’s fine.
2. The ending leaves me stunned or with something to think about.
Good books stay with you for awhile after you finish. Very good books still with you for a long time.
3. The ending makes you want to read the next book asap.
The whole point of a book series is for there to be many readers to read all the books in a series. If the first book didn’t catch my attention, I won’t read/check out the second book, causing the author to lose profit.
And that’s basically it. What do you want to see in book endings?