Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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



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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. Today's topic....

Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open
(because of the cliffhanger or because it the ending was MINDBLOWING, etc. Be careful with spoilers on this one! :P)  Click For FUTURE TOPICS

We at the Broke and the Bookish collaborated to give you a taste of our "WHAT?! I was not expecting that" endings. Here they are.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Both that and catching fire really. They tested the strength of my patience. That cliff hanger was just... URGH! Horrid - Julia

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I cannot stop thinking about this ending and I read it 6 months ago! This ending left me staring at the book (or actually my e-reader) going: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! I seriously needed hugs after and couldn't sleep. If you read it, you know what I mean! I'm so not patiently awaiting the sequel... - Daisy

3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - This book left me DYING for Fever. And having just read Fever this month has made my mouth WIDE open. I NEED TO KNOW! -- Jamie

4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - I remember reading this in high school and being all like "Oh yeah blah blah I thought that would happen yeah yeah WHAAAAAA?" and then the book ended. I remember putting the book down... and just blinking. - Julia

5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin -- I WTFed a lot at the end. That's all. -- Jamie

6.My Name is Memory by Anne Brashares - I remember being surprised by this ending.. but not really in a good way. It was a cliffhanger, but I didn't really want it to be. A good book, but one that I didn't know was a sequel. This reminds me, I should go out and look to see if/when that is out... - Julia

7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - The ending is traumatizing/shocking enough, but turn to the last page and I guarantee you you will be blown our of your socks. I vividly remember sitting dumbfounded with my mouth open staring at the book for at least five minutes. - Kelly

8. Firelight by Sophie Jordan had me flipping out when it ended. I thought for sure I had a faulty copy, and that I was missing a few more pages. Several important characters are in total limbo at the end, and readers are left with no clue as to what's going to happen next. I wanted to throw the book across the room when I realized I had to wait almost a year to find out what happened. I remember warning readers of this in my own review of Firelight, posted in March of this year. As I write this, the sequel is sitting next to me waiting to be read, so... Bye!! - Jana

9. A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka - The ending of this book came out of nowhere. I was happily reading along and then BAM heartbreak. Although it was sad it definitely stayed with me for a long time. Grab a box of tissues before you get to the end of this book! - Paula

10.Changeless by Gail Carriger - I was super surprised by the cliffhanger after this second book in the parasol protectorate. It left me running to the bookstore to get the next book! Luckily it was in stores! - Julia


So those are our top 10... what are yours?

51 comments :

  1. Oh lord, My Sister's Keeper! That book...the ending had me nearly insane with the WTF. Talk about a complete gamechanger!

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  2. Oh god, yes, I was WTFing all over the place at the end of Mara, it's on my list too.

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  3. Great list! I felt that way at the end of Delirium and Catching Fire. I just got The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and now I'm wondering about the ending...

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  4. Awesome List, I loved the Hunger Games and The Golden Compass. They are such good books. I need to read some of the other books on your list. =]
    Here is my Top Ten
    http://thebookshelfreview.blogspot.com/2011/10/top-ten-tuesday1-top-ten-book-endings.html

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  5. I definitely agree about Catching Fire and Wither. A lot of the books listed are on my shelf and I haven't gotten to them yet. I'm scared to read Firelight because I've heard the ending is crazy. (What people mean I have no clue.) I suppose I can order Vanish if I get into it now, though.

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  6. a few books there are on my TBR. Looking forward to them! =D

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  7. This topic triggered more than a few sad book memories, that's for sure. As always, great topic!

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  8. I completely agree about The Hunger Games, and I can't wait to read Delirium! I have it sitting on my shelf, but I keep passing over it in fear that it will upset me. But I love books that stay with you after you read them.

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  9. Water for Elephants. I actually yelled WTF (only the actual words) out loud at the end. I never in a million years saw that coming.

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  10. Mara is on my list too. I agree. I said WTF so many times at the end of that book it wasn't even funny.

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  11. great books on your list! A couple i am yet to read!

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  12. What an awesome top 10 list this week. It was so tough to choose. But so glad to see Delirium on that list. I couldn't agree more that it had an absolutely killer ending! I'm dying for Pandemonium because of it.

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  13. Love the collaboration on this one! I'm with you on so many and now I'm wondering if I need to reconsider my not reading Mara Dyer yet because of the hype. Hmmmm...maybe?
    Great topic this week!

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  14. I had the same reaction with Delirium. I had to re-read it a few times to make sure I wasn't delusional.

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  15. I'm new to Top Ten Tuesday :) Thanks for an awesome topic!

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  16. A fantastisc topic! And a lot of books for my TBR list...

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  17. Yes, My Sister's Keeper! I should have added that to my list but I actually never finished the book - but I did skip ahead to the ending and was like, *Noooo!*

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  18. I picked My Sister's Keeper for sure, but I can't believe I forgot Wither!! lol

    Thanks!
    Mickey @ imabookshark

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  19. Wow. I don't think I really have that kind of reaction...

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  20. Wow, the week went by so fast! Oh well.

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  21. Great list! I forgot all about the end of the Golden Compass.

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  22. Great list. I definitely agree with the Hunger Games.

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  23. I also had My Sister's Keeper near the top of my list!!!

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  24. I hear that Delirium and Mara Dyer will leave your mouth hanging open.. I just gotta find time to get to it! LoL!

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  25. I felt the same way about My Sister's Keeper. That ending was insane.

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  26. I totally agree with you on "My Sister's Keeper". I decided after many days of sitting with my mouth hanging open--that I didn't really like the book.

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  27. I'm glad "Delirium" is on this list because that ending? Oh my goodness :(

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  28. Great topic this week! I have Delirium on my list, too. And the Hunger Games books. That second one nearly killed me with that ending. :)

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  29. I have to agree with Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I'm glad I had all three books when I read them, lol. Great list though.

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  30. Great list we share a few in common.

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  31. Hey everyone! If you could ignore the 'Taneika' link, that'd be great :) I changed my URL and forgot about it, it's now 'Flipping Through the Pages...'
    Thanks!

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  32. Hey everyone! If you could ignore the 'Taneika' link, that'd be great :) I changed my URL and forgot about it, it's now 'Flipping Through the Pages...'
    Thanks!

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  33. LOL I see alot of the same books on every post- apparently we all thought HUH? on he same books! I loved this topic..

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  34. I so agree with you about Catching Fire. I put Mockingjay instead of The Hunger Games, though, because I wasn't expecting some of the events that happened near the end.

    And, I agree with The Golden Compass too. Although, it made a good segway into the next book.

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  35. Hunger Games and Delirium made my list too. Both are sooooo good!

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  36. I had to add in Delirium as my #11 even though I knew it would be on a lot of lists today. And great choice with Changeless too - part of that ending I predicted but then it became very jaw dropping!

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  37. Hahaha...your expression for "The Golden Compass" was too cute! :)

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  38. My Sister's Keeper was one of two books that jumped right to mind!

    My Top Ten Tuesday:
    http://butterybooks.com/?p=42365

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  39. The only thing I really, really liked about Delirium was the ending. Talk about intense! The Hunger Games is on my list, too. I need to read Firelight!

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  40. Any of the Game of Thrones books. GAH! George is an evil human being.

    Lindsey @ babiesbooksandsigns.com

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  41. I posted mine, but i have to say 'The Hunger Games' endings were SUCH CLIFF-HANGERS! I'm so glad i didn't have to wait, that would've been agonizing!

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  42. The Golden Compass was a really good answer, I did have a feeling that something of the sort would happen, but it was pretty shocking.

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  43. Agreed on the Hunger Games here, too. I only have the first and the third of the Parasol Protectorate books, so it looks as though I miss out on the cliffhanger!

    Delirium was so meh for me that I really wasn't bothered by the cliffhanger ending.

    Actually, one that bothered me was She's So Dead to Us, simply because the book ended mid-scene. I thought they'd forgotten to print the rest of the chapter!

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  44. My Sister's Keeper was one that really got me...and then I made the mistake of watching the movie, which sucker punched me in the gut AGAIN with a totally different, tragic ending.

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  45. I'm reading Mara right now, not done yet! I really like it so far (except for the smutty sixteen year olds at the bar! sheesh!) and I can't wait to get to the end.

    My FAVORITE cliff hanger book has to be The Knife of Never Letting Go. So, so good.

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  46. I felt the same way about The Hunger Games trilogy! Each ending just left me gravely bothered :p

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  47. Awesome list! This definitely left me thinking about book endings for a long time!!

    http://bellsbeautifulbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/top-ten-tuesday-book-endings-that-left.html

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  48. I think I read the ending of "My Sister's Keeper" about three times. That was the right way to end that book, but I sure didn't see that ending coming@

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  49. Delirium is probably the biggest one for me! I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT ENDING!! Thank goodness there's another book, or I would go crazy! Great list!

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  50. I got Firelight on my nook for 1.99 with the first 2 chapters of vanish. it was a special or something. So I was mostly okay at the end of Firelight, but then I had the same reaction as you did at the end of Vanish.

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