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Looking back through the past Top Ten Tuesday topics, I found it pretty hard to choose just one. But I when I came across "Top Ten Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open" I had to choose it, because I was just recently discussing this very topic with a friend! So without further ado, here are my Top Ten WOW Endings:
1. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn. This one really left me scraping my jaw off the floor. Really the whole second half of the book. For those of you who have read it, you know why, and for those of you who haven't...you should read it. (My review)
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling. Okay, so yeah, I was like 11 when I first read this, but who wasn't all OMG when Lupin hugs Sirius in the Shrieking Shack? Blew my eleven-year-old mind.
3. Needful Things - Stephen King. Still need to review this one (I just recently re-read it), but this is less of a sudden jaw-dropping moment and more of a "I can't believe this is happening, what the hell is going on" kinda thing for the last 150 pages or so. The ending does resolve rather well, but everything that happens right up until the end is very much WTF IS GOING ON.
4. Cell - Stephen King. Another one I still have to review, and probably re-read before I do so, but I've been avoiding it precisely because the ending made my jaw drop. Not in a good way, though; in a "Seriously, that's the END?!?" way.
5. Insurgent - Veronica Roth. Still not entirely sure what the ending of Insurgent will turn out to mean, but the cliffhanger gave me another "nooooo how could it end THERE?" moment. (My review)
6. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde. I just love the last scene in this book. Absolute jaw-dropping genius. (My review)
7. The Road - Cormac McCarthy. This is another bad "wow" moment, mostly because I just really didn't like the book in general and when it just ended I was like, "Wow, okay...guess I'm done..."(My review)
8. House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski. This whole book is just mind-blowing, but the ending is pretty amazing too. (My review)
9. The Dead Zone - Stephen King. This ending was actually really sad, but there's a really good "Ohhhhh" moment at the end. Stephen King always manages to wow me with his genius. (My review)
10. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card. This ending left me speechless for DAYS. (Okay, not entirely speechless, but I couldn't talk about the book for a few days until I had processed it completely.) I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't read it, but it's AMAZING. (My review)