Favorite Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Today’s topic is


I’m focusing on endings today.  Remember, I come at this not just as a reader but as a writer … so my favorite endings are not necessarily happy ones.  Sometimes they’re downright sad– but that perfect, satisfying, necessary sadness that works at the end of an incredible story.

I’ll try to go ultra-light on the spoilers, though it’s hard when this post is about endings.


10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White | That ending!  That speech!

9. StargirlLove, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | Yes and yes.  I couldn’t figure out how Love, Stargirl could end in a satisfying way, but Jerry Spinelli pulled it off masterfully!

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | The way it had to end.

7. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead | All i’s dotted and t’s crossed.

6. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis | BOOM!!!  The ending is INTENSE.


5. Every Day by David Levithan | A selfless ending.  Blew my mind.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | Max.

3. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle | Mmm, epic.

2. Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling | An ending seven books in the making.

1. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis | No better ending.

Your turn!  What books have your favorite endings, happy or sad?