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Endings – Booking Through Thursday

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

What are your favourite final sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of itsย last sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didnโ€™t like but still remember simply because of the last line?

I thought last week’s question was kinda weird…this one is definitely so! Remember the last line from a book? Really?

So this is the question that I will post instead: What endings (not sentences) do you really remember? Which ones were good? Which ones were bad?

I don’t even know how well I can answer this question, but let’s see…

Gone With The Wind – Scarlett so didn’t deserve Rhett, but I would have liked to have seen them get together anyway. The ending is fairly open…but I’d rather it be concrete: Scarlett ends up with Rhett or she doesn’t. In my mind, she does.

Bel Canto – Seriously crazy ending.

Cider House Rules – only ’cause there was a huge chunk that was different and I preferred the movie’s version over the book version.

The Handmaid’s Tale – I’ll admit my memory is foggy now that it’s been over 10 years since I’ve read it, but DUDE, that was a good ending.

My Sister’s Keeper – Is there anyone who didn’t cry at this ending?

Pope Joan – There was no other way to end it.

But the best ending EVER…has to go to…

A Voice In The Wind. – Oh. My. God. BEST/WORST ENDING EVER. YOU MUST GO READ THIS BOOK. But be sure to read the sequel because the ending will make you freak out with your need to find out what happens.

What do you think? Has anyone read A Voice In The Wind? Can you confirm it’s the craziest ending ever??

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20 Responses to “Endings – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. mari

    Last line of the Gone With the Wind: “After all, tomorrow is another day!”

    I, frankly, liked the movie’s last line better. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Violet

    I haven’t read A Voice In The Wind, but i’ll certainly look it up.
    Even I loved ‘My sisters keeper’ ending. I loved Kite Runner and A thousand splendid suns endings too. And yes, also ‘A long way home’ Too many actually.

    btw, I kind of liked scarlett and I felt bad oevr the ending, but i wouldn’t want it any other way. Thats the reason why i am never ever going to read the sequel to the book.

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  3. Melody

    I’ve Gone with the Wind in my pile, but just haven’t got around to reading it yet!!! I thought there’s a sequel, “Scarlett” written by another author? No?

    My Sister’s Keeper is GREAT! I know I cried over that book! As for A Voice in the Wind, I haven’t read it yet but you’ve definitely piqued my curiosity! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Jen Forbus

    I haven’t read A VOICE IN THE WIND, but a recent read of mine that had a top-notch ending line was K.I.A. by Thomas Holland!

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  5. bybee

    I didn’t like In The Cut, but the last line was brilliant.

    I love the last lines of Endless Love as well as the first.

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  6. Sally

    I like your question better than the BTT one.

    And, I agree with your evaluation of GWTW’s ending. Books should finish in a concrete way!

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  7. curlywurlygurly

    can i just veer off-topic for a moment…and say that i liked the first jodi picoult book i read and even went when she gave a reading at my library–she was funny and well-spoken–but i don’t really like her books anymore. will i be stoned to death for saying that?

    she seems to pick a hot-button issue, use the ‘several perspectives’ story format, add some “twists”, and poof! a new book is out.

    i’m not saying i could write a book or anything…just that i’m not as smitten with her as i once was. ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t kill me!

    now, back to our regularly scheduled question.

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  8. thekoolaidmom

    Sadly, I’ve never read any of the books you listed. I do have The Handmaid’s Tale in my library, but it’s not on Mt. TBR yet. And a friend of mine recommended My Sister’s Keeper to me a couple weeks ago.

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  9. Lisa

    I answered mine much the same way you did. I don’t remember exact lines, but the endings? Yes.

    Here’s my post: http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday-endings.html

    I have NOT read A Voice In the Wind, however, you’ve piqued my curiosity and will be checking that one out! Thanks for that!

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  10. gautami tripathy

    You quoted some great sentenes!

    Here is my BTT post

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  11. wordlily

    I read A Voice in the Wind, but it was a long time ago (about a decade ago?), and I don’t remember the ending. I read the whole series, straight through, basically.

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  12. readerville

    The Handmaid’s Tale is coming up in the not-so-distant future on my TBR pile, and I can’t wait…even more excited now, knowing that the endings is great.

    I loved The Cider House Rules , and while I don’t remember all the details of the ending, I remember thinking it just felt right…I generally don’t like film adaptations of books, but that one wasn’t too bad.

    I must now scamper off to add A Voice in the Wind to my TBRs.

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  13. Meghan

    I also loved The Handmaid’s Tale. Great, great book, and definitely an open ending done the right way.

    As for Gone with the Wind, I read one of the sequels and felt very “meh” about it. I liked the original ambiguity. I always figured Scarlett wouldn’t rest until she got Rhett back, so in my mind, of course she would.

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  14. Amy

    Are you talking about A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers? That series is one of my favorites ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  15. Chris@bookarama

    I feel the same about The Handmaid’s Tale. I quoted Scarlett in my answer, btw. I like to think she got Rhett in the end too.

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  16. Confuzzled Books

    I think Gone With the Wind is probably up there with the most well known. Good Book.

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  17. Nithin

    Nobody who has read Bel Canto is going to miss the opportunity to complain about the ending, are they? I mentioned it in my post too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. mellymel

    Bel Canto, hands down, is the most memorable. Had to reread like 8 times to make sure I didn’t miss something. But I’m not complaining. Haven’t read A Voice in the Wind…but here I go adding another one to the list. And the other memorable ending page or two was The Double Bind. Egads. I never see ’em coming. Oh, one more Year of Wonders I thought had a weird ending that didn’t really fit the rest of the book. Anyone else?

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  19. Nancy, aka Bookfool

    I never pay attention to those things — first, last. I suppose I should record great first sentences, though. I still don’t understand last week’s question.

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  20. Kim L

    Great examples! I think the actual ending is much more memorable than the ending line I loved all of the endings you mentioned.

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