Disclaimer: This post will not contain spoilers, just feelings & thoughts.

I am taking James Patterson’s Masterclass on writing a novel. I am plugging away on an idea that came to me and it is interesting to see how much it is transforming and how ideas come at the oddest times.

In this course, he discusses how to end a book. He asks the students to analyze our favorite endings in both books and movies. Instantly three book endings came to mind that I want to share.


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton


“The Age of Innocence” is probably my favorite book of all time.

This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 (first woman to win) and it is well deserved. This was the first book my Wharton I’ve read and have read it twice so far in life. I could go on and on about my love for the whole thing, but for the sake of this post (and your attention!) I will stick to why it is my favorite endings.

The first time I read this through, I closed the book, went up stairs and fell across the bed and said to husband, “This book…and the ending…” It was very dramatic the way this happened but no shame. I actually swoon over the ending. The way Wharton writes and how she sets everything up and her characters just make this one of the most perfect endings ever. Even thinking about it now I watch to clutch my heart with both hands and bow my head.

When I read through it a second time, I remembered the ending but I still held out hope for a different ending. Kind of like when you watch the movie Titanic and you hope the boat misses the ice burg, or when in Office Space as Peter is saving his work for the day. You still hold out hope that the computer will save before he runs into Lumburgh.

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Although the ending, of course, never changes, I still have that heart-clutching feeling at the end. Well done, Edith Wharton….well done.



To be fair, the ending of this book is the ending to the entire Neapolitan novels series. And I felt it to be quite satisfying. It isn’t swoon worthy, but I felt it was a great way to conclude the series and the book as a stand-alone.  Image resultThe best way I can describe the feeling I had was a solid, single head nod. A resounding, “Yep!” comes to mind. One that I feel made sense and made all 4 of the novels wrap up nicely and worth reading. It felt real, true, and honest.

THE WHISPERER by Donato Carrisi

A book not for the faint of heart. It is violent and unnerving but so so good. Another Italian author (Ferrante the other) on this list so I assume Italians know how to do an ending! At least Italian writers.Image result for the whisperer

Because this book is not for the faint of heart, the ending isn’t either. I found it to be awesome. I can’t give it away but it is pretty wild and original.

What are some of your favorite endings?

At the beginning of 2016, I set my Goodreads goal to 30 books. As of today, December 4th, I am at 20. Goodreads likes to remind me that I am 7 books behind schedule. Well, Sorry, sir, but I’m not sure I can slam out 10 books with the few days left in the year. Although I did not reach that goal, there were some excellent books this year that are worth a mention.

Thriller — The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

11038479This book is not for everyone or the faint of heart. It can be rather graphic at times. I also remember I read this during the Blizzard in February. My husband was in California on business, so while the snow piled up outside the window, I sat in bed with my dog and read this.  I found this at the library while looking to stock up on the aforementioned blizzard. I enjoyed reading a book by an Italian author – which I had never done before. It is translated from Italian and it was a nice variation on reading American or English-based authors on a topic of murder and investigation. Awesome read!


Humor/Lighthearted — Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

13526165 The first book read in 2016 and I still remember it. I loved it! It was so original, fun, and well-written. I heard about this on a Podcast. I saw at Barnes and Noble yesterday that Semple has another book out which I will be a 2017 read for sure. Perhaps I will have that one be the first read of 2017?


Classic Fiction — Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day I adored this book. So cute, so fun, and unlike anything I had ever read. Although it takes place in the 1930’s, the themes and characters easily translate to modern times. The characters were so memorable and as I read this I felt like I was part of the group. The drawings were also wonderful. A nice touch!


Non-Fiction — How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Aubrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are I must admit I picked this up with the hope of learning a few tips and tricks on how to be a woman of a city in which I do not live, been to when I was 14 and have not connections – bloodline or otherwise. I was wrong. This book was a tongue-in-cheek book by Parisian women essentially mocking themselves and the stereotypes. I laughed out loud many times. It did have some “serious” ideas but most of it was so funny you couldn’t help but smile at them and yourself. This is a book I do not own, but plan on owning by the time this year is out. The reviews of this one are all over the place and most of the negative ones are people who simply didn’t get it. They went into the book with the same intention I did but left without being able to laugh at it.