Hmmm… another tough one this week! There are more cases where I wish a book didn’t have an epilogue than ones where I wish it did! I think sharing why I wish these books had epilogues could be spoilery, so just know that I either wanted to spend more time with these characters or there was something left unresolved.
How do you feel about epilogues in general? They are really hit or miss for me!
35 thoughts on “Books I Wish Had an Epilogue”
I just plain struck out this week. You did a great job! I just got Lessons in Chemistry and can’t wait to get started.
It’s an interesting book. It has some darker themes then I was expecting but it well done!
This was such a tough topic this week (again!). I’ve only read Dark Matter, but I also wonder what happened after the events of the book settled down. How does a person get back to a regular life after going through all that?? Great list.
Here’s my TTT: http://leahs-books.com/2022/06/14/ttt-books-i-wish-had-a-sequel/
Exactly! I often wonder that about SciFi!
Is it weird that I like epilogues in romance novels, but not usually in fantasy or sci-fi? I’d much prefer the story be wrapped up in fantasy/sci-fi, whereas romance I’m all for seeing the characters happy a little bit longer…
I completely agree! Epilogues are always so sweet in romance, but in SFF sometimes we just don’t need them!
Great list. As a lover of epilogues, I agree epilogues are hit or miss. And especially for standalone books, I’ll need a good epilogue otherwise I down rate the book. It’s even worse when it’s an ambiguous or open ending….
Here is my TTT: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-i-wish-had-epilogue/
Have a great week🌈
I don’t mind open endings when they are well done, but I don’t come across them often! An epilogue definitely can affect my rating. Sometimes authors include something in the epilogue that completely changes everything we learned in the rest of the book!
I havent read any of these but do want to read If We Were Villians ❤️
It is fantastic! The ending haunts me!
I enjoy a good epilogue!
I do too! I think that it really depends on the genre. I have noticed I don’t love them in thrillers!
I generally don’t like epilogues, especially in Romances where I feel like they don’t really add anything most of the time. I completely agree an epilogue would’ve been nice for Lessons in Chemistry though! We ended so abruptly after a bunch of life-changing stuff happened and I would’ve loved to peek in a few years later.
I don’t mind them in romances because they are usually sweet but they definitely aren’t necessary!
I was expecting an epilogue in Lessons in Chemistry!
I just got Lessons in Chemistry and I’m looking forward to that one. I struggled with Wild Beauty and thought there was a lot left unsaid! Great list.
I feel like that happens a lot with magical realism, even though it’s one of my favourite genres. Not a lot of closure!
Yes, that’s true. I typically do enjoy magical realism!
Dark Matter is a good choice. I’d like to know what happens after the events of the book. 🙂
Same! I often feel like way with SciFi!
Epilogues are hit and miss for me as well. I skipped today’s topic and went a different way because of that.
I noticed a lot of people did! I thought about it as well!
I feel the same way, epilogues are also very hit and miss for me. I definitely want to read If We Were Villains, everyone seems to rave about it so much and I want to know why!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/06/14/top-ten-tuesday-372/
It definitely lived up to the hype for me!
Yes for Lessons in Chemistry! I would have loved an epilogue to that one.
I really expected there to be one!
AHHH HII!! i’m new to your blog, BUT IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING ALREADY!!! the design is AMAZING and i love love love your posts so much!! AND AM INSANELY EXCITED TO READ MORE!! also, the covers of so many of these books look gorgeous??? LOVE THE LIST!
That is so kind! Thank you!! I am definitely a sucker for a gorgeous cover!
It depends on the book genre. I don’t might epilogues in the long run tho. A good example of an epilogue that I recently finished would be One of Us is Lying. Definitely think this one was absolutely needed at the end of the book.
In general, I’m fine with epilogues but I don’t think they’re necessary. I think (again, in general) I like them best at the end of a series as a resolution to any lingering doubts about the MCs’ happy ending.
I didn’t personally need an epilogue for Dark Matter. However, what I really want from that book is a companion book from Amanda’s POV. I think her story, and why she makes the choices she does, would make for a more compelling story.
That would actually amazing! Blake Crouch needs to get on that!
I’m not so big on epilogues but you did great with this list! The only one on here that I’ve read is Dark Matter but it was so long ago that I can’t remember the ending 🙈 I do have Lessons in Chemistry and If We Were Villains on my TBR and I hope to read both *very* soon. I can’t wait to get to them!
I had to read a spoiler review to remember the ending of Dark Matter!
I actually think If We Were Villains has the perfect ending because it has so many people talking theories!
Never really thought about epilogues much when I read books, but looking back on old favorites I can definitely think of lots of YA that would definitely feel even more special with an epilogue at the end!
That’s such a good point!