Top Ten Tuesday! Books I Wish “Didn’t” Have An Epilogue

Posted June 14, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Bloglinks, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 47 Comments

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Today’s Top 10: Books I Wish “didn’t” Had Have An Epilogue 

In most cases, I don’t like the epilogues in books. I prefer that once the story is over, I can imagine a happy ending for the characters and usually don’t care to see them a year later, where she is pregnant with twins and he is the caring father to be… or it’s 5 years later and they have 2.5 kids and…whatever! However, I’ve never adjusted my review due to an epilogue either being good or bad.

  1. Meant to Be by Emily Giffin. The epilogue is 20 years later, but the Author’s Note is worth reading.

2. Part of Your Wold by Abby Jimenez. Epilogue is 7 months later.

3. Adult Assembly Required. Epilogue is only one page, but not needed IMO.

4. It Started with a Kiss by Lisa Hobman. Epilogue is 5 years later.

5. Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Epilogue is six months later.

6. By the Book by Jasmine Guillrory. Epilogue is one year later.

7. Flirting With Fifty by Jane Porter. Epilogue is one year later.

8. The Spanish Garden by Cherry Radford. Epilogue is 3 years later.

9. Summer at the Cape by Rae Anne Thayne. Epilogue is 4 years later.

10. Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting. Epilogue is 4 months later.

When is an epilogue useful? For me, I like to see an epilogue in a book when it’s a series, and we get a sneak peak at the characters in the next book. Also, sometimes in historical books, I like to see an epilogue where they talk about the impact of the story in later years.

What do you think of Epilogues? Do you find them useful? Have you read any of these books? Comment below!

47 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday! Books I Wish “Didn’t” Have An Epilogue

  1. Yeah, I think most of the time an epilogue is just the author trying to make sure the reader is happy. Or maybe the author wasn’t ready to say goodbye… I think you’re right about the best epilogues are when we’re getting a glimpse into the next book in a series. HOWEVER, there are those books that I adore and I want so much to stay in the book, I’ll even take an epilogue. Haha!

  2. i’ve only read book lovers, and while i normally don’t like epilogues myself, i kinda liked that one. otherwise things seemed to have ended weirdly (/with questions not answered). each to their own, i suppose!

  3. I liked how you changed it to “didn’t.” I never used to like epilogues, but so many romance novels have them that I’ve become accustomed to having them. Now I’m often disappointed when there isn’t one. I didn’t really see the purpose of the epilogue for Starry-Eyed Love since it was just a few months later. If it was further down the line, I might have liked it much more and if it had been about more than just what happened in the epilogue.

  4. I love how you personalised the theme this time Wendy 🙂 Lovely list, and a good reminder to me to pick up Abbi Waxman soon.

  5. I usually enjoy epilogues and right off hand can’t think of any I didn’t like. But I sure can think of books I wish included them.

  6. I often enjoy epilogues, but as much as anything I like seeing what an author does with the book. Does the author think it needs an epilogue or not? Sometimes epilogues tie up loose ends. Sometimes they are more author’s notes and are usually labeled as such–especially with historical fiction. In general I think a romance or cozy mystery should be able to stand on its own.

  7. Love that cover for Meant to Be. And your comment about Author’s Notes is spot on- sometimes they really add to the story, knowing where the author’s inspiration or whatever came from!

  8. I love what you did with today’s prompt. I am not the biggest fan of epilogues and the only time I want an epilogue is when I am not ready for the book to end. Most of the time they are unnecessary.

  9. This is such an interesting take on the prompt. I personally love epilogues. However, some of them do ruin the book a little bit so I get what you’re saying.

  10. Jenny+McClinton

    I have mixed feelings on an epilogue as sometimes I enjoy reading, other times I do feel like the book could have ended earlier 😊

  11. I’m with you! I usually don’t like or feel a need for an epilogue at the end of a good book. Just a good ending will suffice. 🙂

  12. I usually like epilogues, but I don’t need the marriage/baby stuff. It actually depends on the couple and how far in time it advances for me to like or dislike those things being thrown in.

  13. I LOVE what you did with this prompt. As a huge romance reader, I too despise an epilogue about half of the time. There are times it works and times I’m like, ugh, leave it up to my imagination. I think I only really appreciate it when it hints at what’s to come in the next book.

  14. Janette

    I’ve read two books lately with epilogues and I’ve hated both of them. In both cases, they took the characters in a direction that I thought spoilt the story.

  15. I enjoy epilogues in most cases. I remember reading a book by one of my favourite authors (it was either Susan Mallery, Brenda Novak or RaeAnne Thayne) and I really wanted an epilogue. Many of her readers felt the same so she wrote one and attached it to her newsletter. I have read a few of these and enjoyed them. I guess this is one of those things that makes it nice there are so many different readers out there.

  16. I don’t care for epilogues either, especially in romances. We already know it’s a happily ever after, we don’t need to see the mundane reality of it. They also often feel rushed in my opinion! Great post!

  17. Hi Wendy!

    Hmmmm…. Interesting one. I’m not the worlds biggest series reader, so epilogues isn’t really something that bothers me all that much. I did wish that The book of two ways by Jodi Picoult had one though! Would have loved to know what happened now…

    I haven’t read any of your books and I didn’t do a TTT, but I will be more mindful of epilogues after your post.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

    Elza Reads