Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This week’s theme was an interesting one for a chronic overthinker. Are there books I think about long after reading, whose characters I can’t help but pine for? 100%. Does that necessarily mean I want an epilogue? Not even close. Sometimes I want a full sequel; other times, I think it’s perfect that I was left hanging a little. So here are three books I’d have loved an epilogue for, and two I’m glad don’t have one, even though the open endings drive me nuts…
[Mild spoilers ahead!]
1. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I just want to know what happens with Daisy and Billy afterwards, even in their old age. I don’t need another novel; just a few pages about them finally getting their happily ever after together, please.
2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Now, I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t the ending make this one impossible to epilogue? I hear your logical, valid argument, and counter it with: not if you do it like they did in Titanic. Just sayin’.
3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Just a little novella about post-college Lara Jean and Peter K. Just a little one, full of fluff and good things…
And now, two books I’m glad don’t have an epilogue…
4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The last chapter haunts me to this day, but in the best possible way. Sometimes not knowing is even better than knowing…
5. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
… Just like it is here, where ‘haunted’ is also an appropriate term!
Do you prefer an epilogue, or do you like a little bit of not knowing?