24 Books (and Series) with Truly Satisfying Endings

Posted by Hayley on March 11, 2016


Your reading time is precious. Don't waste it—go for the books that will leave you wanting more in a good way. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book or series has the most satisfying ending? Check out the top answers—and then leave your own in the comments. (No spoilers, please!)


STANDALONE FICTION
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Big Little Lies
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Memoirs of a Geisha
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Room
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YA SERIES
The Infernal Devices
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone
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Big Little Lies
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The Hunger Games
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CLASSICS
Les Miserables
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Pride and Prejudice
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David Copperfield
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Rebecca
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FANTASY
The Lord of the Rings
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The Hollows Series
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The Chronicles of Narnia
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Mistborn
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MYSTERY AND THRILLER
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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Inspector Morse Series
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The Last Policeman
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Millennium Trilogy
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SCIENCE FICTION
MaddAddam
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Red Rising
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The Martian
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Ender's Game
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Satisfaction is subjective. Do you agree that the books and series above have satisfying endings? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

(Top image credit: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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message 1: by Mike (new)

Mike Coville The Eye of the World
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series deserves to be on this list.


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan Narnia and LOTR definitely deserve this list!


message 3: by Julia (last edited Mar 11, 2016 08:01AM) (new)

Julia The only problem with lists like these is that everyone has a different reading style so this is similar to a misadvertisement for some. The Classics mentioned are usually the books I stay away from since I can't stand the way they read as they are quite slow and stuffy while the Narnia series bored me to death.

Other books that I find that I enjoyed and treasure will also be not to the taste of those who may not like them. I am in love with "Bambi" and find it satisfactory as well as "Time Cat" just to name a few.

In the world of books you aren't wasting your time by reading any book, including bad books. You just are "tasting the selection" and finding out what pertains to you so if you don't like it then you are off to the next adventure. And if you did like it? You have another addition to your library....

Happy reading!


message 4: by Diane (new)

Diane I can't believe the Harry Potter series isn't there! With all the credit J.K. Rowling gets for the boost in children's literacy, the movies, and well…just really good story writing.


message 5: by Diane (new)

Diane Megan wrote: "Narnia and LOTR definitely deserve this list!"

I would second that!


message 6: by Leigh-Ann (new)

Leigh-Ann Sjögren The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater should be on this list! Additionally: Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman!


message 7: by Steff (new)

Steff The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel as book #1) really had a satisfying ending though. With the conflict that was going on in the books I had no idea how it would turn out to end but it seemed fair on everyone!


message 8: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov Narnia definetly deserves it, you know.


message 9: by Tristan (new)

Tristan Wow, I disagree emphatically about the ending of the Chronicles of Narnia (I hated The Last Battle with a burning passion) and a number of these that I've read (excepting Pride and Prejudice) had decent but somewhat humdrum endings. Two books that I think end incredibly satisfyingly are The View from Saturday and Mrs. Dalloway. I'm surprised that Mrs. Dalloway, in particular, isn't already on the list.


message 10: by Vera (new)

Vera Where's Harry Potter? And Hunger Games? Really? So Coin and Snow were defeated and Katniss chose Peeta, but in the end Prim died and the heroes were too broken to be happy.


message 11: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Definitely agree with Room. That ending felt so complete. Not only do the characters get closure; so does the reader.


message 12: by Vera (new)

Vera Diane wrote: "I can't believe the Harry Potter series isn't there! With all the credit J.K. Rowling gets for the boost in children's literacy, the movies, and well…just really good story writing."

You have all reason.


message 13: by p_r_a_x_i_s (new)

p_r_a_x_i_s Wow. The Martian is on this list. Smh. Average book and the ending was kind of bleh.


message 14: by May͛a [hiatus] (new)

May͛a [hiatus] Narnia deserved to be on this list :) Where's Harry Potter though?


message 15: by Gaurav (new)

Gaurav For me it was Harry Potter, Narnia series, Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1) by Hiromu Arakawa, Bakuman, Band 1 Traum und Realität by Tsugumi Ohba, and of course The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson


message 16: by Ståle (new)

Ståle Nordlie Mistborn? MISTBORN!!!!!

Yes, that's five exclamation marks. I make no apologies.

Surely Mistborn has one of the least satisfying endings in the history of litterature?


message 17: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Compltely and wholeheartedly DISAGREE with the Narnia listing. What a horrible ending! Lion can't take a prank, has a hissy fit and destroys the world, and everyone caught in the crossfire dies a horrible death. The only smart one was Susan, who stayed the heck away from that twisted place!


message 18: by Simrah (new)

Simrah This may be a little controversial but gosh I don't think the chronicles of Narnia deserved to be on here. The ending was just awful and honestly I think the whole series is just a bit over-hyped. Glad to see some other people agree with me.


message 19: by Hilary (new)

Hilary Evans You know what series could never be on this list??? Divergent...lol. Every time I think of a book with a terrible ending, that's always the one that comes to mind.


message 20: by Shruti (new)

Shruti I love chronicles of narnia


message 21: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten The problem with lists like this is that everyone will have a different definition of what a "satisfying ending," is (like you said). I agree on some of these books - especially Les Miserables, there really was no better way to end that book.

As for Narnia... is that really satisfying? I don't want to give away spoilers on a blog post but I was traumatized by that book when I first read it. The ending felt like such a slap in the face, I always stop my rereads at The Silver Chair. Considering how controversial the ending is I'm surprised to see it on here.

Just because an ending is "happy" doesn't make it satisfying (like The Hunger Games).

Also how is Murder on the Orient Express, not on here for mysteries? As much as I love the Morse series Orient Express feels much more deserving.


message 22: by Randolph (new)

Randolph What does "satisfying" mean? "They all got hit by a bus" could be satisfying depending on the story. There are plenty of "satisfying" endings where the resolution is not "happy."


message 23: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Yes all the way!!


message 24: by Shima (new)

Shima I hate the ending of Narnia, for me it would be first place on a list of most UNsatisfactory endings of all time.


message 25: by Sivoj (last edited Mar 11, 2016 10:57AM) (new)

Sivoj I was very satisfied by the end of Flowers for Algernon.
1984 on the other hand left me uncomfortable : way too kind with the characters.


message 26: by Yankeecountess (new)

Yankeecountess Diane wrote: "I can't believe the Harry Potter series isn't there! With all the credit J.K. Rowling gets for the boost in children's literacy, the movies, and well…just really good story writing."

I can only assume the reason it's not on the list is that now J.K. Rowling is writing more books, thus continuing the series, so technically speaking, the series "isn't over"


message 27: by Matt (new)

Matt That last Narnia book... in the previous ones the Christian allegory was implicit. In The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis went full Bible-thumper.


message 28: by Denise (new)

Denise Julia wrote: "The only problem with lists like these is that everyone has a different reading style so this is similar to a misadvertisement for some. The Classics mentioned are usually the books I stay away fro..."

Thank you, so true!


message 29: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Randolph wrote: "What does "satisfying" mean? "They all got hit by a bus" could be satisfying depending on the story. There are plenty of "satisfying" endings where the resolution is not "happy.""

I second that!


message 30: by Tony (new)

Tony Tarzan great series good ending


message 31: by Margaret (new)

Margaret What about the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare? From the first book (City of Bones) I was dying for the next one!!


message 32: by Paula (new)

Paula Wholeheartedly agree with Room and Rebecca. Both are excellent books! Although, I think a 'satisfying ending' definitely means different things for different people. Just look at George RR Martin; he's certainly not one for a predictable story line but that must be satisfying for some. I am, however, a sucker for more traditional storylines!


message 33: by Meagan (new)

Meagan I don't get Narnia being on here, that ending was so confusing and I just didn't like it at all.


message 34: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life Paula wrote: "Wholeheartedly agree with Room and Rebecca. Both are excellent books! Although, I think a 'satisfying ending' definitely means different things for different people. Just look at George RR Martin; ..."

I agree with you about satisfying means different things to different people. I was glad the mom and boy got out of the shed. But I was not a fan of how crushed the boy was once he realized how much larger the world was. And why his mom wasn't as close to him any more. It just broke my heart for him all over again.


message 35: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life Hilary wrote: "You know what series could never be on this list??? Divergent...lol. Every time I think of a book with a terrible ending, that's always the one that comes to mind."

Second your thoughts exactly. I thought it was a great start with book 1 but by the time book 3 came around, I was sooooo utterly disappointed. And kind of reminded me of why I don't typically read dystopian stories.


message 36: by Ale✝ (new)

Ale✝ Clockwork Princess have the BEST ending ever ;')


message 37: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Brumbaugh Love seeing The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce on this list!


message 38: by Anna-Emilia (new)

Anna-Emilia The Mistborn trilogy has one of the best endings of all time imo. Every fan of fantasy should give it a go :)


message 39: by sublimosa (new)

sublimosa Dhfan4life
said: {Paula wrote: "Wholeheartedly agree with Room and Rebecca. Both are excellent books! Although, I think a 'satisfying ending' definitely means different
things for different people. Just look at George RR Martin; ..."

I agree with you about satisfying means different things to different people. I was glad the mom and boy got out of the shed. But I was not a fan of how
crushed the boy was once he realized how much larger the world was. And why his mom wasn't as close to him any more. It just broke my heart for him all
over again.}
Way to not spoil anything. Of course I was never going to read it anyway as it seemed way too depressing a topic.


message 40: by Dhfan4life (last edited Mar 11, 2016 02:30PM) (new)

Dhfan4life sublimosa wrote: "Dhfan4life
said: {Paula wrote: "Wholeheartedly agree with Room and Rebecca. Both are excellent books! Although, I think a 'satisfying ending' definitely means different
things for different people...."


If you've seen any Lifetime movie ever based on a similar topic the premise is pretty much standard fair anyway. And not like I'm the only one spoiling things, ending of Narnia has already been pointed out by another poster. Just saying...


message 41: by Paula (new)

Paula sublimosa wrote: "Dhfan4life
said: {Paula wrote: "Wholeheartedly agree with Room and Rebecca. Both are excellent books! Although, I think a 'satisfying ending' definitely means different
things for different people...."


It is certainly an uncomfortable read at times but it is redemptive and uplifting also! I'd recommend giving it a go even if there have been minor spoilers ;-)


message 42: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life Thank you Paula. Cause the little I've said about it hardly comes close to describing the feels you get out of it. Even if you know what is coming it's still something else. And in a child's voice too? Oh man, whew.


message 43: by Marla (new)

 Marla Steff wrote: "The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel as book #1) really had a satisfying ending though. With the conflict that was going on in the books I had no idea how it would turn out to end but it seemed fa..."

I agree with all the Infernal Device fans about a great series ending.

I also thought Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3) by Beth Revis was an excellent ending to that series.

(My worst would have to be The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13) by Lemony Snicket)


message 44: by CJ (last edited Mar 11, 2016 02:52PM) (new)

CJ Scurria I love that Narnia and LOTR are on here. Great serieses! Though I haven't read part 2 and 3 I loved The Fellowship and can't wait to finally get back to them.

One I would recommend people check out is the Travis Chase Trilogy (by Patrick Lee). Some people didn't like how the third book ended but I thought it was perfect!

((NOTE TO EDITORS: A weird glitch happened when I put my cursor over the Lord of the Rings. The Martian popped up instead. Just letting you know))


message 45: by Jemma (new)

Jemma I wouldn't really put The Hunger Games on a list of books with satifying endings....


message 46: by Ranee (new)

Ranee Babu I loved the way Percy Jackson and the Olympians ended.


message 47: by Isaac (new)

Isaac The Lord of the Rings definitely earned it's spot on this list! I would put The Hobbit, Unwind, and Miss Peregrine up there too.


message 48: by Sharilyn (new)

Sharilyn Jemma wrote: "I wouldn't really put The Hunger Games on a list of books with satifying endings...."

I agree. While I thought it was well written, the weakest park of the series for me was the ending. It may have been true to the bleak situation of the characters' world, but I don't know that I'd call it "satisfying".


message 49: by Rui (new)

Rui Mateus The Wheel of Time should be on the list. However, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. So I kind of understand.


message 50: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm Why is harry potter not on here?


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