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10 Favorite Books With “Aww” Endings

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m presenting 10 favorite Books With “Aww” Endings for fans of book hangovers. The unforgettable endings in these stories are not just emotional, they are endings I can remember vividly, making me want to hug the books at the end, and causing book hangovers.

TTT 10 Favorite Books With "Aww" Endings (Image: white text in a coral text box over a background of a field of wild coral poppies

I’m linking up today with #TopTenTuesday: That Artsy Reader Girl: Books With Aww Moments. Even though I’ve read a myriad of books with “aww” moments, I’m tweaking this today to focus on books with “aww” endings.

Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

An ending will cause me to raise or lower my star rating and will make or break the read for me! See my post “Did You Like the Ending” here.

In no particular order, let me introduce you to a few of my favorite “aww” endings….

***Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links***

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

I loved this poignant ending to an otherwise harrowing WW11 story. I appreciate and adore the themes of family, faith, and music in the ending.
5 Stars

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

The ending of this complicated family drama is realistic but also so very poignant, honest, and emotional. I cried. I wish for a sequel.
5 Stars

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

I fall hard for found family stories!
5 Stars

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus (cover) Image: three children stand on the steps of a library

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Who would think that a science fiction story would have such a heartfelt ending? I still think about the themes of friendship and sacrifice.
5 Stars

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

(You knew I’d work in a Backman title, right?!)
Juxtaposed to the beginning where Ove is despondent, lonely, and depressed, the ending finds Ove with a found family and surrounded by love.
5 Stars

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man with a cat brushing against his legs stands in an open field with his back to the camera

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

This beautifully written novella is a difficult story with a brilliant, hopeful ending.
5 Stars

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (cover) Image: white text over the rooftops of homes and a green background

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

A flash mob is responsible for the poignant ending and its themes of the healing power of love, music, and friendship provided a book hangover.
5 Stars

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (cover) Image: a woman with short brown hair and wearing a green coat stands with her back to the camera against an orange background

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor

A melancholy and poignant ending that left me with a book hangover.
5 Stars

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

(of course, I have two Backman titles!)
This story of a successful and famous man in the mid-years of his life counting the personal cost of his achievements and striking a last deal to make things right leads to a poignant and thought-provoking ending. Because it gave me a book hangover, I read this short story three times in a row. Backman writes wonderful and amazing endings!
5 Stars

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a large blue suitcase sits on a wood floor and against the wall....a straw hat is propped on one corner of the suitcase and a white toy bunny lies on the floor next to the suitcase

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Unforgettable and emotional ending.
5 Stars

Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover)

There are sooooo many books with “aww” moments and many others with emotional endings, but these are the ten whose endings have stayed with me for weeks, months, or years. They represent my book hangovers which almost guarantees a 5-star rating. Can you tell me about your favorite “aww” ending?


Did you have a favorite book with an “aww” ending? Please share the title in the comments.

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  1. I think one can list all Backman’s books under this heading. Adored Ove and cried my eyes out, but Deal really impressed me. He packed quite a punch in that short story

  2. I’ve only read A Man Called Ove on this list and that ending was such an awwww moment. Nice list, Carol!

  3. Great twist and great list, Carol. I have read a few of these, but not all. I really need to read The Music Shop, it has been on my shelf for a while now. If you like found family, I recommend Lucy Checks In. I just reviewed it and it was wonderful.

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