The ending of a book is very important to my husband. If I ask him midway through how a book is he will always claim not to know yet. For me a good ending is a bonus. I make a decision about a book long before I reach the end. And I don't keep reading if that decision isn't favorable.
BEING DEAD has one of the best endings because it is completely inevitable yet comes full circle.
Here is a description of it from PW.
Being Dead by Jim Crace - This is the story of
a loving couple, dead from the novel’s very first page on a beach. As
their bodies decompose, we learn of their courtship, thirty-year
marriage, and murder. Their end is at the novel’s beginning—and detailed
gruesomely, painstakingly, throughout. And yet, as the waves continue to crash, the shells and fragments
of mollusks and fish and birds are arranged and rearranged by the surf,
the reader can’t help but feel haunted by a sense of eternity. The
thing about this ending, what makes it beautiful and unique, is that
nothing ends. The most final of finals—death—has come and gone. The end
and the ending is really just a point along the great cycle, in the very
What is your favorite ending and how important are endings to you?