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Books I Wish Had An Epilogue (Or More Epilogue…)

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about books we wish had an epilogue. Now, some of the books below do have epilogues, but I want MORE epilogue. Most of my picks are also romances and as a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, I’m just aching for epilogues where we can check in with the main couple after some time and we can see them being happy. That’s all. So based on that, here are my top picks:

The STEMinist novellas by Ali Hazelwood

I know these were novellas and as such, were meant to be short, but I would not say no to a bit more epilogue!

See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I just finished this and wasn’t ready to be parted from these characters – an additional epilogue checking in on them a few weeks, months, years later would be so nice!

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

As one of my all-time favorite reads, I’d never say not to more. And we did get an epilogue, but I still need more okay? These characters spend most of the book apart, I need some more content with hem being together.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Again, these characters go through so much throughout the book – a bit more epilogue showing what happens after the events of the book would ease my mind so much.

The Red Winter series by Annette Marie

I’m not gonna go to deeply into this as that would have some major spoilers about the ending, but let’s just say I want more!

If I Never Met You / Just Last Night / Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

I love Mhairi McFarlane books because they always focus on the main character and their journey more than the romance. But there is still a romance (which is always heartflutteringly great) and the romantic in me needs more happy domestic scenes with these couples after the story is concluded.

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Have you read any of these and if so, what did you think?
Would you like an/more epilogue for these too?

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48 Comments

  1. Always love checking in again with favorite characters. And yes, romances are always a good place to find amazing characters to check in with. 🙂

    1. Yes, romances definitely give me the most need to check back in with characters after the story because I want to see more of their HEA 🙂

  2. Yes! Even though romance is not really my genre, even I found myself wanting to check in on some relationships!

    1. Haha yes I guess the need for epilogues and checking in with couples is a thing for all genres 🙂

  3. I need to read those steminist novella’s <3

    1. I hope you’ll love them when you give them a try! 🙂

  4. Rae | HerSerialLife.com says:

    Great list. It always gets more frustrating when a romance book or novella doesn’t have an epilogue, especially since they tend to be standalone.

    My TTT: https://herseriallife.com/top-10-books-i-wish-had-epilogue/

    Have a great week 🌈

    1. Yes exactly, for standalones we definitely need some more time with the characters even more than for series.

  5. Great list! I just read Don’t You Forget About Me earlier this year and I do agree with wanting an epilogue. I defo want to know what happens with them since I felt their romance only really “happened” at the very end!

    1. Yes, exactly! Mhairi McFarlane books (at least, the three I’ve read) all have very slow burn with the romance really only happening near the end, so I always wish they had more epilogue.

  6. I always like to see how a couple does after the story. I really want to read the Ali Hazelwood books – they are on my want to read list!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/06/14/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-wish-had-an-epilogue/

    1. Exactly, it can be so nice just to check back in with a couple after a story, if only to a scene of them being settled and domestic 🙂 I hope you’ll love the Ali Hazelwood books if you pick them up!

      1. Exactly! I have one on my Amazon wishlist so fingers crossed for Christmas (as I have had my birthday and mother’s day!)

  7. I’ve heard great things about Mhairi McFarlane, but I never knew which book to start off with. I’ll look up your recs, thanks!

    1. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but if you love books with fake dating, I’d suggest If I Never met You – if you love books about friendship and grief, I’d suggest Just Last Night – and if you love books with amazing character growth I’d suggest Don’t You Forget About Me. 🙂

    1. It was a great read!

  8. masterspj says:

    I haven’t read any of these, nor do I think I’ve heard of most of them.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/books-mentioned-in-a-recent-read/

    1. Haha that’s okay, then at least you don’t crave their epilogues as badly 😉

  9. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I am with you on Immortal Fire!!!

    1. Yes, we definitely need more epilogue for Immortal Fire! 🙂

  10. Great list! I definitely agree about See You Yesterday. How do the two of them just go back to normal life after being stuck in that time loop? I need to know that my babies are okay!!

    Here’s my post for this week: http://leahs-books.com/2022/06/14/ttt-books-i-wish-had-a-sequel/

    1. Yes exactly! I wanted to see how they coped and how they settled back into a normal time routine too 🙂

  11. Have you read To Lukov with Love yet? I only ask because you get a little more of the Dear Aaron couple of that one. Not nearly enough, but some. I wouldn’t mind epilogues for any of her books. That’s crazy since they’re already so long!

    1. I did read From Lukov With Love and I LOVED the little bit of Ruron we got there but I’m very very greedy and I still want more haha 🙂 But it was nice to get that little bit anyway.
      Haha, I guess it’s maybe because she does the slow burn so well, that we feel like we never get to spend enough time with the couple being a couple…

  12. Stephanie - Bookfever says:

    I would’ve loved some epilogues for the STEMinist novellas!

    1. Yes, me too! I wanted to check back in with all the couples again.

  13. I love that we both chose Autoboyography! 🙂 I know there was an epilogue but I wanted to much more. It left too much open and I wanted to see more of them together in the future.

    1. Yes exactly! I would have loved more epilogue, just checking in with them some time after and seeing how they’re doing.

  14. I feel the same way about novellas – even when they’re done well, there’s always a part of me that wants more!

    1. Yes exactly! I know they’re supposed to be short, but I’ll always want more anyway 🙂

  15. Yes! I think some books that have epilogues don’t have satisfying ones. In those cases, I almost wish they wouldn’t have had an epilogue in the first place or the epilogue needs an epilogue, lol.

    1. Yes, a disappointing epilogue can be such a letdown, in that case it’s just better not to have an epilogue at all.

  16. Sometimes we DO need more epilogue! 🙂

    I’d love to try Mhairi McFarlane’s books at some point. They always look so fun!

    1. They are definitely fun – or at least, a good balance of fun and heavier topics. I hope you’ll love them when you pick them up!

  17. I’m not really an epilogue fan, I think largely because authors tend to go down the same cliche route with them and I’m a bit tired of it, at least for the ones I’ve read, it’s always we’re married with kids now like that’s the be-all end-all of happiness. Now obviously that is the happy ending for a lot of people and there’s nothing wrong with those kinds of epilogues in general, I just wish we got to see a broader range of what happy ever after looks like in a epilogue: like maybe we don’t have kids but we’re perfectly content like that, or we’re not married but still together, or we’re with someone different because it’s highly unlikely that we’d still be with the same person we were with at 16 (I read a lot of YA so I have many bug bears with that one). Or we’re single and fulfilled in ways other than a romantic relationship (I get that that one wouldn’t really work for the romance genre specifically, but in other genres, it would be nice to see more of that).

    1. Oh yes, I totally understand and agree with that! Too many epilogues go the married with babies route and that’s definitely super frustrating. The kind of epilogues I like are just the “slice of life” kinds, like just a simple domestic, happy scene with the two main characters: a night on the sofa with a movie, getting ready for work, a dinner with friends. I just want the simple couple stuff, a little extra scene that didn’t NEED to be in the book but that makes me happy anyway 🙂

      1. See I would love that kind of thing, I’ve just not read many books where you get that kind of slice of life epilogue!

  18. The novellas by Hazelwood were definitely books that I struggled with a bit. I need more from them! LOL A long epilogue could have helped!

    1. I understand, I really loved them, but a novella is just way too short for me haha 🙂

      1. Yeah, even just a bit more would probably have made a huge difference for me! lol

  19. I love how you want more epilogue, LOL. I think romance books are usually where I want an epilogue as well!

    1. Haha yes I’m definitely in the pro-epilogue team, but especially in romance books.

  20. It’s interesting that you want more from the novellas! They’re on my TBR so I’ll have to keep that in mind.

    1. I did really love the novellas though, so it’s just that maybe novellas are too short for me haha 🙂 Hope you’ll love them when you read them!

      1. That is also an excellent point, haha! I wonder if any of them would’ve been sustainable for novel-length?

  21. Completely agree on the Steminist novellas. I just finished the last one and my immediate thought was I need more!

    1. Yes, I know they’re novellas but still… they could have been just a bit longer haha 🙂

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