Sunday Book Club: Hanging On

September 10, 2017 Sunday Book Club 27

Happy Sunday! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone in Irma’s path. I have friends who decided to shelter in place and friends/family who evacuated. Praying protection and comfort for all. ♥

For today’s Sunday Book Club, let’s talk cliffhangers. I believe it was my friend Andrea who suggested this topic. Pardon the pause here as I share one of my fave pics from this year’s CFRR. God amazes me – how He brings people together in unlikely ways and forms such sweet friendships even before we’ve met face to face. Those first in-person hugs have His fingerprints all over them. And so does this picture!

And while we’re at it – here’s one more pic, another friendship that God has formed and sweetened over the miles. I think He was just as tickled at our squealing first hug as was anyone around us 🙂

Both of these dear ladies are familiar names in the comments section of this blog, and I’m so grateful for their friendships and encouragement!

Ok … so I digressed a little there. Back to the topic at hand!

CLIFFHANGERS IN BOOKS.

Love ’em or hate ’em?

And … if you hate ’em, does that mean you abandon the series in a huff or are you hooked enough to eagerly (if a bit grumpily) wait for the next book?

Carrie

27 Responses to “Sunday Book Club: Hanging On”

  1. Toni Shiloh

    I have a love hate relationship with cliff hangers. I admire authors who use them so effectively. But yeah I hate that I have to wait until the next book comes up. So rude, lol.

  2. Andrea Stephens

    Aww 🙂 My sweet, sweet my friend, that first hug was amazing. I love that picture too.
    As far as cliffhangers go, I think I’ve said it before…I have a serious dislike of them. Give me an end to each book, don’t leave me hanging. If an author wants to continue the story, Yay! but don’t stop in the middle of an important scene and make me wait months and months to find out what happens next. I have found myself adding series of books to my wishlist, then waiting for them all to come out before I start reading them.
    It’s funny, I don’t remember being so grumpy about this when I was younger, but now I feel like life is too short to be waiting for the next part of a story!
    🙁 I didn’t get a picture with sweet Winnie.

    • Winnie Thomas

      What! How did we not get a picture together, Andrea? We must go back and get one! Or maybe we could get someone to photoshop the two above together! 😀

    • Carrie

      ” I don’t remember being so grumpy about this when I was younger, but now I feel like life is too short to be waiting for the next part of a story!” – haha! me too!

      • Winnie Thomas

        Same here, Andrea and Carrie! I’m okay as long as it feels like the main thread is finished, but I’ve read some that I felt like the book abruptly ended and the story was left dangling. My memory is too short to remember where the story left off, and I don’t have time to read the first book again to figure out where it was going. I’m easily confused! And what if I die before the next book releases????

  3. Melissa

    Linda Chaikin always did that, so when I was a teen, I wouldn’t bother to buy/read hers until the series was all out….probably not the best sales strategy if you’re depending on sales to get you another contract, but seriously, I don’t want a third of a story when I pick up a book! I don’t mind a subplot unfinished that ties to the next book, but the main story needs to be done or I feel gypped. Likely not the best feeling to leave a reader with.

    • Carrie

      ” I don’t mind a subplot unfinished that ties to the next book, but the main story needs to be done or I feel gypped.” – Exactly!

  4. Janet Ferguson

    I love these pics! Waving at Winnie and Andrea!! And Carrie!!
    I prefer each book to have a HEA, but I’ve keep reading some series with cliffhangers that I liked.

  5. MH

    Cliffhangers. They kill me….but I love them. Unfortunately cliffhangers require my going back to the previous book to re-read the last chapter, but I can totally deal with that.

    Cliffhanger queens – Susan May Warren and Ronie Kendig! I’m still biting my nails for Troubled Waters and Thirst of Steel to come out…..

    • Carrie

      yep – i’m the same way. Except I got roped in unknowingly to Terri Blackstock’s If I Run series and of course I was drooling for the next book. I read it. And now I’m drooling for the final one lol

  6. Beckie B.

    My entire book club was fuming at the end of Life Support by Robert Whitlow. We forgave him … eventually! A little suspense to whet my appetite for the next book is ok, but don’t leave me and the characters hanging, literally.

    • Carrie

      haha! I haven’t read that one yet … Is there a second book that clears up the cliffhanger?

  7. Winnie Thomas

    I’m honored to be on your post, Carrie! And, yes, there was definitely a lot of squealing and hugging going on!

    I must confess that I hate cliffhangers. I need to have a complete story. If there’s an unresolved thread left that’s carried over to the next story in the series, it doesn’t bother me too much, but if I’m just left hanging. . . no, just no!! I need my books to be able to stand alone. 😀

    • Carrie

      That’s pretty much how I feel. Unresolved threads are ok but SOMETHING needs to be resolved lol

  8. Rebecca Maney

    I nearly threw “If I Run” across the room. Does that answer your question?

    But then, of course I preordered “If I’m Found”.

  9. Pam K.

    If a book is going to end with a cliff hanger, I like to know in advance. Then I can hoard it until I have all the books in the series and read them one after the other. I don’t like reading a book and being left hanging at the end and having to wait. When I finally get the next book, I feel like I have to read the first one all over again. I don’t have time for that!

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