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The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Travelling Cat Chronicles | Hiro Arikawa
RECOMMENDED BY THOUSANDS OF INTERNATIONAL READERS - the tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. INCLUDES SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED LINE-DRAWINGS 'Delightful . . . the uniqueness of this book is its subtle yet persistent charm that insinuates itself into your heart long after the encounter has ended' FIONA MELROSE, author of Midwinter **************************** It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side. Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesnt know why and Satoru wont say. Set against the backdrop of Japans changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nanas story explores the wonder and thrill of lifes unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take. TRAVELLING CAT has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.
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UwannaPublishme
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Such a heartwarming book, even if I did sob thru those last chapters. Loved reading from the cat‘s perspective, taking an enlightening road trip along breathtaking sites in Japan & picturing Nana almost exactly as this movie poster. Made me cherish my friendships, especially those that have survived decades. Didn‘t realize Hiro Arikawa also authored the Library Wars series, which I‘m about to start.
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@TheAromaofBooks

AmyG I love this one, too. ❤️ 1mo
monkeygirlsmama Stacking 1mo
iread2much 😊 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
UwannaPublishme @AmyG Many of Nana‘s observations about us humans cracked me up. 😁 1mo
UwannaPublishme @iread2much You always steer me toward great reads! 😊 1mo
iread2much I hope you like the Library wars! 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin A story told from the perspective of a cat? Stacked!!!📚 2w
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin You and Mollie will enjoy this one, but get the tissues ready! 😸 2w
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AllDebooks
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#Midwintersolace #Fridaynightshare

Week 6 - Fiction - Animal

My choice is the tagged. It's such a sweet book of life and companionship. I find it so moving and comforting.🐾🐈‍⬛️🐾

TEArificbooks I picked this one too 2mo
DebinHawaii Such a sweet book! 💙 2mo
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TEArificbooks
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Challenges myself to pick a book and an animal that hasn‘t been picked yet for #fridaynightshare #naturalitsy #midwintersolace I loved this book, read it with a box of tissues. I also loved Water for Elephants, The Life of Pi, Remarkable Creatures, Once There Were Wolves, The Last Beekeeper. @TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 @Chrissyreadit @AllDebooks

Chrissyreadit can you add it so it can be added to tbr‘s? the person whose book is stacked the most gets a prize…. 2mo
TEArificbooks @Chrissyreadit problem fixed thank you 2mo
AllDebooks Snap 🙌 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m reading this one now! 2mo
DebinHawaii Loved this one! 💙 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Tux is wishing everyone a wonderful Friday!!

What is the best book you have read recently?

#Adayinthelifeoftux

AnnCrystal 💕😻👀💝. 2mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile The Spirit Bares Its Teeth! 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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CBee He matches the book sleeve! 😊😊 2mo
Bookwormjillk I re-read The Covenant of Water. So good. Happy Friday! 2mo
ElizaMarie Awe. Hi there Tux :) I have to say my favorite was Slenderman (just finished it) 2mo
Megabooks 💕💕💕💕 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Too cute. Can't cope. 😭😭 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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AnnR 🐾🐈‍⬛ 2mo
AnnCrystal ☺️😻💝. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I really enjoyed this book. 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m diving into this one! Just couldn‘t get into the other 🤷🏻‍♀️

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TieDyeDude
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Pickpick

Bawled like a freakin' baby in the last 30 pages. A very sweet novel. The pacing is perfect; a slow reveal of a man's life from the cat's perspective.

CoffeeNBooks This is such a good book- so sad, though! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey! Do I need to read this one before ? 2mo
TieDyeDude @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn't know there was a follow-up. Oof, I will definitely need some time before subjecting myself to more tears 2mo
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EmiWaltz
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It‘s been a while since a book made me cry

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Kitta
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Pickpick

Cottage read #6 and last day here!

Very sweet story about a man and his cat, travelling around Japan together. Beautiful illustrations. A slow contemplative pace.

Must read for cat lovers.

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perfectsinner
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Starting my Goodreads giveaway book today. I have really wanted to read this... wish I had won a physical copy, but beggars aren't choosers, especially now that it's so hard to win anything.
Also, happy bday, America 🇺🇸

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perfectsinner
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Woke up to see an email from Goodreads that I won a giveaway. I wish it was a physical book and not kindle, but that's ok. I'll take what I can get. I've really wanted to read this so I'm happy it's at least a book I'm really excited about. I don't enter them as often anymore since they changed the format... just seems like too much work

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Bookwomble
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??? Effing feck! ???
I thought this was going to be a reasonable 3⭐, but due to a too-close-to-home/too-close-for-comfort tugging on the heartstrings, I dissolved into a puddle of 5⭐
CW for "I know how to get them blubbering" ????‍??

jlhammar Oh yes, I remember having a good cry towards the end of this one. Wonderful read! 9mo
Bookwomble @jlhammar Yep, I was a mess, too! 😭😄 9mo
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starlight97
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Mehso-so

Couldn't find it either here or on Goodreads, but apparently there's a second book with some short stories.
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
#japan #catsoflitsy

dabbe That‘s a photo contest winner! 💙🐾💙 10mo
starlight97 @dabbe haha thanks 😁🥰 10mo
Bookwomble The short stories have recently been translated into English 😊 3mo
starlight97 @Bookwomble thank you!! 3mo
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Yuki_Onna
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚💛🐈 10mo
Eggs ✨🐈‍⬛💫 10mo
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starlight97
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Pickpick

Such a lovely story. ♥️
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
#catsoflitsy #japanese

dabbe Da sweet kitty looks pooped! 💚🐾💚 10mo
IuliaC I enjoyed this one 😺 10mo
starlight97 @IuliaC it was so cute 😊 10mo
starlight97 @dabbe you know, he had all those exhausting responsibilities all day 😂 10mo
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aperfectmjk
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@Laughterhp here are your picks for #trappedonanisland. I absolutely loved The Travelling Cat Chronicles. It gave me the worst book hangover.

Enjoy!

Laughterhp Thanks!! Can‘t wait to dive into these!! 11mo
Read4life Malina, just checking in. I‘ve noticed you haven‘t posted recently & I just wanted to see if you‘re ok. Thinking of you 💙 10mo
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Texreader
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#two4tuesday Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag!

This is a hard one but here goes:

1) Mulan—that girl is golden
2) Tagged. How about a man and his cat traveling around Japan (probably a better Ghibli movie)?

TheSpineView You're welcome and thanks for playing 12mo
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Texreader
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Best food: tie between Japan and Germany

#foodandlit

Catsandbooks Travelling cat chronicles was so good! 🐈‍⬛ 14mo
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peanutnine
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This was my irl bookclub read and my #doublespin for December. I really enjoyed it! It's a peaceful, reflective story of a cat travelling with his owner as he visits old friends. It switches POV between the humans and the cat; his feline thoughts are entertaining. The story is a bit bittersweet but demonstrates how the journey isn't as important as the people with whom you experience it.
@TheAromaofBooks

Texreader This was definitely one of my top picks this year 1y
IuliaC Such a beautiful novel! 1y
TheAromaofBooks I fall in love with this cover every time I see it. 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I found this to be such a beautiful story.

#AdventRecommends
@emilyrose_x

IuliaC A wonderful story! 1y
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TalesandTexts
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A Nana lookalike (almost) and its sibling. 🥰

Today these two went away on an expedition the entire day. Their mom was worried sick and so was I. But thank god they knew how to get back home. 💚

anushareflects These two are so adorable!!!! 1y
Tamra So cute! 1y
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alysonimagines
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My first hardcover #librarybookhaul in six years! 🥹After my free membership was revoked due to my ETJ resident status, I tried getting by with cheap ebooks, gift cards, and Little Free Library finds. A digital only nonresident library card also helped, but I still spent way too much money on book buying every year. Access to hardcover books makes the extra nonresident fee worth it, I grudgingly admit. Gotta support my book nerd habit after all!

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jlhammar
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I read this a few years ago and thought it was lovely and quite moving.

#OminousOctober #Leaves
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Looks good🍁🧡🎃 1y
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anushareflects
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Well, this was a unique little fun endearing read! A story from the lens of an anthropomorphised cat and his human pet parent as they travel across Japan? Sign me up. Witty, sassy writing, sweet characters, unique plot. A really wonderful read.

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DebinHawaii
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Finished this early in the week for #FoodandLit #Japan & loved it. I usually have *issues* with pet stories that get sad—I just can‘t take it, especially as my Max🐱is on the downslope to 20 & showing it more every day. This book made me cry but it also made me smile. Nana the cat & his human Satoru have a wonderful relationship & Nana was written as just having the right amount of snark & cattitude. A special book, probably 4.5 ⭐️ for me. ⬇️

DebinHawaii Because this was for #foodandlitJapan I bought a Japanese Fruit Sando from a new shop here last week to pair with it. This sandwich has fruit—in this case strawberries + soft milk bread (crusts cut off) + a just slightly heavy whipped cream. It was delicious & I think would make a great "Sanji no Oyatsu" (translates to 3 o'clock snack) as Satoru & Nana traveled in the silver van. 1y
LeahBergen Aww! Give that sweet ol‘ Max a kiss from me! 😘 1y
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen I will! 😽❤️ 1y
Catsandbooks Glad you liked the book! And that sandwich sounds delicious! 1y
rubyslippersreads I was afraid to read this, but after your review, maybe I‘ll give it a try. Nicky and Sadie send all their love to you and Max. 😽 1y
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Texreader
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I‘m at a loss. It‘s between the penguin and the cat. I loved them both. I‘m going to have to think seriously on which was the better book. Aaaagh! #readingbracket #readingbracket2022

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Texreader
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Pickpick

This was a breathtaking book about the love between a man and a cat, with beautiful descriptions of the countryside of #Japan. Very near the top of best books I‘ve read this year. #foodandlit

Catsandbooks Yes it was fantastic! (edited) 2y
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Catsandbooks
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Pickpick

4.5/5 ⭐️ As someone who is known for crying because of how much I love my pets, this book had me sobbing 😭 The love between Satoru and Nana is so special!

How is everyone else liking the book? I love Nana's POV!

#FoodandLit Buddy Read Japan 🇯🇵
#awesomeaugust

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2y
Texreader Absolutely adored it!! 2y
Susanita Yeah this book made me 😭 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll be starting this on Monday. 2y
Sparklemn I've gotten a little behind on my summer reads but I'll be starting this soon. 2y
Teresereading I loved it and I cried too. 2y
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Robotswithpersonality
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"There are so many things in life that are beyond our control."
This novel proves that realizing that truth doesn't have to mean living in despair or numbness or anger.
Very grateful to this snarky/sweet feline, and his caretaker, for the journey I got to go on with them.
Have you ever held any fondness for a cat? Yes? You will cry.
Have you ever lost a loved one? Yes? YOU WILL CRY.
Get the Kleenex ready. ???

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A moment of appreciation for this book's chapter art.
👨🏼‍🍳💋

LauraJ I love this book so much 🧡 2y
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Catsandbooks
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Definitely need this readathon to read as much as possible before my family comes to visit in over a week!

Goals:
☕️The Travelling Cat Chronicles
☕️Ninth House
☕️Go Hex Yourself

#awesomeaugust readathon

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 2y
KellyK I absolutely ❤️❤️❤️ The Traveling Cat Chronicles!!! 2y
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TalesandTexts
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I absolutely loved this book told from a cat‘s perspective. So tender and tinted with both joy and sorrow.

There was a part of the story that I did feel was unnecessary. But overall, it doesn‘t detract from the book.

The narration was amazing! One of the best on Audible. A definite must-listen for everyone. In fact, I say listen to the book rather than read.

If you‘re a cat lover, this will really touch your heart and warm your soul.

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Texreader
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😭

aperfectmjk This book destroyed me. 😭😭 2y
suvata Loved it 😊 2y
Karisa So sweet and good! 😿💗 2y
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Bookworm54
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Just finished this bittersweet #BuddyRead for #FoodAndLit #Japan

I swear I am getting softer as I get older. Good job I am working from home so no one sees me crying through my lunch break 🤣

I really enjoyed the narration by Nana the cat, the cute illustrations, and such a powerful story of the bond between an owner and his cat ❤️

Catsandbooks Soft is good ❤️ glad you liked it! 2y
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TEArificbooks
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Pickpick
Catsandbooks Glad you liked it! 2y
Librarybelle Good choice! 2y
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Texreader
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I‘m trying to convince my cat to read with me. #Japan #foodandlit @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

TEArificbooks Unfortunately our cat of 14 years recently passed and this book makes me want another one. However, I did rescue a dog and he thinks he is a cat so he will do. 2y
Catsandbooks 🐈‍⬛❤️ 2y
Chrissyreadit Hi Karen, any chance you could email me? Chrissyreadit@gmail.com 2y
Texreader @Chrissyreadit I just emailed you. 2y
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Texreader
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Texreader
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Our #foodandlit book of the month for the #buddyread is on sale today! #Japan @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

Kitta Oh thank you! I‘ve always wanted to read this! 2y
Nutmegnc Just bought it!! Thanks for the heads up!! 2y
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LitsyEvents
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Repost for @Catsandbooks

Our #FoodandLit Buddy Read for August is The Travelling Cat Chronicles 🇯🇵

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

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Our #FoodandLit Buddy Read for August is The Travelling Cat Chronicles 🇯🇵

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

Sparklemn Looking forward to it! 2y
Texreader Yay! 2y
Bookworm54 I will be joining you for the buddy read this month if you could tag me please? ☺️ 2y
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Catsandbooks @Bookworm54 terrific! Got you down! 2y
DebinHawaii I have had this one on my Kindle for a while now. I‘d love to join in, please! 2y
Catsandbooks @DebinHawaii added you! ☺️ 2y
coffees Meeeeee! Lol 2y
Catsandbooks @coffees added you! 😁 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Hey #foodandlit friends! The August buddy read for Japan is on sale now! This sounds super cute and will also work for Women in Translation month if you like to double up on those challenges.

@Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks #Japan
#WITMonth #WIT #WomenInTranslation

AnnR This one is also really good on audio; at least I think so. 😊 🎧 2y
Catsandbooks Thank you so much for letting us know!! 🙌🏼 2y
Tera66 Got it! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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Susanita
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Kili likes to visit our friends in New Jersey. We‘ve never been to the sea or the mountains, though.

The book is sweet and tender, and it just might leave you 😭

KellyK One of my favorite reads and yes, I 😢😢😢 2y
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Anna40
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Mehso-so

It‘s a sweet book. I enjoyed reading about how the cat and Satoru met and their friendship developed. Once they started travelling I got bored and found the story a bit dull and sentimental. If you‘re a cat lover, you might enjoy it.

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paulareadsallthetime
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Pickpick

Such a heartwarming story of one cat‘s travels through life.

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Night_Reader
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4/5 🌟

It's a short, sweet and sad book that left me with a smile.

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Noveldrama
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The travelling cat Chronicles is the only book that made me cry this year.
It's was fully unexpected
I got attached to the main character from the beginning and it was such a fun read how a cat perceives the world that surrounds it and the humans and animals it encounters.
Seriously love the bond between the cat and his owner, which help the cat when he was injured and the journey spent together.
Absolute ❤️

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asterese
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I read a lot of great books this year, but this book easily made it to the top of my list of favorites. For such a short, simply written book, it contains volumes. Without spoiling anything, it just captures Japanese culture so well. And the titular cat. I love this book so much, and I'll probably be talking about it for years to come.

⭐: 5

(Photo in the background belongs to Ken Shono)

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asterese

Our silver van was like a magic carriage. Every time I got into it, it carried me to a place I‘d never been before. At that moment, we were without doubt the greatest travelers in the world. And I was the world‘s greatest traveling cat. 🐈🌼