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Guest Cat
Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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A bestseller in France and winner of Japan's Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife -- the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens....As Kenzaburo Oe has remarked, Takashi Hiraide's work "really shines." His poetry, which is remarkably cross-hatched with beauty, has been acclaimed here for "its seemingly endless string of shape-shifting objects and experiences, whose splintering effect is enacted via a unique combination of speed and minutiae."
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iread2much
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This reads more like essays than a novel, so it‘s a so-so for me, but if you like essays you‘d like this.
A couple in Japan has a guest cat whom they come to love and the book is a meditation on a changing Japan and the ways we try to hold onto things, people, and pets. 2/5 for me. Read this if you like poetry and want a series of essays about Japan‘s economic boom and bust.

DinoMom Your reading partner is gorgeous 🥰 4mo
iread2much @DinoMom thank you. She puts up with me 😌 4mo
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Onioons
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My guest cat seems to have a different world view. His humans are scattered in different houses around his patch. And he bestows his time generously among his people. I completely understand the disproportinate effect the guest cat had on the lives of the protagonists. Gentle and slow, this simple story rang true for me.

Leftcoastzen I liked it a lot! Cute kitty !😻 5mo
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Onioons
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Next up!

LoverOfLearning Ha love the cover! 5mo
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Onioons
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@thearomaofbooks I'd love to join #bookspin for May if it's not too late in the year! Love the idea of getting through some of these books in May.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Never too late to BookSpin!! Glad to have you along - I'll add you to the tag list so you should get a notification when I draw the numbers on Monday morning!! 5mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks Thank you, it's such a great idea! Looking forward to it 🙂 📚 5mo
TheAromaofBooks You may also be interested in the #Roll100 challenge hosted by @PuddleJumper - similar concept, bigger list! 😂 5mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks followed! Thanks, love a challenge or I'll just read whodunnits all day long 😆 5mo
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Susanita
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1. Cats!
2. Cats are obligate carnivores. That‘s why they sleep so much. 😴
3. Tagged and stacked!
#sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz I definitely had to look up obligate carnivores! Thanks for teaching me something! 8mo
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KaraAnn90
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Really liked it. Simple but good.

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ONH
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Just a little resemblance :,)

Enjoyed this one… it‘s more of an image of a changing Tokyo, a transition period in the life of a young couple, and a meditation on loss and remembrance than a heart-warming pet story (you‘ve been warned!) Very soothing and relaxing; I felt like I was in the light greenery of Japan with the author and his wife. Reminded me of past memories with other cats my family has loved. A nostalgic and thoughtful book!

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TiminCalifornia
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Soothing is the best way to describe this book. The chapters are gently philosophical reflections on the life of a young, childless couple. The book is about the cat that visits them, true, but the story is more a memorial of that time in the couples‘ lives, observing their aging landlady, the gentrification of their neighborhood, how nextdoor neighbors can be strangers even after years. Prose writing from a poet.

IuliaC Great review! 14mo
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Shae_Purcell
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Mehso-so

Ultimately, I just did not like this book. Perhaps I lost something in the translation or maybe there was just a cultural disconnect. The writing style was lovely, really descriptive and poetic. I adore cats, but there simply wasn't enough mention of them for a book supposedly written about a cat! I don't see myself reading this again, but I don't see myself forgetting it either.

Full review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4086488442

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Magslhalliday
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Pickpick

Short and gentle book, closer to a collection of essays.

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Magslhalliday
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Having a quiet morning with a couple of cats.

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LostInSpace
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Such a sweet and touching story of a cat who befriends a young couple.

I feel like this book had so many layers to it, even though it‘s really short, it touched on many sensitive subjects such as love, grief, resentment, and death.

I really enjoy these kinds of books, I find them thought-provoking, they always stay with me for a while after I‘ve finished them 🐈‍⬛

IuliaC I finished reading it last week and loved it, indeed it stayed with me 2y
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LostInSpace
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So I‘ve gone from Books of Blood by Clive Barker, (read the first volume and decided to take a break)

To the Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Variety is the spice of life I suppose 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

#variety #whynot #guestcat #booksofblood

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IuliaC
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A delicate and charming story on longing and the pain triggered by the absence of the loved one, set in Japan at the end of the Showa era, during a time of turmoil caused by the end of the real estate market bubble, which accelerated urbanization and social changes

rachaich I loved this and have passed it on to many people🐈🐱🤗 2y
IuliaC @rachaich I feel like doing the same and not only to cat lovers 😻🤗 I'm glad I discovered this book thanks to Litsy 2y
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IuliaC
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A bit of reading as a short break from work always feels like a breath of fresh air 📖☕

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rachaich
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Sweet and heart warming whilst also offering interesting insight into Japanese residential areas!

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rachaich
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Teeny novel, about a cat who goes visiting in a Japanese house.

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TheEllieMo
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I typed #Mellow books into Google and this one turned up on a Goodreads “Popular Mellow Books” list. I read this some years ago, and have forgotten the finer details, but I remember thinking it was absolutely delightful

#BoundTogetherJune
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 2y
OriginalCyn620 Aww! 😻 2y
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Lexica10
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Perhaps the main reason for her anger was the fact that we had been affectionate with Chibi and had become close to the cat without her knowledge and without her permission. But on the other hand, would the mere fact of shared affection lead directly to resentment? If the issue involved permission, then would things have been different if permission had been given?

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Bookwomble
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“The noble-minded do not thrust others aside in order to make their way in the world. But then they themselves are ultimately thrust aside by the advancing tide.”

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Bookwomble
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“I wonder where it all comes from - this need to go to the place where the body has been laid to rest. It's the need to reconfirm how precious someone was and how irreplaceable, and the desire to reconnect with them on a different plane.”

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Bookwomble
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A lovely story about the bond that can form between humans and other animals. Doubtless anthropomorphicising, but treating other living things as people seems both ethical and moral to me, not to mention enriching and life affirming.

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Bookwomble
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"Cat lovers always believe their own cat is better looking than anyone else's."

??❤ Naturally!
#catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
diovival I love black kitties! 😍 3y
Eyelit True story 😹 3y
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LauraJ But my cat is better! 3y
Bookwomble @LauraJ That's just, like, your opinion 😄 3y
LauraJ @Bookwomble Actually, it‘s my cat‘s opinion. He‘s very vain. 😉 3y
Bookwomble @LauraJ I'm sure he's deservedly body-positive 🙂 3y
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Bookwomble
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I just finished my 2018-19 tax return with an unusually comfortable three days in hand, on top of which I'm owed a rebate of £180! I've got work tomorrow (today, actually: local time is 02:30), but I'm determined to celebrate by getting at least a few pages into this lovely 📖🐱😊

Leftcoastzen I enjoyed this book ,a meditation on living. 3y
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen I think I stacked it from you 😸 3y
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Leftcoastzen
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Still working on #24B42020 readathon pretty sure this will be my last book finished this year.A beautiful little novella about a shared cat,a beautiful garden, the circles of life and of nature.Like a little meditation.
My Goodreads total was 95 , made it!

KarenUK I just read this too! It‘s lovely... 💕🐱 3y
Andrew65 Well done on reaching your target. 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 3y
Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 Thank You! I love your posts , Happy New Year! 3y
Leftcoastzen @KarenUK I needed something thoughtful and kind😸Happy New Year! 3y
Andrew65 @Leftcoastzen I love seeing your posts too. HappyNew Year. 🥳 3y
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KarenUK
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#bookreport #adaylate 🤦‍♀️

Another December week with very little reading....

- Finished The Guest Cat which was thoughtful, quiet and lovely...
- Made progress with The Gentleman which I‘m enjoying, lovely writing...
- Started the Lisa Jewell for Book club, which I‘m hoping to finish as my last book for 2019.
So excited to start my 2020 challenges. Been sitting on so many great books that fit challenge prompts!
#booknerdproblems 😂

Cinfhen Exactly 😜 3y
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KarenUK
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A beautiful, quiet little Japanese novella that has so many gorgeously captured moments, touching on how we relate to each other, to our surroundings and to the world. This story of a young couple visited by a neighbor‘s spirited cat, was so touching and felt very intimate. I loved it.

Crazeedi Did you send me the beautiful book? Thank you sooooo much I sat down as soon as I opened and read it. Now I'm going to go page by page and savor it. Merry Christmas Karen to you and yours, 🤗🥰❤😘 3y
Crazeedi And this book sounds delightful 💞💞 3y
squirrelbrain This sounds right up my street.... 🐱 3y
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KarenUK I did! @Crazeedi I‘m so glad you loved it 💕 3y
rubyslippersreads Sounds lovely. 😻 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR! Should pick it up very soon. 3y
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
Let‘s see if I do better this week!
But to be honest, I‘m not getting much reading time, and I‘m so exhausted after each day in retail hell that I‘m falling asleep to Midsommer Murders instead of reading! (being a bad bookworm!🤦‍♀️)
- I hope to finish The Guest Cat 🐱🤞
- I hope to start the Lisa Jewel for B&N bookclub in January 📚🤞
- I hope to make some progress with the Count 🎧🤞

BarbaraBB Hopefully you will have some rest from retail soon 🤞😘 (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Echoing at what @BarbaraBB Hoping you get some down time xx Happy Holidays, my sweet dear friend ❤️💚 3y
KarenUK Christmas Day can‘t come soon enough! Happy holiday my lovelies 😘💕📚 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 3y
Andrew65 Great choices. 3y
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KarenUK
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#bookreport @Cinfhen

-Finished ‘Tell me Everything‘ .... really good
thriller-ish debut, but the cover has LITERALLY nothing to do with the book!
- Started ‘The Guest Cat‘ which is lovely so far, quiet and whimsical....
- A couple of hours into ‘A gentleman in Moscow‘ (which is 17 hours long!😳) and so far I‘m really enjoying the sense of place, and the main character just sparkles... 🌟

squirrelbrain I‘ve got A Gentleman in Moscow on the list for next year, for #readingeurope2020. 3y
Cinfhen Looks like you had a good week, nice to escape from the mayhem 😘 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ve got it ready for hat on the cover for #booked2020 could you use for both (assuming you‘re doing the other challenge!) 3y
squirrelbrain Yes, I have it down for both @TrishB ! I need to revisit my spreadsheets over Christmas to decide what I‘m reading when so I can fit them all into the right challenges. 😁 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain I‘ve had a very first go at the planning! 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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I am cycling off a Postal Book Group I participated in from 2015-2019, and The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide was my last read.(I need to mail it tomorrow!) It started through the Books on the Nightstand Goodreads group, and if you listened to that podcast (R.I.P.) you know that started a while ago! ⤵️

ReadingEnvy A married couple lives in a guest house on a larger estate and the slim novel is more about how they relate to the architecture and light of their house, the seasons, other people, Chibi the cat, and so on. 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻❤️stacking 3y
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
- Really enjoying Tell me Everything 😊💕
- just started Gentleman in Moscow on Audio and loving it so far 🎧👍
- hoping to start The guest cat, a little Japanese novella that looks lovely 🐱
- I may get to Lisa Jewell for January work bookclub 🤷‍♀️

But who am I kidding!? It‘s holidays and I work retail at B&N! This week will be bonkers! 🤦‍♀️

gradcat Take care of yourself—don‘t work too hard! ♥️ 3y
Cinfhen I‘m happy to know people are still buying books as gifts/ although B&N sell EVERYTHING theses days 😂😂 3y
squirrelbrain The Guest Cat sounds lovely! 😻 3y
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Sace Oh I cringe just to think about retail this time of year. My heart goes out to all retail workers! 3y
KarenUK @Sace I LOVE my job and feel lucky to work in a bookstore.... except, these two weeks of the year! People get really mean and crazy! 3y
Sace @KarenUK I'm very grateful for retail workers as I love shopping. 😁 I've done stints at bookstores and fast food and know what you mean about people. 3y
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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

“The Guest Cat” is a short and sweet book that I‘d recommend for cat-lovers but also for fans of Japanese literature. It wasn‘t one of my favourites, but it‘s a short, quick read that‘ll warm your heart. 3 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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llwheeler
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1. The Grace of Kings
2. The Guest Cat (tagged)
3. The first time the heater turns on... Going for walks while the trees are changing... The inevitable in-between days where within a few mins you will see people out in everything from t-shirts and shorts to parkas 😛

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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llwheeler
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Dipping into one of my new acquisitions while dinner cooks.

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Susanita
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So I heard some commotion in the living room, and then I saw this fella on the patio just as chill as could be. #notmycatsoflitsy

Tamra 😍 3y
emz711 Love the hashtag 3y
brit91 😻😻😻😻 3y
Crazeedi Awww, my heart is crying, I hope he has a home!? 3y
Susanita @Crazeedi I hope so too! He/she was pretty bold and didn‘t have that furtive skinny look of a feral. 3y
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lauraisntwilder
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A thoughtful rumination on life, art, and cats.

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lauraisntwilder
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"I'd say one's thirties are a cruel age."

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Bradley.benjamin26
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The noble-minded do not thrust others aside in order to make their way in the world. But then they themselves are ultimately thrust aside by the advancing tide.

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Bradley.benjamin26
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“Once the arrangement of objects had settled down, I felt that I was finally ready to establish myself in this place. ‘This is where I will live,‘ I thought to myself. Perhaps it was because I‘d developed a feeling for the passing of the seasons in our new abode—as if each new house, each new neighborhood contained its own unique experience of the passage of time.”

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kgriffith
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Bailedbailed

I suppose that‘s what I get for trying to sneak in those last two books to hit 100 in 2018 😋 I was hoping for something as moving as The Travelling Cat Chronicles, but this is definitely more about the author‘s journey into middle age and less about the cat. Next! #24B42019 #readathon #readin2018 #goals

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ardismargrethe
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Mehso-so

Think a lot was lost in translation on this one, maybe I will read it in English in the future. It's a cute and charming book, but details in the Norwegian one was nagging me and I don't know if it's this book or just the translation

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WellReadCatLady
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Fefe approves. #caturday #catsoflitsy

Lcsmcat 😻 5y
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WellReadCatLady
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New tattoo cemented my cat lady status.

TommieMarie74 Love this!!! I have a “cat lady” tattoo planned too. 😻 5y
shadowspeak17 Cute! 😻 5y
WellReadCatLady @TommieMarie74 can‘t wait to see it! 5y
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WellReadCatLady
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jen_hayes7
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My Waterstones haul!! Unfortunately, this copy of The Guest Cat has a very large tear that I hadn‘t noticed in the store. Not sure if it happened during purchase or while being carried back to the flat. Poor kitty might lose his left ear! #waterstones

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TheWellAccompaniedBook
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I have reinstated the End Of The Bed Bookshelf. I got rid of it a couple of years ago in a decluttering whirl. All the unread books at the time just felt like pressure so I cleaned out many and put the rest in a cupboard. I‘ve missed looking at books so back they go.

britt_brooke 😍 5y
Jhullie All my book shelves are in my bedroom. I like having them surrounding me. 5y
Joanne1 Think hygge, books as decoration and homeliness as much as functional objects. Takes the pressure out. Plus I like that your shelves look uncluttered. 5y
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jhod
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Boyf got me this book, which I'm sure I've seen on someone else's feed today, great unusual pick! He also got me the photo frame, he did well :-)

LeahBergen Nice! 😍 5y
TheLibrarian How sweet!! 5y
AlaMich I love that frame! Much more interesting than the ones you usually see. 5y
Dulcinella Lovely! 5y
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Mitch
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Relaxing after #24in48 with some BBC Big Cats ( my little one is in awe!) #catsoflitsy

LauraJ My cat used to watch that every day when I got home from work. He was fascinated by it. 5y
robinb ❤️ this!!!! 5y
Mskt6891 Mine loved it too! She also loves Secret Life of the Zoo 😂 5y
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batsy That is so cute! 5y
Purrfectpages What a great picture! 🐱 ❤️ 5y
OrangeMooseReads Isabella loves animal shows 5y
Meeko93 How cute! 5y
Mitch Its funny- she‘s 10 and never shown an interest in TV before, but she‘s all of a sudden started watching very intently! 5y
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stargazerblue49
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#bookhaul
I tried to find local authors or things that I hadn‘t heard of before while at Wild Rumpus and decided on some signed Louise Erdrich (who I‘ve never actually read before) at Birchbark Books, but I got distracted by the beautiful children‘s book in the middle. #literarytourism #minneapolis #imtired

Tamra I haven‘t gotten there yet either! 5y
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