The Cat Who Saved Books By Sosuke Natsukawa & Translated by Louise Heal Kawai

There are timeless stories, powerful enough to have survived through the ages. Read lots of books like these – they’ll be like friends to you. They’ll inspire and support you.

The Cat Who Saved Books, Sosuke Natsukawa

First of all I would like to thank Alice at Picador Books for being so kind and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa ad translated by Louise Heal Kawai centres on (official blurb): “Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookshop he inherited from his beloved grandfather. Then, a talking cat named Tiger appears with an unusual request. The cat needs Rintaro’s help to save books that have been imprisoned, destroyed and unloved.Their mission sends this odd couple on an amazing journey, where they enter different labyrinths to set books free. Through their travels, Tiger and Rintaro meet a man who locks up his books, an unwitting book torturer who cuts the pages of books into snippets to help people speed read, and a publisher who only wants to sell books like disposable products. Then, finally, there is a mission that Rintaro must complete alone . . . An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai, is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.”

The Cat Who Saved Books was one of them books that I read at the right time. I connected to this story and the main character Rintaro Natsuki in so many ways. From his love of books, his relationship with his Grandpa and also his sense of belonging and the messages that are conveyed throughout this novel.

There was so many beautiful and meaningful quotes and passages throughout that I found myself stopping every couple of minutes to tab another one 🖤

The power of friendship plays such an important role within The Cat Who Saved Books. Akiba, Sayo, Tiger and Rinotaro’s Aunt each bring such important connection and hope to Rinotaro and show him that he truly isn’t alone and that there are people out there that do generally care about him.

Grandpa used to say it all the time: books have tremendous power.

The Cat Who Saved Books, Sosuke Natsukawa

If you were tasked with saving a book/(s) which book would you choose to save?

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