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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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KimM
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One of my favorite reads for 2019 and the only one that made me cry. If you are a cat lover, this book is for you. If you like stories in which the cat is a character, this book is for you. Beautifully written and deeply poignant, I loved every single character, but especially Nana the cat.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulReads
I am #lookingforwardtoreading this, about the final journeys undertaken by a cat and his young and terminally ill owner. Some of my IRL book friends were raving about it and I‘m curious. There‘s also a recent movie adaptation.

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve not heard of this before but it sounds great...and sad. 😢 1mo
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Lcsmcat
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A sweet book, well narrated. I loved the little glimpses into Japanese culture. But the ending had me crying during a traffic jam on my commute, so beware.

LauraJ This book should come with a packet of tissues! 😿 1mo
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AmyG
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@CoffeeNBooks Thank you so much for two wonderful books from my tbr. You are really so kind and sweet. After about 6 pictures...I finally got Hilly in one! Not the best subject. 😘😘😘

Meaw_catlady Awww she‘s shy and cute ! 🖤 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Happy early Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 2mo
AmyG @CoffeeNBooks 😘😘😘 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
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executivespooky
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Howdy, friends! Wow, I've been busy pretty much since Memorial Day.

Big trip to China, work trip two days after China, wrapping up one job and starting another. Also, I'm in grad school now!

I haven't been reading quite as much, but I'm still trucking along. This book is very cute so far, I love it

Reggie Wow, that‘s a lot going on! 2mo
Texreader Whoa!! Slow down! 😉 Enjoy your trip! 2mo
executivespooky @Texreader @Reggie I'm trying, things are only speeding up right now 😵 2mo
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mdm139
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Best thing about breaking your finger is reading for hours in the waiting rooms.

Lauram Ouch! I hope you get to read until your finger completely heals. 2mo
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CindyRene
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I'm playing catch-up on my #BOOKED2019 posts... I finished both of these earlier this spring/summer during my first round of LMPBC (which was great fun!).
Claiming The Traveling Cat Chronicles for my Book to Movie read, and Good Omens as my Genrebusting read.
@Cinfhen @4th @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 3mo
CindyRene @Cinfhen thank you 😄 3mo
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What a lovely ending to a beautiful but sad story. I felt all of the emotions in this one.

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cajunsyd
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Picked up this little gem in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Japan. And I love cats!!

squirrelbrain It‘s lovely, but quite sad.... 3mo
cajunsyd @squirrelbrain thanks for the heads-up! I‘ll try not to read it in public! 3mo
TheEllieMo I adore this book! 3mo
cajunsyd @TheEllieMo 👍🏻👏🏻 3mo
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whatrebeccasread
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I really enjoyed "The Travelling Cat Chronicles", a poignant look at the relationship between one man, his cat and the people most important to him in his life. I loved it and would recommend you give it a go – 5 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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Meaw_catlady
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
1. The Witch of Portobello is one of my all time favorite books! This quote always gets me. Paulo has such a way with words and story telling.
2. The Travelling Cat Chronicles was the most inspiring read of this summer. So warm so full of love so heartbreaking! 🖤

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 4mo
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kindergartenkat
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First of all, thank you so much @Karisa! Also how hilarious that of all places on earth and the universe we choose the same one!!! I think you must really be my twin! Thanks @Chrissyreadit for organizing this #staycationintimeswap

Chrissyreadit 🥰😍🥰Hope you have a lovely Staycation! 4mo
Karisa Hurray! 😃 4mo
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Meaw_catlady
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This is a heartwarming/ heartbreaking book. Full of adventure, friendship and most importantly LOVE! This is a must read for all animal lovers and anyone who believes in love. Sending it back your way @AnneFindsJoy thanks for sharing this experience with us! #lmpbc #groupQ #catsoflitsy

TheEllieMo I loved this book so much! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😻👋 5mo
AnneFindsJoy I‘m so happy to know you enjoyed this! 😻 5mo
AnneFindsJoy And that‘s the best photo! Love the Catitude- very debonair kitty you have there :)😻 5mo
LauraJ Has #groupq covered its pages with tears? Or is that just my copy? 5mo
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rachaich
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Aw... not the ending I expected 😔😢
What a lovely tale though. I liked the descriptions of Japan and the countryside, and was rather taken with the way in which colours were described and spoken if from a cat's point of view.

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CoffeeNBooks
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This is a sad, but sweet, story about Nana the cat and his human, Satoru. Thanks @Rissreads for sending this to me!

Rissreads You are very welcome! 💙 5mo
BookishClaire I love this book!! 5mo
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sblbooks
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@Shadowfat I made a would you rather questionnaire for you. I'm gathering information to plan your time travel adventure. I have a few ideas already, but would like your input. #staycationintimeswap #SITS If anyone else would like to use, or share this please feel free to do so.

Shadowfat I'll work on this today:) 5mo
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rachaich
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Cats and books!
Started this today... hoping it's heart warming rather than heart breaking :/

squirrelbrain It‘s both! 😿😻 6mo
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Rissreads
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💙 A beautiful story about a man and his cat. My two cats and dog bring me so much love and joy, I couldn‘t imagine my life without them. 💙

#buddyread
@CoffeeNBooks

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The_Reading_Hedgehog
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A truly beautiful book. I cried on the train as I reached the end. I loved every bit of it and I can‘t wait to try more from this writer.

Bookwormjillk I forced myself to finish this at home and not on the train for that very reason! 6mo
The_Reading_Hedgehog Update: there‘s already a movie based on this book and you can bet your ass that I‘m going to cry at that too. 6mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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@Rissreads I'm enjoying this book so far! More in comments...

CoffeeNBooks I love Satoru and Nana's story, and that Satoru took such good care of him when he was hurt. I'm sad that Satoru has to find him a new home, and I'm looking forward to reading more this week to see what happens with Nana, and hopefully he'll find a good home. 6mo
Rissreads I am also enjoying this book. I loved the story of Satoru and Kosuke as children and the cat Hachi that they found. 6mo
LauraJ Have a box of tissue nearby. 6mo
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BookishClaire I LOVE this book!! 6mo
SW-T Sweet read but Kleenex advised 💕😢 6mo
Rissreads I‘ve just finished this 💙 6mo
CoffeeNBooks @Rissreads I read through the second section this week. I'm really curious at this point why Satoru can't keep Nana, and I'm glad it hasn't worked out for either of his friends to take Nana. I don't think they're the right people for Nana. I'm hoping he'll figure out how to keep him. I loved the interaction between Nana and Chatran, that Nana was trying to teach him how to catch mice and act tough. I might finish the rest of the book this week. 6mo
Rissreads Sorry, I find it hard to read a book spaced out over such a long period of time. (edited) 6mo
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JennyM
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This book is #BigInJapan and on the bestseller list. I read it earlier this year and found it a charming story that made me a bit misty-eyed at the end 🌸 🇯🇵

#WanderingJune

Cinfhen This is such a stunning photo 😻 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve seen loads of love for this book! Gorgeous pic 💗 6mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen one day I‘ll get to Japan and see the real cherry blossoms. And I was surprised at how I enjoyed this one because *whispers very quietly*, I‘m not a cat person (at all) 🤫 6mo
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mreads Loved this book ❤, also not a cat person 😉 6mo
JennyM @mreads let‘s promise never to tell our dogs about this 😆 6mo
Cinfhen I was just thinking I‘m from the same family you and @mreads are from ( whispers very quietly) and that I probably wouldn‘t care much for this book but maybe I need to rethink that!!!! (edited) 6mo
mreads @JennyM 👍 6mo
mreads @Cinfhen 😁 you could insert any pet really it's great you should read it. 6mo
Cinfhen Does it matter if I‘m more of a people person than a pet person @mreads ???😜 6mo
BooknerdsLife I have this on my TBR too & will read it when I‘m ready to cry my eyes out 😆 Do you know there‘s also a (Japanese) movie adaption for this? 6mo
JennyM @BooknerdsLife yes, I‘ve seen that there‘s a Japanese movie of it. Not sure how the book would translate into a movie 🎥 🍿 6mo
BooknerdsLife @JennyM I‘m super curious about the movie too...but think I should read the book first 😅 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This quick read was quite the tearjerker, so I‘m glad I was home alone when I finished it. Recommend for all cat lovers.

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CoffeeNBooks
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@Rissreads Do you still want to read this book? I'm going to start reading it next weekend. If you still want to read it, we can read/discuss as follows:
read p. 1-60, discuss 6/9
read p. 61-107, discuss 6/16
read p. 108-187, discuss 6/23
read p. 188-247, discuss 6/30
#TheTravellingCatChroniclesBuddyRead

Rissreads Sounds great! 🐈 6mo
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KarenUK
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This was a real tear-jerker... Such a lovely story about human connection, friendship and kindness..... Satoru and his cat take a road trip, visiting old friends and looking for a new home. Nana the cat‘s musings on life are at times hilarious and other times profound. The writing is simple yet beautiful, to the point, and cuts to the heart... a tale of love, companionship, loneliness..... And that ending! #infinitetissueread 😢

AlaMich This sounds lovely! Stacked! 7mo
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Tanner
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A delightful read.

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Clwojick
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This was an absolute pleasure to read! It was heartwarming, funny, and sometimes sad. Be sure to have a box of tissues near by, and maybe don't read the last quarter in public, like I did. It's definitely a tear jerker! Nana the cat has a very lovable character, and I just wanted to reach into the pages of the book, and give him a good snuggle. #NetGalleyReadathon 2/30

Samplergal You‘re on a roll! This is good. We should do this each month through the summer. 7mo
Clwojick @samplrgirl! We definitely should! I could do the first weekend of the month up until September, if you girls are down?! 7mo
Clwojick @Jen_Reads ⬆️⬆️ 7mo
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Jen_Reads @Clwojick I‘m game!! I can‘t stop requesting arcs so I‘ll need it!! 7mo
jb72 I put this on my TBR a bit ago. Glad to hear a good review! 😺😸 7mo
Clwojick @Jen_Reads It's an actual problem 😂 I will never stop requesting 7mo
rsteve388 I hear this book is amazing and cant wait to read it. 7mo
SW-T I wanted to give Nana a hug too 💕 7mo
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CindyRene
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This sweet little book arrived at my house today! I can't wait to get started on it! I've noticed it says"heart breaking" right on the front cover ?. I wonder what that's all about ?
#LMPBC #Round5 #GroupQ
@AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady

mrsmarch I didn‘t see it coming, that‘s for sure. #spoilers #nospoilers 7mo
AnneFindsJoy Haha! I felt it coming with every page I turned, and yet I couldn‘t stop turning, every page(day) was so beautiful! Just like life! ❤️ 7mo
CindyRene @AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch 💜💜💜 gonna get my tissues ready 😁😉 7mo
mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy I knew something was brewing...well, you‘ll see when you get my notes back 🤗 7mo
RadicalReader Nothing sweeter than book mail 7mo
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mrsmarch
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Now that I have your attention .... (a Zebra 🦓 Dome from Animal Kingdom Lodge & a peach 🍑 dump cake recipe I tried my hand at) I just realized that with the mailing off of the tagged back, I‘m halfway through this round of #lmpbc! It‘s my first experience and I‘m really enjoying it so far. What would my group companions say to continuing with the group another round? I‘m taking a class over the summer that will probably cut in to my leisure 👇🏻

mrsmarch reading time significantly. But it‘s fun exploring new books with friends! #groupQ (edited) 7mo
Meaw_catlady I wouldn‘t be opposed ! I have so many new books I need to get to and would love to share! 7mo
Kayla.Adriena OoooOooo Animal Kingdom Lodge! Did you stay there for the duration of your Disney trip? I wanna go to Disney so bad so I'm trying to get as much advice before I go as I can! 7mo
mrsmarch @Kayla.Adriena My in-laws have a condo in Kissimmee not far from the parks. But it‘s no cost to visit the Lodge with the family, and see the animals and of course spend $ at the shops. The zebra domes are flavored with amarula liquor, which is delicious. $4.29 for 4 cakes! Great deal! (edited) 7mo
CindyRene That sounds great!! I would love to keep going in our awesome group q 😁! 7mo
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mrsmarch
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BookNAround Cutest mail person I‘ve ever seen. 7mo
CindyRene So precious!! 💜 7mo
AnneFindsJoy Awww she is adorable! 🐣 7mo
Meaw_catlady Aw!! Great outfit! 💕 7mo
Cinfhen Cutie!!! 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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This one made me cry.
#BonBonCat #CatsofLitsy

JennyM It sneaks up on you ♥️ 8mo
LauraJ Me too. Stupid book! 😿 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh gawd me too. Like, “run home and clutch the cats to my chest until they struggle”-type cry. 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
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mrsmarch
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Alright @CindyRene on its way to you come Monday! #lmpbc #group5 #groupQ

CindyRene Yea! Looking forward to getting it! 😁😁 8mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Settling in —for now— with this cute book narrated by a cat. (By the way, @TK421 - do you recognize the chips? I just got an assortment of Mikesell‘s directly from the source! Thanks so much for introducing me to these during #sffs!)

Jen_Reads I loved The Traveling Cat Chronicles. It was such a good book. 8mo
mrsmarch I‘m reading this one today. Flew through it on the airplane. 8mo
TK421 Mikesell's is the brand I grew up with. Their good n hot flavor, smokey bacon, and honey bbq are my favorites. Enjoy the assorted chip box! 😁 8mo
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mrsmarch
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#itme 📚📚

Lmstraubie Yes! 8mo
Mdargusch So true! 8mo
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mrsmarch
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I can‘t even get out of bed in the morning before the skritch requests begin. #nationalpetday #dogsoflitsy #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

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Purrsistently
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Mehso-so

It was sweet. It was fun to read a translated book and I did enjoy the story and characters, but I didn't love it as much as I wanted to.

SW-T I fell in love with Nana and was sad for his loss. 8mo
Purrsistently @SW-T yes😭 8mo
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mrsmarch
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1. The 60s had the best music. If I had a Tardis, I‘d go to early 1930s West Virginia to see my great grandmother before she died. Just to watch her in motion for a day.
2. I love paperbacks. They travel best.
3. Younger. Just. 😉
4. According to GoogleMaps, I would have to drive 3,020 miles to reach my natal city.
5. #friyayintro 😇

Lynnsoprano A Tardis would be fun. 8mo
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mrsmarch
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Look what arrived today! This cover makes the book seem a lot * gulp * sadder than originally intended. But I‘m excited! Let the games begin! #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

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CoffeeNBooks
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Thank you so much for this @Rissreads! I've been wanting to read this book! This was so thoughtful of you, and very much appreciated! #LitsyLove 📬💌😊

SW-T Loved it! 8mo
Tereses Bough5 this yesterday as I had a voucher 8mo
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Rissreads I only just saw this! You are very welcome. Let me know when you read it and maybe we can do a #buddyread 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Rissreads Definitely! Maybe in June? 7mo
Rissreads Sounds good! 7mo
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AnneFindsJoy
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@mrsmarch Mailed the tagged book to you today! You might want to stock up on some tissues! 😭 LOL! #LMPBC Group Q

mrsmarch Oh heavens lol 8mo
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mhillis
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Things from the cat‘s perspective in this book are cute and unexpected! Here Nana explains that although cats are good at listening, they can‘t read books 😹 #cats

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mhillis
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📚 Current reads: The Travelling Cat Chronicles, Milkman, Sisters in Law
📚 Your life as the title of a book: The Book Jumper
📚 Favorite plant / flower: Peony
#weekendreads

mrsmarch We‘re reading that for #lmpbc #groupQ! 9mo
mhillis @mrsmarch It‘s good, isn‘t it? I‘ve only read part one and was surprised a cat was a pov character! 🐈 9mo
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Nya
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I expected this to be a simple casual read, and though it was, it got me tearing up and attached to the characters. So many heart strings tugged!

It has the distinctive slower pace of Japanese storytelling as the mood and background is set in the beginning, but once the plot gets going, prepare for quite the emotional journey!

#catsoflitsy #emotional #rollercoaster #herewego

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Emfn
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Starting a new book tonight. This ones been in my collection for a while now, finally getting round to reading it.

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Branwen
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Having a bit of a picnic in my book room today! It's 45° and I have the window open. With snacks, tea, books, and kitties, it's basically the best atmosphere ever! 😄📚💕😸 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

CouronneDhiver Awww that‘s fun. Kitties look quite happy 9mo
Leftcoastzen Fun! 9mo
TheBee 🤗 9mo
Branwen @Leftcoastzen @TheBee @CouronneDhiver Thanks, guys! It was a very cozy day! 😊💕 9mo
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AnneFindsJoy
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Boo has given his final approval of my book for #LMBPC #Round5 #groupQ - and he might just add his own comments inside too! #catsofLitsy #BooCat

Meaw_catlady Awww!! We should most certainly all photograph our cats with that book. I mean if we all have one! @mrsmarch @CindyRene 10mo
Meaw_catlady boo is so pretty! 10mo
AnneFindsJoy @meaw_catlady thanks! Given your Litsy name I‘m guessing you 😻 too! 10mo
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Meaw_catlady @AnneFindsJoy yes I love cats! So cuddly and beautiful .😻 10mo
CindyRene Aww! Boo is beautiful!! I do have a kitty. We'll have to add our selfies with our book this evening after a trip to the bookstore. TGif!! 10mo
cathysaid Such a good book! 9mo
MommyOfTwo Love your kitty, so pretty! 9mo
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AnneFindsJoy
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#LMPBC #round5 #groupQ I‘m thinking one of these... Thoughts? Any read already or feel strongly for or against? I tried to include a mix with contemporary, historical fiction, chicklit, and children‘s. I tagged books in the comments. @mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady @CindyRene

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CindyRene I have not read any of these and all look interesting. No strong feeling against any. Looking forward to reading your pick! Thank you for asking 😊 10mo
mrsmarch I‘m not sure I could read Angry Housewives...one of the character descriptions was a little too close to home. 😢 Sorry. The rest all sound interesting! 10mo
mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy @CindyRene @Meaw_catlady Do we want to have a theme for the reads or just share whichever most excites us? I like this collage approach too. 10mo
AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch @CindyRene @Meaw_catlady I‘m fine with theme or random picks... I had seen Littens posting choices and got #excited #newbie 😂 10mo
mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy I didn‘t stay up in bed last night thinking of books 😂 10mo
Meaw_catlady Ooh those all sound interesting to me! Besides the angry housewives. 10mo
mrsmarch On additional reflection, this sounds interesting 10mo
AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady @cindyrene sure let‘s go with this one, and I will use turquoise/teal pen 10mo
Meaw_catlady Yay! That one looks super good! 10mo
CindyRene Perfect! This looks good 💜 10mo
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Litlady
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Comfortable post op reading. 📚🥰 #Februarywinterpeople

DivineDiana Happy Healing! 👏🏻📚❤️ 10mo
valeriegeary Winter people should keep you sufficiently distracted! Hope you're up and about soon! 10mo
Kodak2057 I LOVED winter people! Happy healing! 10mo
Litlady @valeriegeary @Kodak2057 @DivineDiana Thanks .. it‘s getting better all the time! *Beatles tune* Lol 10mo
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SW-T
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As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.

...I became Satoru‘s commuting cat.
...some of the other cats I got to know received extra perks as well.

#quotes #pets #petsandbooks #petstories