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Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a caf which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafs time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the caf, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . . Toshikazu Kawaguchis beautiful, moving story translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
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GatheringBooks
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#CoverLove Day 19: #Chair(s) in this bestselling series - I finally caved and bought them all. Will probably read the first book with college kid in our book club of two this summer. I hope it lives up to the hype. Have you read these titles yet? Do share with me some of your thoughts.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute covers 🐈‍⬛ 🪑 5d
MaureenMc I love this series! I think it would be great for discussion in a book group, big or small. 5d
Eggs I have not read them 5d
Lunakay I love these books, totally worth the hype and the short-story-like chapters make them a very snack-able read. Get the tissues though😉 4d
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Hooray! I found a book with a #lamp on it! I almost gave up. 😅 #CoverLove #myneverendingtbr

Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 1w
marleed Haha, I read your post and immediately thought of this children‘s book that I‘ve had tucked away since the ‘90s! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was really difficult 🤣 1w
PurpleyPumpkin @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love a good challenge!😅🙌🏽 1w
PurpleyPumpkin @marleed I have not heard of that book! It‘s a perfect pick for this prompt. 👌🏽 1w
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VanessaCW
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Pickpick

This is quite a quirky book but charming with it. It‘s a gentle and touching little tale about life. What would you change if you could travel back in time? Don‘t forget to drink your coffee before it gets cold, though! ☕️😉

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VanessaCW
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A library book. I keep seeing this little book mentioned and thought I‘d give it a go. 🙂

Crazeedi Cute photo!❤️ 1mo
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rwmg
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4 charming interlinked short stories set in a cafe in Tokyo where you can go back in time. There are certain constraints, however:

1.Nothing you do will change events between then and now. Whatever has happened, will happen.

2. You cannot leave your seat in the cafe, so you can only meet people who have already been to the cafe.

3. You will return to the present when you have finished your coffee - and you MUST finish it before it gets cold.

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AllDebooks
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#LitSolace #MidsummerSolace

Let's make Saturday a day for coffee and chats. Join in our #SaturdayChatterday event. Grab a drink and start chatting.
☕️ Are you having a good weekend?
☕️ What are you up to today?
☕️ Where are you?
☕️ What are your plans for next week?
☕️ Any recommendations - books, places, films/tv shows etc?

Have a great day 🌞

@TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

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AllDebooks I've a day in the garden planned with frequent breaks, reading We are the Ark, rewatching Bridgerton and sipping herbal tea 🍵 😋 2mo
Librarybelle It‘s a beautiful, sunny day in my part of Pennsylvania today, but Saturdays are usually my cleaning day. You‘ll find me cleaning and reading! 2mo
Bookwormjillk Happy Saturday! I was doing some chores earlier and had to finish up some work, but I'm done now and plan on spending the rest of the day puttering and running the kids around. It's a beautiful day here so I will be maximizing my outdoor time. 2mo
wanderinglynn So far so good. I got my workout in & then went down the block to Starbucks & it‘s an absolutely lovely morning—warm with low humidity. I have to do some chores, but I‘m going to read to. I just finished the tagged & recommend it. Not only is she a minority woman, she‘s deafblind & so she also faces disability discrimination. Her story is amazing. 2mo
wanderinglynn @Bookwormjillk if only the entire summer would be like this! The weather this morning is prefect! 2mo
TheSpineView Today is going to be hot and humid. I plan on going to the barn and get a short ride in before it gets too hot. Then lunch with my barn friends. A stop at the grocery store then home to get a few chores done. I will be listening to 2mo
julieclair I'm spending the morning at the beach with my grandbabies, aged 4 and 2. They love playing in the sand and the tide pools. This afternoon, I will probably be reading Thomas the Tank Engine books to them about 6,000 times. 😂🤪 They head home tomorrow 🫤. The week went by so fast! 2mo
IndoorDame I‘m a little under the weather so I‘ll mostly be in bed with books and tea, but I‘m still hoping to sneak in a few chores and maybe some time on the roof deck to soak up some sunshine and fresh air. 2mo
kspenmoll Started my day with early morning coffee & reading on the porch.Then a morning walk- beautiful day, in low 70s. Stopped & took photos of all the vibrant flower garden‘s on my street. Only occasional bikers going by, stopped to chat with neighbors out walking or having coffee on their porches/stoops. So peaceful & connecting. Now I am ready to do some errands, hope to be home by noon to enjoy more outdoor time. No other plans. (edited) 2mo
kspenmoll @IndoorDame Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. That was me last weekend. 2mo
kspenmoll @julieclair The beach my favorite place sounds wonderful! Enjoy your grandbabies and who doesn‘t love Thomas the tank?! 2mo
kspenmoll @TheSpineView I hope you can beat the heat! 2mo
kspenmoll @AllDebooks I plan to do some reading of the arc as well – it‘s slow going right now because work is busy end of the year teaching stuff. I recommended it to a friend of mine who has all native plants in her garden. Enjoy your gardening. 2mo
kspenmoll @Librarybelle Glad you are getting some reading in between all that cleaning! 2mo
kspenmoll @Bookwormjillk Enjoy your kids, puttering & the outdoors- beautiful here in Connecticut too. 2mo
kspenmoll @wanderinglynn Haben sounds fascinating. I saw your post. I plan to go to the library tomorrow and if it‘s not there put in a request. 2mo
IndoorDame @kspenmoll thanks! I always take pics of the neighborhood flowers when I‘m out walking too! 2mo
IndoorDame @julieclair love the beach!! Enjoy the waves and the kiddos! Hope I can manage a drive up to the coast sometime this summer! 2mo
Cupcake12 Just made myself a cuppa. Worked in the garden this morning. Pressure washed the patio and put out the garden furniture 🪴 Currently reading 2mo
IndoorDame @AllDebooks only a few days till Brigerton!!!!! 2mo
wanderinglynn @kspenmoll what a lovely way to start your day! 2mo
wanderinglynn @IndoorDame hope you feel better soon! 2mo
wanderinglynn @TheSpineView enjoy your ride! ❤️🐎 2mo
julieclair @IndoorDame Hope you feel better soon. My completely un-medical advice: no to chores, yes to sun on the roof! 😘 And I hope you do get to the coast sometime this summer. 2mo
julieclair @kspenmoll Low 70s sounds divine! We are full into hot & humid here in coastal South Carolina. Perfect excuse to slow down and be lazy, lol! 2mo
TheDaysGoBy Not sure yet. Saturdays are always a family day - I meet up with my parents and sister and 2 nephews. The particulars of what we do are always last minute 😂 I might try to sneak in a little reading before I head out for the day 2mo
Read4life I‘m currently having coffee and croissants with my husband. Then we‘re off to watch my young nephews flag football game. A walk, reading time and some chores will round out the day. 2mo
Cuilin My Saturday involves planting in containers to put near the mailbox. A quick grocery run and house chores. And of course reading. Hope you feel better. @IndoorDame 2mo
Cuilin @AllDebooks @IndoorDame I just finished Queen Charlotte. It may be my favorite. Looking forward to the rest of season 3 2mo
peaKnit It‘s a little rainy in WI but I hope to head off to the garden center and get my errands done to spend the afternoon reading. 2mo
DebinHawaii I‘m having coffee & oatmeal cookies (so breakfast) 😉 at my sister‘s in Oregon City. It‘s sunny & low 60s (F) at 8 AM, which feels great. We have a family gathering here today this afternoon to see everyone (nieces, nephews & great nieces & nephews). Had dinner with my siblings last night. Still have residual junk from bronchitis but feeling better each day & it‘s nice to be with family. 💛 2mo
Cuilin @Cupcake12 I love pressure washing. I watch videos of it, it‘s so satisfying I just realized how weird that sounds. Lol 2mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame my son has been sick since last Saturday missed all his exams 😵‍💫 so this week he has to take them alone at school 😵‍💫 thankfully only two the rest of his teachers gave him a pass due to his GPA. Which is 4.5 😳 I hope you get to feeling better soooon!!! Rest&Hydrate! (edited) 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin Queen Charlotte is my favorite!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie It‘s 62 up from 50 when I woke up 🙂🙃 coffee and chores and reading. My almost 18 yr old son has been sick a week so I‘m constantly wiping everything down 😵‍💫🤪😝. Next week we‘ve reschedule his examinations and I‘ve decisions to make about next school year and my plans … I just finished watching on Netflix Turning Point: The Bomb And The Cold War I highly recommend it. 2mo
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie thanks! I hope your son feels better soon too and make-up exams go smoothly 💜 2mo
IndoorDame @Cuilin thanks you! 🙏 Definitely agree about Queen Charlotte!!! 2mo
Cuilin @TheBookHippie my daughter had Covid last week. We drove two hours to pick up laundry and go grocery shopping. Went to laundromat. Did laundry. Returned it to her with the groceries and then drove back to New Hampshire. I couldn‘t even give her a hug. But it‘s what we do right? Hope your son feels better soon. (edited) 2mo
Cuilin @DebinHawaii I hope you have a lovely family reunion. Hope to get home sometime soon to see mine. Enjoy. 2mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Hope your son feels better soon! 💛 2mo
DebinHawaii @IndoorDame Hope you can rest & feel better soon! 💛 2mo
DebinHawaii @Cuilin Thank you. The last time I was in Oregon was 2017 so long overdue for a visit. Hope you get to see your family soon! 💛 2mo
TheBookHippie @Cuilin yup ♥️♥️♥️ motherhood 2mo
AllDebooks How lovely is this? Just getting my coffee and catching up x 2mo
AllDebooks @Librarybelle Sounds lovely. I think there's something so relaxing about a clean and tidy house. With 4 teens, mine rarely is! 2mo
AllDebooks @Bookwormjillk Sounds perfect. Enjoy the sunshine x 2mo
AllDebooks @wanderinglynn Sounds like a lovely day, enjoy. The book looks great, stacked! 2mo
AllDebooks @TheSpineView What a perfect day you have planned x 2mo
Librarybelle @AllDebooks Oh my! I would imagine it‘s a bit difficult! My house is far from perfectly clean, but every little bit helps. 2mo
ElizaMarie I‘m at work today. But I love this!!!! I had coffee this morning. Realized that Argylle book is not for me (I can‘t get into it) - started listening to it yesterday and got a little over and hour in. 2mo
AllDebooks @julieclair How wonderful, gotta love a day making memories with little ones x 2mo
AllDebooks @IndoorDame oh no, forget the chores and go rest in the sun. Wishing you better x 2mo
AllDebooks @kspenmoll I love days like this when you have time to slow down and be more mindful. Hope it's a relaxing day for you x 2mo
AllDebooks @kspenmoll I got quite a few chores done in between rest/reading pit stops. I bet your friends garden is gorgeous and buzzing with life 💚 2mo
AllDebooks @Cupcake12 A busy morning for you then, time to relax for the rest of the day. Enjoy your book. 🙂 2mo
AllDebooks @IndoorDame I can't wait to see the rest of Polin's story. I'm interested to see if it follows the book's storyline. 2mo
AllDebooks @TheDaysGoBy oooh a family day sounds so good. Hope you did something fun 🙂 2mo
AllDebooks @Read4life Sounds like a chilled day, enjoy x 2mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin I love a bit of pottering about in the garden. I adore Queen Charlotte,it has been my favourite Bridgerton so far. Shondaland sure does great tv 💚 2mo
AllDebooks @peaKnit I don't mind a few rainy showers, saves watering the garden. Did you get anything nice at the garden centre? I love plant shopping almost as much as book shopping 🌻💚🌻 2mo
AllDebooks @DebinHawaii I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better. Love that you're having such a lovely time with family. X 2mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin pressure washing videos 🤣 I did not know there was such a thing! 2mo
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie Oh no, being ill and missing exams must be so stressful for him. Hope he's feeling better and wish him good luck with his exams. X 2mo
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie thanks for the Netflix tip. I'll look out for it 🙂 2mo
AllDebooks @Cuilin hope she's feeling better now x 2mo
AllDebooks @ElizaMarie yay, I thought it would be nice to chat. How was your day at work? I have Argyll to read but I've seen the film now. I did enjoy it, was entertaining but not enough Henry Cavill 2mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie Hope your son is on the mend soon and that he kicks butt in his exams next week. 💙💚💙 2mo
dabbe Just finished walking the dogs with a temp of 98º--supposed to hit 110 today. 🥵 I know I said I'd try not to complain about the heat, but it's not even officially summer yet, and I just want to sob. I. HATE. IT. So, I'll be staying inside the rest of the day and praying to the air conditioning gods that our AC is working. #fourmoremonthsofthis 🔥 Thanks for listening. 2mo
dabbe @IndoorDame Feel better soon! 💙💚💙 2mo
AllDebooks @dabbe I hear you! I could not cope with that heat. 🥵 I hope you managed to keep cool. Sending hugs x 1mo
IndoorDame @dabbe thanks! Putting in a word to the AC gods for you 💙🙏 1mo
dabbe @AllDebooks 💙🤗💙 1mo
dabbe @IndoorDame You, too! Boston's been toastin', too! 💙🤗💙 1mo
IndoorDame @dabbe for reals! A rainstorm last night is making it feel a bit more like how June is supposed to feel at the moment, but tomorrow it‘s right back to oh-yeah-the-world-is-ending-temps 1mo
TheBookHippie @AllDebooks he is so stressed!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @dabbe trying to send cool weather to you 😵‍💫🤪😝 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I hope you‘re enjoying your visit and haven‘t had to use my phrases 😵‍💫🤣🤣🤣🎉♥️🫣😘 1mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame @dabbe next three days here temp is supposed to be 62, 63, 65….😳 1mo
TheBookHippie @peaKnit it‘s supposed to rain this afternoon so I assume it‘s headed over the lake 🙃 1mo
TheBookHippie @ElizaMarie I have bailed so many books this year! 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair I‘m so glad you enjoyed my summer favorite recipe!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle Mr Book Hippie is in Pennsylvania currently he says it‘s way warmer than home 🙃 1mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie 💙💚💙 1mo
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie A very sunny 80 degrees in the south central part of the state! 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Not so far but this is the bigger family gathering so I have them handy! 🤣🫢🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 😅😂🤣😘 1mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle He‘s by Lancaster today. 1mo
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie Nice! That‘s about an hour east of me. 1mo
peaKnit @AllDebooks I ended up with Bee Balm and a tomato plant. I went for a yellow sunburst cherry tomato plant but all were gone:( so now I‘m unraveling an old knitting project and listening to a book. I hope you‘re enjoying your day! 1mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Having a great weekend so far! Today we had an early birthday celebration for The Wyrmling with family. Went for a hike in a state park. Next week is his real bday so we‘ll be celebrating just the three of us with a zoo trip and some sort of fancy treat. 🥰 1mo
Catsandbooks So nice reading through this thread ❤️ We had planned on going to a local festival but with the heat here in MS reaching high 90s and real feel at 100, I just wasn't feeling up to it. (Idk how you survive @dabbe lol) So instead we went to a new-to-us Thai restaurant for lunch and it was very good! I had chicken pad Thai and taro bubble tea 💜 1mo
AllDebooks @Catsandbooks Reading through all the responses certainly lifted my spirits. I hope it did the same for everyone else. Your lunch sounds amazing x 1mo
AllDebooks Same time next week y'all x 1mo
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks yummmm! I don‘t know how @dabbe does it either 🤪😝 1mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie I will try to vicariously enjoy the cool breezes where you're at. 💚💙💚 1mo
ElizaMarie @AllDebooks work was so stressful! It was “too much” I came home and was exhausted! Im at work again today and tomorrow then off for 7 days. So I can‘t wait! 1mo
ElizaMarie @dabbe it‘s Been rainy here for the past 2 days and ugh! Work has it so cold! 1mo
ElizaMarie @TheBookHippie I feel my tolerance has gotten a lot lower. Now I am a lot quicker to bail (which feels good) #HailToTheBail 1mo
TheBookHippie @ElizaMarie I do too!!!!! 🤣🫣 1mo
dabbe @ElizaMarie Let's switch places! 🥵😂🥶 1mo
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rwmg
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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rwmg
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#coffeeandabook

Re-reading for my book club

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wanderinglynn
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this book. I agree with other reviews that this would be better as a play or a Netflix series. As a book . . . well, I'll just say I think maybe something has been lost a bit in translation. I think that if I could read it in Japanese, instead of this translation, it would be better. The English translation, well, I thought it felt simplistic and overexplained. But I like the concept.

LeahBergen I felt the same! 2mo
wanderinglynn @LeahBergen so glad I‘m not the only one. I saw sooo many rave reviews. 2mo
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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

I liked the premise of this one, but it did get a bit samey with the descriptions of the coffee and going back in time. I think that was partially because it is very similar in style to What you are looking for is in the library! But I did enjoy it! I don‘t think I will rush to get the next one, but I will probably read it in the future :)

#DogsOfLitsy #ReadingBuddy

Sleepswithbooks 🐶🥰 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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LeahBergen
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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My current read for my IRL book club.

I can‘t say that I‘m loving it exactly but I‘ve already found myself teary. 😆

Princess-Kingofkings I love your mug! 4mo
LeahBergen @Princess-Kingofkings Thanks! It‘s a big chunky mug from a local potter. 4mo
Princess-Kingofkings @LeahBergen even better that it was made locally 💙 4mo
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MaureenMc I love this series. 🥰 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely photo ♥️ Looking cosy. 4mo
batsy That's exactly how I felt about this book! 4mo
rubyslippersreads The cover is cute. 😸 4mo
shantireads11 This one is on my list!! 3mo
LeahBergen @shantireads11 It was a “so so” read for me and most of my book club. The premise was very cool but the writing left us feeling a bit flat. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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aWiseWoz
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Mehso-so

What a cool idea. Books about time travel are usually fantasy / wish-fulfillment. But what if it cane with so many rules that it hardly made sense to even try it? While the idea carried the beginning of the book, and the slow reveal of the connections between the characters carried the middle, it had lost all steam by the end.

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Teresereading
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‘Oh gosh, is that the time! Sorry, I have to go,‘ the man mumbled evasively, as he stood up and reached for his bag.
#firstlinefriday
@ShyBookOwl
#24countriesin2024

ShyBookOwl How are u liking this one? I bought it a looong time ago, but I've never read it 5mo
Teresereading @ShyBookOwl I enjoyed it,the style was unusual in places but that might have been in translation? 5mo
ShyBookOwl @Teresereading Ah ok. Could be! 5mo
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IndianBookworm
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Bailedbailed

Imagine a coffee shop that lets you go back in time with a few (read many) rules to follow.

As interesting as the premise was, the book was pretty bland. I understand some essence being lost because of this being a translation. Expected a bit too much I guess, DNFing after the second story.

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Coleen_Nieto
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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1. Read or listen to an audiobook at least one hour each day this week, Oh and I have tickets to see TJ Klune Friday evening. So buy lots of his books....that's part of the plan.
2. Before the Coffee Gets Cold and The Book Thief.
3. Impulsive, Kind.

@cupcake12
#MotivationalMonday

Have a great week!

Cupcake12 I‘ve only read one book by TJ Klune. I loved it! Have a great time x 6mo
Coleen_Nieto @Cupcake12 Thanks! I'm looking forward to it. I haven't read his books yet, but I've heard good things! 6mo
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Messiejessie
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Mehso-so

I liked the story but not the writing, which is understandable as it‘s a translation. However it felt clunky to read and a tad repetitive. The way the female character‘s perspectives were written also felt a little off base.
Nevertheless, it was a short read with an interesting plot line.

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LadyCait84
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Mehso-so

I was intrigued by the concept & the specific relationships each section explored.

But the writing style just felt so flat. I saw other reviewers suggest it might have been due to translation, but I don‘t think that was my issue. It was more about where the author offered detail (like describing everybody‘s outfits?!) vs where he kept it sparse or oversimplified (the action, character development)? I was left annoyed; so much missed potential.

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Coleen_Nieto
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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1, I think WWI or WWII are my favorites, although the WWII time period has so many books set in that time it gets a little saturated.
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses.
3. Gone With The Wind or The Mists of Avalon are the longest books I've read.
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🩵🩵 6mo
Coleen_Nieto @Eggs it's a pleasure! Thank you! 6mo
Coleen_Nieto @Eggs it's a pleasure! Thank you! 6mo
Eggs @Coleen_Nieto 🩷🥰❤️ 6mo
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kaysworld1
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I've done it again I've started a new audio book and it turns out to be a series of 4 book's.
Why do I do this to myself...
oh well here we go with the first book Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

#audiobook
#readingontheroad
#solotravel
#traveltheworld

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vivastory
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At a hidden café in Tokyo with only a few tables, there is one with a special chair that allows the occupant to travel in time. Like other time travel stories, there are numerous rules that must be followed & it is the inventiveness of a few of these rules that helps make this work so well. Also, it is the perfect blend between the bitter & the hopeful that keeps what would otherwise be an overly sentimental story. Great story w/ great cast.

Leftcoastzen I liked it too +☕️ 7mo
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vivastory
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Didn't expect to tear up while reading this one
(Image taken from google images)

BarbaraBB I can imagine 🤍 7mo
CatLass007 It‘s a wonderful book. There are four books in the series and I‘ve read the first three. I recommend them all. (edited) 7mo
Gissy @CatLass007 Good to know because I just read the first one and it was amazing. So good for a play. 7mo
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CatLass007 It would be a good play. 7mo
AvidReader25 I‘ve only read the first in the series, but I loved it! 7mo
Reggie lol love the image. 7mo
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Merry Christmas! 🎄I‘m up early and waiting for the rest of the household to wake up and open their presents so I‘ve used the time wisely and finished my book! This is between a ‘pick‘ and a ‘so-so‘. I‘m feeling generous as it‘s Christmas! This is an interesting concept and story, just the execution wasn‘t great. The writing didn‘t really flow. But maybe this is just the translation. Anyway, Merry Christmas and happy reading!

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BookBelle84
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Book Advent Day 8!

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Cortg
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t expecting this book to touch so deeply on emotions and humanity. The four stories were heartfelt and thoughtful. Though each was short, the stories were big and didn‘t leave me feeling a hole in the story. The flow of the writing took me a bit to get into maybe due to its translation or that it was written as a play, but I did like the style. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and I‘m looking forward to my bookclub discussion!

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monkeygirlsmama
Tales from the Cafe (Original) | Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Sunmark Publishing Inc

I have been depressed & painfully sad since I lost my better half recently. And the rare moment I feel the least bit happy about something I immediately feel guilty. So this hit home, “If I had led a sad life as a result of my sister's death, then it would have been as if her death has caused it. So, I thought I mustn't allow that to happen.I swore to myself that I would make sure that I was happy.My joy would be the legacy of my sister's life.“💙

Shemac77 ❤️❤️ 8mo
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Bookzombie 💕 8mo
Deblovestoread 💜💜💜 8mo
JessClark78 💙💙 8mo
batsy I'm so sorry for your loss. 8mo
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry for your loss! 😔 8mo
Teresereading ❤️ 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Hi there, I wanted to express my condolences . My wife passed away 6 months ago so I 100% get what you are feeling. If you ever want to chat, give me a shout. ❤️ 6mo
monkeygirlsmama @MicheleinPhilly I am so truly for your loss! I wouldn't wish it on anybody. 7 months ago to the day yesterday for me. 😭 6mo
MicheleinPhilly 😕 It is truly awful. But day by day, breath by breath, we‘ll keep moving. I often don‘t know how but I somehow make it happen. ❤️ 6mo
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monkeygirlsmama
Tales from the Cafe (Original) | Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Sunmark Publishing Inc
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Pickpick

This book was great! The 3rd and 4th stories in particular made me bawl like a baby. Can't recommend this enough. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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monkeygirlsmama
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Seems like this one's got lots of mixed reviews, but I quite enjoyed the original so am hoping for the same this go round.

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ManyWordsLater
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I am very turned off by how kawaguchi describes his female characters.

TBD on bailing because of that.

Jolynne Shucks! I have it on hold. (edited) 9mo
monkeygirlsmama Sorry hear you didn't enjoy this one. I loved it and just got my hands on a copy of the next two books. 8mo
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Jeg
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Bailedbailed

I think this little book lost out with the translation. Also it was originally a stage play and I could see that working well. The appeal of this book might be the lessons/ moral or what ever each story portrayed. I‘m afraid I couldn‘t finish it as there was something about the writing that didn‘t get me in in. I‘m guessing it was the way it was translated. I did love the life lessons of the first two that I read.

LeeRHarry I thought this was pretty so-so and not very memorable. 9mo
Anna40 It might be just be the way it‘s written in the original that doesn‘t work in another language but please don‘t say it‘s the translation. I started doing a bit of literary translation myself and I can assure you that all the established lit translators I‘ve met so far are passionate about their job, underpaid and committed to making books from all over the world accessible to English speaking readers staying as true to the original as possible 9mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Mehso-so

Yeah, nah.

This was a speed-read before book club tomorrow, where I suspect I‘ll be in the minority.

Not my cup of tea (🤭)

LapReader Me either. Struggling to get through it. Definitely not reading the next one. 9mo
Jeg I think you will have some company. 🙃😏 9mo
CarolynM I quite liked it, but I haven‘t felt any desire to read the others. 9mo
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Liz_M
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Weekly Report

Almost done with Clarissa! So, of course, I've started another 18th century epistolary novel 😂 This one is overwrought. Also reading the quite meta Age of Goodbyes. And because my hold from several months ago came through, I read Before the Coffee Gets Cold.

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TheEllieMo
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Pickpick

A rare re-read for me, ahead of seeing the author at #CheltLitFest next weekend. I still love this quirky, emotional book.

Book 1 #20in4 #Readathon @Andrew65
Book 10 #SummerEndReadathon @TheSpineView
Book 15 #Rushathon @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 10mo
TheSpineView Great job! 10mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 10mo
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Night_Reader
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Pickpick

I decided to re-read this book and I'm very glad I did because I enjoyed it much better the 2nd time around. ☕📚

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AileenRR
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Pickpick

It‘s a relatively gentle and quiet book and so it took me a while to get into it. Ultimately got sucked in and enjoyed it ☕️

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

The second in this series, and four more people visit the cafe to go back to the past. It was moving and sad. It's a simple idea, but it works.

monkeygirlsmama Getting ready to start this one today. 8mo
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ManyWordsLater
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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En Français!

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 11mo
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TheBookHippie
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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@CBee OMG ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

I‘ve been wanting to read this and the sticker!!!!
I‘m seeing him September 5 & 7 !!!! 😘

Mail came early and what fun this was there! 🥰

CBee Awwwww yayyyyy!!! I saw that sticker and I was like, I HAVE to get this for Christine 😍😍😍 And I really loved that book! (edited) 11mo
TheBookHippie @CBee 🥰🥰🥰🥰 11mo
marleed I love this series. And I agree, life doesn‘t get eddie vetter than tickets to see Eddie Vedder live! 11mo
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Veebee
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Pickpick

Poignant stories of how people have regrets and would go to great lengths to go back in time for one chance to make amends. So, in this unique cafe in Tokyo, you can go back once in the past but have to come back before the coffee gets cold ; but nothing that you do can change the present.

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cjvander
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Mehso-so

4/5 This book was engaging & emotional. You walk through the tales of people who would give anything for one last conversation, and are left to think of your own life and the moments that slip by. Although this book was well written and compelling, it was also a bit predictable. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a quick, cozy read.

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CollapsingLibrary
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Pickpick

What a charming, thought provoking yet simple story. Four separate stories that are loosely tied together all centering around a small cafe that can let customers travel in time within a set of strict rules. At first I was found the narration style irksome but quickly grew to enjoy it. A great reminder to live your life in the present and to its fullest. Would recommend for a nice light read.

suvata One of my favorites 13mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

It's a bit trite and earnest, more like a fable or a fairytale than a novel with a plot. It‘s written in a surprisingly simple style, given the complexity of the subject matter. Some people really respond to that though and I don‘t begrudge them that. I'm not sure it lives up to the hype, but you could pick up worse from a Little Free Library. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/before-the-coffee-gets-cold-toshikazu-kawag...

LapReader Same 14mo
CatMS Read and liked. 14mo
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LatrelWhite
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🎧💛🧡🩵 ☕️ In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

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Bklover
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Pickpick

I have no idea whether I liked this or not. I think I liked it, but there were parts that were choppy and seemed oddly inserted into the story. I just don‘t know. Maybe in a few days I‘ll figure it out. 🤷‍♀️

DogMomIrene Oh, interesting. Someone just recommended this book to me. She mentioned is was unusual. 14mo
CatMS I really liked this wonderful little book. 14mo
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Walaka
Tales from the Cafe (Original) | Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Sunmark Publishing Inc
Mehso-so

The first book in the series was charming and insightful in its examination of human emotions through the conceit of time travel; the sequel attempts the same lyricism but hits some false notes. Part of the joy of the original stories was how much was left unexplained; this volume tries too hard to fill in the blanks. And it seems to be shifting focus to an annoying child. A bit of a sophomore slump here but I will still check out the next volume.

booklover3258 I'm reading the third book now and the child is not as annoying as in the second book. :) 14mo
Walaka @booklover3258 Good to hear! 😁 14mo
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CozyCatLady
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Pickpick

These books truly have all of my heart. I have laughed and cried and felt everything in between. The stories are so wholesome and well written. I don‘t have any words for it, but I do have all the feelings 🥹🙏❤️

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CozyCatLady
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Really looking forward to reading this book. I adored the first volume and am curious what this one will bring!

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#books #bookaddict #booklover #bookly #booknerd #bookstagram #casualreader #cozyreader #goodreads #happyreading #reading

marleed Great pic. I love this series! 1y
CozyCatLady @marleed me too! It is such a wholesome book yet again ❤️ 1y
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nikekay
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Pickpick

Finished reading on 16 May 2023.

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MariettaSG
Mehso-so

I need a rating between so so and pick and if there was one I‘d use it for this. The book was a bit so so to begin with but grew closer and closer to a pick as I read it. Not amazing but a gentle tale of human needs, particularly regrets within relationships. Very much about the power of hindsight.

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Walaka
Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi

A small coffee shop has an unusual feature: it lets you travel through time. But you can only stay in the shop, anything you do in the past won't change anything, and you had better finish your coffee before it gets cold or there will be consequences. The book is less about people trying to change fate and more about how revisiting events can change one's emotional responses Full of understanding human complexity and generosity for our failings.

MariettaSG Generosity of our failings- nice line 1y
Walaka @MariettaSG Thanks! 6mo
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