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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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NikkiCureton
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Finished this while on a mini-break in Asheville, NC. Beautiful book, recommend if you‘re looking for a feel-good story that puts a rather interesting spin on time travel.

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Anya91

“It takes courage to say what needs to be said.”

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Anya91
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First book of December 🤍

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jen_the_scribe
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I really loved this listen. It‘s full of beautiful connections between the characters, and the idea that love transcends time. The story revolves around the employees and customers of a seemingly simple little basement café, but taking a closer look you‘ll find how unique the café really is. Listening to this one was always a bright part of my day.

IuliaC Lovely review! The sequels are great as well 3w
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jen_the_scribe
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“If this was the past, then it held no use.”

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starlight97
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An interesting take on time travel: there's a hidden little café in Tokyo that has one single seat that allows you to travel through time. There are many rules, but one of the most important is that you must return to the present before the coffee before you gets cold. ☕ Oh, and another rule is that no matter what you do in the past, the present won't change.
#magicalrealism #timetravel
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

TheNeverendingTBR Loved it! 1mo
TheNeverendingTBR I've still to read the sequel. Also recently I found out that there's a third book that's just came out. 1mo
starlight97 @TheNeverendingTBR I just started the second book and yes, there's a 3rd one too! 1mo
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IuliaC I enjoyed both this one and the sequel very much 1mo
RebelReader I listened to both on my daily walks this summer. I didn‘t know there was a third. Thanks! 1mo
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jen_the_scribe
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My next listen… 😊

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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

I found thos book very average...nor sure what the hype is about!

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RaeLovesToRead
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#pop22 A different book by an author you read in 2021

Ropy time travel mechanics?

Twee, didactic life lessons?

More of the same?

I don't care. These stories are life affirming, gorgeous and make me cry in public.

I can practically smell the coffee; it's like I'm sitting there in the sepia-toned room sipping bitter-tasting syphon coffee and thinking about life, the universe and death.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plus a pic of some caramel apple pie 😉

squirrelbrain Great review! And I‘d like some of that pie please…. 1mo
Cinfhen Yesssss to everything in this post 😍 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain If you ever fancy a day trip down to Southwell, I will take you for caramel apple pie! 😁😊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen I've just bought the 3rd one as well.. 🙃 1mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 1mo
Cortg Awesome! 1mo
Sparklemn That pie looks beyond good! 😋 1mo
IuliaC Great review! I loved these tales too 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks @Cortg @IuliaC Aww, thanks everyone! 😊💕 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Sparklemn Sooooo good 😉💕 1mo
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Magpiegem
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When I let my coffee get cold it makes me want to…#scream ☕️🙀😂 #scarathlondailyprompts #teammonstermash

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

The concept was interesting but the characters and writing keep the reader at a remove.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Panpan

Oof. Never a good sign when I have to push myself to continue. I guess this must do something for other people that it didn't do for me. Much like Kazuo Ishigiro's 'Klara and the Sun', I didn't feel invested and moved so much as emotionally manipulated, unsuccessfully.
Guilting someone via opinion of dead family members (which shows up TWICE) to modify behaviour during greiving process is reprehensible. Lack of communication: my least fave trope.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 106 of the year.

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coffees
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Decided to reread this one because I'm going to dive into the next two books and yup, still enjoyed it as much as the first time. Even though it has magical elements (#timetravel), it still does such an amazing job at keeping the focus on the characters, their struggles, and their relationships with each other. I'm curious to see what the sequel is about #fiction #Japanesefiction #japan

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DMC_run8
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In a coffee shop in Japan there is a seat that can take you to the past. There are several rules including : 1. Nothing you say or do will change the present and 2. You must return to the present before your coffee gets cold. I loved the characters and the lesson! 5⭐️

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Readswithcoffee
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I really like the premise of this book. I even like the “rules.” At times it was somewhat repetitive. I wish I had known this was a novelization of a play before I listened to it. I can easily imagine this occurring onstage. I agree with other reviewers who mentioned that there was no cat in the story even though there is a cat on the cover. The narrator has a very pleasant voice and is a good match for this novel.

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underground_bks
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Premise? Wonderful. Sense of place? Lovely. Everything else? A total mess. This book is frustratingly repetitive. Characters are not fleshed out and are often problematic—the woman with the body of a model who doesn‘t know she‘s beautiful and whose “work is her lover,” the disabled kind-hearted martyr, etc. After I found out this is actually a novelization of a play, it made more sense.

underground_bks Omg forgot my TOP complaint—there‘s nary a single cat in this book despite the cover art 😂 5mo
rwmg Yes, the cover is misleading. I loved the book but was supposed to be reading it for a challenge to read a book with a cat in it. No feline content at all 🙄 5mo
underground_bks @rwmg false advertising!! Show us the kitties! 5mo
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Weisubei
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4.2 ⭐

My 1st reread since forever. I don't know why I always put aside the idea of reread maybe because of my mounting TBR, or I'm afraid I'll lose the feeling I got when I first read it. But I'm glad it's not true. I still feel it, I cried as hard.
Lesson learnt, not every story end happily, but how the story changed us as a person is what matters most.

It takes a special kind of book to make a person reflects on life, and this is it.

Weisubei Got my 2nd bingo, this is my best record so far for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 5mo
SW-T I think rereads are like comfort food; sometimes you just need them. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'm with @SW-T when I am feeling a little down or not like reading, a reread of an old favorite is usually just what I need!! 5mo
Weisubei @SW-T @TheAromaofBooks yes, I think so too after rereading this, I know I can pick up my old favorites and will still love them. 5mo
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Weisubei
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Finishing the 2nd story in the book, I cried so hard.
The 1st story gives me hopeful love.
The 2nd story is a whole new world, a roller coaster of emotion. An unconditional love 😭😭😭

It's a reread for me, and yet I still feel the emotion so strongly.

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Weisubei
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It's raining tonight 🌩️🌧️🌩️

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Eggbeater
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I liked the time travel rules and the atmosphere of the cafe. I was attached to the characters and their outcomes; I just really wanted different outcomes for some of them. I had trouble relating to the familial guilt and pressure and I had trouble with a sick person being cast as such a cheerful martyr. These may be my own issues. I did enjoy the book.

Eggbeater The ghost who does nothing but read, drink coffee, and get up to pee once a day and curses people when they touch her: #lifegoals 6mo
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Weisubei
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Rereading this 💚💚

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mackelie
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Heartwarming stories of people at the Funiculi Funicular cafe where you can go back in time (or future) as long as you drink your coffee before it gets cold.

I liked it that as we follow 4 individual stories, at the same time, they are all linked together by Kazu and the owners of the cafe. We also find out more about the ghost who occupies the special seat.

A good follow up for the first book! Looking forward to the next stories to come!

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mackelie
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Looking forward to reading ‘Before the coffee gets cold: Tales from the Cafe‘. Really loved the first book! Time to immerse into this magical story again! 💗

IuliaC Both are lovely! 7mo
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jjjoni
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remember what hurt to go forward, imagine the what ifs to find strength in the now. an enjoyable read overall.

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thewallflower0707
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t get invested 🙈.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#novel #read

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BittersweetBooks
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Water flows from high places to low places. That is the nature of gravity. Emotions also seem to act according to gravity. When in the presence of someone with whom you have a bond, and to whom you have entrusted your feelings, it is hard to lie and get away with it. The truth just wants to come flowing out 🪑☕️

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🌟🌟🌟💫
I liked three of the four stories. There were two many time travel rules. There's just not enough time, before the coffee gets cold to really get into the story. Up next is Luck of the Titanic. #ThingsInCommon Asian main character.
@Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go!! 💖 8mo
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Sapphire
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Enjoying this book on a lovely Saturday afternoon at home.

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Mirazzles
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I love the premise of this book but so far it‘s kind of difficult for me to stay interested.

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rachaich
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Mehso-so

Uncertain on this one...
It took me a long time to get into and I struggled to remember the characters.
I appreciated the second two stories much more than the first. I can see how this would be good as a screenplay or stage show, more so than a book.

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Sara_Planz
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What would you do if you could go back in time? Who would you want to meet? The rules are simple, but the most important one to remember is that the journey must end before the coffee gets cold. This book is a reminder that time is fleeting, and those moments can be so important, no matter how brief. Broken up into four vignettes, this book is a modern fable reminding us all that time is what you make of it.

rwmg And apparently there is a book 3 but it hasn't been translated yet
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janeycanuck @rwmg ooh, that‘s exciting to hear! I loved the first and have the second on my shelf but haven‘t picked it up because I loved the first so much and want there to still be more! 9mo
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rachaich
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I chose this for book club but am struggling to get into it. I've read the first story and don't feel a great deal for characters so far...

Moonprismpower I hope it gets better for you. I quite enjoyed it. 9mo
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peanutnine
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Eggs 👏🏻☕️🤎 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚☕️ 9mo
Eggs 😍☕️🤗 9mo
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xicanti
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I started BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD last night, and I‘m shocked at the awful writing. Where was Kawaguchi‘s editor? They should‘ve talked him down from all the filters and redundant passages.

I CAN see how this would play well on stage or screen, though. No doubt he‘s way better at scripts than prose.

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Sapphire
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1. Ghosting by Jennie Erdal and about to start Another Life for #foodandlit2022 #greece on March 1
2. Underground by Murakami. I love Murakami but his nonfiction is so different from his well known stuff and this was a powerful telling or the sirin gas attack of the Tokyo subway.
3. The tagged book, along with Mexican gothic purchased during an indie bookstore visit. I am desperately trying to read what I have and not add more.

vivastory I haven't read Murakami in awhile but have been meaning to revisit his work. I especially love his stories. Thanks for chiming in during the discussion today! 9mo
Sapphire @vivastory it was a good discussion! I hope it keeps going. I will check back in. I have Turtle Diary on reserve with the library. 9mo
vivastory There will be several more months in this round. I'm glad that you will be joining again. I'm really looking forward to the Hoban. I have been wanting to try him for awhile now & Turtle Diary seems like a good starting place. 9mo
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SusanLee
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#ithadtobeyou #randomkindness @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The premise of the stories in this book fits this prompt as the magical seat in the coffee house does help those who needs closure in their life which is an act of random kindness for me 😘

Eggs Lovely meaning♥️🌹♥️ 10mo
WJCintron Sounds intriguing!! 😃 thanks for sharing. 9mo
SusanLee @WJCintron you‘re welcome 😘 Hope you would enjoy it too 9mo
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SW-T
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I enjoyed this one as much as the first. Lovely interconnected stories.

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lumbricuslibri
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This. This is not a sad book but it makes me cry, nonetheless.

#beforethecoffeegetscold #toshikazukawaguchi

lumbricuslibri @BookwormM Thanks, good thing I got them as a bundle. I actually wanted to take a break before Tales but I can't, lol. 10mo
rwmg Apparently it's a trilogy but book 3 hasn't been translated yet 10mo
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lumbricuslibri @rwmg I actually saw on Instagram that there are now 4 books in Japan. But, yeah, only the first two have been translated so far. 10mo
rwmg I hope somebody is working on this 10mo
lumbricuslibri Yes, please! 🙏 10mo
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#aestheticallymatched @Clwojick

For those who love hot coffee , books and time travelling ☕️📚 😇

Clwojick Great match! 💕 10mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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In a mysterious cafe you can go back in time but only have time till the coffee gets cold ( with other list of rules as well) The stories are related to people who take this coffee time travel & its aftermath. Most of the stories r heartwarming & emotional. I felt few parts r repetitive from book 1 & most of the characters are regretful about their past. Overall it‘s a good one to read with a hot cup of coffee. #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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rwmg
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4 charming interlinked stories set in a cafe in Tokyo where you can go back in time. However:

1.Nothing you do will change events. 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.

However the author doesn't apply them consistently. 👎

rwmg Fusagi wants to give his wife a letter in the present so how can he have given it to her on her trip into the past? On her last visit to the cafe Kumi writes a letter to Hirai, but then Hirai goes back in time to meet her and they spend time talking until Kumi goes to the toilet and then leaves the cafe, so when did Kumi write the letter? 10mo
rwmg Having said that, the stories are charming and sweet, so I will give them a pick and continue with the second volume, since I bought them as a pair. 10mo
marleed I just can‘t figure out why no one poured their coffee into an insulated cup (thanks yeti!) for some extra time. Post Covid, I‘m not sitting in a coffee shop without my yeti mug - just in case ;) 10mo
rwmg @Marleed Somebody must have raised that point with the author. In the 2nd book, it says “Even if you find some way to retain the coffee's heat, it will have no effect and it will get cold anyway.“ 10mo
marleed @rwmg Damn! I was just sure I was going to experience a time hop with my yeti cup! 10mo
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rwmg
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marleed Perfect 10mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Have coffee, will time travel. This was a fun, surrealist novel about a coffee shop where time travel is possible from only one seat for only a few minutes and without having any effect on the future. It reads like a series of interconnected stories as we get to focus on different characters and relationships at the coffee shop. A fun, quick, and thoughtful read.

Nutmegnc I really want to pick this one up!! 10mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Snow day reading

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