The travelling cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Tender story between man and cat

The travelling cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa 

It’s not the journey that counts, but who is at your side

The cat with no name

In this beautiful and sweet story we meet Nana, a stray cat who’s being adopted by his human Satoru. The bond between them is strong as we discover along the pages. Nana has his own will and is an intelligent cat yet his love for Satoru is so great that he’s adapting himself to Satoru’s way of living. They go on a road trip after five years together. Satoru wants to show Nana the world while finding a new forever home for him. But is Nana able to let go of his beloved human?

Japanese author

For this reading challenge I needed to read a story that takes place in Japan or a story by a Japanese author (bonus if translation is done by a woman). This story is written by a Japanese author and takes place in Japan. It’s a wonderful story and I love that it’s written from more points of view: we read the story of Nana, Satoru, and Satoru’s friends. It gives a great insight into the lives of everyone involved.

Loyalty, love, and friendship

If you love a sweet story about loyalty and this unique friendship, this is your book. Just keep in mind: have your tissues ready. My gosh, what an emotional rollercoaster.

February writing challenge

Yesterday it was Valentine’s day. Did you do something nice with your amour or were you reading? I mean, books will always be a big love for a bibliophile 😉 We understand each other, no worries.

Today’s writing challenge is a mix between Valentine and the Japanese reading challenge.

Your challenge right now: fit this beautiful love haiku in your story.

Are you ready? Grab your pen and… go!

love between us is

speech and breath. loving you is

a long river running

Sonia Sanchez “Haiku [for you]”

Another review, latest thriller

I just received the latest thriller of Rosamund Lupton in Dutch for Boekrecensiesblog. And well, I read it almost in three hours! Here’s the review for you in English:

180 minutes in fear…

Three hours by Rosamund Lupton

Love conquers everything, it is the only thing that really matters


From loving school to devilish nightmare

On a cold winter day in a peaceful forest, the world is about to change for good. Rafi, a Syrian refugee suffering from PTSD, thinks he has heard a bomb. The director communicates code orange to his teachers and makes sure the emergency plan is deployed immediately. A few minutes later he is shot. It’s the start of three terrifying hours…

Multiple storylines

Hannah helps the director with his gunshot wounds in the library, where twelve other children are hiding. In the English classroom and modeling room, other teachers and children try to hide from the shooter. It is now up to the police to find out who the perpetrator is, what he wants and why. Detective Rose is doing her utmost to sketch a profile of him so that she can come up with the right tactics to eliminate the perpetrator. They only have 180 minutes before they can prevent a massacre.

Complicated subjects

In Three hours Lupton describes a lot of different places, times, and characters. It gives you more insights and it feels even more personal, for example one of the characters has a severe depression and two characters are Rafi and Basi, refugees from Syria. The book feels real and opens up for the right/left political debate. It’s a story about fear, love, and courage. Lupton did a fantastic job writing about these complicated subjects.

An exciting new thriller 

Perhaps I’m not the most objective person to review a Lupton book. I just love her way of writing and story plotting. Everything’s just well connected. So I’m sure you can already guess it but I’ll say it nevertheless: I recommend Rosamund Lupton’s latest book Three hours to everyone who loves exciting thrillers. *Review based on the Dutch translation ‘Drie uur’