A review by kathis_wonderland
The Cat Who Saved Books, by Sōsuke Natsukawa

adventurous emotional funny reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


The Cat Who Saved Books from Sosuke Natsukawa is an adventurous story about Rintaro and a speaking cat. After Rintaro's grandfather died, a speaking cat appears in his bookshop. The cat encourages Rintaro to help save books from the hands of people who mistreat them. Together they go on a few adventures.

This book was completely different to what I expected. I expected the main character to be a cat. But Tiger was a side character. And not even a lovable one, but rather cold-hearted. I loved how books were praised and how Rintaro tried to explain how important they are to people. This was really heart-warming. The book had some really awesome quotes.

The adventures to save books were not as intriguing as I expected. It just took some talking to the bad guys. All missions kind of repeated themselves and they were very lengthy. Every chapter was one mission. I personally don't like such long chapters. I always get the feeling that I will never ever finish any of the book when chapters are so long. And I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter.

I have a really hard time rating this book. On one hand, I enjoyed the story and liked the concept. On the other hand, it was not really my cup of tea. I expected something different. However, it was a new experience and I liked the cultural aspect of the book as well. I reflected on my love for books as well. 

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