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

adventurous inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This ended up being a cute story with some good messages that anyone can read. The writing is very simple and straightforward, so it's appropriate for all ages. There are several good quotes in here as well, and I like how it got me thinking a bit. 

The characters themselves aren't particularly interesting, and feel a bit generic. The meat of the story is actually more in the dialogue. There are four quests, or labyrinths as they are called in the book, that guide us into analyzing aspects of our lives. There are themes on compassion, empathy, and love, so I'm leaving this book with a warm, cozy feeling. 

Overall, I think this is a perfect winter read. However, I don't ever want to hear the word hikikomori ever again. 😅 

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