Book Review

Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles ~ Hiro Arikawa

I was provided an ARC copy of The Traveling Cat Chronicles from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date is October 23, 2018

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Official Blurb from NetGalley

A life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice, The Travelling Cat Chronicles shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy.

We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts . . .

An instant international bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe . . .

With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

My Review

In the beginning, we meet a stray cat, whose name later becomes Nana, and his future owner, Satoru.

We are then shown their journey to the different homes of Satoru’s friends. You see, Satoru is looking for a new home for Nana due to an unknown circumstance. At each place they visit, they leave a mark on their friends’ lives. While journeying, they see miraculous and beautiful scenery.

Throughout the story, the reader is treated to alternate narrations between Nana and Satoru’s friends, with Nana’s view on his life with Satoru and his surroundings, and Satoru’s friends’ memories of how they first came to meet Satoru.

My Thoughts

This book had me at the title. Who wouldn’t want to read about a traveling cat?

Okay, there are probably quite a few people that aren’t interested in cars, but this was a lovely and simple story, that it’s hard not to enjoy it.

I particularly loved that Nana, the cat, was the major narrator and immensely enjoyed his view of the world and catisms.

I will, admit, I cried. Not just a few tears, but ugly sobbing while finishing this book in bed. All I wanted to do after reading was grab my cat and hug on him….alas, my cat lives 2 hours away with my family. 😭😭😭


I loved this book and will definitely be grabbing a copy once it comes out…errr, when it’s discounted probably due to my self-imposed book buying ban. I give this book 5 stars!! I will definitely reread even though I will bawl my eyes out again.

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