Welcome to Friday Reads. Each Friday, I’ll review any books I’ve completed that week, as well as share what I’m reading right now. And by “Each Friday,” I mean “some Fridays.”

Looks at me – two weeks in a row! I’m still a book behind schedule, but I’m making progress.

Finished reading:

Travelling Cat Chronicles The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa – 5* (August 27)

This book is the kind that makes me regret giving 5* to other books. As a “cat person,” the story of Nana (the cat) and his person (Satoru) delighted me – and broke my heart. Some brief tears in the prologue and despite following the clues to the ending, absolute sobs when the story finished.

It’s a lovely tale of the friendship that forms between a stray cat and a kind human. They begin to go on road trips together, meeting new people and animals and seeing new sights. But the friendship is always central regardless of the action.

The story is told primarily from Nana’s point of view and the cat’s thoughts are exactly what I think my cats would say if they could understand me. From the inexplicable joy about a cardboard box to the pain and fear surrounding an injury, Nana’s simple statements really resonated with me.

This book is a beautiful read for cat lovers and probably for most animal lovers.

Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier – 32%

I purchased this book at a used bookstore on a recent trip to Seattle. I’m always on the lookout for more du Maurier. The first chapter was a struggle last night, but once the story starts in chapter two, I’m much more interested.

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