My Bonfire Weekend Reading

I had a busy weekend involving play-dates with kids, plenty of fizz, takeaways, brunch and fabulous fireworks, but I always manage to squeeze in some reading – why change the habit of a lifetime!?

I read two books this weekend; The Travelling Cat Chronicles and Without a Word, both of which I would recommend.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hero Arikawa

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

41XKOKhgZzL‘It’s not the journey that counts, but who’s at your side.’

This majestic tale is told from the point of view of a cat.  A cat named Nana.  Nana is on a road trip with his owner and best friend, Satoru, but Nana is not sure where they are going, nor does he care whilst he is sat in the front seat next to his beloved owner.  They go on a journey of visiting three old friends of Satoru’s, though the reason why will break your heart.

This story is set in Japan; it is delightful, insightful, full of warmth with plenty of humour.  We explore the journey of two best friends and what lies in wait for them.  This is a book about friendship, love and solitude.  It shows how you can help others and when to let others help you.  It is a truly mesmerising, peaceful tale that will stay in my heart.  A perfect gift for others to cherish.

Thank you to Poppy Stimpson at Transworld for sending me a copy!

Without a Word by Kate McQuaile 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

513tzuCG-yL‘I was there when it happened.  I watched her disappear.’

This book landed on my doorstep thanks to Quercus which led to very compelling reading.  I struggled to put this one down as I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to “whodunnit” which made it all the more fun.

This is a story about Lillian and what on earth happened to her.  One minute Lillian is on a Skype call with her best friend, Orla, then the next she has disappeared and her house is in flames.  For over ten years, Lillian’s disappearance has remained unsolved, and Orla has found it impossible to move on.  So when she receives an unexpected visit from Ned Moynihan, the detective who led the original investigation, she is both shocked and pleased as the case has been brought into light again.  Moynihan has been receiving anonymous notes accusing him of having failed to investigate the case properly which has prompted him into action.

Somebody hasn’t been telling the truth, and it is one exciting ride trying to figure out who it is… McQuaile writes assertively with a pinch of adventure, shock and intimate relationships.  It really is a book written for anybody and everybody, assuming you like a slice of crime with your cup of tea!


That’s it from me – have a good week all!

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