The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

I requested The Cat Who Saved Books as it features two of my favourite things, not realising that it was aimed at YA readers. While this does not make it unsuitable for adult readers, it probably explains why I found it a bit unsatisfying. Despite it being a fairly short book, it took me several goes to finish it as I was not sufficiently gripped each time I picked it up. It is well written and expertly translated from the Japanese, but it fell short of what I was expecting. Also, the cat does not feature as strongly as the title suggests. I can see The Cat Who Saved Books would work well as a Studio Ghibli film. The story explores themes of not fitting in, grief, loss and loneliness with great sensitivity, and I totally agree with the idea that reading creates empathy, and it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you do. Thanks to Picador and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.