Beautiful And Poignant
Before Your Memory Fades by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is the third book in the Before The Coffee Gets Cold series but can be read as a stand-alone. I recommend reading the previous books first for maximum enjoyment.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold series has really spoken to my heart. The books are about love, life, regrets and memories. They are uniquely crafted by Toshikazu Kawaguchi and beautifully executed.
Before Your Memory Fades is so beautiful and poignant. We meet those who are grieving and have regrets and frustrations. Grief takes many forms. For some, they want to lock up their lives and never smile again. They believe that to smile, is to feel guilty for living. “I’m worried that you will forget how to smile when I die.” Our loved ones want us to remember and to smile when they are gone. We smile again, in memory of their love.
Death is not the end, as long as we remember our loved ones in our hearts, they live on. “Even though I die, as long as you don’t forget me, I’ll always be in your heart.” Death happens but memories enable us to live on.
Leaving A Legacy
Tales From The Café by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is a delightful contemporary novel and the second book in the Before The Coffee Gets Cold series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading book one first.
Once more the reader returns to a small coffee shop in Tokyo. It is a place suspended in time where hearts can be changed by a single visit.
We learn that love and relationships are what is really important. We cannot change the past but by confronting the past, we can have mindset changes that will affect our present and future. We can have hope again.
Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is an absolutely delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart as you learn what is really important in life.
In a small coffee shop in Tokyo lives are changed. The past cannot be altered but there are lessons to be learnt.
As people pass through the coffee shop, the reader has the opportunity to glimpse a fraction of their lives. We see that regrets need to be healed, relationships are the most important, and love never dies.
The book is absolutely charming. It has an ethereal beauty that calms the soul.
The Power Of The Story
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa (Translated by Louise Heal Kawai) is a powerful book about books. It is also a journey of self-discovery and growing in character.
We learn the value of books. They are to be savored. They are written to be read and not locked away in display cases, never to be touched again. Stories can teach us things. They can also fire up our imaginations.
We see that the richest people are those who have friends. The love of money will always lead to dissatisfaction as we strive to get more, more, more. “Once you got thinking about money there was no end to it.” When the grasping of money rules your life, you will never have enough.