Bestsellers · Time travel

Before the Coffee gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe – Toshikazu Kawaguchi ★★★★

Blurb; In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time…

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula’s time-travelling offer.

Among some faces that will be familiar to readers of Kawaguchi’s previous novel, we will be introduced to:

The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago
The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral
The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry
The old detective who never gave his wife that gift…

This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past, in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

My Review; I absolutely loved the book before this one (Before the Coffee gets Cold) and the lovely Mel from Melanie’s Reads told me about this one and sent it me for Christmas last year. This is a book that I wanted to devour but also to savour & not finish.

It’s a short read at just under 200 pages. It is split into four different short stories of people coming to the cafe to time travel, most people choose to travel back in time but in this book one person travels forward! The rules remain the same from book one and the cafe characters remain the same. Its such a cosy read. Welcoming. A setting I will miss.

However, short story number three did require some attention from me as this was a story of back and forth, hard to keep track. Each story is unique and beautiful. Highly recommend and isn’t that cover just stunning. A well deserved four stars from me… If you could who would you go visit back in time? Or the future?

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fantasy · Magic · Time travel · Young adult

Fantastic Beasts; The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

Blurb; At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

My Review; The second instalment of Fantastic Beasts. Another brilliant, easy read. These books are so beautiful with the design layout and how the story is told in the play format. I felt this book had much more in it than the first and can’t wait to compare it to the film already.

Since I was a little girl I have always loved J.K. Rowling, the magic and the books. This didn’t let me down either and I am eagerly awaiting the final installment of Fantastic Beasts. I was lost into the wizarding world yet again. A story that can easily be devoured in one sitting. I absolutely love Newt, his crazy creatures and his adventures. Magical.

A book most have probably read already! But if not definately one to get or add to your list. Loved it. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars.

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Book club reads · chick-lit · romance · Time travel

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger ✶✶✶✶

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Date Read: 01/01/2016


This is a book that shocked me! I had heard so many good reviews about it that I had to check it out for myself. Now I am not one to judge a book by its cover but I really did not think this would be my kind of book. I have never read a time travel book before this one and due to this book it has made me want to read more like it. I will admit it took me a while to get into the story and I found it all confusing at first, but then it just clicked and I understood it all.

The author has set all the chapters out nicely and neatly to prevent confusion which personally helped myself. It was not an easy read for me personally but i adored it and eventually fell in love with the story and understood what all the hype was about, as it is an excellent read. This book is perfect for those readers who enjoy fantasy, science fiction, time travel and a little bit of romance.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to time travel? Henry has always been a time traveler and finds himself in all sorts of situations. Clare has known Henry since she was six and found herself falling in love with Henry and he in return, so they get married and later on in life have a child named Alba. While all seems well with the family and carrying on with a normal life surely nothing with interrupt or spoil the smooth going? Be sure to buy this book and join in with their story.The ending of the time travelers wife may shock you, but I am not giving anything away about that as the ending alone has had very mixed reviews.