1. Before The Coffee Gets Cold (2015) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
A solemn afternoon, beautiful weather, and your favourite cup of joe on the way—who doesn't love a healing trip to a café?
Toshikazu Kawaguchi's two-part novel taps into every coffee shop lover's dreams. In a nondescript spot in Tokyo, every order comes with a complimentary travel pass. . . back in time. The catch? You have to return to the present just before your coffee gets cold. In the first book, four characters take their chance at fixing their previous fumbles but things turn out to be much more complicated than they expect.
Those looking for newfound meaning in life may be delighted in this book's thrilling and engaging plot. If you've no patience with extrapolation and unnecessary descriptives, you'll definitely enjoy Kawaguchi's literary style: succinct, heartfelt, and effortlessly poetic.
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