おばちゃんたちのいるところ 👻 (Intermediate Book Club) ・ Starting Oct 29th

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Schedule

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Will you be reading with us?
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  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Maybe
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Such a fitting pick for the upcoming season! I bought the book when I first saw the proposal so here’s the table of contents if you need it for scheduling purposes.

Table of Contents


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You’re a treasure! So the story lengths are as follows:

Story 1 28
Story 2 22
Story 3 18
Story 4 18
Story 5 16
Story 6 12
Story 7 16
Story 8 8
Story 9 14
Story 10 8
Story 11 14
Story 12 10
Story 13 10
Story 14 12
Story 15 10
Story 16 18
Story 17 13

We’ll definitely want to read the first story across two weeks.

Story 2 could go either way; it’s only 15% longer than the average weekly ‘portion’ in the 地球星人 club (as calculated by the number of characters), so I think it’d be ok as a single outlier, but the fact that it comes pretty early on in the schedule might turn people off :thinking:

There is also the option of combining the 8th and 10th story into a single week, or even jumbling up all the stories and reading them in page count order (to get a nice difficulty ramp), but I am not sure that would be wise. There are a lot of people in the Goodreads reviews mentioning that the stories are ‘interconnected’ (albeit ‘loosely’ and ‘subtly’).

So… poll time!

Are we happy reading the 8th and 10th story in the same week?

  • Yes, even if that means reading the 10th story out of order
  • No, I would rather take a week longer and read all the stories in order

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What are we going to do with the second story?

  • Read the 2nd story in one go
  • Read the 2nd story in two weeks

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Does the book put a ton of blank pages between each story, or is it “story 1 ends on page 34, story 2 starts on page 35”? Ordinarily that wouldn’t matter, but with the nominally-8-page stories it might bring them down to more like 6 pages…

If there’s padding and people are happy with ~20 pages in a week, there’s the option to combine 8 & 9 and 10 & 11, which would avoid either super-short weeks or reading out of order, but it sounds like that might be faster than the usual pace?

PS: I see you haven’t included the 解説 in the schedule :slight_smile:

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Judging from my Bookwalker copy, which admittedly is probably nothing like the printed copy, there is a whole page dedicated to each story title, and a blank page between title and text. There may be another blank page between the end of the previous story and the next title, depending on where the story ends. So the true length may be 2 or 3 pages less than the one indicated in the contents.

You read that? I read it in a book once, and it took me so much out of the book that I never attempted it again. :eyes:

PS. Not sure I should vote in the poll, as I’m fine either way.

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I do, but I’m a weird completionist when it comes to the text in books :slight_smile: Some of them are interesting, some are a bit of a dull slog.

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If we’re considering reading the second story in one week, we could also consider grouping stories 8+9 and 10+11 to keep the order as is. It comes to the same number of pages as the second story, likely less if we take the title page+blank page into account.

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Haha and that’s how inflation starts :grin: Because if we do that, we can group as well 12+13 and 14+15.

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Inflation! :scream:

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