Please use spoiler tags for major events in the current chapter(s) and any content in future chapters.
When asking for help, please mention the chapter and page number. Also mention what version of the book you are reading.
Don’t be afraid of asking questions, even if they seem embarrassing at first. All of us are here to learn.
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Are you planning to read ユージニア with the book club?
Yes, but I might start late
If so, which version will you be reading?
Bilingual Book Club
Some of us had the idea to run an English-Japanese book club, and we decided to have this book club be the first of this kind!
What does this mean?
For the Japanese learners, everything stays the same. We will read the book following the schedule as detailed above, and we will ask Japanese language questions and discuss the contents of the book in English, just as with any other book club.
But! The novelty is that some Japanese native speakers who are English learners will also join the club. They will read the book in English, and they will ask English language questions The comments and questions can be in Japanese or in English. Please feel free to interact as you see fit
ようこそ！ The Aosawa Murdersという英語の本を上記の計画に従って読んでください。言葉や内容について質問があったらぜひ英語でも日本語でも聞いてくださいね。よろしくお願いします！
I am (mainly) reading the book in…
Proper Noun Readings
the blind girl (ca. 12 yo at the time of the event) (Week 1)
ch. 1 narrator (Week 2)
ch. 3 narrator’s older brother (Week 3)
ch. 3 narrator’s older brother
ヒサ / 久代
the blind girl from week 1
ch. 3 narrator (young girl)
doctor whose birthday is being celebrated
blind girl’s younger brother, youngest son of the family
I’ve checked out a schedule and came up with what you can find in the OP. Unfortunately the schedule is a bit bumpy as it has four weeks that are a bit longer than the others, but it doesn’t make too much sense to me to have those short chapters in a week of their own. If you’re worried about being able to keep up with the weeks that are longer than 30 pages, please feel free to start a week earlier and/or read ahead a bit when a longer week approaches.
Disclaimer: I calculated the page counts off of the BookWalker pages, so the numbers might not be 100% accurate. If somebody has the physical book with the correct page numbers, I’d be happy if you could post a pic of the table of contents!
Please tell me what you think about the schedule, and whether you’d like to change anything.
@pocketcat and I had the idea of running a book club in a bilingual fashion, with Japanese learners reading the book in Japanese and (Japanese native speakers who are) English learners reading the book in English. We mulled this over for some time and are happy to announce that this book club will be the first bilingual one!
Please see the OP for some more information (and of course, please fill in the bilingual poll!). And if you know any Japanese native speakers who would be interested in joining this club, please direct them here.
I just finished the book and just fyi, ユージニアノート is not part of the novel, it’s an afterword that was added in the 文庫本 version. So don’t feel like you have to read it. Interestingly though, it uses the same interview format as the rest of the book. It’s not super clear to me if Onda wrote it herself? It’s not from her pov but the style is the same and there’s no name on it. The afterword mostly talks about the hardcover version of the book, so it’s a bit hard to picture when you haven’t seen it. I found some pictures here and here.