I’m not sure how good I am at judging difficulty but to me the difficulty in later volumes seems pretty consistent with the first one. There are some parts that seem a little more challenging similar to the school scene people seemed to struggle with in the first volume, and there is a bit of Kansai dialect starting in volume two but aside from that I felt like it was a pretty similar level, maybe a little harder in the later volumes.
I was really struggling with Kansai parts, but aside from that, I also think it was a similar level.
The difficulty doesn’t really ramp up too much, except for the introduction of a Kansai-dialect character who appears in a few chapters. He’s the sole reason I’ve split chapter 9 into three weeks, rather than two. (Ah, I somehow messed up the reading schedule chapter numbers. I’ll fix that.)
Aside from that, some chapters do have more complex situations taking place, but nothing too much more difficult that the harder parts of volume 1.
If you survive volume 2, it’s coasting all the way from there.
I was wondering. Wouldn’t the Volume 2 art fit better as the image in the top post?
I actually almost went that route, @WalterMeiren!
I originally planned to represent the current volume being read. However, there will be a separate thread for volume 2 specifically, which will use the volume 2 cover. Having the same cover page image on both the home thread and the volume thread can be confusing on where to post.
Edit: Since the series is only four volumes, I’ve updated the image to incorporate all four. I think that should work for a home thread =D
Alright, I’ve decided I’ll join for volume 2!
I sped read the first volume (my very first book!) but I went so fast I’m not sure if it counted as reading or just looking at the pictures This time I’m actually going to make sure I understand the majority of what I’m reading and hopefully participate in the discussions.
Would anyone recommend I reread the first vol. in the meantime? I understood the storyline, but again, mostly due to the photos.
Have you read through the volume 1 book club threads? If not, you can absorb volume one story details and grammar covered there.
Love the artwork!
For volume 2, we’re going in with a near-fully populated vocabulary sheet. I’ve added links for each chapter into the main post.
Want to look up words in advance? Check out pages 3–18 on the chapter 6 vocabulary list.
Volume 2 contains almost 500 different words and expressions. Counting different inflections (conjugations), it’s a whole lot more. Many of these words are returning from volume 1, but there are also a lot of new words in volume 2.
Looking at volume 2 on its own (without considering volume 1 vocabulary), here’s how many words/expressions will appear for the first time each week:
|Chapter 6||Week 1||71||14.46%|
|Chapter 7||Week 3||63||12.83%|
|Chapter 8||Week 5||62||12.63%|
|Chapter 9||Week 7||42||8.55%|
|Chapter 10||Week 10||22||4.48%|
Hi! Does this spin-off book club have separate pages for separate weeks, or do we just post on this thread?
I’ll be putting up a Volume 2 thread in the next hour (very soon!)
All posts for volume 2 will be in that one thread.
Volume two’s thread is up and running!
Oh. I guess it will be really difficult for me to not read ahead.
I did ponder on the idea of instead copying over the vocabulary week by week. (Too much hassle.)
I’d say you can use any free time to answer questions as come up, but typically by volume two of a series, most of the ABBC-level readers have dropped off (unfortunately). Hopefully we’ve still got a few hanging on, though, because volume two’s grammar usage nicely builds on top of volume one’s.
And speaking of, it’s never too late to review all the grammar in the week’s reading and see if there’s anything you’re not 100% sure of!
I’m so glad to see this book club is still running. I’ve been busy with Life and missed reading most of the first volume along with you all, but I’m keen to catch up soon.
Hey friends, how is the Volume 2 book club going? I see that you guys are in the last week, so I’m wondering if there is a schedule for Volume 3?
I read along the original Volume 1 club, and it was lots of fun and learning! Sadly for Volume 2 I was not able to read along, but I’d be really interested in reading through it quickly in English to catch up with Volume 3’s schedule, if there is any!
I’m planning on doing a post about volume three today or tomorrow, but it looks like we’ll be taking a one-week break after finishing this last week. This puts the volume 3 start date at February 12th.
A whooooole lot happened in volume 2, so there’s quite a bit to catch up on! If you can make it for volume 3, I’d love to see you showing up in the discussion thread again =D
The thread for volume 3 is up. As volume 2 finishes up, there’s a one week break, then volume 3 starts up.
Hi, I got these books in the mail about a week ago. I’m wondering if I could catch up in a week lol. It took me 3 days to read the first 2 chapters of vol 1 in about 3 or 4 settings. But I ended up reading chapter 3 in one setting yesterday. It is tempting to just hunker down and try to speed run through the rest of volume one since there’s only 2 chapters left and press on through Vol 2. Actually, I’m only 7 chapters behind right now. Plus the story is interesting so far.