佐賀のがばいばあちゃん 👵🏼 (Intermediate Book Club)

Oh, no, I didn’t think you meant by you personally. Just appreciating the encouragement. And the book club community! I have asked a few questions in book clubs that finished about ten books ago and had very helpful people answer me. :blush: I’m hoping I can pass the favor on someday (and the sooner the better!)

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The poll result was pretty clear :wink: so let’s roll with the suggested schedule.

I’ve updated the schedule in the OP and tentatively set the 10-week-schedule there, but as we agreed, we will evaluate this as we go and adapt if necessary.

Looking forward to reading this with all of you!

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Amazon cancelled my order today… I guess I will start later ^^’ I placed a new order, but paper books are hard to get hahaha.

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I have a bad habit of getting too distracted by my numerous other self-led Japanese projects and falling behind/vanishing from book clubs at some point, but the timing works out perfectly with me having just finished a book, so I’ll allow myself to be tempted by @NicoleRauch this time :stuck_out_tongue: . Looking forward to it! And if I can get my hands on it, I definitely want to check out the movie based on this after we’re done.

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Yay :tada: I feel honored :slight_smile: Looking forward to reading with you!

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Annnnd we’re live! :tada: Happy reading everybody!

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Here is Week 3! Don’t forget that this week we are reading two chapters in one week - chapters 3 + 4! Enjoy :slight_smile:

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Let’s move on to Week 4! It’s again 2 chapters this week, so please make sure you read them both :upside_down_face:

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On to week 5:


Also, I wanted to ask about the schedule. Initially I wanted to ask after week 6, but I realized that we need to vote for the next book soon if we want to stick with the short schedule, therefore I’ll ask right now.

Schedule discussion

The past week (week 4) was almost the longest week we will encounter if we stick with the fast 10-week-schedule. (Weeks 8 and 10 will be sliiightly longer but only by about 1.5 pages).
We still have a good number of participants, and only very few readers say that they are still catching up, which indicates to me that the club’s reading speed is probably quite okay. Still I’d like to ask, therefore everybody please answer the poll:

Which schedule would you prefer going forward?

  • 10-week schedule
  • 11-week schedule
  • 12-week schedule

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As a reminder, here are the two alternative options (they only differ from week 7):

10 weeks:

Week Chapters Pages
Week 7 Chapter 10, 11 21.5
Week 8 Chapter 12, 13 23.5
Week 9 Chapter 14, 15 19
Week 10 Chapter 16, 17, あとがき x 2 23.5

11 weeks:

Week Chapters Pages
Week 7 10 14
Week 8 11, 12 20.5
Week 9 13, 14 18
Week 10 15, 16 22
Week 11 17, 18 13

12 weeks:

Week Chapters Pages
Week 7 10 14
Week 8 11, 12 20.5
Week 9 13, 14 18
Week 10 15 11.5
Week 11 16 10.5
Week 12 17, 18 13
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Thanks to everybody who voted! Almost everybody was in favor of the 10-week-schedule so I decided to go with that (sorry @PetiteChose I hope you are okay with trailing behind a little bit if you cannot keep up the pace? :sweat_smile:)

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No worries ! I should be okay ^^ It’s just that May is going to be quite hectic for me but in the worst case I will finish one week late. That’s good that people are motivated ! :slight_smile:

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Got the book and read the 1st chapter so I’m going to try to catch up with the bookclub, which might prove to be a bad idea considering I’m half-of-the-book late and tend to get busy but :see_no_evil:

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Also a late starter but got some travel and time off so maybe I’ll catch up…!

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Welcome to Week 6!

This week is the shortest of the remaining weeks, so if you need to catch up a little bit, here is your chance :grin:

Also please keep in mind that we are only reading one chapter this week. Have fun!

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Here’s week 7, and we are back to our usual rhythm of two chapters per week! (This will be the same for all weeks going forward, by the way)

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Welcome to week 8!

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I just received the French Manga version of our book (new edition from May 2022):
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Nice! This prompted me to look up the manga on Bookwalker. Looking at the sample, it was nice to see some of the scenes we’ve already read about come to life. I’d love to see a couple of sample pages from your book. :slight_smile:

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The manga has a lot more scenes than our book.
Here is the chicken scene, the day of the sports festival.

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The drawing is so cute ! It makes me want to get it

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