地球星人 🌏 Book Club

And we’re back! I hope everybody had a lovely holiday.

I noticed that there was a membership drop-off from week three to week four, which was surprising considering the first-week drop-off was shockingly low and the number was rock-steady going from week two to three. Out of curiosity, for anyone who’s no longer reading with us, was this due to pace or content?

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I’m still following along. Wasn’t aware that there were polls for each week. Anyways, I’ll try to contribute to more discussions here soon. Life has just been insanely busy since this book club started.

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Glad you’re still with us! And no pressure to post, even just clicking in the polls is good contribution.

Also, welcome to the forums!

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Appreciate it!

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After over 3 months of waiting and a lot of postal service nonsense my copy has finally arrived :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes: Can’t wait to finally start reading, let’s see if I can catch up with you guys! :muscle:

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Normally the book club polls look like this except a third of the members are catching up instead of reading ahead :joy:

Anyway, here’s Week 6!

And welcome @NyappyTiramisu and @softlyraining, I hope you manage to catch up. Here’s some motivation from the week five thread:

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You guys… :rofl:

My personal opinion on reading ahead is that it hurts discussion a bit. If I’m ahead I find that I often can’t participate in some discussion (e.g. speculation) because my opinions become biased. I’m also much more likely to post reactions when the reading is fresh in my head as opposed to a few weeks later when the thread is posted. I’m actually a little bummed that I’ve read the book before in English.That being said, this might not be too big of a problem for most people and it’s ultimately up to the individual how they want to approach it.

I will admit I got ahead on a lot of reading during the holidays because I had more time than expected and wanted a bit of a buffer for when things got hectic again.

I’ve changed the polling options to be a bit more comprehensive and hopefully more clear.

Anyway, here’s Week 7!

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Phew, I’m actually caught up, that was a lot quicker than expected :joy: I really see why no one can put this book down, it’s such a page turner!

I definitely agree with your points, I’m much less likely to participate in the discussion if I’ve already read ahead. But even though I really enjoy reading everyone’s discussions and speculations in real time, with this book I feel like I have to abandon the schedule. This story gets so dark, I really don’t want to carry it around with me for another two months until everything is resolved :sweat_smile:

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That was my main motivation with this book as well.

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I did an order from Amazon JP and added the physical copy of the book and they just packed it all in a thin paper bag. Even had a hole in it, but fortunately nothing was missing. The book however got damaged, looks somewhat battered now. :frowning:

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Sorry everyone, might be a day late with this week’s thread!

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Sorry for the delay, it’s been a hectic week. Here’s Week 8!

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Week 9! Passing the halfway point on this one. Thanks again for all the great discussion so far.

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Looking forward to this week’s thread :wink:

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We’re in for another wild chapter. Here’s Week 10!

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Probably going to be a day late again this week. Sorry!

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Week 11 is up! Sorry for the delay.

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For those who are unaware, this book is a crossover selection between the IBC and the Murata book clubs. If you’re interested in reading more Murata books (and I strongly suggest that you do!), come join us to discuss the next pick!

If you have any interest in joining the club now or at any point in the future, set the Murata Club home thread to “watching” in order to get notifications and participate in polls.

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Yes, please join! Great books and the language is not that hard either if you already have a couple manga or so under your belt it should be doable.
She definitely became one of if not even my favorite author :slight_smile:

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Week 12 is up! Also, if you haven’t already, go vote in the “when to start the next book” poll over at the Murata Club Home Thread if you’re considering joining for the next Murata pick. Depending on those results we’ll likely be polling for the next book choice soon.

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