☕ 夜カフェ ☕ (Offshoot Book Club) Home Thread (Currently Reading Book 3)

That’s great to hear! :smile: Thanks for your input and for always asking questions. Always appreciate the activity considering our readership is small. :slight_smile:

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* sigh *

Not only did I not “focus more on the unclear grammar points or expressions”, I did no reading whatsoever. I had some surprise guests from overseas who stayed with us this week. Now I’m behind on all 3 bookclubs I’m participating in. In all honesty I’m feeling incredibly sour about the whole thing, far more than I should be. Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling a little better, and work on catching up

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Hey these things happen and you can’t help them so you feel frustrated from not having control over the situation. No need to beat yourself up over it. :slight_smile:

There will always be an opportunity to read and do what you want to do. This club will always be here when you have a chance to ask questions and I’m sure your other clubs are the same!

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Almost forgot! Here’s the discussion link for chapter 8.

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Are you on chapter 7? I’m reading through that now, not quite finished, but grammatically it was pretty ok.

I might add some notes in the next couple of days where I’ve seen a couple of N3 grammar points that I’ve just learned. Probably not essential to understanding but does add nuance.

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This week starts chapter 9, volume 2!

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Chapter 10 thread up! Hope you’re all doing well!

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Unfortunately still behind (chapter 8) but I have a fair amount of free time the next few days so hopefully I’ll catch up to all the book clubs

On another note, what are everyone’s thoughts on continuing with the next volume? I personally would love to do so, I’ve become quite attached to our friends at the night cafe :smiley:

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I’ve purchased the whole series so I’m committed to finishing the series! But I should warn you that if you choose to do this, you may be spoiled from the art on the cover, so be careful!

If we continue to have some kind of readership for the rest of the series, I’m more than happy to make threads. I’ll post some polls later in about the second to last week asking of everyone’s interest level if you’re undecided now.

I know some people are concerned about the constant bullying theme, so I understand if some people pull out. Will be sad to see you go though! :disappointed:

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I just figured out that this is a two part problem for me:

  1. This is just my fear/guess how the story will go, I have absolutely no idea if I’m right, so that is why this is a not a spoiler. I just fear this is what will happen: I have a sneaking suspicion that the bullies will be allowed to get away with their behavior because something was terrible in their lives. Boohoo… While those who was bullied will suddenly “become friends” with their former bullies. Because it is on the victims to forgive and forget because it is all over now, right?

  2. I find that with the weekly schedule, I have time to dwell on all the terrible stuff that happens and tends to be solved only a few chapters later. Meaning, that by the time a bad situation is finally solved, I will have been thinking about it for several weeks if not a month (or more!). And that makes the negative situations in the book so much more grave. So I think I’ll probably read volume 3 (that is the last volume I own currently) at my own pace. To see if that makes me less negative about the drama this book series seems to favor. (But I’m also getting right tired of the bullying. The two main drama seems to be absent parents and bullying. That isn’t all the things that are a problem for kids that age…)

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Welcome to Week 13! We’re down to the penultimate chapter! ☕ 夜カフェ 2 ☕ Offshoot Book Club Chapter 11 Discussion Thread

It’s funny how fast the second novel went despite the two breaks. :sweat_smile: Don’t worry if you still haven’t caught up! The last week is the あとがき with not much to read (and is really just optional).

Actually, I wonder if we even need a separate thread for it or if it’s okay to just post at the end of the chapter 12 thread? I don’t mind either way, but I wonder if anyone even comments about them in other book clubs? I’ll tell you what, let’s make it a poll because you love those!

Do we need a new thread discussion for Week 15’s あとがき and Hanabi’s Recipe?
  • Yes, I like consistency
  • No, just stick it at the end of the last chapter’s thread
  • No preference but I like polls

0 voters

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I also think we should just read last chapter, recipe and atogaki in the same week, it is only 13 pages all together.

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Wow, sorry everyone for posting so late! Got a little confused this past week because Thursday was a holiday (and almost posted it then lol) and woke up this morning thinking I had to go to work but was pleasantly surprised that wasn’t the case. XD

Anyway, here’s the final chapter’s discussion thread! According to last week’s poll results, we’ll continue discussion for the recipe and あとがき at the end of this thread too.

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I agree with you it wouldn’t be much to add on, and since it’s not plot-related, it’s not like you’re really pressured to read it. But since it’s kind of late to change the schedule and maybe some readers are treating next week as a break week if there isn’t much to read and it’s not really mandatory, I wouldn’t want to pressure anyone into thinking this week is the last week of discussion for the book if they weren’t already prepared ahead of time. Does that make sense? :sweat_smile:

But since we’ve basically reached the end, I’ll be posting several polls for the next book below. Stay tuned!

How soon do we want to start volume 3? Keep in mind we also have あとがき and Hanabi’s recipe reading next week.
  • Next week (November 12)
  • 2 weeks from now (November 19)
  • 3 weeks from now (November 26)
  • 1 month from now (December 3)
  • No preference

0 voters

How do we want to organize the discussion threads?
  • I prefer having a new discussion thread per chapter
  • I prefer having one discussion thread for each volume
  • No preference

0 voters

Please find the outline for the table of contents for volume 3 here (I chose not to include chapter titles to avoid spoilers but let me tell you from what I’ve seen, I’m excited to start this volume!).

As you can see, chapter 3 is the longest at 27 pages but the rest of the chapters are about 20 pages or fewer most of the time. This book only has 10 chapters as well. Considering this information, please answer the following poll.

How quickly to we want to read volume 3?

  • 1 chapter per week (current pace)
  • 2 chapters per week (faster pace)
  • I also want a break, esp around the holidays (please tell me more)
  • I have a new idea (please explain below)

0 voters

  • What should we do with the 3 extra pages at the end? (not plot relevant)
  • Stick the discussion at the end of the last chapter’s discussion
  • Make a new discussion thread
  • Bundle it with the last chapter’s reading
  • No preference

0 voters

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I’m still quite behind and unfortunately struggling to catch up, so I would love a couple weeks or 3 to fully catch up before starting volume 3 (which I would love to do), but if everyone wants to start sooner I don’t want to hold anyone back

I think that keeping every chapter to a single discussion thread is a pretty good model, I’ve experienced it in another book club (Shadow House), it makes it very easy to go back and reference earlier comments, so I think it’s worth a go here too, especially since we don’t have that many members/comments anyways.

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Though I think the current volume of シャドーハウス is using a single thread and that’s working fine. I think it depends on the amount of commentary on the book. At the moment 夜カフェ probably has enough for a chapter per thread but that may decrease as number of readers drops off.

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Perhaps we could try it for a week or two, and see how it goes from there

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I hope you all have a good time reading the next volume together. I’m bowing out for now. I’ll probably read the third volume at some point since I own it, but I have a few other things I’d like to read first and I have quite a few book club commitments already. :scream:

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I haven’t committed officially to a bookclub yet but I can already see it, so many clubs to join, so many things to read, so little time :sweat_smile::exploding_head:

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I’m a little ambivalent about reading the next one - however when it was on sale I bought as far as volume 5, so I probably will! But I’m struggling to keep up with my other book clubs so will see how I go.

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