容疑者Xの献身 - The Devotion of Suspect X 🌹 (Advanced Book Club)

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Discussion Threads and Reading Schedule

We started reading on January 23rd, 2021.

Week Start Date End Chapter End Page Page Count
Week 1 Jan 23rd [End Chapter 1] 28 23
Week 2 Jan 30th [End Chapter 3] 66 38
Week 3 Feb 6th [End Chapter 5] 105 39
Week 4 Feb 13th [End Chapter 7] 139 34
Week 5 Feb 20th [End Chapter 9] 188 49
Week 6 Feb 27th [End Chapter 11] 224 36
Week 7 Mar 6th [End Chapter 13] 266 42
Week 8 Mar 13th [End Chapter 15] 310 44
Week 9 Mar 20th [End Chapter 17] 352 42
Week 10 Mar 27th [The End] 394 42

(Note: One physical page contains ~95% of the text of one BookWalker “standard page”.)

Discussion Rules

  • 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 容疑者Xの献身 - The Devotion of Suspect X :rose: with the book club?

  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No

0 voters

If so, which version will you be reading?

  • eBook
  • Paperback

0 voters

Proper Noun Readings

Proper Nouns
Name Reading Notes Proof
石神 いしがみ (Week 1)
新大橋 しんおおはし
隅田川 すみだがわ
清洲橋 きよすばし
靖子 やすこ
米沢 よねざわ
小代子 さよこ
金子 かねこ
錦糸町 きんしちょう
美里 みさと
富樫 慎二 とがし しんじ
赤坂 あかさか
扇屋 おおぎや (Week 2)
湯川 学 ゆかわ まなぶ
草薙 くさなぎ
帝都大学 ていとだいがく
旧江戸川 きゅうえどがわ
岸谷 きしたに
間宮 まみや
篠崎 しのざき
山辺 躍子 やまべ ようこ
亀戸 かめいど
森下駅 もりしたえき (Week 3)
荻窪 おぎくぼ
江東区 こうとうく
錦糸町 きんしちょう
哲哉 てつや
工藤 くどう (Week 4)
大崎 おおさき
上野 実香 うえの みか (Week 5)
瑞江駅 みずええき
浜町駅 はまちょうえき
森岡 もりおか
汐留 しおどめ
工藤 那明 くどう くにあき
都営新宿線 とえいしんじゅくせん (Week 6)
品川 しながわ
杉村 園子 すぎむら そのこ (Week 7)
常磐 ときわ (Week 9)

Welcome to the home thread of 容疑者Xの献身 - The Devotion of Suspect X !

Everybody agreed to start on January 23rd, and so that’s what I set as the start date.

Surprisingly enough, I will read this in paperback, and so I was able to check the book for a suitable schedule on my own this time (yay!). It has almost 400 pages, and it is conveniently divided into 19 chapters of almost identical length (that means around 20 pages), and so I figured we might want to start with Chapter 1 on its own (to ease us into the book) and after that we might want to read two chapters per week. This gives us a nice ramp-up in page numbers, as you can see in the OP. Note that this is just a preliminary schedule! Please tell me what you think about it and whether we should go with it like this or whether we can find something better.


OK, just bought it. Looking forward to it. I am reading 遠い太鼓 now, hope to finish by Jan 23.
Thank you for leading this small reading platoon!


Hey, glad to have you on board!

Oooh, did not even know this book until now - and it even exists as eBook! You need to tell me how you liked it at some point… maybe a little review in the extensive reading thread? :wink:

We are a really small group indeed, it seems… But no worries, if we stick closely together, nothing can harm us! :muscle:
(And 10 weeks aren’t that long anyway :sweat_smile:)

Speaking of which… @saga you voted for the book but now you decided to not read it with us? :sob: Did you change your mind so quickly? (I hope nothing bad happened in the meantime? …)


Hello everyone, what would you say would be the minimum level required to tag along in the book club? I’m at level 11 at the moment.

I don’t think the book has any furigana (or hardly any), so I think to not get frustrated by too many unknown kanji, maybe level 30 or 40 is advisable? It also depends on your tolerance for word lookups, and whether you read paperback or ebook.
Another big factor not reflected by your WaniKani level is your grammar knowledge. Since the book is aimed at adult readers, and since we‘re reading 40-50 pages a week, I would say at least N3 or N2? Of course that’s also dependent on your pain tolerance for unknown grammar (which is harder to recognize and lookup than vocabulary) and the amount of time you’re willing to put into this.

If you‘re not that confident yet maybe check out one of the Intermediate or Beginner Book Club picks first? We’ve read books with full furigana before as well, so you’re less dependent on your kanji knowledge.


I know. I really wanted to read it along with you guys since it’s one of my all-time favorite books in English, but I didn’t realize that the advanced book club read at such a fast pace! My grammar knowledge is OK, but unfortunately my reading speed is quite slow due to having to look a lot of words up, and also being busy IRL with graduate school. I’m still going to read the book, but I’m going to have to do it at my own pace, referring back to old threads when I have questions. :sweat_smile:


Thanks for the link & the insight! Indeed I should start with something with furigana…
I hope I’ll reach this level someday.


I see, thanks for the feedback! Come to think of it, it might probably be helpful if we indicated the planned reading speed right next to the poll so that people can get a better impression…
(I keep thinking that the voters participate in the poll because they already know the book club and how it rolls, and I tend to forget about the thread just popping up in the forums where people see it without too much context).

Anyways, I hope we’ll leave you a nice set of reading threads, and you’re always welcome to ask questions even long after we’re done - there will still be folks around that can help. Good luck with your reading!


Yes, that’s a good idea about putting the reading speed next to the poll! I’m used to the intermediate book club’s speed, which is usually two weeks per chapter, so I assumed the same pace would apply here. My apologies!

I’m extremely excited to read the book, even if it will take me forever. I’m grateful that you guys are creating such well-organized and helpful threads, and I’ll certainly be using them later. I hope you all enjoy the book!


Pretty hyped about this (says me who dropped Yukiguni on like the first week).

Fun story: I bought a Higashino Keigo book for my dad recently on Father’s day, just knowing it was one of his more highly praised ones. It was promoted in the bookstore with the localized title being something like “The Faithful Neighbour”. I didn’t make the connection until recently, that it’s the same book :sweat_smile:. He read it pretty fast and said it was “amazing”, so I have high hopes :smiley:. Knowing my dad he doesn’t get excited very easily.


That’s a really great story - plus now you have an English copy to borrow in case things get rough :joy_cat:

But yeah, I totally understand that you dropped out of Yukiguni - that’s quite a tough book (although it got a bit easier from chapter 3 or so, I think). But to me it seems that Yougisha is muuuch easier (judging from the preview at least), so I’m really hyped about it as well!

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Even better: Finnish :stuck_out_tongue:.

Yukiguni difficulty aside, I just tried to find it hard to find interest and momentum for such a “normal” book (and a bit dated). Reading too much fiction, maybe.

Ahahah omg I would be soooo lost :joy_cat:

Oh, I see. Yeah, that’s probably a very hard cut if you come from the fiction / light novel department :wink: I hope that Yougisha will be somewhat of a middle ground here. :crossed_fingers:


You know, sleep is overrated :rofl:

(Fingers crossed you don’t have to take such drastic measures though!)


Just realized this was chosen :see_no_evil:
This club’s pace is still pretty brutal for me and I’ll be prioritizing 狐笛のかなた, but I’m interested in reading books of this genre, so I’ll at least try to start with the club and then I’ll see if I’m not too busy to keep up. No promises!


I’m really looking forward to it, gf saw it sitting on the shelf and said it was a real page-turner


I’m excited to join the book club as well! I semi-randomly bought 12 books to try and read in 2021 as a challenge, and this just happens to be one of them. So it’s a lucky coincidence!


The long wait is finally over! Let’s kick off reading :slight_smile:

Here is the first week’s thread. As always, please ask any questions, tell any stories, add any comments you feel like - but remember to blur your spoilers so that others can enjoy reading too!


Ah, just realized this is starting today, it’s way to difficult for me but I read the English version and it’s really a good book!