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At least for three chapters it hasn’t :stuck_out_tongue:.

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And so it begins!

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Since I’m reading the ebook, it’s very nice that we’ll be going in increments of whole chapters rather than pages. Watching for specific lines of text is a bit annoying when page numbers aren’t reliable.

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Liking it so far!

Less of question, than an observation… the numerous 視界’s (to me at least) is help project a “detached from the real world” feel. Other parts are adding to this too of course.

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I realized when reading the first week that the page lengths are longer than I’m used to. Compared to 獣の奏者, the physical pages are bigger, and the ratio of ebook page (with my selected zoom level) to physical page is higher. I’d estimate about 15% longer.

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That explains a lot. When I’m reading 獣の奏者, I always feel like pages are flying by like an 王獣. Guess it was not because I had magically become better at reading :joy:

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Yeah, it’s a bit concerning for me since I was already worried about the pace… it’s not too late to switch to the 11 week schedule. :slight_smile:

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I’m trying to get ahead a bit because week three is scary looking (especially in combination with 獣の奏者), and as a result I’ve already read two of the three chapters from next week. No significant change in difficulty so far.

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This week, we’re going on an adventure!

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I’ve read up through chapter 8 now, and I fear this may not be the book for me. :weary:

No plot spoilers, just opinions–will be curious to know if anyone else is feeling similarly as they progress:

I… kind of hate Urano? At least, I’m not able to sympathize with her. Her single-minded obsession is less endearing than I expected it to be–it drives her to be selfish and obnoxious at every turn. And her persistent sense of superiority over everyone around her is super gross. I asked my friend who reads a lot of isekai about this, and she said that Ascendance of a Bookworm is actually comparatively mild on that front?? So I guess maybe isekai in general is not for me. Alas!

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I actually had the same reaction, and am considering dropping the book, too. For what it’s worth I’m reading another isekai called 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない and have been enjoying it a lot, so I don’t think it’s particular to the genre.

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It’s comforting to know it’s not just me!

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I spend most of my time reading and hate doing other things (e.g. working out) if I can’t read in parallel. So I can very much relate to Urano. :joy:

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This week, you’ve got to show respect to the Egyptian civilization.

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Having just caught up with last week’s quota, I’ll just say that while I can see where people are coming from in terms of disliking our heroine, I think she’s great, and I really like the way the book is narrated.

Yes, she may be a little too obsessed with reading, but…I was literally this exact same way as a kid (one time my mom set me down on the floor for a time-out and I ended up pulling back the rug and reading the label that tells you how to wash it and stuff), so I’ve gotta say I find her quite relatable.

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Thoughts

Agreed! I think she keeps a lot of her less likable thoughts in her head, lol, which is often the most any of us can hope for as human beings. She also has positive thoughts about the people around her, and considering that to her they’re strangers, and often strangers who keep her from doing what she wants, that’s good, too. (They help her a lot, too, and she seems pretty good about noticing that and being thankful. Especially since they’re often helping her without knowing why.)

I feel like if it were a different kind of narrative where we weren’t quite so in touch with her unfiltered thoughts, she’d come off a little better. But I like getting to read her unfiltered thoughts, so. :smiley:

I also hope she grows as a person! Seeing her grow and change while also carrying out her book quest, I would enjoy that~

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cc. @jacobalbano

Some thoughts as well

I just want to say that I like her as well! And I also was am someone who would just keep reading all day long if I could.

That’s still weird to me, though, since she has memories of them. I guess that’s because my only point of comparison is 乙女ゲーム, where the main character is herself (?) rather than having hijacked someone else’s body (which seems to be what people are considering here).

That’s exactly what I am hoping for. I’m actually looking forward to seeing her once she has made some books and has (at least partially) quenched the Thirst. On the one hand, that could mean that she would just get fully absorbed and become an empty shell of a human being, on the other hand, the time it took for her to get there might have severed her somewhat from her addiction.

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Thoughts on thoughts

That’s still weird to me, though, since she has memories of them.

Her new life memories are pretty weird, though! It seems like she has to stop a moment and focus in order to access them, sometimes, so I feel like even with all her new life memories, she doesn’t necessarily feel connected to those emotions~ Whereas the emotions she carried over as her old life self are right there. It’s more complicated than that they’re strangers, though, yes, especially now that she’s been マイン a while.

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Percentages are weird. Last week, my phone told me 43 pages are 12% and this week, my computer tells me 35 pages are 15% :woman_shrugging:

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There’s a chapter called 冬支度 which should be chapter 9, it’s not on the list… Could it be related to that somehow? :eyes: :thinking:

And there’s 4 chapters listed for this week, but also says 9-11… o:

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