I still have this weeks reading to do, but reading this volume seemed to go so quickly! I was genuinely surprised to realise this is the last week!
I’m hoping there is enough interest for an offshoot club, because its been a really fun read.
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I selected JLPT N4 in your poll, but in reality I’m somewhere between N4 and N3.
I passed the N4 test well in July, but would currently fail if I tried the N3 test.
When I first started reading though, I wasn’t at N4 level yet.
Reading took me a long time, and I definitely felt more like I was decoding the text rather than reading it - but I learned so much by doing it that it was definitely worth it!
Now I read with the Absolute Beginner Club for “fun reading”, and the Beginner Club for stuff that is readable, but more challenging.
If you want to get started with reading, I’d recommend joining a bookclub. It’s great to have the support of the vocab lists, and threads to ask questions when you get stuck.
If you are interested, the Absolute Beginner Book Club is going to be choosing their next book soon.
I feel like there are rich stories that could be told in this setting. Where the world doesn’t look the same every day and instead behaves in weird ways. But instead it is more of a bug of the week kinda thing (like monster of the week). Feels a bit like the author is thinking what weird thing can I come up with next and what tiny bit of story/situation can arise from that.
I will not continue with an off-shoot club right now. While it is enjoyable, I’d have to do a new book order (I prefer to read manga physical), or own half this physical and half digital. (I’m also trying to get myself to finish some of the big collection I’ve already bought before buying anything new. It is hard. )
However, I’ll be interested in knowing if this grows into more of a cohesive story, aka gets more of an underlying narrative. So I’ll probably watch this space to see what people think of future volumes, thereby help me decide if I should jump back in.
I enjoyed it for what it was, it just isn’t what I’m interested in reading at the moment. ^^
Thank you guys for all of your feedback I agree that the “bug of the week” kind of format definitely has its limits. I have read the second volume already and can tell you if it continues with that format or not in the details below.
Light spoilers volume 2
So the second volume actually goes in a somewhat different direction. It does not completely eliminate the “bug of the week” format but it brings in an overarching narrative and somewhat higher stakes.
I feel a little torn on whether I want to continue or not. There were a couple chapters that I liked a lot and a couple that I didn’t enjoy at all. I’ll go ahead and order it and see how it goes I guess!
Still finishing up the final chapter, but overall I thought it was a fun read. Though it certainly could have been better, it was interesting and amusing enough such that I really didn’t feel bored reading it at all. Considering that @Shadowlauch said the second volume is more interesting I would love to pick it up at some point (even if just to read it in English) but as for the book club, I would rather continue with the main book club since I don’t even have the time to add another spin-off club lol.
If I have any questions after I finish the final chapter I’ll post them in the relevant thread, and after that I’ll be joining everyone for the next book.
And many thanks to @Shadowlauch for managing the club this time