Thought I should mention that we’ve had some success in the Beginners’ Club with slowing down the pace for the first few weeks so that people have more chance to get into it. So e.g. if we’re planning to read a chapter per week overall we might spend two weeks on the first, or if we’re going to read about 12 pages a week we might do 6, 8, and 10 pages for the first three weeks.
Oooh sounds like a great idea. I’m definitely noticing so far with my first book with the book club (チー) that it is getting easier to read the more I get into its style. So actually baking that into the schedule seems like a good idea. Starting a bit slow so people have a chance to get into the reading of it (and hopefully get hooked ) and then go to a slightly faster pace.
Sounds good! So perhaps we start by reading up to the end of 交際直後 in week 1 (says page 14 at the end of this page on BookWalker edition). That’s 10 pages with the prologue.
The question’s been asked on the book thread too (they are planning to start the same time as us). チー finishes on Aug 9, so we either plow straight on from August 10, or leave it a week and start August 17. I’m happy either way.
We start reading the book in August and aim to cover a set number of pages each week. The vocab spreadsheet is a shared document that anyone can edit. We all try and add words to the spreadsheet and refer to it to help make the reading easier.
There will be different threads for different parts of the story where we discuss our reading. People use the threads to ask questions about any sentences they are finding difficult, and for general discussion and comments on the book, or just to motivate each other to keep going!
You can see what’s happening in our current book over on its own thread. You can click on each week’s thread to see what we’ve been talking about - currently we are on week 3.
And according to @kitsunensei’s list it’s 8 pages of text, so I think that’s a good pace for the beginning:3 Also thank you @Radish8 for mentioning the slowing down in the beginning, I didn’t think of that, although I’ve noticed:DD
Judging by the length of the small chapters I can do something like this:
You will be quite light on grammar knowledge for tackling native material. You could definitely enjoy reading along though, as long as you plan to just get a sense of the story rather than trying to understand every bit of every sentence.
It would help if you could push on with Genki before the book club starts. If you can get through the chapters 6-9 (て form, ている, short form, and past tense short forms) you’ll be in a better place to follow what’s going on.