耳をすませば (Beginner Book Club) — Coming in September!

Welcome to the 耳をすませば Book Club Home Thread!

(This thread’s up way early because I wanted to ensure I put down all the info on releases and page numbers.)

We will be reading this in the Beginner Book Club starting September 10th.

First, we’re currently working through 夜カフェ. Next is シャドーハウス, starting July 16th.

If you’d like to take part, just buy the book and join in the discussion! Be sure to set this thread to “watching” so that you get notified when the club begins and when discussion threads are posted.

Not sure if this is for you? Check out the Nomination Post and view the first 18 pages for free on Book ☆Walker.

Availability

Physical: AmazonJP | AmazonJP | CDJapan
Digital: Amazon | Book☆Walker | Kobo | Rakuten

This manga has had a few releases over the years. Any of these releases can be used to read along!
Year Format Cover Notes
1990 Paperback image Original release.

A second volume subtitled 「幸せな時間」 came out six years later which contains a short sequel, as well as the unrelated short story, 「桔梗の咲く頃」.
2005 Paperback Re-release.

This volume includes the short sequel story「幸せな時間」. If you’re buying physical, this will be easier to find.
2014 Digital Digital release.

This does not include the short sequel story「幸せな時間」, which is instead included in the digital release of the second volume of 「バロン 猫の男爵」.
Warning: There are other releases that are not this manga!

Novelization of the story:

Physical release of the animated adaptation as manga:
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Digital release of the animated adaptation as manga:
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Book about the animated adaptation:
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Book about the animated adaptation:
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Reading Schedule

Week Start Date Pages No. of Pages Chapter
Week 1 Sep 10 5–30 26 pages Chapter 1 part 1
Week 2 Sep 17 31–54 24 pages Chapter 1 part 2
Week 3 Sep 24 55–77 23 pages Chapter 2 part 1
Week 4 Oct 01 78–100 23 pages Chapter 2 part 2
Week 5 Oct 08 101–118 18 pages Chapter 3 part 1
Week 6 Oct 15 119–138 20 pages Chapter 3 part 2
Week 7 Oct 22 139–158 20 pages Chapter 4 part 1
Week 8 Oct 29 159–180 22 pages Chapter 4 part 2

Note: Page numbers are based on the physical re-release. The digital release only has page numbers on a few pages, so it’s best to use your reader’s built-in page tracker.

If you’re using a digital reader not listed below, let me know what page number is assigned to the first page (Shizuku lying back with a sky background) and I’ll add the schedule here.

Kobo Reading Schedule
Week Start Date Pages No. of Pages Chapter
Week 1 Sep 10 2–27 26 pages Chapter 1 part 1
Week 2 Sep 17 28–51 24 pages Chapter 1 part 2
Week 3 Sep 24 52–74 23 pages Chapter 2 part 1
Week 4 Oct 01 75–97 23 pages Chapter 2 part 2
Week 5 Oct 08 98–115 18 pages Chapter 3 part 1
Week 6 Oct 15 116–135 20 pages Chapter 3 part 2
Week 7 Oct 22 136–155 20 pages Chapter 4 part 1
Week 8 Oct 29 156–177 22 pages Chapter 4 part 2

Vocabulary List

Coming Soon!

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.
  • To you lurkers out there: Join the conversation, it’s fun!

Member List

Are you planning to read 耳をすませば with the book club?

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

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If so, which version will you be reading?

  • Paperback (original release)
  • Paperback (re-release)
  • Digital e-book

0 voters

Have you seen Studio Ghibli’s animated film adaptation of this story?

  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

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