Funny enough, I picked up this book a few days ago with the intention of reading it on my own, I didn’t know there was already a book club for it! I’m quite behind though, I’m only a bit into chapter one, so I have some catching up to do. My Japanese is also still pretty poor, but I plan on reading each chapter once extensively and once intensively. Hopefully if I devote enough time I can catch up to everybody!
This is my first book club, and it’s also actually my first time reading a Japanese novel. I’m sure it’ll be really tough, but I feel like it will be a great supplement to my Kanji/Vocab and grammar studies.
Welcome to the forum and the book club. I woudln’t worry about being behind, up until three days out… I thought this was going to be a Manga for some reason. Then my book showed up in the mail! The first two chapters were an uphill battle unitl I got used to the writing style and some specific dialects used in the writing. Chapter three is LONGGGGGG, but I’m finding it a much easier read than the previous two. The people in this group are amazing, post a question if you have one and you’ll find some assistance on grammer.
Oof, was super behind because of personal stuff two weeks ago, so I only caught up last night. Thankfully, most of Chapter 3 was pretty easy dialogue stuff, and like @Wildjinjer noted, the holistic perspective has really come into play because I’m noticing a lot of common vocab and turns of phrases that had slowed me down prior from having to look them up.
Pleasantly surprised how used to grammatical structure I’m getting. It’s one thing to study proper grammar, it’s another to actually see it haha.
Now to finally get started on this week’s reading…
Don’t know why this is the case, but I like it a lot - it’s easy to take a book with you…
Also the thickness is rather limited. Longer books are often split up into volumes like 上 and 下, or even with numbers.
Ooh, thanks! I didn’t know, haha. That’s so cool. I really like the size, too.
Yeah, I usually buy everything as ebook or a physical manga here and there (buying physical is quite expensive unfortunately… $5 for the book and about $15 shipping ). I also got the Kitty Detective book which is bigger than a manga. But when it comes to true novels, this is my first buy, yeah.
Also keep in mind that this is a children’s novel, not a full novel. This is pretty well in line, sizewise, with what I was reading around 12 years old. A bit bigger than one of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books, a fair bit smaller than Harry potter.
That said, the red-border hardcover version is pretty sizable. You’d have trouble fitting it in a pocket.