[2020] 多読/extensive reading challenge

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Random talking about manga time(or at least about the ones I liked the most of those I’ve read recently).

I read the fourth volume of 不可解な僕のすべてを and that’s still good… and apparently maybe already ending soon according to the afterword??
Very spoilery comments:

I guess I kind of can see it, but it also seems like a lot more stuff could be told about the characters outside Mogumo’s family, though I guess the author may want to end on a high point instead of dragging things out? As for the actual volume, it was very… emotional. Mogumo and Sakura’s father is also definitely not a nice person, though I guess that should have been obvious in hindsight with how Mogumo probably had their reasons for moving out(and also seems to be the person in their family doing best overall, with how harsh the father was against Sakura, and with how against the hair cutting thing he seemed to be, and also with Sakura both having eating problems and having to do basically all the housework)


I also read the seven currently released volumes of 私の百合はお仕事です! and quite liked those… except that I’m not really sure where the story actually is going with the latest volume, but I guess I’ll still at least want to read the next one to find out :slight_smile: Spoilery comment: To be honest I do kind of wonder what the author is going for with dragging out the Yano/Hime thing so much though… I liked it in the sixth volume, but then not much happened with it in the seventh volume even though it by far was the main focus… so hopefully it’ll be resolved in the next volume?

The afterword of volume 7 was also the first time I’ve seen Covid mentioned in a manga, as a random side note.

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I read the first two volumes, but I got the impression that the story/relationship would never progress, so I dropped it.

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Wew…

Really didn’t end up liking this book. Maybe if my overall reading ability was higher and I could cruise through a bit more smoothly…I dunno, the character moments were enjoyable but I just couldn’t get invested in the economics stuff. It reminds me of how Moby Dick is a veritable treatise on the practice of whaling, but with little bits of story scattered throughout in order to convince people to read it.

Gonna take a break from rushing novels for a bit. 本好き needs catching up on and I’ve got other things I could really have been doing with that extra hour per day.

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Honestly, I think it has more to do with the difficulty and writing style than the content. 本好き contains entire chapters on cooking and sewing, both of which I know little to nothing about and have no interest in. And yet those chapters were still very enjoyable because of the writing style and character interactions.

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I think you’re probably right. The idea of economic intrigue tickles my fancy (possibly because it’s just such a unique angle), but execution is everything for such a niche topic.

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Managed again to cut my book club commitments down by one! After going along with the book club pace for the first six volumes, I read the last seven volumes of アオハライド in three days.

Now I’m down to two novels and six manga, and I think I said two and five were my goal, so I just need to finish the first volume of One Piece and I will be good!

However, in my surrender to アオハライド I haven’t been reading other things much, so I remain a few weeks behind on 魔女の宅急便 and haven’t started any other book club reading for this week. (I usually have 3-5 done on the first day, so this is new~) We’ll see if I can get those done before another manga (or two) I’m close to finishing sucks me in.

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For once, I’m up to date with my book clubs, so I thought I’d start reading something… but I just can’t get the ending of 本好きの下剋上 1 out of my head I nEed tO KnOW whAt haPPEns NexT, which is getting in the way of my focus.
Easy solution, you say, just grab the next book and read that instead!
Yeah, well


And it’s barely any cheaper in bookoff too! What is going on?

Anyway, what should I do next :scream:

  • Wait for a discount
  • Cough up the jpys

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Haha, apparently I’m the only cheapskate :see_no_evil:

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I imagine the higher price is because we’re getting a digital copy of a larger dimension book. You know, larger dimension ebooks… or something. :roll_eyes:

Serious question: why don’t you get the book from the library or Book Off?

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But book off is the same price! 1001 yen actually.
And my library isn’t carrying it :sob:

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I’m going to read the free preview for now and hope I hit the discount jackpot tomorrow (every day, BookLive gives you a random discount (between 10 and 50%) on books from a random category). Today, I have 15% on up to 10 books from the business category… Hopefully I get the mythical 50% on light novels tomorrow :sob:

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That’s so weird! I suppose there’s resell value at least.

The ebook is slightly cheaper for me since I don’t have to pay tax. But strangely my pre-tax price is 940 yen, not 950.

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Oh, I just remembered that the first 7 books are on Kindle Unlimited. Maybe time for you to check that out.

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Well, the physical version is 1320 jpy apparently, so it’s still cheaper than that. I wonder if the price of ebooks are aligned with Book Off online :stuck_out_tongue:

Nnnnn but then I will have a hole in my book collection on BookLive. And as much as I am aware of the marketing trap, that thought still makes me twitch.
Oh well, I’m done with the preview (which ends at the worst possible moment; kinda makes me wonder if that’s on purpose as well) but it’s tomorrow in two hours. I’ll see what the numbers are and decide then.

Edit: got 20% on any 10 books, which is the highest discount I ever got, soooo I just ended up buying 10 books :rofl:

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My books that got stuck in Japan finally arrived! :partying_face: And I still have space in this bookshelf. I guess I can safely buy more in the future without feeling too guilty. But first I better read most of these!

Man, you can’t believe how excited I am. And relieved. The continued worry about them getting lost or something is finally over!

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I’ve got serious bookshelf envy now, I love when sets of books come with things like designs on the spine that match.

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I do too, and I didn’t even realize I had some of those until you said. XD

Bookshelf photos are the best. My books are scattered across, like three different bookcases at the moment. I need a giant one to put them all on so they can live together.

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