Absolute Beginners Book Club // Currently reading Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea; Next: Mitsuboshi Colours

Completely new to the book club and I can’t wait to dive in. Having trouble to decide what to start with, though.

Maybe I’m asking the impossible here, but I was wondering how the past and present books compare in terms of difficulty? Based on discussions I’ve seen so far, it seems to be something like:

  1. 10分で読める物語 二年生
  2. なぜ?どうして?
  3. にゃんにゃん探偵団
  4. チーズスイートホーム
  5. しろくまカフェ Vol 1

Where would 結婚しても恋してる fit in?

I would recommend going with what the book club is currently reading. I think the motivation is higher if you read along with others!

Apart from that I prefer reading “books” (like naze and nyan nyan) over mangas. But it really comes down to personal preference. The first book I’ve read was naze (I’d say I was about JLPT N5 level maybe with a little bit of N4 Knowledge) and although it was difficult in the beginning , I learned a lot in just a few weeks and later on didn’t have much trouble to read 3-4 pages every day without getting tired from looking up words and grammar. And I think reading at least one page every day for several weeks helped a lot in me passing the JLPT N4 and getting an “A” for the reading section :slight_smile:

So what I want to say is: Everything will be difficult in the beginning but it will pay off if you put in some effort! Just start reading whatever title you’re most interested in!


Yeah, that seems fair. I never read にゃんにゃん, but チー had a lot of baby-talk, and しろくま had a lot of puns. 10分で and なぜ?どうして? are both a little tricky to read in that they lack the kanji of higher-level books, meaning you’re trying to read solid strings of hiragana, but they’re actually aimed at kids, so I’m guessing Japanese kids wouldn’t have much issue. I’d probably peg 結婚して at somewhere in the ballpark of しろくま - though it lacks the puns, it’s definitely written in adult-level Japanese, though the fact that it’s a manga makes it easier to read than a novel or light novel. (To be precise, it’s basically Twitter posts re-written as manga.)


I will be reading the same book starting today. Thank you for the thread.


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The 10分で読める物語 二年生 reading group is now starting the second story named 半日村 !

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Hi guys! I’ve set up the Kitty Detectives group I’m planning to run from late October (pretty much following just after 結婚しても愛して), which people from this club might be interested in joining.

It would make sense to me if this were effectively considered an ABC book as it follows on from the first Kitty Detectives book, so if that seems like a good idea I can add the link to the OP, but no worries if not :blush:


I guess it’s fine. The beginners book club had several spin-off book clubs

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I think that sounds fine.

Also, this made me wonder when we’d have the next vote for picking another book. When do we consider the current book done: when we finish the book book or the manga?

The book book’s going at a page a day, and there’s 180 pages (though some of those pages are images). It’s not gonna be done any time soon.

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Yeah, I was gonna time にゃんにゃん to follow on from the book book, but… I’m not that patient :stuck_out_tongue: still, にゃんにゃん could potentially tide the club over till then.


The second story of 10分で読める物語-二年生 is finished and we start the third story. Join the 10分で読める物語-二年生 book club now 10分で読める物語 二年生 Story 3 (さるじぞう)


Wait, so no voting for the next book/manga and we just default to Kitty Detectives? :thinking: Or is it purely a side book for the club?

Because the 結婚しても is close to ending, and it would make sense to start voting on what’s next, I guess…? xD


What about 10分で読める物語 二年生? When will the club finish reading? So either wait for that to get close to the finish line and vote for a new book then or vote now and have two books being read at the same time again, the new one and 10分 (or even three if you count nyan nyan 2).

I thought nyan nyan 2 was more of a ABBC spin-off / side book and not an actual (democratically voted on) pick for the ABBC.

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10分で読める物語 二年生 will take a few more months. Right now we are almost done with story number 3

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結婚しても is only halfway through.

We just finished week 6 of 9, right? So, about three weeks left. (I don’t know when nominations and voting usually begin.)

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We probably should have finished voting like three weeks ago then, heh.


In last week’s poll, there were only 10 people still reading 結婚しても.

It still amazes me that people want to go through this whole process of nominating books, voting on books, and endless debate, when the result is always the same… hundreds sign up, but only a handful actually participate in the group.

Just having someone who is keen to read a book set it up themselves makes much more sense to me.

I know jaearess will want to post now saying “oh you always say that”, but yes, I do. I’m not going to debate it, mind, just say it!

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While I’m mostly in favor of book clubs as they are (with offshoots to continue a series), I must admit, I’m having trouble coming up an argument in favor of monolith book clubs over many smaller ones (and I tried, too!) Not that I’m saying anything should change, but as a fun thought experiment, I’ve come up with:

  • I like book clubs because you get the opportunity to read books you might otherwise have not read. But with individual series clubs, you get that with a much wider selection.
  • Book clubs have a lot of people drop out over the course of a read. With individual groups, readers are more likely to be reading something of interest to them and keep going. (See: “Yotsuba&!” and “Aria” groups.)
  • If a book doesn’t get enough interest, it can still have a thread. (See: “Is the order a rabbit?” thread.)
  • Book clubs start with many readers, making if harder to find a pace that works for everyone. Smaller groups are able to more dynamically adjust.
  • With many clubs, there may be multiple series going that you want to read, but can’t fit all of into your schedule. But with a monolithic book club, most of those series would never come up to begin with.

This would also help me with my planned eventual future nomination that I have no idea whether it’s more appropriate for ABBC or BBC, and thus I have not nominated anywhere yet =D