Absolute Beginners Book Club // Currently reading Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea

I will keep the poll open till 6PM GMT+2!

@bearytoast we’re gonna start それでも歩は寄せてくる on July 10th, if you want to update your thread and schedule!

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Thanks for letting me know!!

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The upcoming book starting in July, “When Will Ayumu Make His Move” (それでも歩は寄せてくる) is currently available for FREE on Bookwalker:

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And usually if it’s free on Bookwalker, it’s free on Amazon too :grin:

Just noticed the people in the home thread already figured that out, hehe.

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Oops! I am realizing belatedly that I should have dropped the notice about the Off-Shoot Takagi-san club in this thread as well, but for anyone who is interested, we are starting Volume 2 on July 24th!

Teasing Master Takagi-san :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: ・ Off-Shoot Book Club Home Thread • Starting Volume 2 July 24th! - Japanese Language / Reading - WaniKani Community

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Could someone who is a regular update the thread title so it says we are currently reading Ayumu please?

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It’s been changed :grin:

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ハピネス

Summary

Makoto Okazaki is your run of the mill high-schooler, a perfect bullying target. One night, on his way to return a DVD to a friend, he notices a person on a nearby rooftop. The person lunges at him and bites his neck, drinking his blood. The attacker, a beautiful girl, then asks him: “Do you want to die or become like me?” He decides to live…

Availability

Personal Opinion

I think it is around if not easier than からかい上手の高木さん

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

It is a cool story. It has Vampires. No walls of text. Good art.

Cons

It only has 50 chapters (10 volumes).
It is not a fluffy story.

Pictures

First three pages with talking



Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

0 voters

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Hello! is there a discord for this book club?

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Some book clubs utilize an unofficial (not maintained by WaniKani) Discord channel. However, for the main book clubs, we aim to keep all discussion in the forum threads. This makes it easier for future readers of previous book picks to find and read through discussion material.

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ah :frowning: thanks for telling…

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Hey all, I thought I’d do some shameless cross-advertising in this channel :grin:

小川未明童話集・Ogawa Mimei: Collection of Children’s Stories

It is a book (not a manga) which consists of a lot of short children’s stories (of which we will read a select handful). The author is pretty famous, and the stories are rather old (I think the first ones are about 100 years old) but the Japanese has been modernized so there shouldn’t be a problem. (Also, I’m trying to read ahead to be able to pick out and explain unusual grammar up-front, but I can’t promise that I will be able to do that each week…)

We’ll start off with a very short story (5 pages only) and slowly increase our stamina by moving to longer stories (up to ~10 pages per week). I read the first story and I found it pretty comparable difficulty-wise to the 10-Minute-Biographies book that you read here a while ago. So if you were able to get along ok-ish with that book and you would like to slowly migrate to more Beginner Book Club material (or if you are adventurous and just want to hop in without prior book reading experience), then maybe this is your chance!

You can even try it out without any financial investment as all the stories are available for free on Aozora as well. The links are in the book club home thread that I linked above. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the club :slight_smile:

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Oh my god I totally forgot to mention that this is the next Beginner Book Club pick and we will start reading it on Saturday :joy_cat: :woman_facepalming: :sweat_smile:

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Could someone change the thread title to reflect we are now reading Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea please?

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Done!
I hope I assumed correctly that “please” is not part of the title :sweat_smile:

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Doing posting also here in case someone missed it (ノ´ з `)ノ

The offshoot club for それでも歩は寄せてくる is gonna start from next Saturday! Come and say hi, we have cookies! (◕‿◕):heart:

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The next ABBC book will be due to start on Nov 13th. So it’s nearly that time to vote on choices again. If anyone has any other nominations now is a good time to make them.

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Here’s one I’ve been tossing back and forth on whether to nominate for ABBC or BBC. After seeing what’s come up in each for the past year or so, I think it would be a much better fit for ABBC.

三ツ星カラーズ

Summary

「三ツ星カラーズ」 is about three young girls, Yui, Sacchan, and Kotoha, who spend their afternoons defending the peace of their neighborhood.

Each chapter puts the girls into a slice-of-life scenario, such as searching for a cat, selling bananas, visiting the zoo, or disarming a (fake) bomb.

Availability

Personal Opinion

The slice-of-life genre and the young cast of main characters make this series a good fit for a manga-reading beginners. The difficulty is comparable with the oft-recommended よつばと, minus the easiest and hardest chapters of that series.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Slice-of-life genre.
  • Younger characters speak clearly.
  • Older character dialogue is mostly with the younger characters.
  • Topical words appear often in a chapter.
  • Chapters average 14 pages.

Cons

  • Occasional hints of a regional accent.

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

The first three chapters are also freely available on the author’s Pixiv site (no login necessary to view):

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

0 voters

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I just joined the [read every day challenage Fall/Autumn] (📚📚 Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 🍁🍂🦝 - #496 by popleraa101) and wanted some good books to read… looks like I found the right place

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