Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now Reading: Granny Girl Hinata chan!

Tamamo no Koi ・ 玉藻の恋


Natively Level 19


When I visited a shrine on the outskirts of town, a fox-eared girl came back to provide!? A heart-filled comedy of Haru, a student living alone, and Tamamo, a caring spirit!


Physical (used only): Manga RepublicAmazon JP

Digital: KindleKoboBOOK☆WALKER ebook japanhonto

Personal Opinion

Sometimes I want fantastic world building and exciting, deep stories that surprise me at every turn, making me guess what will happen next. Other times I just want something that’s easy to read and sweet as sugar. And Tamamo, kitsune turned maid, definitely delivered on the sweetness front for me.

It’s not a particularly deep story, but Athakaspen over in the Natively forums said the following about it, and I got to agree - I really enjoyed reading it too.

From a language learner’s perspective this is rather easy to read. Tamamo has some easy to figure out speech quirks, and there are a few religious words scattered here and there, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a vocab sheet or a few dictionary lookups.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Full furigana
  • Cute art
  • Easy to read
  • Natively Level 19 - not too easy, not too hard!
  • An adorable fox-eared protagonist
  • Only one volume - the story is finished!


  • In physical form, there are only used copies available - and who knows how many are left.
  • Only one volume - the story is finished :cry:


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Substantial effort
  • So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know
  • I am an experienced reader, so this is not much effort for me
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