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

Thanks for creating this thread!

I’m going to nominate a book I just started reading that I bought in Japan. It’s pretty doable for my level of reading, it’s just a tiny bit more complicated than なぜ?どうして? but it’s a lot more fun to read.

EDIT: Should probably add I’m probably just around N4 level (took N4 last December and I’m pretty confident I failed). If that gives any idea on difficulty.

WANTED - Short stories from the creator of One Piece


Author’s note:
"This is a 「masterpiece collection」. No matter what any of you say, this is a 「masterpiece collection」.

You could say these 「masterpieces」 are some of the few sucessful sucessors of the will of the countless one-shots out there that have been left to rot. To simply call them “short stories” would be such a shame.

Oh … but wait, on the cover, the sub-title says “Collection of short stories by Oda Eiichiro”…!!

Ah, whatever. "


I can’t seem to find an eBook version but I might have missed it.

Personal Opinion

It’s fun, the Japanese is readable, it’s not aimed at super young kids, and the level isn’t too complicated. Also, as it’s a manga, context from the illustrations can assist reader.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Not ‘dry’
  • Not aimed at young children
  • Context from illustrations can assist in understanding
  • Short stories means that people could jump in at any time and just jump in to the current story
  • Furigana


  • It’s shounen, so if you don’t like shounen you may not like it


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

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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