Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Ruri Dragon // Next: The Wolf of the Small Forest

I’m going to make an order on Kinokuniya this weekend.

Current book: からかい上手の高木さん (1)
Next book: それでも歩は寄せてくる (1)
Next next book: 大海原と大海原 (1)

I’m in the USA; I don’t know if they ship to other countries. I’ve never bought anything from them before so I can’t really vouch for them. I figure I’ll give it a try and worse case I’ll get a digital copy at the last minute.


If it gives you any peace of mind, Kinokuniya is very reliable for ordering Japanese books. I actually have to pop into their store soon to pick up some stuff I ordered. :joy:

That’s good to know. I have high hopes because I really like the idea of a manga store with physical locations in my country. I just wish I lived anywhere near one of those locations :cry:.

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Oh thanks! This worked for the US. I just finished Takagi-san and wanted to join the next club but for the life of me, couldn’t find a physical copy. Thanks so much!

I just order the physical copy from Amazon Japan, they had it in stocks.

The home thread for Wadanohara is up!


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!


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:


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.


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


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


It’s been changed :grin:




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…


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


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


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


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


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.


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:


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: