Advanced Japanese Book Club // Now reading: 海辺のカフカ

That was my theory. No interest or no time. I get that feeling. I mostly voted because of 人間失格.

That seems accurate :sweat_smile: Can’t help you because I have no interest in 容疑者X and I already run the endless book club so…

Good luck :smiley_cat:

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I’m sorry I’ve just been profiting off of the hard work of book club thread creators… It’ll have to continue a bit longer until I’m not accessing the forums on my phone only anymore at least. :see_no_evil:

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Ahaha nice interpretation :slight_smile: But not exactly true… I really like running book clubs! And it wouldn’t even increase the load because I‘m running Snow Country right now and the new club would be the replacement.
So I would be happy to run it but if somebody else wants to, then that’s also fine as I don‘t want to cling to it.
Also… I don’t know how to describe this… I sometimes feel that other people add more „soul“ to the clubs they are running? Like, in keeping the group together and engaged and stuff. I know I don’t do that, and so I wanted to open up the opportunity for somebody else to step up and run a club with more „soul“. :woman_shrugging:

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On my part, the reason I didn’t vote is simply because right now, life is super overwhelming, and so I’m not sure what I can commit to as far as reading goes. I didn’t want to vote, only to then not actually read with the group.
I may have time for one book club overall, but then I’ll just read whichever chosen book I’m most interested in, but even that is only if I have time, and that’s a big if.
So yeah, just didn’t want to skew the votes is all.

Fingers crossed you’ll have enough active participation though, be a shame for the Advanced club to fizzle out so early on really. Wish I could be more present at the moment, but we’ll see when all the other stuff calms down for me.

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Aaaaand the winner is…

容疑者Xの献身

:tada: :star2: :dancer:

Thanks to everyone who replied to me! Of course I am aware that at the moment everything is really unpredictable, plus (especially at this level) people often follow their own reading paths, and so it’s just natural that people come and go. Maybe next time around then :wink:

For running the club, if nobody steps up within the next ~24 hours, I will run it.

When should we start reading the new pick? Usually we take a standard break of one week after a book is finished, which would mean we’ll start on January 23rd, 2021. What do you think about that?

  • A one-week break is fine for me (i.e. start on January 23rd)
  • I want to start later (please explain)

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OK, here is the home thread for our newest pick:

Let’s discuss the schedule and stuff in that thread.

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So, if there’s no objection, I’d like to withdraw my nomination of くま クマ 熊 ベアー. It’s way too easy for this book club. Even at the bare minimum level mentioned for this club, I assume one could read it in 2~3 weeks. Even saying 4 weeks to be safe, it’s still too short.
I should have nominated it in the intermediate book club instead :thinking: Or even the beginner book club? It’s an easier read than kiki… (Ah, but it’s over the length limit, so no I guess).

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how about reading two volumes :stuck_out_tongue:

Hm, that would work, but new they are 1,320円 a piece (1100 for the ebook version without discount). That’s a tad expensive…

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Also, simply reading more if the book is too easy feels like padding. This is the advanced book club after all.

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Thanks for reassessing! With its length of 306 pages you can move it over to Intermediate if you like, as there are still 3 slots left; and if you hurry, you might manage to nominate it even before the book club host kicks off the next poll :rofl:

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By the way, should I post that poll, or do you plan to take over :upside_down_face:

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For me I think I’m past the point where book clubs make any sense at all unfortunately. It used to be that manga clubs were too slow since I could read one volume in a couple of days, but novels were still pretty tough…now it feels like reading anything at bookclub pace will just be frustrating since I don’t like reading ahead of other people :confused:

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I wondered about that as well :wink:

Well, I did not “plan” to run it, at least not without explicitly checking back. For now I thought I’d nudge you a bit and see what happens :laughing:
Anyway, I don’t mind either way. I don’t want to “force my way in” at all, but if I can be helpful, then here I am. (I’m guessing that your workload won’t lessen any time soon, given the recent developments…) So I was thinking maybe if we both run the two clubs as a team, with a bit of “shared responsibility”, that might work out quite well?

By the way, there is something I wanted to ask for quite some time now. I see that the OP’s (of the Intermediate and Advanced clubs) contain the list of nominated books with quite a bit of their nomination posts duplicated. Is there any reason for this (other than “that’s what the other clubs did before”)? I’m asking because it somewhat goes against my need for maintainability (it requires effort to copy the stuff over, and the OPs get so long that they are much harder to edit) and non-redundancy. And if it doesn’t serve a real purpose, maybe we can get rid of that altogether? I’m thinking of just keeping a list of the links to the nomination posts, plus the difficulty levels. What do you think?

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Indeed. Well, technically I was pretty free during the new year’s break, but sadly that’s ending today…
I’m back to a busy schedule until the end of February.

That’s really helpful, actually! To be completely honest, considering I’m spending less and less time on the forums, I was wondering if someone could take charge instead of me. Even just having shared responsibilities would be very helpful. (We will have to decide how to split them, though).

The main reason was to make it possible to see all data at a glance, rather than having to use the links to jump back and forth between the original post and the nomination posts. :confused: I usually care about the content of the book rather than the difficulty, so it’s convenient for me at least. It’s not like I remember the summary of books that were nominated two years ago. Well, except for 君の名は, but that’s a special case :rofl:

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Sure, no worries! I will run the Intermediate club poll then.

That would work for me! I’m a bit hesitant to fully commit because my workload is quite unpredictable, and this way we both have a safety net.

I was thinking of a somewhat “organic” approach: If one of us feels that something should or needs to be done, we can raise this and then the other can chime in (“That’s unnecessary” / “I would like to do that” / “Please go ahead”) or something? This way we can be flexible wrt workload and other interests. (So, basically what we did for the two clubs very recently.) What do you think?

Hm, I see. I personally would rather open each nomination post in its own tab and jump between those, because opening them all in the OP still requires a fair deal of scrolling. But I know that different people use browsers very differently. OK, so what about this: Let’s keep the descriptions but remove all other information (e.g. there are the amazon links and maybe other stuff in there as well for some nominations at least). Also, I guess there is no need to keep those descriptions for the historical nominations? I.e. those that got either picked or removed. Eliminating those and replacing them with just the nomination links would help me a lot already.

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For what it’s worth I really appreciate having it all in the op. I exclusively use my phone for browsing atm, and the mobile app of the forum doesn’t support tabs. :stuck_out_tongue:

Your compromise sounds perfect to me.

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I have my copy of suspect X ready to go. Will the OP be edited after the book starts to show goals and progress as the weeks go by?

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Every book club has it’s own “home thread”, which contains the schedule and most other information. Generally there are new threads created every week for that week’s assigned reading. Make sure you’re following the home thread so you don’t miss when the weekly threads are posted.

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maybe shouldn’t have, but i updated the topic and the title

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