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

Here we go again :wink:

Looks like it’s time to think about our next book club pick!

Please have a look at the List of Proposed Books section in the first post for details on each book. Every book has a difficulty associated with it (based on the book club members’ votes, thus subjective) out of 5, where 1 means “no effort at all” and 5 means “so difficult that my head might explode”. The difficulty is annotated in the poll in square brackets after the book’s name.

Do not rely solely on difficulty when making a choice. Please have a look at the nomination posts and text samples if you haven’t already.

Expected reading pace: The proposals fall into two categories: Fast, and Hard. We aim to read fast books at 30-50 pages and hard books at ~15 pages per week (that number might vary a bit throughout, depending on the book’s breaks and chapters). For manga, depending on difficulty and chapter length, we will probably read one to several chapters per week. The pick’s exact reading schedule will be negotiated before the book club kicks off.

Start of Book Club : We will start the next book on September 18th (after a one-week break).

Poll duration : The poll will be closed within a week (and most likely before that), whenever it looks like voting has dried up. You can choose up to 5 options .

  • Fast: 86―エイティシックス― [2.67]
  • Fast: クォンタムデビルサーガ アバタールチューナーⅠ [3.29]
  • Fast: 狼と香辛料 [2.67]
  • Fast: マスカレード・ホテル [1.89]
  • Fast: 風の谷のナウシカ [3.13]
  • Fast: 海辺のカフカ (上) [2.31]
  • Fast: 騎士団長殺し 第1部 [2.33]
  • Fast: 化物語(上) [2.8]
  • Fast: 虐殺器官 - Genocidal Organ [3]
  • Fast/Hard: 薬屋のひとりごと [3.5]
  • Fast: 乳と卵 - Breasts and Eggs [3]
  • Hard: 檸檬 [3.6]
  • Hard: 風立ちぬ [3]
  • Hard: 午後の曳航 [3]
  • Hard: 文字渦 [3.83]
  • Hard: パノラマ島綺譚 [3.67]

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Ahem. Just in case I haven’t made this clear enough:

The goal of the voting process is to find the most popular book. The most popular book. That means ONE book. Not seven :joy_cat:

Interestingly enough, each of those books has a different combination of voters :eyes:


We can just read them all in order. :crazy_face:


Let me vote for the ones with 2 vote then :stuck_out_tongue:

Edit: jk, I broke the tie. But I guess there are still members to vote.




I think the voting activity has pretty much died down by now, and so I would like to declare the winner of our poll: 乳と卵 ! :tada:

This book is very short (133 pages), and as it is a modern book, I think that we can read it quite fast.
For participation information and schedule discussion, please see its home thread:

where I’ve already suggested a reading schedule.

If we follow this schedule, we will need to vote again before we even started reading that book, and so I would like to adopt the Beginner Book Club’s rule that when a short book wins, the book in second place is read right after it without another voting process.

Sounds good? The only drawback is that in our case we have a tie in second place :grin:

Therefore, please help me decide which of the two second-place books to pick as our second-place winner! Everybody gets only one vote (for hopefully obvious reasons :wink:).

  • Fast: 虐殺器官 - Genocidal Organ [3]
  • Hard: パノラマ島綺譚 [3.67]

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But I voted for both, and I’d do it again! :cry:


Vote for パノラマ島綺譚 rodan, since it’s on aozora we can wait longer between having to buy books
We can always read Genocidal Organ later

To be honest if I were to vote for one it would probably be Genocidal Organ out of not wanting something I nominated to supercede something that was already nominated for a long time (especially by my own vote), and also because it would be funny if this poll tied again, but I maintain staunch neutrality on this one!


You guys sure know how to tie break things :wink:



Hey @yamitenshi some people are in need of the multipoll script here

… I clicked by accident and now I just have to hope I won’t be the deciding vote. :sweat_smile: I did switch to the one I’m more likely to read!


Don’t worry, we have everything under control :crazy_face:


Oh by the way there is also a free bookwalker version: パノラマ島綺譚 - 文芸・小説 江戸川乱歩(青空文庫):電子書籍ストア - BOOK☆WALKER -

I guess it’s just the Aozora text, but at least it says that it uses new kanji and new kana, and that’s about all that matters for me :sweat_smile:


I think that’s one of the ones I linked in my nomination post. :wink:
It being free is definitely a plus that makes me not feel too guilty if Genocidal Organ doesn’t quite make it this time around.


No, you linked a BookWalker book that costs money, that’s why I mentioned the free one here :wink:

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Pretty sure I linked both!
The Aozora one I linked is the bookwalker aozora and I described the paid one as “one of the paid bookwalker options” since sometimes people like to go with a paid version just in case I guess.
Granted, the free version should probably be extra highlighted!


Oh, I thought the Aozora link was actually an Aozora link and not a link to the Aozora text on some other platform :wink: My bad, then!

Just curious: Is there a reason you didn’t give the link to the Aozora site?

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I just spend a lot of time on bookwalker and haven’t used the actual Aozora site, so I’m just uninformed. I’ll update the text of the nomination to be a little more clear.

P.S.: I also accidentally clicked the poll, bringing my neutrality to an end :pensive: