Beginner Japanese Book Club // Currently Reading: シメジシミュレーション

If one of the manga wins we can probably still read the book if it gets second place. Not the other way around though.

By the way, what is the difficulty (in numbers) of the current book?

How would i know if i am ready to start reading a beginner book? I’ve been learning Japanese and just wrapped up with an actual class. I want to expand my possible resources.

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After so much scrolling, I found the actual poll, and it says 3.31.

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At the time it was voted in, its difficulty had been rated at 3.31. You might find it more helpful to look at the poll itself though, because then you can compare to other picks.

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Oh my goodness, it’s linked in the OP - please don’t scroll that much!

Probably the easiest way to gauge whether you could read the book we’re going to be tackling next would be to find the nomination post, which will include sample pages. You can have a look at those and try to gauge whether you could manage them (with a dictionary and help from us, of course).

We’re currently voting, so it’s not decided yet, but you can see the current nominations, with links to the sample pages, in the original post.

If you think it would be too difficult, you could check out the very newly-formed Absolute Beginner Club, and/or consider Graded Readers.

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You could check the first pages of a book on Amazon or iBooks to check how you fare. That’s also why for all the proposals people post a few pages of text from the book/manga so everyone can try to read some of the text and get a feel for it (and a baseline to vote on the polls).
But usually the book gets easier once you get used to certain vocab recurring writhing the book and also to the writing style of the author.

Oops :slight_smile:

That didn’t occur to me - I just checked the list of proposed books but of course it was no longer in there, so…

Good to know, for next time :joy_cat:

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Click here to look at sample pages of the book currently likely to win (scroll down the post to the samples), which also happens to be about the easiest in the poll.

My personal opinion is that it’s never too early. Well, I mean. One might want to learn the kana first.

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I went to the Japanese bookshop today and checked it out. They didn’t have the first volume so I didn’t purchase any, but I have to admit those are very nice looking books.

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I’m going to close the voting some time on Monday.

Here’s our top three so far.

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I am so hyped to buy some more books :joy: other than 時をかける少女 all I bought in Japan was further volumes of Aria, so it’ll be exciting to get some new things.

Time to spend the rest of today wondering what else to buy while I’m at it…

also I may have dropped my Candy Shop vote in hopes of sneaking Laid-Back Camp or Girls’ Last Tour into first place :grin: :joy:

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I considered doing the same, except I realised the vote is not quite as close as I thought it was.

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Yeah, those pesky arrows. Girls’ Last Tour has actually shot up a bit though.

Edit: it’s actually a tie now! I’m so conflicted

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Doooo itttttttt

Don’t be you’re just following your kokoro :heart_eyes:

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I think Belthazar has already followed suit :wink:

Zenitendou in clear first again :pensive:

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So many names in the voting that I don’t recongise at all, much less have seen in book club threads. We really have that many lurkers?

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So many names in the voting that I don’t recongise at all, much less have seen in book club threads. We really have that many lurkers?

Well I’m new here, if that counts XD

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A really big proportion of the votes are always from people I personally don’t recognise ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

And we usually scoop a few of them up as new members :wink:

@sloa123 HI! :grin:

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Yo. Looking forward to reading with you guys in this club and/or the Intermediate club. :slight_smile:

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