Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: シャドーハウス

I think the sale is until 10/11, it says that on the ebookjapan page for the book as well (and from my experience, ebookjapan and amazon have had items free and/or discounted for the same periods of time)

It says 開催中10/5[金]1:59まで.

Oh, well then :see_no_evil: I couldn’t see it anywhere so I was speculating, ignore me c:

No worries. All I can do at this point is see if the sale is still available tonight. :man_shrugging:

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I bought it just now and it seems the sale is still going on.

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Haikyuu!! - ハイキュー!!


Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of a star player, nicknamed the “Little Giant”, after seeing his plays. However, his dreams are destroyed in his first official match, where his team suffers a crushing defeat against the Junior championship favourite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to follow in the footsteps of the “Little Giant” and enter Karasuno High School to defeat Kageyama, only for the two to wind up as unlikely team mates. By combining the genius-like qualities of Kageyama with Hinata’s sheer athleticism, the duo create a brand-new volleyball tactic. Their new combo allows them to get over their differences and creates a strange alliance between the two filled with fun and laughter for them and their teammates. Thus begins the Karasuno boys’ volleyball team’s journey to the top. (Wikipedia)



Note: It seems like volumes 1 and 2 are currently free to read on Ebook Japan (limited time offer)

Personal Opinion

I love the anime and can only assume the manga is as good. I wasn’t really into sports or volley so I think this is the kind of manga that can appeal to anyone. From what I’ve read it seems fairly simple and we also have the familiar high school setting. Most volley specific terms come from English so there is no need to learn a bunch of difficult useless vocab. Finally, I think it might be nice to read a manga that has an actual plot as opposed to all the slice of life we have been reading, and this seems like a popular and accessible choice.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Seems easy enough, uses kanji with furigana and doesn’t change setting much
  • Has an actual plot


  • Some might not find subject appealing
  • Text density seems to vary a lot (see additional pages)


First Three Pages of Chapter One


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


I’ve never nominated anything before, I hope I did it correctly :see_no_evil:

By the way @seanblue, I’d be interested in reading 時をかける少女 as well (it will probably be the death of me but I have to try at least).
Edit: In fact, after seeing that offer I just bought it so there is no helping it now.


I already own the physical copy of 時をかける少女, but the eBook sale was just too cheep to pass up! :rofl:
So count me in! I have it double =P


I just got the ebook too. I had some points so it was free.

I’m thinking about getting a new kindle soon anyway, so it should work out nicely to try it then.

Alright @Sylph, Haikyuu is now included in the first post. Oh and for those interested, volume 1 of Haikyuu is available for free right now for Kindle.

That’s it for nominations for this round! Please take the time to go through all the nominations, reading samples for the ones you are interested in, and then vote in the difficulty polls.

I will open the poll to select the next book around 10/12 and leave it open for up to a week. Like last round, if the winner is a short manga, we will also read the second place finisher. If the winner is a long manga (if we even nominated any of those) or a book, we will just read the winner.


I just watched 時をかける少女 on the plane! :grinning:
I am definitely in!


Yes, interested.


Nice, that brings us to 13 already. :grin:

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I am secretly a big sports anime fan and haikyuu!! is one of my faves so eeeeeee


I’d like to be added

Added to beginner book club in general? Or are you referring to my post about 時をかける少女?

beginner book club

Well then you’re added. :slight_smile:

The next book is starting this weekend (see the first post for a link).
Also, voting for the book after that will open on Friday. Feel free to go through the samples (also linked to in the first post) and vote on their difficulty if you want.

Next book is natsume yuujinchou. Looking forward to it. Heard the anime is pretty good

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Commenting to join and track :slight_smile: I’ll be in on Natsume :slight_smile:
Also interested in The girl who leapt through time and Chi’s sweet home (not sure how to vote?)
Looking forward to struggling with y’all :slight_smile: