Just to add to what Naphthalene said, the reason we’re voting on the next book before we’ve even started Natsume is that we won’t be reading Natsume for very long.
Ordinarily, we vote on a book, start reading it, and then vote on the next one while we’re reading (so that there’s enough time for people to order, as Nath explained).
In the last voting round though, we picked two at once because they were both quite short (non non biyori and natsume). We usually vote about six weeks before starting to read, and we’re planning to spend five weeks on Natsume, hence starting to vote on the next pick already.
did that make any sense oh my
Non non biyori, the current pick, will end on the 12th of October. The last week will just be reading the bonus chapters at the end though, so we’ll have finished the ‘proper’ chapters by the end of this week (Friday), as Nath said.
日本昔ばなしアニメ絵本 18冊全巻セット - Japanese Fairy Tales - Set of 18 books
Classic Japanese Fairy Tales in a beautiful collection of 18 colorful books. Some of the most well known fairy tales from long long ago. Beautiful illustrations and stories as seen in the anime.
Each book contains a separate Japanese Fairy Tale. These are the Classic Fairy Tales Japanese kids grow up with, and might be referenced or mirrored in other stories like we do with ours. So knowing them might both be interesting and have a value when reading other material.
This is a set of 18 books. They are easy enough that we could do one or two per week =)
Pros and Cons for the Book Club
Interesting Japanese Culture
Uses the Fairy Tale repetition at times, which helps with understanding and learning
Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.
It’s a very cute story with a good mix of slice of life. Some parts are very light, but the parents can have some text heavy areas. The cat and child has some specific speaking flaws, similar to Yotsuba, in a mostly predictable way so it is easy to understand what was meant. The adults with their correct language are the more text heavy.
This series is recommended on most lists for beginners of Japanese.
“‘With a richly detailed background, complex, sympathetic characters, superb action and a main character who somehow balances tragedy with comedy, this is a series that delivers in every way. So strap on your leaf headband and join the oddest ninja in town. You won’t regret it. 4/5’ NEO magazine”
Though the story is told through Ninjas, it is still a story about people and getting through hardship. Naruto is a very lonely orphan with no friends and through their trials he grows as a person and finds his place, and becomes a beloved member of the society.
Naruto, being as popular as it is, might pull in new members to the book club (while others might have an aversion to it…)
Pros and Cons for the Book Club
Uses a lot of kanji, all with furigana (no wall of kana)
Uses rude language, which means a good bit of plain speech
No worries. I promise to read a book with you by January if one isn’t selected by the book club by then.
From what I’ve seen in the Non Non Biyori threads, you seem to have a good grasp of the language. I think you’d do fine with one of the easier books, like 時をかける少女. It would take more time a week than a manga, so time could be an issue. But I think you could handle the difficulty if you push through the first few weeks.
@Toyger Please post the summaries in English. I want to make sure people don’t get intimidated by seeing a Japanese-only summary. I’ll update the template to indicate that English summaries should always be provided when possible.
Regarding the template not working, Discourse recently changed how formatted copying and pasting works, so it could be that. If so, pasting in plaintext could solve the problem. I’ll verify tonight.
@MacOneill I’ll update the first post tonight to include the new nominations.
I don’t know if anyone actually cares, but I’m starting to feel like I may be up for trying something harder sometime too, 魔女の宅急便 is starting to feel a bit easy.(which is quite an improvement from when I started reading it).