Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: Ogawa Mimei: Collection of Children's Stories

Nah, I saw you were editing :stuck_out_tongue:

I might change it though to indicate only if it’s a book, because I think that’s actually a little easier to compare? I.e. if it has a ‘book’ signifier then it’s a book, otherwise it’s a manga?

Also @Aislin the Comparison Thread linked just under the proposals does specify as well. Just saw your edit - I didn’t mean that that was a good solution to the manga / book thing, just that it might be a useful place to look if you want some suggestions.

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Manga are books too. :stuck_out_tongue:

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:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

You know what I mean :stuck_out_tongue: I wasn’t gonna change it from ‘novel’. Although I’d hesitate to call 銭天堂 a novel. I’ll add a “manga unless stated otherwise” note once the 5-min mark is up (otherwise it gets snotty about the version history).

Thank you! :revolving_hearts:

And I also noticed that Comparison Thread recommends Konbini Ningen as a first intermediate book, which made me real happy, because I read that one in translation, but now I want to read all Sayaka Murata’s books and it’s nice to know she writes in a simple way. :smiley:
(I suspected as much from translation, but you can never be sure.)
At least I hope her other books will be similiar…
Jumping straight from Zenitendou to Konbini Ningen might be a little too much, though… :sweat_smile:

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I am really keen to read it too, but I am intimidated by the lack of vocab spreadsheet :grimacing:

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マギ

Summary

数えきれぬ出会いと別れ、未知なる世界に隠された謎…
不思議な少年アラジンによる、魔法と秘宝の大冒険はここから始まる‼
爽快マジカルアドベンチャー

Deep within the deserts lie the mysterious Dungeons, vast stores of riches there for the taking by anyone lucky enough to find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.

Availability

Or from AmazonJP

Personal Opinion

I read the whole series in German and don’t think it would be too hard to read. Being a shonen (on the mature side) in an Arabian Nights - inspired setting, I think that this book will be quite different from what we’ve read here so far. A breath of fresh air?

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • No “walls of text”, but characters talk in full sentences.
  • Seven short chapters

Cons

  • The series is quite long, if you want to keep reading, and the later volmes (around 20 on) are not as well received
  • Depictions of slavery may be disturbing for some readers (?) See for yourself :arrow_down: Extra Pages :arrow_down:

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • 1 - No effort at all
  • 2 - Minimal effort
  • 3 - Moderate effort
  • 4 - Substantial effort
  • 5 - So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know

0 voters

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I love マギ! I have everything up to volume 22 (which was the last released at the time…) somehow never picked the next one because I started reading a bunch of other stuff while waiting for the next one… I guess that dates my interest for the series :stuck_out_tongue:

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I`ve watched the manga some time ago really enjoyed but excited to get into the manga with everyone.

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Hello there! I want to start reading a Japanese novel. I’m not into following other people timetables, so although the book club seems interesting I’m quite hesitant.

I am searching for advices on what to use instead. I’ve seen the guide on how to buy eBooks. AmazonJP might need a VPN, eBook Japan has changed from before, or in any way I can’t figure out how to registrate and I’m stuck on this page…

Should I look out for something else entirelly? Are there any advices?

You might want to have a look at this thread:

There is a section “Buying Books” which describes the available options.

Also, there are lots of ideas for which books to read, if you are looking for inspiration!

And don’t forget, you can always use a book club’s existing threads even years after the book has officially been read, and you can even still ask questions - there are probably still some helpful souls around.

Happy Reading :slight_smile:

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Thank you very much! :smiley:

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Happy birthday btw

For your 1 year in WK I mean

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Oh thank you!
It’s too bad that I’ve been so slow with WK. I hope to be faster going forward :slight_smile:

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Don’t worry speed is not the most important thing. As long as you continue studying you will reach it. Constistency is more important than speed.

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にじいろフォトグラフ

Summary

引っ込み思案な残念美人の山吹葵は 青い目がコンプレックスの高校一年生で、小説家の姉・皐と二人で暮らしている。 とあるきっかけで、外国人の少女、 サラ・フローリーと同居することになった葵たち。 そんな山吹家の毎日は…?

Translating is hard, so here’s the short version: It’s about this high school girl who’s self-conscious about her blue eyes, when suddenly this 5 year girl with blonde hair and blue eyes starts living at her home.

Availability

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4832249029
Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B077QFGG38
Bookwalker: https://bookwalker.jp/deeffb5c77-2944-4943-88d9-484adf1815e4/

Personal Opinion

I just finished the first volume (out of three) and it was super cute. Really light read, which should (hopefully) balance out the challenge of lack of furigana for the beginner book club.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Mostly a lighthearted family story.
  • Some nice comedy thrown in.
  • Entirely everyday language.
  • One of the main characters is young, so her dialogue is in hiragana and easy to understand.

Cons

  • Basically no furigana. Even the names only get furigana once throughout the whole volume.
  • A lot of really tiny, handwritten text.

Pictures

I don’t have an easy way to get pictures for this, so check out the preview in the Amazon or Bookwalker links above, or read the first chapter on pixiv

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • 1 - No effort at all
  • 2 - Minimal effort
  • 3 - Moderate effort
  • 4 - Substantial effort
  • 5 - So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know

0 voters

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For those lazy enough, here are the first three pages (that actually have text)

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When is voting for the next read going to start? It’s taking longer than usual for books to arrive now (just received a book i ordered in May today :upside_down_face:) so the sooner the next book is decided the better.

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We could bring the vote forward a week or two. I’d been planning for the 15th of August, but it’s true that there are still shipping issues.

How do people feel about opening the vote this week, say on the 30th? That would give us ~8 weeks lead time. It’s not very much notice to get any further nominations in (but we have plenty already) or read samples though.

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Just for simplicity for others, you can also read ~the first chapter on pixiv.

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Or you can take screenshots from Bookwalker (my standard approach) :sunglasses:

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