So, I am (as many other people on this site are) a big fan of the Ask Graded Reader series! I’ve read a lot of different posts with suggestions of where to go next, easy native material for beginners, and even a native equivalent guide from the tadoku series, but I haven’t seen a list of books that are on the same “level” (aka if you can read this you should be able to manage x) for the Ask series.
It got me wanting to come up with some kind of compilation based on other people’s experiences, so I could hopefully put together some kind of list or guide so that the levels on the back of the books aren’t just in isolation (I believe it says it goes up to N3? But I doubt if you’d only read graded readers and then went to read an N3 level book/manga you’d breeze through it. After all, it’s made specifically for learners and is very catered in its content).
I really enjoy reading japanese books (albeit I haven’t read nearly as many as I’d like yet!), but I know at the start I was kind of disorientated by what it said you knew (if you could read the graded reader volume easily) on the back of the book and what I actually knew (slang, colloquialisms, dialects etc., looking at you yotsubato!!!). It’s obviously fine once you’ve tested the waters, started off (checked the great book resource list), but I still wonder just what native equivalent, if there is one, the Ask series have.
TL;DR: What native material (manga or books) do you think go with the Ask Graded Reader levels, assuming one has only read the graded readers before (albeit extensively)?
eg. Level 3 - [Manga/novel] was fairly easy
I’d be interested in hearing personal experiences!!