Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Currently reading: コーヒーが冷めないうちに)

Only two days left for nominations, then it will time to vote! (Already? Wow that went faster than I expected)

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Gah, didn’t realise the enrolment would be closing so soon. I’m gonna be too busy tomorrow to write up any nominations.

Do you need it to be “Sunday AoE”?

Well, I get Sunday pretty much first. Just gotta remember to actually do it. :stuck_out_tongue:

I didn’t realize it was so soon either. Did anyone add the new nominations already made to the OP?

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砂糖菓子の弾丸は打ち抜けない

Summary

Japanese

その日、兄とあたしは、必死に山を登っていた。見つけたくない「あるもの」を見つけてしまうために。あたし=中学生の山田なぎさは、子供という境遇に絶望し、一刻も早く社会に出て、お金という“実弾”を手にするべく、自衛官を志望していた。そんななぎさに、都会からの転校生、海野藻屑は何かと絡んでくる。嘘つきで残酷だが、どこか魅力的な藻屑となぎさは序々に親しくなっていく。だが、藻屑は日夜、父からの暴力に曝されており、ある日―。直木賞作家がおくる、切実な痛みに満ちた青春文学。

English

Nagisa Yamada is a bored teenager who finds everyday life extremely unappealing – thus she plans on joining a Military School as soon as possible.

A strange new student named Umino Mokuzu, who claims to be a mermaid, transfers into Nagisa’s school and, much to our heroine’s bewilderment, soon begins to follow her around incessantly.
Initially, an annoyed and discomfited Nagisa strives to avoid any encounters with Mokuzu. But she soon begins to comprehend the pain and sadness concealed beneath this strange girl’s cheerful and carefree demeanour.

Availability


Personal Opinion

I stumbled across this light novel by stumbling across its manga adaption, actually. The manga was fantastic, had really great story arc and amazing character development and exploration.
As for why in the book club, I felt like it was very different from a lot of the other nominations already there (at least the ones I’ve caught up on), so it would make for an interested addition. It’s a dark psychological thriller. It’s a very good conversation starter to say the least, and would make for good discussion material outside of Japanese.

I never did any research as to whether the manga followed its source material, so I can’t say much about what’s going to be in the book, but the author is also wrote the manga, so I have high hopes.
If I assume they are quite similar, I should mention that there are potentially triggering scenes in there. I found it was done very tastefully, but it does deal with quite heavy topics, such as (if you don’t care, don’t read this, since it might count as spoilers) child abuse and severe violence.
I wasn’t sure if this is okay as a nomination because of the above paragraph, but I figured I’d post it anyway and if not, it can be taken down or no one will vote for it, which is also fine.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Quite short (about 200 pages)
  • Very different from Kino (variety)
  • Makes you think and gets you emotionally invested
  • Good character study

Cons

  • Potentially triggering with a bit of gore (very necessary for plot and not overdone though)
  • Very different from Kino (new vocabulary?)

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One



Additional Pages


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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

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This nomination is a super rush-job since I didn’t realise the poll would close soon xD

I’ve yet to add some more sample pages, so I’ll do that in a second.

Also, I’ve mentioned this in the nomination, there’s some quite heavy subjects in there and I wasn’t sure if that’s appropriate for this book club or if it’s too much. If someone could give me a guideline (if there is any) that would be fab. Or if anyone’s read it (or the manga adaption) that would be even more helpful (though I don’t know how likely that is).

Also also, do I have to add it to the OP or do anything else with it now?
(Sorry I’m a total noob and have no idea how the world works >.<)

-----edit-----
All sample pages added now

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Not yet. I’ve been busy with life, and I keep my time on the forum as low as possible (well, for some definition of possible)

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I’ve read Convenience store Woman in translation and it is a great book, very funny. Pretty challenging for me to read in Japanese but its definitely in the “I hope to read this one day” pile.

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Gah. I did forget…

TOKYO猫びより散歩

Tokyo Cat Stroll

Summary

Japanese

「おいしい! 」 「覗きたい! 」 看板猫が迎えてくれるお店をご紹介。
イラストレーターの一志敦子さんが何度も通い、自信を持ってオススメする看板猫のいるお店、猫とお客さんとのふれあい、料理のおいしさの秘密、職人さんの手仕事など、
丁寧に取材したからこそ描ける緻密で優しいタッチのイラストは必見。

【猫がいるだけで、そこは幸せな空間になるのです】
イラストレーターの一志敦子さんが訪ねる、猫が迎えてくれるお店25軒+α

English

It’s… basically just an illustrated mini guidebook of shops in Tokyo which have cats.

Availability


Personal Opinion

Can’t go wrong with cats. :slightly_smiling_face:

Honestly, I spotted this on the Japanese new releases shelf in my local Kinokuniya, and my eye was drawm by the smug-looking cat on the cover, and when I had a flip through, it looked like quite a bit of fun. It’s not a chunky book - only 143 pages including fore- and afterwords - and it’s not massively wordy - lots o’ hand-drawn illustrations, but I thought it might make for a nice palate cleanser between heavier books.

It’s neatly divided into roughly six-page sections, with the approximate pattern being two pages of introductory text, a double-page-spread with a floor plan of the shop being discussed, and two pages of drawings of the cats getting up to antics.

(In all honesty, I feel it might fall into the gap between the Beginner and Intermediate groups a little bit, but hey, not every book has to be an epic novel…)

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Cats
  • Easily divides into chunks
  • After the first paragraph in each section, text appears hand-written (there’s enough variation that I don’t think it’s a handwriting-style font) which gives us practice at reading handwritten words.
  • Cats, on every single page
  • Light and refreshing
  • It’s a guidebook about actual shops in real-life Tokyo, so it might help people find places they’d like to visit that they otherwise may not have encountered.
  • Cats

Cons

  • Handwriting poses its own challenge
  • Perhaps may not tax peoples’ Japanese skills too hard. @seanblue may even turn up his nose at it. :stuck_out_tongue:

Pictures

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

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You did it! You posted on time :slight_smile:
Since you were the only one who expressed the wish to nominate something, I’ll just put up the vote later today :slight_smile:

Edit: wait, no, I’m going to leave a bit of time for people to check the nominations.

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You do add the books from last round again, don’t you? We need not resubmit them, amiright?

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Yes, everything from last round (except Kino and I want to eat your pancreas which got its own thread already) get added again.

If we reach >20 nominations at some point, things that were regularly unpopular will get removed as well. (They may be nominated again, though)

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OK, sorry for the double post.
I have updated the OP to reflect the current nominations. Please read the sample pages and vote on their difficulty polls.
The actual vote will start on Wednesday.

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I wonder if a poll will magically be here when I wake up tomorrow. :slight_smile:

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I wish it would magically materialize on its own. But I think someone will have to make it.

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Poll for the next book is here!

Please see the List of Proposed Books section in the first post for the details for each book. Every book has a difficulty associated with it (based on book club member voting) out of 5, where 1 means “no effort at all” and 5 means “impossible, even with everyone’s help”. The difficulty based on the book club member voting is next to each option in brackets (and are thus subjective).

We will most likely begin reading on June 15th or June 22nd, one or two weeks after the current book is over, giving some time for people lagging behind to catch up.

I will close the poll within a week (and most likely before that), whenever it looks like voting has dried up. You can choose up to 5 options .

  • (Manga) Made in Abyss [2.77]
  • (Manga) Land of the Lustrous [2.31]
  • Your Name [2.94]
  • Wolf Children Ame & Yuki [2.32]
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya [2.50]
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-Girl Senpai [2.50]
  • The Familiar of Zero [2.67]
  • 紅霞後宮物語 [3.00]
  • Magical Girl Raising Project [3.10]
  • The Closet of Nightmares [2.25]
  • Night Market [2.71]
  • Door D [3.00]
  • If cats disappeared from the world [2.56]
  • Convenience Store Woman [2.77]
  • A lollipop or a bullet [2.90]
  • Tokyo Cat Stroll [2.89]

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Look @seanblue, magic happened!

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Look @Naphthalene, 100% of voters want to read these two books! :eyes:

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Oh boy, let’s get ready to have to read both at the same time!

(By the time I posted, it already wasn’t true anymore :rofl:)

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No worries, Belthazar and I took care of it :grin:

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