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

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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The heros we deserve!

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Stealth voting even though I’m like two weeks behind on キノ because of Easter holidays

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As long as you are planning to read the next book (at least the ones you picked) then it’s pretty legit, I think.
(Plus, there will be some time to catch up anyway)

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That’s still two weeks ahead of me!

In other words, I am four weeks behind. Fortunately, I have much less than usual to do next week… and if I can’t catch up then, I guess reading nearly everything the week before the next book starts should is a viable strategy if I can’t do it before then

It kind of feels like I’ve posted more about being behind on the book club books lately than I’ve made posts actually discussing the books lately. Maybe I should try to change that.

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So uhm, I’m thinking of joining the club for the next book, and I just discovered there are " Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko" versions of some books that has furigana with them. But I was wondering, is that the only difference between those versions and the normal versions ? Or are there differences in the content too ? Also what are " Kodansha Aoi Tori Bunko" versions ?

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I’m not completely sure on this, but I think of these as versions for younger audiences. That can mean two things. One is that some kanji is either completely swapped to hiragana, or at the least has furigana on it, where the regular version would not. But I feel like I’ve heard that some “soften” or abridge the content.

I suspect it is like the version of “Moby Dick” my daughter (3rd grade) recently checked out from the library. It’s geared toward a younger audience, so strips out all of the non-fiction chapters and focuses on the tale, and switching up the language to map to works that an elementary school student would be expected to know.

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Until recently I thought it was just the furigana use (based on reading Kiki’s Delivery Service and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). But we discovered the hard way that this wasn’t the case for Kino’s Journey (the current book). In that one, several sentences are missing/added/changed, and the entirety of chapter 4 is different. So I’d recommend finding a preview of each version to compare before getting the Tsubasa Bunko version.

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I’m really thankful for your reply. I actually thought this might be the case,but I had no way of making sure, so I guess I’ll still wait for someone else who owns both to give me an answer :3

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Oh ! I see. So it depends on the book too. I currently ordered The Girl Who Leapt Through Time so that’s good to hear.
Big thanks !
As for the previews, does Amazon.jp have them ?

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Sometimes. Best to check there and a couple ebook websites (like Book Walker or eBookJapan). The previews aren’t always available though, which is unfortunate.

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Hm, that did not quite go as intended :joy_cat:

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