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

Well, I’m moving this over from the advanced book club, as it’s way too easy to read for that club. It should be a perfect fit here.

くま クマ 熊 ベアー

Author : くまなの (Not their real name, I assume)



引きこもりゲーマーのユナが、いつものようにファンタジーRPGゲームにログイン! すると、可愛いクマの装備を身につけて、自分が知らない森の中に!? 装備も変だし、レベルも1に戻ってるし、ゲームがバグった? それとも、まさかの異世界に来ちゃったの!? クマ装備はへんてこだけど、かなり強くて手放せない。冒険者ユナ、最恐クマっ娘として爆誕です!


(By the US publisher)
A dedicated gamer and antisocial shut-in downloads an update to her favorite fantasy RPG–only to find herself sucked into the game world for real. Reset to level one and equipped with only a cute bear onesie that grants her impressive abilities, Yuna sets out to explore her new reality–even though the fact that she can’t seem to take the bearsuit off gives her paws, er, pause!

Length : 306



Personal Opinion

This is the first volume in a popular series. I got interested in reading it when I noticed it was often in the top charts for light novels aimed at women. It was also one of the only book at the top of the chart that did not involve being reborn as an 悪役令嬢. Turns out it’s an 異世界 anyway, but fine. Additionally, it turns out that the US publisher is marketing it toward men instead, so I guess it would interest a wide public?
Edit: I have read the first three volumes now and it should be okay for everyone indeed.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Easy (for this club), so we can just go faster and enjoy not spending ages on a single book
  • Popular series


  • I’m sorry I only suggest 異世界s


Bookwalker sample

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know

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18 nominations is a great amount for our next poll! I will start it in ~24 hours.

In the meantime: Everybody who proposed a book, please make sure that it appears in the list in the OP - I double-checked but you never know… :wink:

Also, everybody who is interested in participating in the polls: Please have a look at the nominations to get an impression, and please read the sample pages and rate their difficulty! I will indicate the difficulty in the poll to serve as a rough guidance.


BTW I just noticed that the manga 山と食欲と私 is currently heavily discounted at Bookwalker (it’s only 100 yen until Jan 20th or so).

Also, it is a very short manga (only 132 pages) so we could establish a rule similar to the Beginner Book Club: If a short manga wins, we will read the second winner immediately afterwards. (I think we did this already with the Saint Young Men manga, but we never set it as a rule.) I will check the other nominations to see which ones might also be eligible for such a double-winner rule, and try to come up with a suitable definition for “short”.

Now if that doesn’t help push your nomination in the voting process, then I don’t know what does :joy_cat:
No, I’m not biased.


the first five volume are also on kindle unlimited. i’m considering renewing my subscription.

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here is a bilingual book on sake i really enjoyed :blush:

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Let the games polls begin!

Have a look at the List of Proposed Books section in the first post for details on each book. Every book has a difficulty associated with it (based on book club members voting, thus subjective) out of 5, where 1 means “no effort at all” and 5 means “impossible, even with everyone’s help”. The difficulty is annotated in square brackets after the book’s name.

Do not rely solely on difficulty when making a choice. Please have a look at nomination posts if you haven’t already.

Expected reading pace: We aim to read books at ~15 pages per week (that number might vary a bit throughout, depending on the book’s breaks and chapters). For manga, depending on difficulty and chapter length, we will probably read one to several chapters per week. The pick’s exact reading schedule will be negotiated before the book club kicks off.

Start of Book Club: We will start the next book on Feb 13th (after a one-week break).

Poll duration: 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 .

  • 君の名は (Your Name) [3.21]
  • ブギーポップは笑わない [3]
  • ポーション頼みで生き延びます! [3.55]
  • All You Need Is Kill [3.31]
  • ifの悲劇 (if no higeki) [2.5]
  • 1リットルの涙 難病と闘い続ける少女亜也の日記 [2.4]
  • もやしもん - Tales of Agriculture [2.89]
  • 乳と卵 - Breasts and Eggs [3.13]
  • 変愛サイケデリック [2.5]
  • ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 [1.87]
  • 灰と幻想のグリムガル (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash) [2.11]
  • きらきらひかる [2.67]
  • コーヒーが冷めないうちに [2.63]
  • 日本人の知らない日本語 [2.33]
  • City [2]
  • 言の葉の庭 [2.44]
  • 山と食欲と私 [2.57]
  • くま クマ 熊 ベアー [2.5]

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I’ll join for the next book! But I wonder if it’s fine for me to vote since I haven’t participated yet :o I’m fine with anything that gets voted though.


Of course it’s fine for you to vote! It would be quite mean of everybody to force a book upon you without you having a say in picking it :joy_cat:


Hahah alright alright! :smile: Voted.

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き… 君の名は is in first place? Could it be the end of an era?!?


Don’t jinx it :rofl:.


I’m holding my breath already :joy_cat:

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Quick, close the poll!


I wonder, how long has it been in the polls? I know there’s a running joke of it coming always at second place.


Two years at least, judging by the date of the nomination post

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Holy, then I can see why you’re all mesmerized :joy:

I wouldn’t mind reading it at all, in fact I voted for it not only because I’m genuinely interested, but because my local Japanese store has it in stock so I don’t even need to order anything online.

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It’s the oldest of all current nominations :joy_cat:

It really looks like a miracle at the moment.

Not entirely sure whether by now I really want to read it or whether I really want to get it over and done with :rofl:

Nah, just kidding. I want to read it!


nvm it’s been there since 2017

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Yes, it was one of the original nominations before the book club even split into the beginner and intermediate clubs.


Ditto! :joy: But I own a copy, so it would be good to be able to tick it off the list, as I’m much more motivated to read when others are too.