Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Currently reading: 博士の愛した数式, Next: 君の名は)

should i watch the movie first?

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I don’t know - it might help you understand some difficult parts if you watch the movie first. But I can also see the appeal of first reading the story and then watching the movie as a reward. Personally, I’ve watched the movie 4 or 5 times before I got the book (it’s one of few movies that I can actually enjoy rewatching - which is the reason why I decided to get the light novel)

Now for 天気の子 I’m going the other route - first reading the light novel and then watching the movie

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Gonna try and read along with this one. Emphasis on try :joy:

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You know what, count me in!

I’ve enjoyed reading Kino no Tabi with the book club, even if I struggled REALLY hard with the vocab. I had to look up so terribly many words. In the meantime I’ve improved my listening comprehension immensely (even if my reading comprehension kept on the same level… or at least I hope so). Plus I was only able to get half through Kino no Tabi. But it was definitely fun to read it and discuss within the club.

I’m not sure if I can keep up with the reading pace, I’ll probably be one of the slower members… but what so ever.

よろしくね!
~T :lion:

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Aaaand the book is ordered.

I really like those confirmation emails from Amazon JP. At first they look totally scary, but they are actually very comfortable to read:

Amazon.co.jp をご利用いただき、ありがとうございます。Amazonマーケットプレイス出品者「ナマエ」がお客様のご注文を承ったことをお知らせいたします。詳細は、注文履歴からご確認ください。商品が発送されましたら、Eメールにてお知らせいたします。

but wow, the shipping to Germany takes really long. Estimated date is up to 9th of february… thats about a month from now!

~T :lion:

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Nah don’t worry about that. They always say it takes long and then half a week later it’s already delivered (I’m from Southern Germany)

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Whelp, no. The shop states that due to corona, there are problems with the postal transfer to overseas, therefore the order was canceled.

ご注文いただいた商品ですが、
只今コロナウイルス感染症の世界的まん延の為
郵便局の海外発送が困難な状況です。
.
誠に申し訳ございませんがこの度のご注文はキャンセルさせて頂きます。

merchant: ★良品倉庫★ from Amazon JP

If anyone other ordered the next time from JP, would you please tell me about your experience in ordering? Were others also not able to or did someone succeed?

~T :lion:

Btw, please make sure, you acutally order the novel (小説), not the manga or visual novel or so…

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Oh no!

I just got the email that mine 発送されました, so I think I’m safe. Will you get yours elsewhere?

Nice! Where did you order?

Well, I think to be sure, I’ll use the e-Book version this time. Might be annoying due to the different page numbers but at least I’m sure to have the book until the start of the club, right?

~T :lion:

I will be joining as well! It will be my first Book Club that I have joined here (despite being a member for a while now). I’ve had the book for a while now but never got past the first page, so I am looking forward to finally reading it again! Let’s hope I finish Harry Potter by then XD

Ordered - first time book clubber also! Sorry I missed the last selection, The Professor and the Housekeeper, as I had just read it in English and really enjoyed it.

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It would be interesting to have a poll about who has already seen the movie. Are we going to differentiate book and movie spoilers?

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I clicked on the Amazon JP link at the top of this thread. I’ve ordered from that site before. I wonder if the shipping issue is Germany specific?

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I’m wondering about this bit. Is it an user name? Was an item supposed to be shipped by Amazon or by somebody else?

Okay, I found this offer in the used section. So ★良品倉庫★ is a third-party seller. I think that’s the root of the problem here.

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Probably. For reference, you can basically never ship from a third party seller to the U.S., so it wouldn’t surprise me if it sometimes doesn’t work when shipping to other countries as well.

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Yeah it’s been hit and miss for me with those. Usually you get a notice from Amazon and it won’t let you actually order those items, though. Maybe the seller put some wrong info about where they’ll ship, or maybe didn’t put any and that’s why it went through instead. :thinking:

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Key, thank you everyone! Didn’t know this about third party sellers from JP. At least in Germany, I think it’s very common, that private people or smaller book stores sell their residual books via Amazon, so I didn’t think about it too much.

~T :lion:

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Your Name Home Thread is up:

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That’s a really cool book. I might try and pick up a copy

My current reading is

夏子の酒 ー A really accessible Manga series about a woman who returns home to run the family sake brewery after her brother dies. Would be a good intermediate level read.
日本酒の科学 ー Dense and not very accessible book on the science of sake brewing, I have, however, developed a Kimoto home brewing recipe from it and I currently have that bubbling away
甘酒・塩麹・酒粕 ベストレシピ ー Okay, this is a cookbook, but a really good one very delicious recipes using sake making by products

I’ve been avoiding the WK forums for a while, too much other stuff going on, but I’m so close to finishing WK I may return to the reading group when I hit level 60.

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