Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃 // Next: 変な家

Whoa! Dang how did I miss my chance, I was on the site then!? I really had no idea about this.

In that case, maybe I’ll read it on my own and just comment in that group instead. Thank you and Iinchou for pointing it out to me!

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Oh you did not miss your chance, luckily! As it’s an informal reading group, there is no schedule and everybody reads on their own starting date and own pace. Feel free to comment in that thread, or ask questions! People still follow the thread and will reply. :+1:

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Hello everyone! A new club for light novels is being held over on Natively, and we’re voting on our first read until June 16. Please feel free to join if it’s something you’d be interested in!

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One quick update from me: our first voted book is コップクラフト; if interested, our home thread is here!

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If you’re after a spooky read for the summer, why not come and vote for the Halloween/Spooky Summer Book Club’s first official pick? We’ll start reading July or August, on probably a loose timetable - it’s summer after all!

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We’re still one day early, but I’ve got the first thread for our new pick, あん, up. I hope to see you guys there! (And if someone can update the title/main post of this thread tomorrow, that would be lovely)

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Looks like the right date to me. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Quick shout out that the Natively Mystery Book Club is now voting! Also shouted this out in the ABC, but there’s decent overlap with the IBC.

The poll runs for 7 days and we have 18 books to choose from! Most of them fall in the ABC level and our speed tends to be around 30-50 pages a week*; a few are on the easier side (mid 20s Natively level).

*we tend to start slower and ramp up as people get impatient to know the solution to the mystery

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We’ll be starting week 2 of あん. Be sure to give it a try, even if you are a bit late and missed week 1 - we’re taking it slow in the beginning!

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Join us here for the 3rd week of あん :slightly_smiling_face:

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Usually people just post these in the home thread for that book club. I don’t think those of us not reading along need to see these every week. :slight_smile:

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Oops, thank you for letting me know! I won’t post here for the next weeks

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Nomination post :slight_smile:

あなたも殺人犯になれる!

Author: 赤川 次郎
Page count: 288
Natively: L27

Summary

Japanese

赤川ミステリの快作、いよいよ登場!

漫画家志望の女子高生・聡美は、漫画家養成学校の研修に参加することに。しかし聡美が宿泊先に着いた頃、なんと護送中の凶悪犯が逃亡する事件が。しかもその凶悪犯は、刑事をかたり聡美たちの前に現われて!?

English

(translation from the JP)
Akagawa Mystery’s excellent work is finally here!

Satomi, a high school girl who wants to be a manga artist, decides to participate in training at a manga artist training school. However, when Satomi arrives at her accommodation, a violent criminal who is being escorted escapes. What’s more, the thug appears in front of Satomi and the others pretending to be a detective!?

Availability

amazon.co.jp
Bookwalker

Personal Opinion

I’ve been wanted to read it since I’ve seen @pm215 recommend it in another thread, see below, and it looks like it’s about the same length and level as あん so I thought it would make a good pick for the IBC. pm215’s review:

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Story sounds fun
  • On different platforms
  • Furigana on uncommun words

Cons

  • Not sure but let me know if you have any and I’ll edit them in

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
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
0 voters
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Small shout-out to the light novel bookclub on Natively: we’re voting on our next book, so if you’re interested, please take a look!

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I feel bad following up a ad with another ad, but I’ll do it anyways.

The BBC is holding a vote on what we will read next have a look:

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Thinking about nominating とんがり帽子のアトリエ here because level 26 and 208 pages seems to be on the higher limit for the BBC, but for the IBC it looks like the lower limit according to the previous picks.
I haven’t joined the IBC before so I don’t know how you guys would feel about the nomination?

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I can’t really answer that question, considering I’ve never finished reading a book with the IBC before, but I just wanted to say that wherever a read of とんがり帽子のアトリエ will happen, I’ll join it!

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Nomination post :slight_smile:

とんがり帽子のアトリエ

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Author: 白浜 鴎
Page count: 208
Natively: Level 26

Summary

Japanese

小さな村の少女・ココは、昔から魔法使いにあこがれを抱いていた。だが、生まれた時から魔法を使えない人は魔法使いになれないし、魔法をかける瞬間を見てはならない……。そのため、魔法使いになる夢は諦めていた。だが、ある日、村を訪れた魔法使い・キーフリーが魔法を使うところを見てしまい……。これは少女に訪れた、絶望と希望の物語。

English

(Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version))Coco, a young girl from a small village, has always longed to be a wizard. However, a person who cannot use magic from birth cannot become a wizard and must not be seen at the moment of casting a spell … Therefore, she had given up her dream of becoming a wizard. But one day, she saw a wizard, Keefley, who visited her village and saw her use magic … This is a story of despair and hope for a young girl.

Availability

Physical:
amazon.co.jp
CD Japan
Amazon US
Honto
Rakuten
Ebook:
Bookwalker
Ebook Japan
Renta!

Personal Opinion

Beautiful art and interesting story, I haven’t tried it myself but I hear this book is popular! In 2020, the series won the Harvey Award for the Best Manga category as well as the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • The series has 12 books (I believe it is ongoing) and an anime has been announced

Cons

  • Maybe not very challenging for the IBC, but the pace can be adjusted accordingly (though I spotted some handwritten text, I’m sure this will be fun deciphering)

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
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
0 voters
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This looks absolutely gorgeous, and judging from the sample pages, it doesn’t seem any harder than the stuff we’ve read on the BBC recently. So I’m with @TobiasW , I’ll read this wherever it gets hosted.

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It’s probably harder than the typical BBC book. I think its level of 26 understates the difficulty of the series quite a bit (I’d put it at 28-30), but I felt it got harder in later volumes, so maybe level 26 is accurate for volume 1. It’s been a long time since I read the first volume so I don’t remember that well.

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