Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Now Reading: 地球星人)

Japan why you

Writing seems kinda interesting though



If @Naphthalene is voting “just right” I’m sure my head will explode trying to read it.


I was finding the sample confusing for a bit until I wrapped my head around it.


The latter. I just read an entire 300-page English novel yesterday, practically in one sitting. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Just gotta push through the mental block then. Set a rule for yourself: No manga until you finish a real book.


I dunno. The last time I studied Japanese, I had a very real problem where reading Japanese text only made me super sleepy and exhausted. It got to where I started playing porny VNs just to try to keep myself awake?
It hasn’t been a problem this time and I have no real idea why. Could be the changes to my brain from just eight years, could be that I’m on antidepressants now… I don’t know. But it was a problem I didn’t know how to solve at the time.


Manga are perfectly real books.

I’m also reading なぜ?どうして? :slightly_smiling_face:

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I don’t consider manga real books, but maybe that’s just me. :man_shrugging:



VNs are a nice transition point though. Pictures, but less than in manga so there’s still text description. Voice acting that can usually be repeated at will.

VNs take a lot of time though. I bought Steins;Gate over a year ago and still haven’t played it in Japanese or English…

:upside_down_face: Okay, guess I’ll find some more books. Sorry I keep missing these details guys.


I was flipping through the pages, and there are a bunch of historical/period/whatever you call that vocab (and thus kanji). They all have furigana, though, but yeah, that’s going to be more challenging for me than a 時をかける少女.
That being said, that book is on floflo, so it should be fine.

Personally I’m inspired by your eagerness

I don’t have anything to suggest really, except maybe Haruhi because I already own it but haven’t read it…


That’s probably a terrible idea haha. Might as well suggest the Monogatari Series while you’re at it. :stuck_out_tongue:

Just curious, which thing makes those two terrible ideas?

They are both supposed to be incredibly difficult, as least as far as light novels go. That’s what I hear at least, I never bothered to read samples.

EDIT: This website gives 時をかける少女 a 9.2/10 for easiness but gives Haruhi a 3.5/10.

And for what it’s worth, that same website gives ゼロの使い魔 a 6.7, indicating it might be a good choice.

Huh. Granted, it has some impressively long sentences. Or what were impressively long when I tried to read.

I actually just finished ペングイン・ハイウェイ a couple of days ago. I agree it is quite long. But I wouldn’t say it’s particularly hard. It repeats a lot of the same vocab/phrases so once you get used to them, reading gets a lot smoother. I read the 60 pages in a day just because it was the climax.

It’s a cute story and the protagonist is adorable (minus the obnoxious amount of breast mentions), so I recommend it!

Also: Off-topic but, does anyone have a bookmeter? Just found out that it’s the Japanese equivalent of goodreads.

Add me if you do!


On a scale of 0.1 to 9.2/10 how would you feel if I nominated it out of sheer obstinance


ドアD (Door D)


Yuna and her 7 university tennis club friends were kidnapped and woke up in an unknown room. With only one locked door, and water filling into the room fast, they must figure out a way to escape before they all drown.

There’s a lever that opens the door. But it only holds the door open while pulled. One person will have to remain.

And this is just the start. Through a series of death trap rooms, and chances of survival slim, each other’s humanity will be tested. Will the group make it out alive? Will anyone make it out alive? And what awaits upon getting through the final door?


Personal Opinion

Psychological thrillers are one of my favorite genres, I also like the esacpe room theme. Much like the zero escape series, the American movie " Escape room" that just came out 2019, and I think the saw movies was the same setup? It’s a good lenght, 235, and it should be around the same difficulty as autumn prison.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Ebook available
  • short
  • Interesting premise


  • Japanese people don’t like it
  • Might be scary for some people


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)

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