Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: TUGUMI

Great! I ordered it!
Hopefully I can exercise some self control this time, and not read the whole thing at once. I learn so much more when I take the time to look up things, butきみの名は was pretty gripping🤦


This book I think is a quieter read…when I read it in English, it felt like a book to read on a sleepy Sunday morning with some coffee or tea.

Glad to hear that きみの名は was a page turner! I will have to check it out myself some time. The movie was fantastic.


I’ve had the same issue with きみの名は. Having not seen the movie, I’m now finding myself flying through pages as the story has reached its climax. I was pretty good at controlling myself for the first half of the book as it was really useful for me to read a little slower, take the time to add words I don’t know to Anki, etc.

But for the last few chunks of reading, I’ve flown through in 30 minutes or less - and while I’m absolutely comprehending the plot, I am undoubtedly missing subtle details, new words/nuances to learn, etc.

The only reason I haven’t flown through and finished the entire book is that I’m currently reading two other books at the same time, and working full-time, and trying to squeeze in some more advanced grammar study/SRS/etc. :sob: I’m going to try to take it a little slower with the next book as well.

1 Like

It didn’t win, but #4 in the poll, ヨコハマ買い出し紀行, is currently free! See links in its nomination post.


Hmmm, looking at their profile, it seems that @Kawazoe has not been around for a while?


If they don’t show up in the next few days, would anybody else be interested in running the bookclub for this book?

Note: I’m always happy to run a bookclub if nobody wants to, but I’d prefer if somebody else would step up and join the ranks of book club hosts :wink:

1 Like

I think they get an email from the system when they are @‘ed, but there’s indeed no sign of them :sweat_smile:

By the way, I meant to ask for a few days now, but I started looking at the book, in case I run it myself, and Amazon tells me it has almost 350 pages, which is beyond the acceptable length for this club. Can anyone confirm that?
If so, well, I guess we can either bump up the reading speed or accept the fact we’ll be spending 24 weeks or so reading the book.


The previous message is meant to be a reply to you, but somehow I had a weird bug when trying to post it. (The system asked me if I wanted to post in the original topic of “none” or here).

1 Like

That depends on their settings. Personally, I don’t get any emails because I have all that disabled.


Morning! :slight_smile: I’d like to join in for the next book. What am I supposed to do? :upside_down_face: And do you already know when you start on it?


Yes, my store marked it as 348 pages too.

If we bump up the reading speed, around how many pages would that be?

You just need to have the book by the time it starts, and then follow the pace that is decided while making use of the weekly threads if you want or need :slight_smile: . Of course you can start later or follow another pace, whatever works for you; some people read ahead, etc.

The starting date is June 19th.


Thanks for the quick reply! :slight_smile: Is it possible that you guys will change the book or is it safe to buy it? (Not sure I can handle 350 pages! ;-))


I’ve only been around in the book club since the last book (which I quit early for reasons), but I think it’s safe to say that once a book has been decided through the poll it will be the one being read. Changing the book after that would be a real mess I’d say ^^

I plan to buy it myself once my store restocks it; just waiting for their e-mail.

A few others have ordered it already too.


Thank you! I’d get the kindle version if there is one, so this could happen really fast! :wink:

1 Like

In that case you might be interested in knowing that there’s a sale that I think is still up in Bookwalker, check this post:

If it’s for Kindle then for sure Amazon JP has it, but I can’t say much since I haven’t bought anything there yet :slight_smile: (I haven’t used Bookwalker myself either but I thought I had to mention it, very popular choice).

Edit: I just checked the link again, maybe there isn’t anymore? I’m not too sure if it shows the normal price or the discounted one, sorry!

Whoa, thank you! But it says in the link it’s a Golden Week sale… that was, unfortunately, two weeks ago, so it’s most likely over. Ah well.

1 Like

My bad, sorry! I hope you can still get it for a nice price regardless :slight_smile:

Personally I’m going to get the physical version and unfortunately that’s 20€ for me (around $24) ;-; But considering the length and how long we’ll be reading it I don’t mind; I won’t be buying any other Japanese books meanwhile anyway. I hope to stay commited!

Something like 17.5~20 pages per week. Basically, anything we can do to keep the week count at max 20 weeks.


According to our Proposal Guidelines, it is still acceptable as it says:

There was some debate some time ago about lowering the limit to 300 pages, but the outcome was that

(Of course we can reevaluate that outcome any time :grin: I personally am not that pessimistic when it comes to limiting proposal lengths to 300 pages.)

Bumping up the reading right from the start feels to me like breaking the “speed promise” to those who voted and who are interested but might have a harder time keeping up with the reading speed. But that doesn’t mean we need to be tied to a fixed schedule throughout the whole book. Therefore my suggestion would be to start out with a standard 15-ish-page schedule and to vote on increasing the speed after 4 weeks or so. This way, we have a much better grip on how difficult the book actually is, and the participants have a better grip on how well they can manage reading the book, so they have much more information on which they can base their vote.

If possible, I would like to defer the details of that discussion to the book’s home thread :slight_smile:

Naphthalene, if you’d like to run the book club, would you mind setting up a home thread for it so we can continue the book-related scheduling discussion there?


Oh! I had forgotten that we had kept the 350 page limit. No problem, then.

Sure, that was my original idea. I only brought the conversation here when I thought that the length was illegal™. Since it is not, I think it’s fine to just go ahead. Edit: here

I agree with that.


On bookwalker it is about twice the size of コンビニ人間, with the same page settings (993 vs 495).
Here is a screenshot of two sample pages to give you an idea of the text density with my settings: