this winter I take JLPT N1 and for the purpose of preparation I am searching specifically for book and podcast recommendations, but also for other materials like videos if you have some.
I took and passed N2 this summer without problems (over 80%). Recently I took an old N1 test and also passed, but there were still some weak parts I want to tackle now.
In particular, there was still a lot of vocabulary I didn’t know, and I struggled a bit with the reading comprehension.
For the vocabulary I look for all kinds of books and podcasts which use a lot of advanced vocabulary spanning a wide range of topics. I don’t like using vocabulary lists and prefer context if possible.
For the reading comprehension I look for books and other materials which have this essayistic style of writing and are not as straightforward as, say, news or Murakami Haruki. I consider purchasing the Nihongo So-Matome N1 Reading Comprehension volume.
Currently I am in Europe and not in Japan and therefore limited in purchasing physical copies, which I prefer if possible (oh I wish there was a bookoff somewhere). Of course any digital resources are welcome too.
Do you have some recommendations? What did you find most helpful for preparation (and learning in the long term)?
Thanks for all your help!