Master List of Book Clubs


There are several book clubs here on the forums. Reading along with a book club can provide a great source of motivation, and there are a lot of people to help you out with questions, enabling you to tackle harder content.

Many of the book clubs have community vocabulary lists, so they can be a great resource even if you’re reading after the book club has moved on. Additionally, you’re always welcome to ask questions even after a book has been finished by a book club. People are always happy to help out.

The purpose of this thread is to be the master list of book clubs. That way, you only have to come to one place to find every book that has ever been discussed on the forums.

Some book clubs also do weekly “read aloud” sessions, where everyone takes turns reading part of the the previous week’s assigned reading. While general book discussion, grammar questions, etc. should take place on the these forums, the read aloud takes place on this Discord server.

Editing Note

If you are going to edit this post to add a book club link, please use the following format:
[Book Club Title]({threadid}).

i.e. replace the thread title with ‘x’. This will ensure that the post is easy to edit in the future and will decrease the chance of the links breaking from updates to the forums.

Book Clubs

Absolute Beginner Book Club

The Absolute Beginner Book Club is intended for people around an N5 level.

Absolute Beginner Book Club Home Page

Offshoot book clubs:

Finished books:

Current book:

Upcoming books:

  • 働く細胞 (Cells At Work!) (26th of November, Subject to Change)

Beginner Book Club

The Beginner Book Club is intended for people around an N4 level.

Beginner Book Club Home Page

Offshoot book clubs:

Finished books:

Current book:

Upcoming books:

  • TBD

Intermediate Book Club

The Intermediate Book Club is intended for people around an N3 level.

Intermediate Book Club Home Page

Offshoot book clubs:

Finished books:

Current book:


Advanced Book Club

The Advanced Book Club is intended for people around an N2-N1 level.

Advanced Book Club Home Page

Offshoot book clubs:

Finished books:

Current book:

Upcoming book:

  • TBD

Miscellaneous Book Clubs (scheduled)

This section contains books that were not selected from normal book club polls, but are/were still run using a schedule. The list is ordered by difficulty and then start date.

Book Difficulty Start Date Status
(Old Man and a Cat)
Absolute Beginner 2020-08-24 Hiatus
Sailor Moon Beginner 2020-01-01 Completed
(Ao Haru Ride)
Beginner 2020-02-01 Completed
(Crayon Shin Chan)
Beginner 2020-02-17 Hiatus
(Say Hello to BlackJack)
Beginner 2020-04-05 Inactive
One Piece Beginner 2020-09-02 In Progress
(March Comes in Like a Lion)
Beginner 2020-09-12 Inactive
ドラゴンボール SD
(Dragon Ball SD)
Beginner 2020-10-31 In Progress
(Bloom into you)
Beginner 2021-03-15 In Progress
(Yona of the Dawn)
Beginner 2021-03-15 In Progress
(Sachiiro no One Room)
Beginner 2021-06-04 In Progress
呪術廻戦 0
(Jujutsu Kaisen 0)
Beginner 2022-02-23 Completed
Orange Beginner 2022-07-02 In Progress
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Intermediate 2020-01-15 Hiatus
Doki Doki Literature Club
(Visual novel / game)
Intermediate 2020-01-18 Inactive
(Kemono no Souja)
Intermediate 2020-01-25 Completed
マンガ✖くり返しでスイスイ覚えられる百人一首 Intermediate 2020-07-18 Hiatus
文豪ストレイドッグス わん!
(Bungou Stray Dogs: Wan!)
Intermediate 2020-08-31 Hiatus
Harry Potter Intermediate 2020-09-01 Completed
狐笛のかなた Intermediate 2021-01-16 Completed
(WaniKani Members Only)
Intermediate 2021-05-21 In Progress
かがみの孤城 Intermediate 2021-11-06 Completed
Re-Zero Advanced 2019-07-01 In Progress
DanMachi Advanced 2020-02-10 Hiatus
1Q84 Advanced 2020-08-01 Hiatus

Miscellaneous Book Discussions (non-scheduled)

This section contains books that were not selected from normal book club polls and do not have schedules.

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An overdue level 60 post
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Looking for book recommendations
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Hunter × Hunter
Feeling disheartened at lack of progress (10 years and going, but feel like giving up)
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JLPT 2019!
April 30th Daily Reading ブラックジャックによろしく Manga
Where to go next? (Grammar Study Question)
When to start manga?
I have **exclusively** used Wanikani for a year, however
[STATS] Statistics site
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New People Questions! ~~~<3 [Lost?! Confused?! We're here to help!]
My Journey of 368 days (+ The Ultimate Guide for WK :open_book: )
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My study path
I lost my motivation :c
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 :cherry_blossom: :seedling:
なぜ?どうして?科学お話 - Section 5 Discussion Thread
Suggestions for reading
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What to read at level 7?
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Fall 2022 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:
Using Time Efficiently
Motivation to do more
Reading practise for beginners - recommendations
Graduating from Wanikani, feeling grateful (Level 60)
Completing WK and related thoughts
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I have a problem when it comes to reading
Hi! Anyone studying for the ACTFL OPI?
Age doesn't matter
容疑者Xの献身 - The Devotion of Suspect X 🌹 (Advanced Book Club)
博士の愛した数式 - The Housekeeper and the Professor 🎓🧮 (Intermediate Book Club)
I am on level 10, and getting burnt out
Good Progress?
Readings struggle: Kunyomi....onyomi...and exceptions!
What I am doing. Is this right?
Best site for reading manga ...?
文豪ストレイドッグス わん! (Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!) - Home Thread (Now: Waiting for Volume 10)
WaniKani burnout
Grammar Books for Self-Learners
Where to go from here?
How to skip levels instead of starting from the beginning
Best manga for people around JLPT5?
Proper habits to stay motivated?
Manga / Book Recommendations for Level 30
君の名は book discussion
What should I do after Tobira textbook?
The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!
Online book club for those who enjoy literature? (For intermediate/advanced) 小説クラブ
Where to start grammar after getting into WK
I made it and it feels kinda good!
So I read my first manga
People on higher levels of kanji study - I have a question about your experience retaining Kanji, and beginning to read actual texts
Japanese stories
Burned 毛糸 - WaniKani's role
Books/ Manga JLPT N3
Japanese is frustrating!
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 :snowman_with_snow::snowflake:
What should I do along side WK?
The simplest way to reach Level 60
Where to go next?
Reading bookclub for Rent a girlfriend
How long did it take you until you could fully understand the example sentences?
Teasing Master Takagi-san 😝 ・ Volume 1
Lets read Jujutsu Kaisen together!
Beginner manga to read in Japanese and where to read them?
Do You Actually Remember Low Level Kanji and Vocab?
I did it! :partying_face:
Reading Vol. 13・ゆるキャン△・ Laid-Back Camp :camping: (Beginner Book Club)
What do you use to practice reading and what level did you start to read more at?
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
I need some advice on where to go from here
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Advanced Japanese Book Club // Now reading: 狼と香辛料 - Next: ユージニア
Books, Manga or other Japanese reading material
First manga reading attempt
(SPOILER EDITION) Descent of the Durtle into Madness
Reading suggestions, please?
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 耳をすませば
Level 21 before 2021!
Level 21 before 2021!
At what level did you feel confident in reading basic Japanese?
Japanese Book Recommendations for Beginners👋📕
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 :beach_umbrella::beach_umbrella:
How did you get over the frustration of immersion?
Manga Recommendations
Gauging interest in a Beastars book club
For those self-studying... How do you keep yourself going?
Achievement: Read my first whole manga series in Japanese
It's normal?
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
Level 60! (+ the rumored cake)
JLPT N3 Study Group (July '19)
What combination of learning should I use with Wanikani?
Not Sure How Read Grammar
Will my schedule achieve my goal?
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Intermediate Book Recommendations?
Any good reading resources to supplement Wanikani?
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 耳をすませば
Recommended reading for WK lv20/BP N4?
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What are good reading practices for beginners?
So I've reached level 60 and it's the law to write a post isn't it?
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My experience with leeches
I can't keep up with WaniKani anymore
Hoping for some guidance
Teasing Master Takagi-san 😝 ・ Volume 1
Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginner Book Club)
How do you manage your grammar studies?
Immersion Alongside WK
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What level should i be at before i try to practice kanji from games and reading?
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What manga would you guys suggest?
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:books::books: Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf::raccoon:
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Are there any children/beginner books in Japanese that can be used to practice (that are also online)?
A lot can happen in a year
Help!: done lots of WaniKani, but nothing else
I need to read more
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:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Hunter × Hunter
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What level should I start going out and reading?
Very first Japanese book?
What to read when you're a beginner?
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I mostly ripped the introduction from Resources for Starting to Read Japanese Content (thanks @Radish8!). Let me know if you want me to add or clarify anything.

If people like this thread and the general format, I’ll ask to get it pinned and eventually make it a wiki so anyone can update it. I’ll also update the book club section from the resources thread to just link to here.

Also, does anyone have a better word than “offshoot”? I can’t find the right word. “Ongoing”? “Continuing”? “Recurring”?



This is great! :books::durtle_love: お疲れ様(^^)

Hmmm… “spin-off”? “Continued”? :thinking:


Spin off is what I first thought of too!

I think this is a really helpful master thread to have. I know I’ve been confused about which thread to go before! :smiley:


I love it! organisation :star_struck:

I’m also on team spin-off :+1:

You’re definitely going to want to turn it into a wiki at some point, or you’ll forever be committed to personally updating the current and finished books for all three clubs :stuck_out_tongue:


ktheres a graded reader book club. im not able to search gor the link right now, though.

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Thank you for the overview!! This is also so useful for reading back in past book club discussions


heres the link for the graded readers book club.
thanks @Toyger


An this one should also be listed; (I guess we could be together, the Graded Readers and the 多読, as we are "No specific book, just a push to read more and a place to talk about it/ask questions. Not sure what to call us though, since both are anything from pre N5 to past N1 =P )

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@Toyger I was going to list the 多読 thread, but it felt out of place. I’m also not sure how to list the graded readers thread if you’re not discussing specific books. Do those threads make more sense in the general reading resources thread instead?

@Radish8 Yes, I will definitely be making this a wiki after a couple weeks. :grin:


I definitely think the 多読 thread makes more sense in the general thread. I suppose it does provide motivation, but it’s not really a place where you can e.g. access a vocabulary sheet or ask grammar questions about the book you’re reading (not that people wouldn’t help if you did, I’m sure!).

It would make sense to me to have a line pointing to the 多読 thread as a place to look for possible recommendations, moral support and reading motivation.

The Graded Reader thread doesn’t really strike me as a book club, again because the key point of a book club in my eyes is that you’re reading the same thing, but I think the idea is for it to function quite similarly to e.g. the miscellaneous discussion threads. People can discuss the stories if they want and ask each other what they thought of different sets / volumes, and ask for help with any grammar they don’t understand.

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I wonder if it would get confusing if the Absolute Beginner Book Club ever votes to read a graded reader. :thinking:

Very true.

I personally don’t think they should include graded readers for foreign learners, because the whole point is to read them fairly smoothly without needing to look stuff up, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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They are both basically the same kind, where we don’t pick one specific book, but inspire to read and can ask question, though mine has a somewhat limited number of books where the two sets of Graded Readers is the main focus (or meant to be at least) The Parallel texts comes with explanations of their own so might get less questions, but is also a good place to start because of it, so I included both kinds =)

I think they could both fit in the Miscellaneous, since they are Discussions

If the Absolute Beginner picks one, it will be just one of very many. And it didn’t seem likely as the general group thought they are too expensive, so I made the thread for a place for those who do have hem and want to talk about them.

We do both Graded readers and parallel texts (I love parallel text, they are generally “harder” (more natural language with you normal mix off all grammar, closer to native material or actual native material)
I allowed it in the book list, since it is there to help people find book of the Reader and parallel kind. I doubt it will be a focus in the comments (though it is allowed should they have questions =) )

Guess I should have both as part of the title (Though the main focus is the two sets of Graded readers + the app)

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Not totally certain, but think you may have misunderstood - I don’t think the Absolute Beginners’ Club should do graded readers for foreign learners ^^ I think having a thread for asking questions about graded readers makes a lot of sense.

(also a big fan of parallel text by the way)

Ah! I thought you meant the German book I allowed to be added in the book list =) (a parallel text book Japanese - German)
I see =^_^=

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I’ll need to take a look at the graded readers thread later and think about it. Unless you guys actually pick specific graded readers to discuss, it probably shouldn’t be included here.

We don’t pick specific ones, but the main focus is a specific set of stories which many seem to have, but never talk about cause there is no place for it. So it would be like coming to one of the finished books and ask questions that hadn’t been asked previously.

It is still in a start faze, so haven’t done much yet. But when I have some time I will pick a book and make a poll to see who have read it, and what they though about it and such, hoping to spur some more conversation and questions about particular stories. Sort of like a book club that doesn’t vote or wait for people to receive their books, since the list is short and many have them on their shelves already (and anyone can ask about a story of their choice at any given time). So it’s a bit differently structured, but if we are to make a master list it at least belong in the Miscellaneous (or as a Spin Off in the Absolute Beginner possibly, as the idea was triggered by it, but the books go up to Advanced in difficulty though…)


This is fantastic, @seanblue. Thanks for putting it together all in one place!


Does anyone here have any interest in setting up a book club for N2/N1, or for more literary texts in general? I’m about to make a stab at Kawabata’s ‘Meijin’ and thought it might be nice to have some company as I charge headfirst into a brick wall.