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:

  • Coming soon!

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:

  • 月刊少女野崎くん (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)

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:


  • coming soon!

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 Hiatus
(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.

Resources for Starting to Read Japanese Content
Book Reading for Beginner
So...what do you do when waiting for things to happen?
An overdue level 60 post
How should I go about *actually* learning Japanese?
Feeling disheartened at lack of progress (10 years and going, but feel like giving up)
Looking for book recommendations
呪術廻戦 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0)
JLPT 2019!
Level 60 at Last!
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf::raccoon:
Reading Vol. 13・ゆるキャン△・ Laid-Back Camp :camping: (Beginner Book Club)
Novels or book recommendations (N4?)
Are there any children/beginner books in Japanese that can be used to practice (that are also online)?
Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginner Book Club)
Ayo got any easy japanese stuff from where a homie could start reading
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf::raccoon:
Reading/grammar material recommendations?
Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginner Book Club)
Textbooks for complete beginners
Looking for games/manga that are good for begginners!
I have **exclusively** used Wanikani for a year, however
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 :cherry_blossom: :seedling:
Using Time Efficiently
Nicole needs a thread to herself -- A Study Log of sorts
Age doesn't matter
Where to go from here?
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Cells at Work!
文豪ストレイドッグス わん! (Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!) - Home Thread (Now: Waiting for Volume 10)
Proper habits to stay motivated?
I made it and it feels kinda good!
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 神さまがまちガえる
Books/ Manga JLPT N3
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 :snowman_with_snow::snowflake:
What should I do along side WK?
Beginner manga to read in Japanese and where to read them?
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Cells at Work!
なぜ?どうして?科学お話 - Section 5 Discussion Thread
Advanced Japanese Book Club // Now reading: ユージニア
Reading Vol. 13・ゆるキャン△・ Laid-Back Camp :camping: (Beginner Book Club)
Learning through Translating: ブラックジャックによろしく Manga
ウードカットのStudy Log
My Journey of 368 days (+ The Ultimate Guide for WK :open_book: )
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Cells at Work!
:cat: にゃんにゃん探偵団 :female_detective: Kitty Detectives 2 Home Thread!
Manga Recommendations
Absolute Beginners Book Club // Now reading: Cells at Work!
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 神さまがまちガえる
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 神さまがまちガえる
'Advanced' Bookclub (checking for interest)
What do you use to practice reading and what level did you start to read more at?
Manga reader with Furigana for a tablet?
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
I need some advice on where to go from here
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
Best Thing to Try and Read
Teasing Master Takagi-san 😝 ・ Volume 1
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Fall 2022 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:
Burned 毛糸 - WaniKani's role
Do You Actually Remember Low Level Kanji and Vocab?
Introducing Natively - A free community book sharing site with over 9800 popular books graded by difficulty
Onwards and Upwards
Polling Interest - Dragon Ball Super Book Club (Intermediate)
Where to start grammar after getting into WK
So I read my first manga
Advanced Japanese Book Club // Now reading: ユージニア
Fukuoka reading club
Tips for Running a WaniKani Book Club
How do I get the most out of WaniKani?
Step Translation: ideal reading material [resource creators]
Hoping for some guidance
Reading app/web?
Best site for reading manga ...?
It Finally Sticks! My First Impressions
Tips for efficient learning, reading resources and Anki
First manga reading attempt
(SPOILER EDITION) Descent of the Durtle into Madness
Reading suggestions, please?
Level 21 before 2021!
Level 21 before 2021!
At what level did you feel confident in reading basic Japanese?
Japanese Book Recommendations for Beginners👋📕
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?
Level 60! (+ the rumored cake)
JLPT N3 Study Group (July '19)
What combination of learning should I use with Wanikani?
Any New Book Clubs?
Not Sure How Read Grammar
Will my schedule achieve my goal?
My Japanese Learning Routine for JLPT N4 in December
Intermediate Book Recommendations?
Any good reading resources to supplement Wanikani?
Recommended reading for WK lv20/BP N4?
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?
Where can I practice reading?
Immerse more in Listening & reading
Lost motivation
Random thoughts after 1 year on WaniKani
A lot can happen in a year
Help!: done lots of WaniKani, but nothing else
I need to read more
Requesting ways of improving my learning journey
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
Beginner book club?
Beginner book club?
Finally leaving WaniKani
What level should I start going out and reading?
Very first Japanese book?
What to read when you're a beginner?
Returning from Japan with 79 books of Japanese Manga!
かがみの孤城 reading buddy
JLPT 2019!
Vocabulary Usage Practice
Is Wanikani Only Enough?
New year, new manga!
Tips on improving my listening and reading skills
Wanikani Lore and Culture Collection
Do I need (/When) to start reading Japanese?
What's your method to stomp grammar?
Starting to Read but Struggling
New to forums, not entirely new to Wanikani
ゆるキャン△ | Week 5 Discussion :camping:
Dropping recognition out of vocab decks?
May 3rd Daily Reading ブラックジャックによろしく Manga
I have been learning Japanese for over a year and
My Journey of 368 days (+ The Ultimate Guide for WK :open_book: )
What will I be able to do at the end?
What is the easiest manga on Comico?
What are your favorite Japanese books (available on Kindle)?
What Are Your Most Satisfying Reading Sources?
What novels (not manga) could i start reading to learn grammar?
Reaching lvl 30 soon, but I need WaniKani advice on how to move forward
Doing Genki Too Slowly
Crystal Hunters: A manga designed for people learning Japanese!
My journey from N5 to N2 in one year (Level 60 post :tada:)
Any good manga recommendations?
Taking N1. Extremely worried on my current reading comprehension ability. Any word of advice?
Most common words
Should I slow down? (Advice appreciated)
Looking for novels
List of questions that has been going around in my brain for a couple of days
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?
[STATS] Statistics site
May 3rd Daily Reading ブラックジャックによろしく Manga
New People Questions! ~~~<3 [Lost?! Confused?! We're here to help!]
My Journey of 368 days (+ The Ultimate Guide for WK :open_book: )
My study path
I lost my motivation :c
Suggestions for reading
Suggestions for reading
What to read at level 7?
Motivation to do more
Reading practise for beginners - recommendations
Graduating from Wanikani, feeling grateful (Level 60)
Completing WK and related thoughts
I have a problem when it comes to reading
Hi! Anyone studying for the ACTFL OPI?
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?
WaniKani burnout
Grammar Books for Self-Learners
How to skip levels instead of starting from the beginning
Best manga for people around JLPT5?
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
People on higher levels of kanji study - I have a question about your experience retaining Kanji, and beginning to read actual texts
Japanese stories
Japanese is frustrating!
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?
Lets read Jujutsu Kaisen together!
I did it! :partying_face:
Level 60 on my one year anniversary - double cake? 🥮🎂
Books, Manga or other Japanese reading material
:books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 :beach_umbrella::beach_umbrella:
Teasing Master Takagi-san 😝 ・ Volume 1
How did you get over the frustration of immersion?
Need help creating a study plan
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 神さまがまちガえる
My experience with leeches
I can't keep up with WaniKani anymore
How do you manage your grammar studies?
Immersion Alongside WK
Reading materials for each level
What level should i be at before i try to practice kanji from games and reading?
ふらいんぐうぃっち Vol. 10 :broom:
What manga would you guys suggest?
Does extra studying of problem kanji mess with the SRS?
Radicals are frustrating
Master's degree to be a Japanese translator

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.