Master List of Book Clubs

I’ll let @Radish8 decide that.

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And we now have a start date for レンタルおにいちゃん - Big Brother Rental in the ABBC - August 8th, so I’ve added it to the Master List.

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Can anyone start a book club? How does one decides which level to put it in?

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The short answer to that is… yes.

Anyone can start a bookclub at any time. I’ve done it myself a few times. If lots of people join you, that’s great, and if you end up reading alone, well that’s fine too.

The clubs do have a procedure for nominating and voting on books, and the advantage to that is that people get involved and are more likely to be invested in the club. But, you don’t have to go through that process if you don’t want to. I never have, all the clubs I set up, I just did it independently.

All I’d say is, when you set up your club, give people lots of time to be able to buy the book. And make sure you spend a lot of time reading through some of the existing clubs to see how it all works.

As for level, again, look through the existing clubs a lot until you get the feel for it. Good luck with your bookclub!

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Basically what @Michikusa said, but with two additions.

  1. You need to be willing to manage the book club. That means creating a thread to gather interest, polling for start date and pace, and creating new threads (or posts or whatever) every week to announce the next section being read.
  2. You should make sure that the book is within your level, to the extent that you don’t drop out at least. It’s perfectly fine to not be the best person in the club and need a lot of help with understanding the book. But you want to make sure that you’re not going to drop out from underestimating the difficulty.

What book did you have in mind? If you’re unsure of the difficulty, post some samples and some of the longtime members can probably tell you the difficulty it belongs to.

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Hello! I am thinking of starting a book club for the 10th volume of the Manga 3月のライオン (March Comes in Like a Lion) for fans of the anime–it’s the book that picks up right after the second season of the anime ends. Although it is a manga, I would not call it a beginner book–it was intended for young adults, so it uses adult level Kanji. I’m not sure what level to call it, so if anyone with more experience leveling books wants to chip in, I’d be grateful. Thanks to Radish8, I now know you can read sample pages here:

Each chapter has an article on Shougi that could be optional, so people who want more reading could do so, or skip it without getting behind in the story.

Once I decide a level, I’ll post a poll to see how many people are interested, and when people would want to start. I’m thinking sometime in the Fall.

Update: we are starting from book one, sometime in September, and will work our way through the series.
More info here:3月のライオン (March Comes in Like a Lion) Book Club

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It’s preferable if you make just one post and mention the people you want to thank. Especially since you are only allowed to make 3 posts in a row. If I hadn’t posted this you wouldn’t be allowed to post whatever you are currently writing.

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Can’t help right now, I’m afraid, but people can look at the free samples on comic.pixiv if they want to get an idea of the difficulty to advise you.

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(ooof, I wish I had known about those free samples on comicpux before I typed all this. People on this forum are such founts of knowledge.)

Here is an example of a page of average difficulty for the book. The book sometimes has furigana. Where furigana was used, I will put it in parentheses. Also, since the frequent line breaks help comprehension, I’ve included them:

って
すっごく
思ったん
ですよ…
しかも
よく見るんですよ
この夢…

うん、
訊(き)かなきゃ
よかった。
-ってのが
正直な今の
感想かな。

[Side commentary:]
ながかったな-うん
ズルズル

「記憶力のいいヤツって
夢とかも覚えてるもん?」
くらいの。
軽い問題
だったんだけど。

なんで こんな夢ばっかり
みるのかな…
夢って無意識の
現れって
言いますよね?
調べてみたら
何かかい解るの
かな。
本とかよんでみようかな
…よく解らないけど
フロイトでしたっけ?

いや…
フロイト先生に聞いたら
なんでも「性的なメタファー」って
いわれちゃう恐れがあるから。
うん。
先生もあんまり
わからないけど…

ーしかも、あれでしょ?
君の夢
「生贄(いけにえ)」とか
「お金バラまく」とか

ーホント
もう
調べないでね
ぜったい!!

青春のセントラルドグマに
堕ちて行くだけ
だから!!
だめ!!
ぜったい!!
順位戦も
始まるんだから
世の中には、突き詰めない方が
いい事ってもあると思うんだ。
先生は。

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I’m learning so much about how all this works–thanks!

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The 10th volume?! In that case, sadly, I guess you’ll have a very small group of people interested in the club! Why not start at the 1st volume. I mean, I might be wrong, but surely there won’t be that many people ready to do volume 10?!

As for the difficulty, you could just take a photo of a few random pages. A few random pics for this purpose would not be a copyright infringement. Or, does it have some sample pages available on Amazon? In which case, you could just provide a link.

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Another tip: you’d probably get better visibility if you start a new thread :slight_smile: That’s how I started my (very modest!) Shin Chan reading group.

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I was trying to post before you put in too much work, but I was too late, sorry :joy:

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Another forum user just taught me about a link to preview the book:

I’m starting on volume 10 because the anime version (available on Netflix) follows the story very closely, but only goes through volume 9. I figured I wasn’t the only person who watched both seasons of the anime, became a fan, and is now dying to know what happens next.

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True, but I suspect the number of people who haven’t watched or read it at all is far greater! Anyway, good luck with your club! :+1: :smiley:

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Thanks for the tip… I think I did that? Should I delete my thread here, or is a teeny bit of duplicate posting okay?

I saw your thread, looks great! Best of luck with your book club! :slight_smile:

Having the same information in duplicate threads is fine, so I wouldn’t worry about removing your posts in this thread explaining your proposal. On the other hand, I’d be careful about posting many times in a row (like the thank you posts a bit earlier). As @Kumirei pointed out you aren’t allowed to post an indefinite number of replies one after another. Two handy tools are:

  1. Responding to two posts in one reply. You can select the relevant text in the post to which you are replying and click on the Quote button that pops up. A ready-made quote will appear in the reply you’re typing, so that you can type your own response underneath. If you look at @Kumirei’s post, you’ll notice that’s what they did! They quoted two of your posts and replied to both in one go.

  2. Editing your own post to add to it. This is helpful when no one else has responded yet (so if you post a new post it’d be a double post!), but you still want to add something to the conversation. You can edit your post by clicking on the pencil icon in the bottom right corner.

No harm done for now, but something to keep in mind in future :slight_smile:

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Thanks, this is super helpful!

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(cc. @Wildjinjer) Note that if you are the owner of the thread (or a mod, but that doesn’t apply to any of us), you are not affected by the 3 posts limit. That’s how I can just keep posting weekly updates in the home thread of the 夜市 book club.

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I added the Harry Potter bookclub to Misc - scheduled as Intermediate. I hope that’s the right way to do it (?)

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