Nicole needs a thread to herself -- A Study Log of sorts

Ah, I just hadn’t gotten around to announcing this in the threads :sweat_smile: (basically because I didn’t really know where and how… :thinking:)
I haven’t actively abandoned the series, it’s just that I read the first chapter and it somehow felt so uninspiring to me and you know, ten kilometers of descriptions of Moe’s colorful clothes :nauseated_face: and then the long-winding descriptions of these objects… it just didn’t click with me, and so I decided after some weeks of internal debate that I should rather not read it now if I don’t really feel like it. I see that it seems to be interesting further down the line, and so I will probably come back at some point.
But no matter what, I will host the series anyways! :crossed_fingers:

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Apologies, deleted, posted in wrong thread!

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I was just about to comment on that :wink:

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I haven’t done any long-term planning, no. There are still 14 volumes of Flesh&Blood that I’d like to read at some point, and then I have a gazillion other books and I would like to reduce the pile a bit. So the general strategy of reading well-written interesting books remains unchanged! Maybe I can even manage to fit in one or two Akutagawa prize winners, who knows.

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I thought I’d pull you in here because I don’t see a thread where this really fits. Please forgive me, and if you’re not interested please walk away silently, I won’t blame you!

I think the hostage book is a lost cause by now. I had somehow expected this to happen when I called upon the other clubs, and I’m of course fine with that because the club should read the book that the majority favors, not that I personally favor :rofl:
But I’m not planning to read a teenie romance, and I noticed you didn’t vote for it either. Sooo :grin:

Ha-ahem there is this sale on Bookwalker right now, and the books were already pretty cheap to start with, and so … erm … well … ahem … we could start whenever you feel like :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

What do you think?

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Oh you meant it! :joy: (I sort of realized)
I’m interested (as if I wouldn’t be), but are you clear on what kind of book it’s going to be? Because I keep reading reviews and I’m still not sure.

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No, I’m not clear at all. You said the reviews say it’s not a romance and not a light novel, and that’s 90% already :rofl: and that it’s dark, so I want to see what that means. (I might drop it if it gets too scary, though :woman_shrugging:)
I usually don’t read reviews as much when I get a clear recommendation from somebody, and this guy was really determined about the book. Also, I think it should be read in the order Age22 → Age32 and the Age22 book is only 200 pages (not much more than the ご飯 book) so we could read that in a week or two and see whether we like it.

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What still worries me is the cover, and whether it’s targeted at younger audiences. But reviews like this (from Amazon) set my mind at ease, I think:
正直に言うと、あまり読みやすいとは言えない本でした。
なんだか硬くて、エンタメというより、純文学のような感じです。
就職に失敗した青年の人生を描いています。
読みにくいのに、読み終わると、妙に登場人物のことが気になりました。なんとも言えない後味です。
気楽に小説を読みたい人は避けたほうがよいと思います。

If I understand correctly, the mystery element appears in the second volume, and the first volume shouldn’t be judged on its own. It’s all a bit strange.

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What are the books you’re discussing? I think I saw them today when browsing Bookwalker but now can’t find the, again!

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Erm, the author is an idol, whatever that means…

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His biography sounds pretty impressive :dizzy_face:

I guess it means that he’s cute and knows how to play that, and all the girls fall for him?

Let’s see…

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Hmmm… :thinking:

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Thanks, I’ve been shopping! Can’t guarantee to read at your pace but am interested to try!

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Here’s another review about expecting it to be for a younger audience and being surprised:

こう来たか!まさかの展開はアッパレです。ぢの若い人向け小説かと思って舐めてかかってたけど、ミステリでもありラヴストーリーでもあり、ノワールノベルでもあり。他の著作も早速読んでみよう。相変わらずエグいシーン有るなぁ。あまり得意では無いけれど、物語の進行上しょうがない?

All reviewers seem to agree it’s a good story, and many are surprised it’s written by an “idol” and stress it’s well written.

I’m up for it if you are?

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OMG that’s French :rofl:

Ready when you are :rofl:

I’ll make a discussion thread for it and see if anybody else is interested in joining. Then we can clarify the details in there.

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OK done @Cathm2

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N1 Study Progress

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ticks: studied / test passed with 2/3

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Nicole, you’re a genius, coming up with the idea of combining the beloved study tools, box tables and SKM series :star_struck: I’m itching to do the same!

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I would love an opinion from you on all the different skms after you used them a bit. The grammar one is good, I used the reading one once and it was okay, but I’d love to hear about the rest.

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I just finished the first subsection and I felt the urge to tick a box somewhere :rofl: I simply had no choice…
(and I guess I was lucky that this voice in my head did not tell me to sacrifice a virgin to celebrate this :sweat_smile:)

Will do! So far I like the vocab book (it groups the words thematically which hopefully makes it a little bit easier to remember them) and after I learned the first bunch I already encountered 3 or 4 of them in my reading :sweat_smile: so no matter whether I‘ll pass or not, it was already a win :rofl:
The chapter titles are promising as well - looking forward to the onomatopoeia chapter :nauseated_face:
And the kanji book has some chapters called „similar shape“ or „similar reading“ that already make me tremble with fear :flushed:

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