Orange 🍊 Book Club // Reading Volume 4 // Volume 5 starting Dec 3

Oftentimes, when it’s a decision between going faster or slower, I give a boost to those who want to go slower. In other words, rather than “majority rules” it’s more like “super majority needed for faster”.

Regardless of how I may have voted, I don’t mind either way on breaks or no breaks. I have plenty of other things I’m reading as well!

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Here is chapter 12, last chapter of volume 3!


So the speed things looks like this: people who are for either fast or slow are at least 3 people, then we have two yes and one no. My vote not included.

That considered, I think it would make sense to go with our usual break schedule around volume 4.

I’ve left two polls open above, the finish before the holidays yes/no poll, and the poll about how to read volume 5 around the holidays if we’re not going without breaks to finished before holidays. The second of these are important to vote in because the result from that is likely what we’ll be doing (since we don’t have a big majority for finishing before the holidays).

Mid-week, so Tuesday/Wednesday, I’ll make the final decision, but I don’t expect things to change, so currently it looks like normal break and schedule for volume 4, then break, and then we are evenly divided between three options. :sweat_smile:

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Okay, unless people feel strongly differently, we’ll go with our typical schedule. We seem to have several at “I’m fine with either” and at least one of those preferring the slower route if it means more people can follow along. So I feel like having breaks between volumes just makes that more possible.

And considering how evenly split people seem to be on the volume 5 schedule, the one I’m thinking of going with now, is just to keep reading that with the typical break between volumes, and then just read it normally through the holiday, but have a two week break after. So that people who might have fallen behind have a little more time to catch up (and those keeping up will have finished the main story so the longer break won’t be as important). This should also mean that we’re on break when I’m going on a work trip. :innocent:


So next week we’re having a break, and then we’ll pick up volume 4 on October 22nd.

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For those using the vocabulary sheet, I just changed chapter 9-12 to be volume 3 instead (our number of items are fairly small), and I created just one sheet for volume 4, but with chapter divides.

For threads, I think I’ll keep chapter threads though, this one being so story focused, accidentally reading story comments from a chapter or two ahead can really spoil the story (I feel). I’ll keep one thread per chapter until the end of volume 5. Then for volume 6 & 7, I’ll see how I feel then, depends on the format for the additional story bits I guess. :slight_smile:

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And volume 4 is here with chapter/letter 13!

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Next week in our blag club as my tired mouth decided to pronounce it to my cat. Letter 14:

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Chapter 15 here:


We’ve now hit the halfway mark on this volume. 5 chapter volume :partying_face:

I will put together a couple of different schedules for volume 5, later this week (I would do it now, but I’m a bit pressed for time). Basically the big question will be how we read over the holidays.

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So time to vote on the schedule for volume 5. The last chapter’s title is hidden because it could be considered a minor spoiler.

If anyone wonders why I didn’t suggest breaking the last chapter into two… Well, would you be able to stop in the middle of the climax and continue the next week? I sure wouldn’t. :joy: If this is a problem for anyone, we can have a 2 week break between volume 5 and 6 (after all volume 5 finishes the story).

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Option A is the regular, one week break between volumes and 1/chapter per week like this:

Start Date Chapter Page Numbers Page Count
Dec 3rd Letter 18 5 - 40 36
Dec 10th Letter 19 43 - 85 43
Dec 17th Letter 20 87 - 119 33
Dec 24th Letter 21 120 - 157 38
Dec 31st Last Letter 159 - 210 52

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Option B is the regular schedule but with a 1 week break over Christmas. I realize not everyone celebrate Christmas, so let me know if you celebrate something else and another week would be better, and we’ll try to accommodate (if this option wins).

Start Date Chapter Page Numbers Page Count
Dec 3rd Letter 18 5 - 40 36
Dec 10th Letter 19 43 - 85 43
Dec 17th Letter 20 87 - 119 33
Dec 24th Break - -
Dec 31st Letter 21 120 - 157 38
Jan 7th Last Letter 159 - 210 52

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Option C is to slow down overall in December and then pick up normal speed in January (aka December 31st).

Start Date Chapter Page Numbers Page Count
Dec 3rd Letter 18 5 - 40 36
Dec 10th Letter 18 - -
Dec 17th Letter 19 43 - 85 43
Dec 24th Letter 19 - -
Dec 31st Letter 20 87 - 119 33
Jan 7th Letter 21 120 - 157 38
Jan 14th Last Letter 159 - 210 52

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I personally can’t see any benefit to not having a break between volumes. I guess technically it would allow us to finish right before 2023, but I think if that is important to any of us, we could just start the last chapter of volume 5 a couple of days early, ね。

Please feel free to disagree and I’ll add a separate poll just for deciding if we’ll have a break or not.

Your preferred schedule for volume 5:
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • Other, please post about it

0 voters

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Next chapter is here:

Don’t forget to vote in the poll in the previous post on the reading schedule for volume 5. Right now it looks like our regular schedule of 1ch/week is winning.

Only one more chapter in this volume after this week.

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I closed the poll for how to read volume 5, since everyone seemed to be in agreement. :slight_smile:

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Posting two days early because I’ll be super busy the next two days, and didn’t want to post it a day late.

Here is the last chapter of volume 4!


Volume 5 will start on December 3rd as noted in the thread title!

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Oh! So there is a Orange Book club here, this serie holds a special meaning to me. I’m still on the beginner and slow side of reading so there no chance I can catch up.
However, I just discovered the existence of Volume 7 two days ago, and I haven’t read it yet :eyes:
I don’t know if you plan on reading after the main story ends, but if you do. I’d gladly pick up a Japanese version of volume 7 and join the club to give it a try !

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We’re planing to read all volumes for sure! We’re finishing volume 5 in early January, and then picking up volume 6 1-2 weeks after. I would guess we’re beginning volume 7 in February sometime. :slight_smile:

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Sweet ! I will have the opportunity to improve my reading skills by then :ok_hand:

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I had a busy couple weeks, and then I found out that I might be going to Japan in the spring! So I’ve been buckling down on my speaking skills, and now I’m several weeks behind on Orange (again)! I think I can catch up (again) though. :slight_smile: Missed you folks this last while!

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How exciting to go to Japan! :tada:

I look forward to seeing your comments as you catch up. :blush:

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