Very excited to join this time! I have collected several manga from the Bookwalker freebies, and I also may have bought a few too many books than I could possibly find time to read (I have started and had to pause at least two), so I’m looking forward to lowering my 積ん読 pile a little (who am I kidding? I’m sure to buy/get more in the meantime). Also participating in two (soon to be three) book clubs here, but I’ll try to make this thread about reading outside of book clubs if possible.
片山義太郎 - かたやま・よしたろう the police detective and main character
片山晴美 - かたやま・はるみ the main character’s sister
栗原由美子 - くりはら・ゆみこ student, the victim in the prologue
三崎寛子 - みさき・ひろこ student, the victim’s friend who lent her the apartment
岡田 - おかだ some police colleague
三田村繁 - みたむら・しげる the superintendent
羽衣幸吉 - はごろも・こうきち the founder of the university
森崎智雄 - もりさき・としお the dean（文学部長）
大島ーおおしま the dean’s secretary
阿部俊三 - あべ・しゅんぞう the university president (学長）
吉塚雪子 - よしづか・ゆきこ student, the pale beauty
小峰 - こみね manager of the student dormitories
大中兼一 - おおなか・けんいち English literature professor
林則彦 - はやし・のりひこ police colleague, Katayama’s senpai
梨江ちゃん - りえちゃん Hayashi’s 3-year old daughter
児島光枝 - こじま・みつえ Katayama’s aunt
小柳さん - こやなぎさん aunt’s friend
今井広三ーいまい ・こうぞう construction site manager
石垣ーいしがき university guard
佐々木和美ーささき・ かずみ student, murder victim
富田和生ーとみた・かずお PE teacher
富田麻子ーとみた・まこ Tomita’s wife
林晃子ーはやし・あきこ Hayashi’s wife
柳原ーやなぎはら person in charge of Y Construction
秋吉ーあきよし Chemistry and Physics professor
金子ーかねこ university nurse
横沢幾子ーよこざわ・ いくこ single woman from the お見合い
波多野靖子ーはたの ・やすこ student, 雪子’s next door neighbour
list of place names in 三毛猫ホームズの推理
(shamelessly copied from basilsauce 's posts - thank you!)
東中野（ひがしなかの） where the Katayamas live
府中市（ふちゅうし） where 羽衣女子大学 is located
調布市（ちょうふし） the city next to 府中
甲州街道（こうしゅうかいどう）a major road running east/west through Tokyo
世田谷（せたがや）A nice suburban part of Tokyo, not far from the crowded Yamanote area
赤坂（あかさか）a district in the main/central area of Tokyo.
trying to get into a consistent reading routine since 2017
Engaging into action
I’m definitely joining. I’ve been trying to increase my input lately so having buddies and public obligation will help a ton.
Also, I’ve entered lots of book clubs yet fallen behind schedule in every single one of them so I have plenty of stuff to read and catch up to. I guess this will be my main objective.
My first big boy read without furigana. There are only 5 volumes, so I’m extra motivated to read it all since the end is nigh even though I just started. Really into the book so far. Some more thorough impressions
A BOOK, well it’s a 青い鳥文庫の説明 аt that nonetheless still lotsa scary text. It’s fun to scan through yet it is so high above my level that I’m mostly skipping stuff.
Really demanding manga that coincidentally also has a mockingly small typefont, the smallest out of all of my books. Going through the first volume agonizingly slowly, definitely above my skill level so I’m in increased insufficient comprehension tolerance™ mode. Dropped it for a moment.
Objectively the best read I ever had. Lighthearted and incredibly fun. I can manage it without frequent dictionary lookups just by the skin of my teeth.
Books I read on a schedule a few chapters every weekend.
My first manga ever. I had plans to start reading it the last summer however it never came true. Incidentally caught up to the book club during this challenge and am now on schedule.
I’ll join the spring challenge too. I didn’t post much in the winter challenge, but I read every day. I’ve been reading every day since then too, although there was one day when it was late and I was tired so I only did a single page.
I finished ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 volume 1, which I read using the Tsubasa Bunko version with furigana. I borrowed the light novel edition of volume 2 from the library, figuring if I wasn’t comfortable without furigana I’d just give it back. But it’s been fine, and I’m just past the halfway point now. I have a few things sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finish this.
During the break I read three and a half volumes of からかい上手高木. Bringing me up to where the book club is at.
Still playing Animal Crossing a little everyday. Just purchased the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion pass for the additional Mario Kart tracks, which means Animal Crossing DLC as well.
I see it’s time to jump back on the reading challenge train! With the completion of my last assignment for the term last night and only forty pages of 銭天堂 left to go, I’m nearly ready for a fresh start with a new book.
Books I’m reading this time
銭天堂 (finished 8th of April)
君ノ声 (finished 17th of April)
世界から猫が消えたなら？(if I ever feel like finishing a shorter book)
I’m joining in again! I always love these challenges but am also always terrible at actually updating my home post so we will see how this one goes
I’m going to be moving job pretty soon & expect to be pretty busy with that so not going to go wild with the goals this time. I’m currently half way through reading すべてがｆになる which I’m enjoying so I will probably read the next volumes in that series once I’m done (not sure if I can catch up to the bookclub here by the time they get to vol 4 but will see! ). Will also be playing more games and reading more manga on the side!
Count me in
Currently I’m reading 夜カフェ. Planned on reading it with the book club, but I read a bit ahead already. After finishing volume 1 I’ll either buy the second volume or I will read the second volume of ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 I think. Anyways, I have more than enough books and light novels lying around. May as well work on decreasing that pile a little (so that I can buy more books).
I started reading this in March and I’m now at 43% of the novel. It is really hard, but it is doable since I’m combining it with watching the anime (first watching a few episodes, then reading up to that point).
I started kino no tabi in Februari and I’m now at 38%. I love that it’s really episodic so I can pause reading this after every chapter. I don’t know if I will be able to read this, since I’ve got too much to read xD
This will be the read of the Minimersion bookclub next month! I’m really looking forward to reading this
I plan to keep up with both the absolute beginner and beginner book clubs. If I finish the part of the week for both of those (probably at most 1 day a week, unless magic happens), then I’ll read some Teasing Master Takagi-san.
Yay! A new victim …erm… book club member! Looking forward to seeing you catch up in the past books’ threads Please feel free to comment with your speculations, that’s so much fun!
For this challenge, I’m in again! I will keep track of my progress in my own thread and will link it from here with each of my (not-so-frequent) status posts, so stay tuned!
Current reading plans:
I’m currently reading 沖で待つ but I don’t expect to be able to finish it before the challenge starts, so there might be a little bit of it left over
I recently read the first chapter of 雲をつかむ話 for a reading circle and it was off to a very interesting start, so I will probably continue.
I still have my ongoing 大聖堂 (Japanese+English) with my Japanese friend. There was a bit of a disruption recently but I’m still hoping that he will pick it back up.
When we read 人間失格 somebody mentioned that it’s similar to Camus’ L’Étranger, so I decided to maybe give that one a try (in French). Then a (German) friend said she’d be interested in reading it as well, but in Japanese, so we will do a French-Japanese tandem at some point Which means I will read it in French and she will read it in Japanese, but I think I will also read each section in Japanese afterwards to double-check my French understanding (curious to see which version I get more out of ^^)
佐賀のがばいおばちゃん from the Intermediate Book Club
and if I get bored after that, there’s still a big pile in my BookWalker account
Here’s a question for fellow readers who may have put a book on hold for a little too long like I have: Do you start from the beginning, rereading the parts you have already read, or continue from where you left off? I always struggle with this decision. I tend to remember the parts I have read well enough that rereading is a little boring, but not so clearly that reading further doesn’t feel a little disjointed. I sometimes just choose to not resume reading for ages, until I have finally forgotten enough of the details to make rereading the beginning not as tedious, but I’d rather not do that now.
I usually don’t reread because like you, I often remember enough of the story to be able to pick it up again. I might reread like 5 pages or so but that usually worked well enough for me.
There was one case where I had struggled quite a lot with a text; in that case I decided to start over again. But that was mainly because I knew I had probably misunderstood (or not understood) a lot of the stuff, not because I had let the story sit for too long.