Reading Murakami Haruki's 1Q84 (Intermediate/Advanced Book)

I think you mentioned that it’s easier for you to prioritize reading if it’s a bit faster than our current schedule, if I remember correctly.

I don’t mind speeding up to a chapter a week. In fact I’d appreciate getting to finish the book this year… And updating bookmeter. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:
Personally I’d like to have a bit of a break week or 2 before we start the next book. How would you feel about that?

Also anyone else reading along or planning to, of course. ^^


Yes, I wouldn’t mind speeding up… I don’t think it’s necessary to always be on track with the current thread either, I’ll read and respond to any questions that pop up in any of the threads anyway…

If we speed up right away, the last chapter thread will be up on Dec. 19. Then I’ll post chapter 13 on Jan. 9, I think.

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I’m not sure whether you know that, but this is not a series… it’s more like one long book. (Even though he broke it up into 3 books, probably to make it look less scary.)
The 上 and 下 parts are just technical splits anyways, as always (maybe they are broken up for bookbinding reasons? You should know more about that than me :laughing:), and there is no break in the story or anything.
If you’re invested into the story at all, I seriously doubt you’d manage to stop after book 1 anyways :sweat_smile: You might be able to stop after book 2, though, iirc… (But maybe not.)

I thought I’d let you know so you can maybe factor this into your shopping list :upside_down_face:


I was aware of that, I think, but hadn’t considered what that meant - So there’s no mental break between books that would make stopping for a bit and picking the next one up at a later point easier?

Thinking out loud

In which case, I may or may not want that break, and may or may not want to just get all the books. Or maybe I’ll just get the next 3 so I have books 1 and 2 available…

At 12 chapters per book, 1 chapter a week, 2 would take not quite half a year, 3 about 8,5 months… That seems like plenty. I think I’ll be good to order some more towards the end of next year.

In any case, this sounds good to me right now! Future me will deal.

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You mean in a way that a story arc somehow comes to an end, and the next arc starts? No, it’s not like that, I’d say… (just double-checked the endings of books 1 and 2 in my German version to make sure). Some bits feel a bit like a wrap-up of sorts, but other bits feel like cliffhangers :woman_shrugging:

Curious to hear what you think about it once you get there :blush:


Book One Chapter 10: 天吾:本物の血が流れる実物の革命 Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 is up!

And I’ve updated the schedule to reflect the change to one chapter per week.


I just learned that there is a special Murakami sale currently going on at Bookwalker (which is 30% cashback), and I also learned that there finally seems to be an 1Q84 ebook (available from Dec 18th):



I want this! Probably need to (pretend to) be in Japan to buy it though, right? I’ve never used Bookwalker before.

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No, it’s totally fine wherever you are. Just enter your credit card details (paypal also seems to work, although I don’t think I ever used it) and you’re good to go. No need to enter a fake address or anything.

If you pre-order before the book (or bundle) is being released on Dec 18th, you will also get a 30% cashback (i.e. “coins” you can use on your next purchase).

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Edit: Oh, just to make sure you know this: You will NOT be able to download PDFs or anything! You are required to read the books through Bookwalker’s app (which is not mind-blowing but decent imho) or through their webpage.


Ah okay, so I can’t add it to my ebook reader, huh?

If it runs android apps you probably can?

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To make absolutely sure you can buy a free book beforehand (there’s always tons of free manga and book previews and stuff, just search for it on the home page) and then you can try it out without any cost.
(And see if you like it at all, and then decide.)

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I’ll probalby end up using it on my phone, if I end up using it. Seems like it won’t work on my Kobo, probably. Thanks!

Yeah, so, a brief inspection of The Internet™ seems to suggest that it’s at least non-trivial (or maybe not even feasible) to install Android on a Kobo, which probably means no Bookwalker app :sob:
The only hope would be that the Rakuten (is it?) store also gets the 1Q84 ebooks once they are released…
Should be fine on your phone, though (if it is an Apple or Android device). I also sometimes read books on my phone (not manga, though ^^) and I quite like it. But the best would probably be to try it out and judge for yourself, if you’re interested!

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What a nice Christmas present!


Hey everyone, I added the final two chapters of this first part of book one (and doesn’t that make it sound like a daunting task still ahead of us? My end of year resolution: finish reading the book before midnight December 31st. That’s only 135 pages left to go!

I’ve been a terrible book club host, never getting the threads up on schedule. As such, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be on time for the threads. As previously discussed, the new schedule will be once a week. I’m changing the upload day to Sunday, because Saturdays are pretty much activity filled. I’ll be moving back to my flat on the weekend of the 24th, so let’s start again end of January: January 31st!

Book One Chapter 11: 青豆:肉体こそが人間にとっての神殿である Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
Book One Chapter 12: 天吾:あなたの王国が私たちにもたらされますように Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84


That’s perfect, gives us some time to procrastinate as well! :joy: I’ve only 2 chapters left to read, so I’m pretty optimistic I’ll make it.


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Uploaded the new thread just now! Book One Chapter 13: 青豆:生まれながらの被害者 Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84


New thread is up! Book One Chapter 14: 天吾:ほとんどの読者がこれまで目にしたことのないものごと Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

Valentine’s gift for all of you reading along!

Book One Chapter 15: 青豆:気球に碇をつけるみたいにしっかりと Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84

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