With those results we will switch to a 15% threshold from the next vote onward
I am looking forward to reading them, too! I heard that the third volume of Shadows House is especially good. Can’t wait
Interesting. The third volume is actually my least favorite. (Not that it’s bad. Just got a bit repetitive for me.)
Yay, I just got my copies of 神さまがまちガえる and 月刊少女野崎くん too!
Natively: Level 24
On her first day attending the elite Itan Private High School, Shoko Komi immediately receives an overwhelming surge in popularity due to the unprecedented stoic beauty and refined elegance her classmates perceive her to possess. However, only Hitohito Tadano, an exceedingly average schoolboy who sits next to her, discovers that behind her bishōjo appearance, Komi has a severe communication disorder. Tadano learns that Komi’s goal is to make 100 friends, and resolves to help her reach her goal.
Watching (and enjoying) the Netflix adaptation has made me interested in reading this. I think it’d be a good fit for this book club. The difficulty level matches other manga that we have read and I think that humorous slice of life manga has a broad appeal. If you’re unsure whether you might enjoy reading this, check out an episode on Netflix
- Lighthearted, humourous, lovable characters
- Slice of life, so (hopefully) easy and useful vocabulary
- Netflix adaptation available
- 26 more volumes to read (and counting!) for those who really like it
- Some people might prefer putting their Japanese to use for consuming media that is otherwise unavailable to them
- Some people might prefer reading a finished series
How much effort would you need to read this book?
- 1 - No effort at all
- 2 - Minimal effort
- 3 - Moderate effort
- 4 - Substantial effort
- 5 - So much effort my head might explode
- I don’t know
For some reason, I thought this one was already nominated, but apparently not!
It’s been on my “to consider checking out” list for a while, although at the moment my stats show I’d be looking up 1/5 of the overall words, so I’ve been holding off for now. I’ll definitely join in if it gets picked.
If it gets picked sometime, I have a frequency list for anyone who’d want to pre-learn some of the most common words.
O man, if I used that criterion I’d never read anything!
Same if that was my only selecting factor
Percent words known is something I use to sort my “to consider checking out” list if I want to pick something “easier” from the list to start reading.
My “to consider checking out” list currently has 66 items (but grows often), with 古見さん sitting at number 36 on the list.
I was just thinking the same thing.
Just a bit of cheeky advertising If you’re considering making the jump to slightly more challenging works, now is the perfect time, because we are starting a new book in the Intermediate Book Club this weekend! It’s a collection of short stories, so it’s quite forgiving if you can’t quite keep up. You could even dip in and out, skipping a story here or there
Where the Wild Ladies Are is populated by many spirited women—who also happen to be ghosts. This is a realm in which jealousy, stubbornness, and other excessive “feminine” passions are not to be feared or suppressed, but rather cultivated; and, chances are, a man named Mr. Tei will notice your talents and recruit you, dead or alive (preferably dead), to join his mysterious company.
In this witty and exuberant collection of linked stories, Aoko Matsuda takes the rich, millennia-old tradition of Japanese folktales—shapeshifting wives and foxes, magical trees and wells—and wholly reinvents them, presenting a world in which humans are consoled, guided, challenged, and transformed by the only sometimes visible forces that surround them.
I’d just like to say that if the beginner book club decided to read 古見さんは、コミュ症です, I would very much be on board. I highly enjoyed the animated series (one of my favourites actually) and would love to read the source material both out of curiosity and because I’m sure I’d enjoy it too. Though with the following 2 books already decided, I suppose that’s still a ways away lol.
Hah, although I would love to try my hand at that, it’s far from the perfect time for me anyways. Things are kicking up this semester and I’m barely keeping up as is XD but during the next “semester halftime” holiday I’ll definitely give it a try, even if the IBC is already halfway through a series.
Any reason the next pick is starting one week after the current pick without an extra week of break in between? Thought all the book clubs had that custom.
Maybe just an oversight? @Shadowlauch was that intentional?
I don’t really remember it being a conscious decision, so it is probably an oversight. I’m sorry that happened I try to pay more attention next time.
Since the date was already announced everywhere I don’t think it makes sense to postpone it now, if you guys have a different opinion please let me know.
Makes no difference to me since I don’t plan on keeping to the schedule anyway.
The first week of 神さまがまちガえる has started!
If one of the regulars could change the title to
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 神さまがまちガえる that would be great. Thanks!
Looking at our next book would someone be interested in hosting the 月刊少女野崎くん book club?
I think you meant 月刊少女野崎くん, right? Sorry to seem nit-picky.
I just want to point out that 夜カフェ is continuing as an offshoot club, so perhaps someone could edit the list in the original post to reflect that?
(Oops, sorry @MissDagger I replied to your post by mistake lol)
Seeing the lack of response so far, I could do it. I’ve read it pretty recently. Though it might be better if someone who is going to read along real-time hosts it.