The level range is more of a guideline than a rule, since not all books have been graded (enough) to have an accurate Natively level. However the purpose of the club is to read easier material than the kinds of books being read in other book clubs, since quite a few people have mentioned being unable to participate due to the language difficulty being too high.
Ultimately I’m leaving it up to the individual’s discretion - if there’s a book you’re interested in that isn’t on Natively / has a temporary grading / is graded above L26, I’d suggest looking at a preview if there’s one available to gauge the language level. If it’s too difficult, it might be more suited to another book club.
I’m not a part of this club, but just wanted to say…
There are a lot of unrestricted level clubs going on right now. This (along with the beginner LN club) are really the only ones that have any sort of guideline around level. I was hoping that there would be some beginner clubs formed on Natively and I was excited this one was forming.
Like you say, I think a lot of people are unable to participate in other clubs, so I think it’d be ok to disallow books outside the level range unless there’s strong reason to think the current level isn’t accurate.
Feel free to ignore all this, but I couldn’t help but comment
@brandon I think Haruhi book got refused back in the day, because there was the normal edition, and the editions handling is not in. Do you think there’s any chance to put that in, since some wording has been changed to lower the level and is not just adding furigana to it?
(I submitted a formal request, but not sure how that’s handled once it got a refusal)
Once upon a time, two countries who shared a border wouldn’t stop squabbling over petty issues. Their spats eventually escalated into war… over an incident involving dog poop. Finally, the gods declared that both nations had to call a truce. The most beautiful girl in the Gold Kingdom would marry the smartest man in the Water Kingdom, paving the way to a new era of peace! When Sarah, a princess from the Gold Kingdom, meets a charming man named Naranbayar from the Water Kingdom, they decide to do what it takes to stop more pointless conflict between their countries—by pretending to be in love. Will their plan work? And what if real romantic feelings blossom between them?
Reason(s) for nominating: Really want to read this book, like prev nomination it’s also in my TBR lol
I thought I was all alone… I was actually a quadruplet!
I’m Miyabi Mifu.
I’m a sixth grader and for 12 years… I thought I was all alone, with no parents or relatives!
One day, I found out that I was a quadruplet ！！！！
Girls with exactly the same face and voice, Ichika, Nitori and April.
Each of us grew up alone in a different place, but now the four of us are going to live under one roof. However, life with only the four of us is very confusing!
And the differences in our upbringing have led to unexpected differences…?
They are all the same, but they are all different! The cute life of sisters is about to begin!
Reason(s) for nominating: First of all, the story sounds really cute! There’s also a lot that makes this a good choice for learners: it has full furigana (yay!); it’s the first of a 15-volume series (lots of material if you enjoy the first book); and audiobooks are available for the whole series!
I have been listening to those as they come out. The books are surprisingly not childish. They deal with some sad realities. It’s still for kids, don’t get me wrong, but some stuff really hit me in the feels.
ngl, I thought I had written a review. My brain remembers writing a review. I have the strong suspicion that I was thinking about writing one in my head and then never actually did. I have now rectified this.
Since it’s been almost a week since the last nomination, I’ll set up the poll on Friday - so if anyone has any last-minute nominations, get them in quick!
The poll will close December 3rd, and the home thread for the winner will open and include a vote for when to start. It might take longer than usual for physical copies to be delivered over the holidays, so I’d guess we might start mid-January.