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Welcome, everyone, to our second light novel pick, 本好きの下剋上 / 책벌레의 하극상 ! This is going to our first multilingual book club! Welcome to all our Korean learners joining us!

:jp: 本好きの下剋上~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~第一部「兵士の娘1」| L32
:kr: 책벌레의 하극상 제1부 - 병사의 딸 1 | L30

Since this will be our first multilingual book club, there will doubtless be questions and issues to iron out. Please be respectful to all our fellow language learners as we read together!

Summary - English

A certain college girl who’s loved books ever since she was a little girl dies in an accident and is reborn in another world she knows nothing about. She is now Myne, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she’s been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don’t exist. She’d have to pay an enormous amount of money to buy one. Myne resolves herself: If there aren’t any books, she’ll just have to make them! Her goal is to become a librarian. This story begins with her quest to make books so she can live surrounded by them! Dive into this biblio-fantasy written for book lovers and bookworms!

Summary - Japanese

とある女子大生が転生したのは、識字率が低くて本が少ない世界の兵士の娘。いくら読みたくても周りに本なんてあるはずない。本がないならどうする?作ってしまえばいいじゃない!目指すは図書館司書!本に囲まれて生きるため、本を作るところから始めよう!緻密な世界観と多くの魅力的なキャラクターで大人気を集める本作が待望の書籍化!本好きのための、本好きに捧ぐ、ビブリア・ファンタジー!

Summary - Korean

어릴 적부터 책에 푹 빠져 지내던 여대생이 사고에 휘말려 낯선 세계에서 다시 태어났다. 가난한 군인의 집에서 5세 소녀 마인으로……. 게다가 그 세계에서 ‘문자’를 아는 사람들도 적고, 있는 책이라곤 귀족들을 위한 책뿐이었다. 책을 아무리 읽고 싶어도 현실의 벽 앞에 부딪히게 된다. 이를 타개할 방법은…… 스스로 책을 만드는 것이다! 책에 둘러싸여 살기 위해 책을 만드는 것부터 시작하자! 세상에 책이 없다면 어떻게하지? 직접 만들면 돼!!

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Club Schedule

Full details for JP/KR (no Junior version here)
Week Start Date Chapter Number Ch. Name :jp: Ch. Name :kr: Ending% / Page# :jp: Ending Page# :kr: # of Pages :jp: # of Pages :kr:
1 Sept 4 1 プロローグ 프롤로그 1%/11 10 4 4
2 新しい生活 새로운 생활 2%/22 14 11 10
2 Sept 11 3 おうち探索 집 안 탐색 5%/34 24 12 12
4 街中探索 거리 탐색 9%/43 36 9 8
3 Sept 18 5 本、入手不可能 책, 입수 불가능 11%/53 44 10 8
6 生活改善中 생활 개선 중 14%/64 52 9 10
4 Sept 25 7 近所の男の子 이웃 남자아이 18%/75 62 9 9
8 紙、入手不可能 종이, 입수가 불가능하다 21%/85 71 10 9
5 Oct 2 9 エジプト文明、リスペクト中 이집트 문명, 존경합니다 24%/95 80 10 9
10 冬支度 겨울 채비 27%/105 89 10 8
6 Oct 9 11 石板GET! 석판 GET! 30%/119 97 14 12
12 古代エジプト人に敗北 고대 이집트인에게 패배 34%/131 109 12 10
7 Oct 16 13 冬の甘味 달콤한 파루 케이크 37%/144 119 13 13
14 オットーさんのお手伝い 오토 씨 돕기 41%/157 132 13 10
8 Oct 23 15 トゥーリの髪飾り 투리의 머리 장식 45%/170 142 13 11
16 わたしを森へ連れて行って 숲에 데려가 줘 48%/186 153 16 14
9 Oct 30 17 メソポタミア文明、万歳 메소포타미아 문명, 만세 53%/202 167 16 14
18 粘土板はダメだ 점토판은 실패다 58%/214 181 12 11
10 Nov 6 19 トゥーリの洗礼式 투리의 세례식 61%/230 192 16 15
20 黄河文明、愛してる 황하문명이여, 사랑한다 66%/240 207 10 9
21 インクが欲しい 잉크를 원해 69%/250 216 10 9
11 Nov 13 22 お料理奮闘中 요리와 씨름 중 72%/267 225 17 14
23 木簡と不思議な熱 목간과 이상한 열 77%/277 239 11 8
12 Nov 20 24 会合への道 회합의 길 79%/287 247 10 10
25 商人との会合 상인과의 회합 82%/306 257 19 17
13 Nov 27 26 エピローグ 에필로그 88%/320 274 14 14
14 Dec 4 SS 1 マインのいない日常 마인이 없는 일상 92%/333 288 13 10
SS 2 変わらぬ日常 변하지 않는 일상 95%/348 298 15 11
Afterword あとがき 후기 99%/351 309 3 2
Junior JP version (in progress)
Week Start Date Chapter Number Ch. Name :jp: Ending Page# :jp: # of Pages :jp:
1 Sept 4 1 プロローグ 10 5
2 新しい生活 25 15
2 Sept 11 3 おうち探索 41 16
4 街中探索 53 12
3 Sept 18 5 本、入手不可能 65 12
6 生活改善中 80 15
4 Sept 25 7 近所の男の子 95 15
8 紙、入手不可能 107 12
5 Oct 2 9 エジプト文明、リスペクト中 121 14
10 冬支度 134 13
6 Oct 9 11 石板GET! 152 18
12 古代エジプト人に敗北 168 16
7 Oct 16 13 冬の甘味 187 19
14 オットーさんのお手伝い 202 15
8 Oct 23 15 トゥーリの髪飾り 218 16
16 わたしを森へ連れて行って 240 22
9 Oct 30 17 メソポタミア文明、万歳 260 20
18 粘土板はダメだ (end of book 1) 277 17
10 Nov 6 19 トゥーリの洗礼式 (book 2)
20 黄河文明、愛してる
21 インクが欲しい
11 Nov 13 22 お料理奮闘中
23 木簡と不思議な熱
12 Nov 20 24 会合への道
25 商人との会合
13 Nov 27 26 エピローグ
14 Dec 4 SS 1 マインのいない日常
SS 2 変わらぬ日常
Afterword あとがき

Character Name Reference Chart

In progress; this will be copied over to weekly threads!
English Japanese Korean Notes
Myne マイン 마인 Protagonist
Tuuli トゥーリ 투리 Myne’s older sister
Effa エーファ 에파 Myne’s mother
Günter ギュンター 귄터 Myne’s father
Lutz ルッツ 루츠
ディード 디도
Carla カルラ 칼라
Sieg ジーク 지크
Ralph ラルフ 랄프
Otto オットー 오토
Mark マルク 마르크
Fey フェイ 페이
Gelda ゲルダ 겔다

There is a Japanese audiobook available via Audible, but please note that it’s availability will depend on your region! Please see the Natively page for a list of known regional retailers!

Will you be reading along when the club starts on September 4th?
  • Yes
  • No
  • I’ll be reading, but at my own pace
0 voters
What language will you be reading in?
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Both (:eyes:)
0 voters
What type of media will you be consuming the book as?
  • Physical
  • eBook
  • Audiobook only
  • Reading (physical) + listening
  • Reading (eBook) + listening
0 voters
What version of the book are you reading?
0 voters
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Alrighty, version 1 of the home post is up~ I’ll doubtless be going back to revise things as we go to be as helpful as possible, but this should be a start. Notes:

  • @brandon that first JP link refuses to format :sob: I ask so little of it…
  • Tagging those who mentioned they’d be interested in participating on the Korean side of things: @brandon @bibliothecary @cjo @NihongoLearner19 @bungakushoujo
  • Does anyone have a physical Japanese copy of the book they can jot down page numbers for each chapter for me?
  • And I’ll also need chapter stats for the Korean side as well. Not sure if it would be overkill to have both percentages and page numbers or just one or the other; what do you guys think?
  • Tagging @brandon and @Megumin: I tried adding the bookclub tag to the thread, but it won’t let me create it. :\ It would if I typed in book-club, but I wanted to keep it consistent with the other bookclub tags we already have.

(I didn’t realize that there was an emoji limit for titles before now…)

And onto more scheduling questions! The first volume has 26 total chapters, plus two extra short stories and the afterword. According to those who’ve already read the first volume, these short stories are not a required experience. So let me put it to a poll:

Should we include the two extra short stories as part of the club schedule?
  • Yes
  • No
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(*Note: if we go ‘yes’, this might depend on if those stories are in the KR version. I have not confirmed that yet.) Confirmed! Thanks bibliothecary!

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My notes regarding JP Kindle percentages:

Long table
Chapter Number Percentage
1 1%
2 2%
3 5%
4 9%
5 11%
6 14%
7 18%
8 21%
9 24%
10 27%
11 30%
12 34%
13 37%
14 41%
15 45%
16 48%
17 53%
18 58%
19 61%
20 66%
21 69%
22 72%
23 77%
24 79%
25 82%
26 88%
SS 1 92%
SS 2 95%
あとがき 99%

Another poll while we work out pacing:

What pacing would be comfortable for you?
  • Aim for about 20 pgs/week
  • Aim for about 30 pgs/week
  • Aim for about 40 pgs/week
  • I want to finish this in a set number of weeks, irregardless of page counts
  • Some other way not mentioned here (please mention below)
  • Doesn’t matter to me
0 voters

I scoped out doing 30 pgs/week last night, and at least going off of the JP Kindle version, it would take us 10 weeks to go through the book, 11 if we add in the extra stories at the end.

I think Korean readers will probably be using the ebook, since physical books are more difficult to come by outside of Korea. Of course if someone does have a physical copy, they can add page numbers.

Although, might it work out that it’s easiest to read it by chapter? If the chapters are roughly the same length, that is… :thinking:

It looks like the extra stories are included in the Korean ebook. :+1:

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From what I can tell calculating page numbers from the Kindle version, the earlier chapters are short and lengthen from there. At roughly 30 pages/week (which tends to go above that, by my count), the first week would cover 4 chapters, then each week after would be 2 or 3, depending on size.

Sounds like a plan to me. If there are KR readers using the physical copy, please let me know so we can get those added!

Oh man, I just saw you marked “Both” for which language, @bibliothecary. :open_mouth: Godspeed to you!

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Seems to be a permission issue of the All Languages subforum. Only @brandon can fix that (as for most of the things outside Product Requests )

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Interestingly, it gives me the option to create a 本好きの下剋上 tag, but once I hit save, the tag disappears. :thinking: Also, @bibliothecary, what would be the correct title needed to name a Korean tag of the series name? Like 本好きの下剋上 or 本好き.

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@eefara 책벌레의 하극상 or just 책벌레

Page numbers for the Korean ebook

The Korean version doesn’t include chapter numbers(!), so I’m including the chapter titles.
Should also mention - this is using the Ridibooks app.

Ch Title Page #
1 프롤로그 10 4
2 새로운 생활 14 10
3 집 안 탐색 24 12
4 거리 탐색 36 8
5 책, 입수 불가능 44 8
6 생활 개선 중 52 10
7 이웃 남자아이 62 9
8 종이, 입수가 불가능하다 71 9
9 이집트 문명, 존경합니다 80 9
10 겨울 채비 89 8
11 석판 GET! 97 12
12 고대 이집트인에게 패배 109 10
13 달콤한 파루 케이크 119 13
14 오토 씨 돕기 132 10
15 투리의 머리 장식 142 11
16 숲에 데려가 줘 153 14
17 메소포타미아 문명, 만세 167 14
18 점토판은 실패다 181 11
19 투리의 세례식 192 15
20 황하문명이여, 사랑한다 207 9
21 잉크를 원해 216 9
22 요리와 씨름 중 225 14
23 목간과 이상한 열 239 8
24 회합의 길 247 10
25 상인과의 회합 257 17
26 에필로그 274 14
SS1 마인이 없는 일상 288 10
SS2 변하지 않는 일상 298 11
あとがき 후기 309 2
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Thank you! :pray: The JP version doesn’t include chapter numbers either; I need to go back and pick them out myself…

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Agree with @bibliothecary, will also be reading the digital version. :+1:t2:

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Although I won’t be reading along, I’ll be joining the discussion!
I have my book around to glance over the pages you will be going over each week.

I’ve recently read, and afterwards listened to Vol 1 and Vol 2, so it might be too much 本好き to handle :melting_face:.

If the Book Club continues as stand-alone, I might join fully further Vol 3 or Vol 4, although that’s unlikely to happen I guess, as these are very heavy and long.
But who knows, maybe being the first Korean/Multi one, it might happen!

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I will also be attempting the digital version :sweat_smile:

Allowed other tags, good call.

Exciting times!

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@eefara added the number of pages per chapter to my list if you want to copy them! :smile:

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I honestly wonder if it’s because that Japanese title is insanely long :joy:

No clue.

I have increased it to 7… go wild :tada: :partying_face: :clinking_glasses:

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Looks like @lunacodes beat me to it, but since I typed it all out anyway, here’s the actual ending page of each chapter.

Numbers

1 (prologue) - 11
2 - 22
3 - 34
4 - 43
5 - 53
6 - 64
7 - 75
8 - 85
9 - 95
10 - 105
11 - 119
12 - 131
13 - 144
14 - 157
15 - 170
16 - 186
17 - 202
18 - 214
19 - 230
20 - 240
21 - 250
22 - 267
23 - 277
24 - 287
25 - 306
26 - 320

SS1 - 333
SS2 - 348
あとがき - 351

Back on topic, I want to try and read along with this bookclub. Having already read the book (and watched the anime, and read the manga, and listened to the audiobook :sweat_smile:) I’m considering comparing the English translation side-by-side with the Japanese as a fun new exercise. I haven’t decided for sure yet but I’ll definitely follow along with the club somehow!

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Fun fact: It was even lower before I complained about wanting more in the Mystery BC post title :joy:
Definitely going to take advantage of the new limit :grin:

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Thank you @Athakaspen and @lunacodes! I’ll get that updated tomorrow, and hopefully get a schedule sorted.

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Okay; the table in the OP should be fully updated with as accurate page numbers as I can get them. JP and KR versions of the book are roughly equal page-wise.

Taking look at our pacing poll (please vote if you haven’t!), it’s a pretty close stand-off between 20 pages and 30 pages per week. (Please also vote on whether the short stories should be included in this poll [at the bottom of the post]! It’s at a dead tie!)

This is what the schedule would look like if we did 20 pg/week:

20 pgs/week
Week Start Date Chapter Number Notes # of Pages :jp: # of Pages :kr:
1 Sept 4 1 4 4
2 11 10
2 Sept 11 3 12 12
4 9 8
3 Sept 18 5 10 8
6 9 10
4 Sept 25 7 9 9
8 10 9
5 Oct 2 9 10 9
10 10 8
6 Oct 9 11 14 12
12 12 10
7 Oct 16 13 13 13
14 13 10
8 Oct 23 15 heavier week for JP 13 11
16 16 14
9 Oct 30 17 16 14
10 Nov 6 18 heavier week for both langs 12 11
19 16 15
11 Nov 13 20 10 9
21 10 9
12 Nov 20 22 lighter week for KR 17 14
13 Nov 27 23 11 8
24 10 10
14 Dec 4 25 19 17
15 Dec 11 26 14 14
(16?) Dec 18 SS 1 13 10
(16?/17?) SS 2 15 11
Afterword 3 2

This schedule is pretty consistent at 2 chapters/week up through week 12; week 8 sees some heavier reading page-count-wise for the JP crowd, week 10 more pages for both languages, and week 12 lighter for KR.

And this is what it’ll look like at 30 pg/week:

30 pgs/week
Week Start Date Chapter Number Notes # of Pages :jp: # of Pages :kr:
1 Sept 4 1 4 4
2 11 10
3 12 12
2 Sept 11 4 9 8
5 10 8
6 9 10
3 Sept 18 7 9 9
8 10 9
9 10 9
4 Sept 25 10 10 8
11 14 12
12 12 10
5 Oct 2 13 heavier on JP side 13 13
14 13 10
15 13 11
6 Oct 9 16 16 14
17 16 14
7 Oct 16 18 12 11
19 16 15
8 Oct 23 20 slightly heavier for JP 10 9
21 10 9
22 17 14
9 Oct 30 23 lighter for both langs 11 8
24 10 10
10 Nov 6 25 19 17
26 14 14
(11?) Nov 13 SS 1 13 10
SS 2 15 11
Afterword 3 2

This one’s also fairly even; it’s generally going to be 3 chapters/week, with JP readers taking the heavier loads whenever that pops up.

And finally, starting with 20 pgs/week and speeding up to read 30 pgs/week partway through:

20 pages -> 30 pgs speed-up starts on week 7
Week Start Date Chapter Number Notes # of Pages :jp: # of Pages :kr:
1 Sept 4 1 4 4
2 11 10
2 Sept 11 3 12 12
4 9 8
3 Sept 18 5 10 8
6 9 10
4 Sept 25 7 9 9
8 10 9
5 Oct 2 9 10 9
10 10 8
6 Oct 9 11 14 12
12 12 10
7 Oct 16 13 schedule speed-up to 30 pgs/week 13 13
14 13 10
8 Oct 23 15 13 11
16 16 14
9 Oct 30 17 16 14
18 12 11
10 Nov 6 19 16 15
20 10 9
21 10 9
11 Nov 13 22 17 14
23 11 8
12 Nov 20 24 10 10
25 19 17
13 Nov 27 26 14 14
(14?) Dec 4 SS 1 13 10
SS 2 15 11
Afterword 3 2

These counts and starting days and whatnot are all flexible as we read, of course; if it makes sense with the group to fold a longer chapter into a week, or break it out, we can do that easy. With all that in mind:

What schedule would you prefer?
  • 20 pages/week
  • 30 pages/week
  • 20 pages/week to start, then speeding up to 30 pages/week
  • Some other reading speed I’ll comment on below
0 voters
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I was wondering if we should not start off with 20 pages and half-way through increase to 30? Getting into a new reading style always takes a bit but usually people speed up once they’ve become familiar. :thinking: December is a fairly busy month here, usually, so it might be good to finish early and use December as a break before the next book. :eyes:

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