I was just looking to see if anyone might be interested in starting a book club with me. I currently own two series, ひげをそる。そして女子高生を拾う。and 俺ガイル. I’d like to start up something with those, but am totally open to something else if those don’t work for everybody. These are pretty advanced level Japanese books so I get that it might not work for all.
Feel free to reply and let me know if you’re interested!
Are you interested in reading just those two books? Or are you open to expanding to more of a light novel book club? I would think there should be plenty interested in the latter, at least. You could put up a poll as well to help gauge interest.
I’m not much into light novels, but I’ve run an my fair share of book clubs on this forum as well as on the WaniKani forums so I’ve been through the ups and downs of it It can get stressful, don’t do three at once. That’s not fun.
If you need any help re: how to set up the polls, what cadence will generally make people happy, how to organize nominations, etc give a shout and I’m happy to help. In fact, I imagine many of the experienced book club runners would be happy to
I agree with @lunacodes and @eefara though that the joy and the benefit of a book club comes from everyone reading the same thing, at the same time. You get to share your reactions to turns of events, vent your frustrations or adoration of characters, ask detailed nuance questions, etc with a group that is on the same page as you already.
I was part of a multilingual book club at one point where everyone was reading the same book but in the language of their choice. We were able to ask questions but it made it difficult if you were the only one reading in that language. Context helped to figure out where you were but it was easier to explain nuance if they were all reading in the same language.
I’m happy to try to go with what everyone else is wanting to read though. I just would need to buy it if I don’t have it yet.
Would being able to choose whether to read or use the audio book version (if there is one) be a possible option?
I would think that would be a reasonable thing for sure. If you’re doing audiobook only you might need to exert some extra effort to identify where your question is if people need to check in the book itself, but otherwise it’s still the book, right? I know I’ve listened to one of the mystery book club picks as I read along, and there were no issues there.