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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
11:51 pm
[claydust]
1st book
Alright, I think that our first book should be「注文の多い料理店」by 宮沢賢治.
It's downloadable.

The story is fairly short. At least I'm hoping that what I've downloaded is the entire story. (I'll try to remember to swing by the library tomorrow to confirm it.)

There are two different files posted on the website. One has more furigana than the other, but the stories are the same.

No idea what sort of a time frame to give us.
How about if everyone posts a note to say when they're finished?
I just realized that Christmas is on Monday, so people may be busy with other things.
Monday, December 18th, 2006
11:46 pm
[claydust]
Miyazawa Kenji
宮沢賢治 is old and dead, so you can download his stories on-line. I think that they're complete stories, but I haven't looked at the site in awhile.

I'm thinking that maybe we should start with one of those, since they're the most accessible to everyone.

Let's try to choose one tomorrow, so that we can get on with the reading.

If you want to take a look at the stories- post if a title jumps out at you, otherwise I'll just choose one at random.


edited to add: it looks like there are two titles in the running. The shorter 「注文の多い料理店」or the longer (but with 80's anime tie-in)「銀河鉄道の夜」.

If you have any objections to starting out with the short, and possibly more simple post them now.
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
9:00 pm
[claydust]
what books are you interested in reading?
To recap: I'm starting this venture because the JLPT is over and I have no desire to memorize grammar points anymore. And, I don't have access to any books written in English. I really enjoyed the book clubs that I've belonged to in the States, though I suppose that a big part of that was the getting together over coffee (or wine and fondue) to discuss.

Hopefully an online book club will at least be enough to motivate us to read books in Japanese.

So, I suppose we should start by choosing a book and deciding on a format.

Format...
I liked semitribe's suggestion of having a set number of pages/chapters to read each week and then discussing them over the weekend.

i suppose we could really post our thoughts/questions whenever we finished reading, as long as it was under a lj-cut. but if we tried to center our discussion over a day or two, it would be more conversation-like.


So,
Do you have any books that are already in your to-be-read queue?
Any books that you're dying to read?
Thoughts on format?
What days are most convenient for you to discuss?
How many pages do you think are reasonable in a week... though that might depend on the book we choose.
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