Which is your current favorite J-Novel Club light novel?


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    There are a lot of series I still haven't gotten to that I want to read, but these are the one I'm constantly reading when they come out.

    No particular order

    Older Girlfriend
    Friend's Sister
    Just Friends
    Apothecary Diaries
    Ideal Sponger Life
    Magician Who Rose From Failure
    The Great Cleric
    Dungeon Busters
    Fushi no Kami
    Instant Death
    By the Grace of the Gods
    Welcome to Japan Ms Elf
    Archdemon Delimma
    The Magic is too far behind
    Arifureta
    Smartphone

    I would say out of the new ones the Diaries, Just Friends, and Magician who Rose from Failure are the top 3. Though if you ask me in an hour that might change. I'm really enjoying these new ones.

    As for the older ones Smartphone, Arifureta and Welcome to Japan are the top 3.



  • Current favorite but it's not marketed as a light novel (in Japan) is Otherside Picnic mostly because the yuri level just keeps increasing the more volumes you get into. Not as scary for me but it's probably not everyone's cup of tea.

    Other LNs I like from JNC are Tearmoon Empire, Sexiled, Majesty's Swarm and Bookworm. I guess it's more of me having interest if there's a female lead but I haven't been following the newer releases yet, mostly focused with Otherside Picnic here.


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    In no particular order:

    Tearmoon Empire
    Altina the Sword Princess
    Cooking with Wild Game
    JK Haru


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    Oh lord that's a tough question to answer! I guess if I'm going with a top 5...

    AoB
    Tearmoon (Miaitis brigade represent!)
    Infinite Dendrogram
    Der Werewolf
    Altina

    With special tip of the hat to Teogonia and Deathbound Duke's Daughter, both of which would force me to make this a top 10 list, if only either would release more volumes.


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    If I'm going to pick five (in no particular order)...

    A. Bookworm (wanting to know what happened next in the anime got me reading the light novels, and wanting to know what happened next in the novels got me to become a member)
    B. Tearmoon (the narrator reminds me of How Heavy Are The Dumbbells You Lift, and Mia is just precious — Mia Squad For Life!)
    C. Slayers (the snark is coming from INSIDE THE MAIN CHARACTER'S HEAD! Seriously, Lina's narration is beautiful and I'm having just a ton of fun reading it)
    D. Realist Hero (bought all the volumes on premium just so I could have the extra stories — plus Souma's just an intriguing guy)
    E. I Refuse To Be Your Enemy! (I mean, the premise as a whole is super intriguing, plus the fact that the game reminds me so heavily of Fire Emblem is just another plus)


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    While I've started reading some more i did subscribe just for Bookworm so it probably won't be overtaken any time soon if at all.

    That said I've been enjoying The Apothecary Diaries a lot and I Shall Survive Using Potions has been entertaining.

    I've held off on reading Slayers for now until there's a lot more than the previously translated stuff but i'll probably pick them up and carry on pretty soon. It was one of my favourite Anime back in the day.


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    Oh God. So many titles. I've tried many times to make a "favorites" list, but as the number of pairwise comparisons exceeded 1,000, I just have to find another way. That being said, here would be my list of favorites, nor necessarily in order.

    • Invaders of the Rokujouma has to be my favorite title. Money talks, and I've spent more on this title than any other by a large margin.
    • In Another World With My Smartphone is another one where money talks. I've spent the second largest amount of money on this series.
    • Realist Hero would be my third based on money spent.
    • Outbreak Company Light, fluffy, and funny.
    • Kokoro Connect Quirky and fun, even if the ending was a touch on the light side.
    • Faraway Paladin Even though it's been years since we've gotten a volume of this series, It's still one of the best written and newer the to of my list.
    • Paying to win in a VRMMO was a series I enjoyed greatly and wasn't disappointed by the ending.
    • Bluesteel Blasphemer was a series that died suddenly. The author give us a very rapid ending, but I really would have enjoyed watching the war play out.
    • Wortinia War grabbed me early and hadn't let go yet.
    • Slightly Older Girlfriend is a very new series, but I like it a lot.

    As an honorable mention...
    New Life + was great, but got clobbered by international politics. I hold out hope that it will return, but it looks doubtful.



  • Let‘s see, from first place to ninth place:

    • Infinite Dendrogram: My favorite gaming novel with a very detailed world building and game setting. I wish we could get more such novels!
    • A Wild Last Boss Appeared!: I really like the world building of this novel, the game setting before this world became reality is really interesting too. Moreover I totally like the owerpowered MC, it is a huge plus point for me, that the MC possesses his “female“ game character.
    • Her Majesty‘s Swarm: The game the world is based on seems pretty interesting and exiting, I would love to play it too! Love that the MC is one the side of the evil-aligned faction (it‘s a first for me, to read a novel with such a MC), though I think the story is s bit too cruel to my taste.
    • Bibliophile Princess: Got introduced to the novel through the manga, love the mystery part of the story.
    • Tearmoon Empire: MC is totally hilarious, it‘s a fun story and the world building is very interesting.
    • Deathbound Duke‘s Daughter: Reminds me a lot of Harry Potter and I really like the detailed world building and the idea of alchemy and the wands.
    • The Tales of Marielle Clarac: Cute romance story exact to my likeness.
    • Ascendance of a Bookworm: Interesting MC and exiting and fun to read story. It‘s the only light novel where I have the feeling that it‘s similar to western novels.
    • I Shall Survive Using Potions!: Similar to @Liber-Monstrorum I like the uniqueness of the MC and the idea of creating these unique potions.

    I haven‘t read much J-Novel Club novels so far, these are the only ones.


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    Currently being released:

    1. Ascendance of a Bookworm
    2. Cooking with Wild Game
    3. Altina the Sword Princess
    4. Fushi no Kami
    5. Tearmoon Empire

    Series awaiting a new volume / discontinued:

    1. The Economics of Prophecy
    2. Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea!
    3. Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World!

    Completed series:

    1. My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World
    2. When the Clock Strikes Z

    Series I'm looking forward to reading:

    1. Invaders of the Rokujouma!?
    2. Crest of the Stars

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    No particular order:

    Tearmoon Empire
    Cooking with Wild Game
    Ideal Sponger Life
    The Great Cleric
    Fushi no Kami
    By the Grace of the Gods
    Welcome to Japan Ms Elf
    Realist Hero
    Bibliophile Princess
    The Tales of Marielle Clarac
    The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP!
    Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World!


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    Similarly to @grobinson2k1 and @kurosov I have come to J-Novel Club for Ascendance of a bookworm. It is top of the list, the only one I know exactly when it gets released and keeps me awake till very late to read.

    Fairly recently I discovered Tearmoon Empire and have been enjoying reading that.


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