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My Japanese Reading List

This page is just a simple list of books that I have read, am reading, or want to read that are written in Japanese.

It’s not a complete list as I’ve forgotten the names of a lot of stuff I’ve read (especially stuff online which is where I’ve done the majority of my reading until recently) but I am continuing to add to it constantly.

Bare in mind that this is meant to be just a list so I won’t be going into every small detail about every book. I will however try to right down the genre and how difficult the books I’ve read are. These difficulties are very very rough and I will often give books that have furigana an easier level despite the content itself being difficult as furigana can be a great learning tool in helping you reach higher levels.

Hopefully this will be useful to some of you if you are stuck trying to find books in Japanese.

I would also recommend checking out the following guides I’ve written on buying physical and digital Japanese books:

You can also find my book reviews here, which contain some of the books from this list but I go into them in more detail.

僕が過去に読んだ本 – Books I’ve Read

《外国人向け》日本語の本 Japanese Books Aimed at Foreigners Studying Japanese

I found these books in my University library when I first started learning Japanese and don’t remember much about their difficulty but they all have English translations or explanations which can be helpful when starting to read real Japanese. Next time I go to the library I will flick through them again and add their difficulty.

However, I recommend you do what I did which was to ignore the English as much as possible and to attempt to understand Japanese, in Japanese.

小説 Novels

自己啓発 Personal Development

漫画 Manga

ソフトウェア開発/ソフトウェア工学 Software Development/Software Engineering

僕が現在読んでいる本 – Books I’m Reading

辞書 Dictionaries

(I explain why I’m reading a dictionary here)

小説 Novels

ライトノベル Light novels

漫画 Manga

積読本 – Books Collecting Dust (Tsundoku)

ライトノベル Light Novels

僕が今後読みたい本 – Books I Want to Read

自己啓発 Personal Development

ソフトウェア開発/ソフトウェア工学 Software Development/Software Engineering

小説 Novels