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Just as Myne gets her foot in the door of making paper, she collapses due to the sickness known as the devouring. She's getting better thanks to the help of those around her, but the devouring remains clouded in mystery. As the world expands, so too does her passion for making books! This volume is the conclusion to Part 1 and shows a glimpse into the future of the series! Just as Myne gets her foot in the door of making paper, she collapses due to the sickness known as the devouring. She's getting better thanks to the help of those around her, but the devouring remains clouded in mystery. As the world expands, so too does her passion for making books! This volume is the conclusion to Part 1 and shows a glimpse into the future of the series!


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Just as Myne gets her foot in the door of making paper, she collapses due to the sickness known as the devouring. She's getting better thanks to the help of those around her, but the devouring remains clouded in mystery. As the world expands, so too does her passion for making books! This volume is the conclusion to Part 1 and shows a glimpse into the future of the series! Just as Myne gets her foot in the door of making paper, she collapses due to the sickness known as the devouring. She's getting better thanks to the help of those around her, but the devouring remains clouded in mystery. As the world expands, so too does her passion for making books! This volume is the conclusion to Part 1 and shows a glimpse into the future of the series!

30 review for Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    At the end of the previous volume, Myne passed out due to the Devouring and seemed likely to die. But of course she didn't - in the beginning of this volume, it's revealed that she was taken to the guildmaster to be saved by one of the fragile magical items he collected in order to save his granddaughter, Freida, who also has the Devouring. It's a good thing that Myne has saved up so much money, because even old and nearly broken magical tools cost a lot, and are typically only available to nob At the end of the previous volume, Myne passed out due to the Devouring and seemed likely to die. But of course she didn't - in the beginning of this volume, it's revealed that she was taken to the guildmaster to be saved by one of the fragile magical items he collected in order to save his granddaughter, Freida, who also has the Devouring. It's a good thing that Myne has saved up so much money, because even old and nearly broken magical tools cost a lot, and are typically only available to nobles. And not only that, they don't cure someone with the Devouring, they just temporarily lower the person's mana level enough for them to feel better. If she doesn't sign a contract with a noble and agree to become their slave, Myne likely only has another year at most before the Devouring kills her. Freida and the guildmaster, who already have connections with nobles, want to corner Myne into working with them. Benno wants Myne (and her lucrative product ideas) to stay with him and the Gilberta Company. Then there's Myne's family and her friend Lutz - if she signs a contract with a noble, she'll likely never see any of them again. So Myne has some tough decisions to make. In some ways, this was the best volume in the series so far. There were only a few overly detailed "making stuff from our world in a fantasy world" scenes, more emphasis was put on characters' relationships with others (Myne and her family, and Lutz and his), readers finally got a small glimpse of the wider world and its politics, and there was forward movement in the Devouring aspect of the plot. Unfortunately, the story had a bad tendency to meander - I had to flip through it to remind myself what happened in between the more important plot points. Lots of planning for Myne's baptism, getting Lutz ready to become an apprentice merchant, more paper-making but bigger, and Myne accidentally inventing yet another new food. I still agree with what I wrote in my review for Volume 1: Part 1 really would have been better condensed into a single volume rather than spread out over three books. The writing was terrible. That fact was easier to gloss over in the previous two volumes, but in this one the author included a few scenes that should have been very emotional and that were instead ruined by the author's reliance upon what were essentially sound effects to convey characters' emotions. Things like: "Sniff," "Nnn," and "Ngggh." And speaking of sound effects, it seemed like Myne said "Bwuh" way more in this volume than she did in the previous two, and it started to irk me a bit. And this series really should have been written in the third person. The author had to cheat a bit in this volume to get around the limitations of Myne's first person POV, and honestly most of the bonus stories also came across as clumsy attempts to get around the series' POV limitations. I have a bunch of questions about the world-building - it seemed shakiest where foods were concerned. First there was the whole thing, earlier in the series, about commoners not having access to rice. In this volume it was revealed that (view spoiler)[sugar (I'm guessing that the author/translator actually meant "refined sugar") had only just begun to be imported, but even without sugar I would have figured people would have experience with baking cakes using honey. And yet for some reason the cake Myne baked was treated like a revolution, and Leise, a supposedly experience cook and baker, needed Myne's suggestions to figure out how to jazz the recipe up with additional ingredients. At one point, the text referred to pound cake dough (205) rather than batter, which told me that either the author or translator, or possibly both, wasn't a baker. (hide spoiler)] Despite all of these problems, I still plan on reading Part 2 once it's possible for me to get all three books. I look forward to seeing where the author goes with the new developments in the story. But I won't lie, this isn't a well-written series. I've been able to put up with its issues so far, but I'd totally understand if others couldn't. I haven't seen the anime yet but plan to do so. I strongly suspect that the emotional scenes in this volume will work a lot better in the anime than they did here. I prefer You Shiina's artwork to the screenshots I've seen of the anime, but that's normal - Shiina's illustrations can have a level of detail that just wouldn't work in an animated series. Extras: A folded page with full-color illustrations on both sides, black-and-white illustrations throughout, a map of the portion of the town Myne has access to, a drawing of Myne's family's home, and six bonus stories. The bonus stories aren't really bonus - they continue the main story a bit, but from other characters' POVs. Hence my comment about authorial cheating. The POVs included: Tuuli, Leise, Benno (he lost a bunch of points with me in his short story - I'd thought he was a savvy merchant, but he's looking more and more like a reckless idiot), Mark (J-Novel Club made a mistake and used Benno's chapter's title as Mark's chapter's running head, oops), Lutz, and the guildmaster. You know, I can't recall if the guildmaster has ever been given a name. (Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    MC

    First off, let me deal with what I will not claim this series (both the original novels and the anime) to be. I will not claim that it is the greatest light novel ever. I will also not claim that it is the best "isekai" (transported to another world) story. I won't claim it isn't either. These are tastes up to each person, and I will not over-hype something, or under-hype it. Now, why go to the trouble to state the above disclaimer? Simple. I want to say that this really is a superb series, but i First off, let me deal with what I will not claim this series (both the original novels and the anime) to be. I will not claim that it is the greatest light novel ever. I will also not claim that it is the best "isekai" (transported to another world) story. I won't claim it isn't either. These are tastes up to each person, and I will not over-hype something, or under-hype it. Now, why go to the trouble to state the above disclaimer? Simple. I want to say that this really is a superb series, but in a way that avoids the hype that I've seen online about this series. I genuinely want folks to give it a go, and I know that hype aversion and hype backlash are real (and quite understandable, to be fair) and things that are over-hyped. I hope a more honest and low-key review will be useful to people. I quite enjoyed reading this light novel series, as well as watching the anime. I truly hope that anyone who reads this review will want to do so as well. So, with the disclaimer out of the way, here we go. Ascendance of a Bookworm is composed of various arcs, which the author then divides up into volumes. The first story arc is subtitled Daughter of a Soldier, and is comprised of three volumes. Each volume in this first arc will be reviewed herein, and then a few words in summary will be given. Part 1, Vol. 1 - The story begins with a recent college graduate in Japan, named Urano, who is still living at home while she prepares to begin a new life as a librarian. She is as excited as she can be about such things as she, no joking here, loves reading to an almost obsessive degree. The feel and smell of books, the words on the page, taking in information this way, it all appeals to her. She is, as the title says, a bookworm. On steroids, if you will. She has a separate room at her house she lives in with her mom that is basically dedicated to an unfathomable number of books. So many, that in a bit of black humor and sad situation all rolled into one, she is crushed to death by the books during an earthquake. I kid you not. She wakes up in a strange place with strange people and a strange body. She realizes that she is in the body of a very sickly girl in another world. And this girl, Myne, is not just incredibly sick, but quite poor, and worse of all, she has no books. Seriously, that is what she is upset the most about. But not one to be kept down, she begins to hatch a plan to live with these strangers and seek out a path towards getting books, even if she must make them herself. Even self-written books are better than nothing. Eventually, with the help of her family and her friend Lutz, she begins to make progress towards this goal, using the mysterious genius and knowledge little Myne somehow gained from her dreams. Really, this is the knowledge from her breadth of reading and crafts she did on her own and with her mother in her previus Urano life. But this is, of course, far from easy. She is, after all, quite sickly, and there is a reason for that which will be revealed later on. Moreover, the amount of effort that a small child can exert to finish such huge endeavors as she desires to do would be daunting even if she were actually in good health. This first volume, though it did much to move the story forward, was focused a lot on character development and world-building. But it was anything but boring. In that way, it was reminiscent of American fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. Like with Mr. Sanderson, Miya Kazuki has a knack for explaining the inner workings of her created world without it being tedious. In fact, she mixes in the right amount of slice of life elements to make it quite enjoyable. I will admit that the constant snootiness of Urano turned Myne towards her new world and family can be grating a bit, even if more than understandable. She is, after all, an adult trapped in a young child's body. Moreover, she comes from apparently upper-middle class modern Japan in our world to a poor medieval status in her new world. Obviously the culture shock will make things hard for her. This can be annoying. Though I didn't find it quite so bad as others I've seen mention this online seem to have found it. Thankfully, Kazuki makes this organic as a part of the development, has it be relatively short-lived, and has Myne change. Rating for Part 1, Vol. 1 - 5/5 Stars. Part 1, Vol. 2 - Vol. 2 begins with our main protagonists, Myne and Lutz, trying to fulfill the requirement from their potential employer and backer, Mr. Benno of the Gilberta Company, to present to him the new plant-based paper as a test to see if they will receive apprenticeships at his shop. As we saw in the previous volume, the society is one that has only progressed in the terms of paper to using parchment, or animal based paper. This plant-based paper is revolutionary as a concept just as it was in our own world, and though Mr. Benno has his doubts they can succeed, with Myne's other invention backing up the idea of her cleverness, he takes a risk. Of course, all is not exactly simple. Though she and Lutz have Benno helping them with the supplies and what not that she needs for her goals, she is still sickly, and her health problems are growing increasingly worrisome for her and others. On top of this, Lutz is growing more and more suspicious of the knowledge and that his formerly bedridden, homebody friend suddenly has. This and the next volume (up until it's resolution of this arc) is when things take a much darker turn. The fact that Myne can, and seems likely will, die is made clear. The idea that, given her status as not just a commoner, but a poor one, she would have to do things that a richer commoner might not to get the tools to survive is also laid bare. What keeps this from being too overly dark was how the authoress mixed in enough humor, characterization/character development, and happy plot developments to keep it from becoming depressing. We see Myne and Lutz gain their share of victories, and see happy moments amid the more depressing ones. Rating for Part 1, Vol. 2 - 4/5 Stars. Part 1, Vol. 3 - At the end of the last volume, things took a turn for the worse. Myne had a major attack of her illness, called the Devouring. It turns out this is a disease that is caused by out of control mana. In this world that Urano is reincarnated into, magic does, indeed, exist. Moreover, it is most often in nobles only. Sometimes, however, commoners have it, and it is implied that they have it in such amounts that it basically burns their bodies alive from the inside. In the midst of one such attack of the Devouring, little Myne nearly dies until her new friend, Frieda, gives her the use of a magic tool that absorbs the excess heat of her mana and thus preserves her life. Unfortunately, it is only a stop-gap measure. The Devouring can not be cured that easily. This merely extended her lifespan for about a year before the out of control raging mana threatens to kill her once more. Even worse, the magic tools the nobility is willing to sell to commoners are cheap ones that break after one use. Now, Myne is faced with a gut-wrenching choice. Either make a contract to a noble, becoming their slave essentially, or else die with her family after a year. She chooses the latter, and tries to reach her goals of helping her family out, helping Lutz in his aspirations and completing a book in that time. However, one poor choice on her part gives her a chance, however slim to live with her family. But if she isn't careful, it could turn into a nightmare where those she loves are in grave danger, and she could be enslaved anyways. This volume, ending the first arc, did a few things that were necessary. First of all, it fleshed out more the nature of not just Myne's disease, but also of how important this illness of hers is to the world at large. In so doing, it expanded the world even more. The world-building was cleverly woven into the plot so it wasn't just a boring infodump, but was a proper part of the larger narrative, and thus more compelling and interesting. Moreover, we were handed a view into the inner workings of characters like Benno. This is interesting stuff, as like with Spice & Wolf, it shows us that this "greedy merchant" actually has a heart and views Myne and Lutz as loved ones he puts above profits (though he is very much unwilling to admit this). Finally, this volume completed the process begun earlier in the arc of having Myne truly accept not just Lutz as a friend, but her family AS her family. When first awakening as Myne in the first volume, former Urano didn't love or care for these people and there seemed to be resentment against how they unknowingly disrespected her, as well snootiness against their poor lifestyles. That is gone, and Myne adores them. The sweetness of this was really one of the best parts for me. Rating for Part 1, Vol. 3 - 5/5 Stars. First Arc Summary - I know that this series, in both the word of mouth about the light novel and anime has gotten quite a bit of hype. As I said at the beginning of this review, I know that such things can cause some to react negatively. I understand that. I have done the same thing before. I hope that what I have written will help folks to understand how truly enjoyable and inventive this story is. Not because it has done something absolutely original. I imagine it has not, and that few things are truly "original" anymore. Works, whether fictional or non-fictional, tend to have elements be derivative. And that is fine, really. It is how such derivative elements are handled that makes a work a quality one or not. Not some appeal to originality. This story has some elements that make it a stand-out from recent isekai works. First of all, it is not with an all-powerful main character. Though she is extraordinarily powerful in mana, this is a bad thing for much of the story. She is poor in this new world, and doesn't have (at first) the nicest personality when she awakens as Myne. She also (supposedly, at least) is not a genius. She has to do enormous trial and error to recreate some of the ideas and inventions she read about or did in her previous life. I say "supposedly" as she seems to have pretty good recall of almost anything she has done or read of in the past. And she is very skilled at negotiation and understands foundational scientific principles in certain areas, as well as those in other fields. What makes this actually make sense is that her intellect is basically in the areas she cares or did care about, while she is hopeless in ones she did not. Books, crafts and stuff studied with her mom in her previous life, as well as knowledge that interested her she gleaned from books are things that she retains to a degree or another. Everything else, she is, well, kinda airheaded and dumb about. Perhaps one of the best things about this series - and this arc exemplifies this - is the interpersonal relationships and Myne's growing love for her family. Whether the father Gunther, mother Effa, or sister Tuli, the dynamic with her family is just as important as that with Lutz, Benno and others. In some ways, though they are minor characters, this interplay between them and Myne is more important. And this is another sign of the characterization. Gunther, Eff, and Tuli, as well as other the other folks in the story, all have distinct characterizations that are fully fleshed out in the narrative. As I have stated already, the world-building is quite interesting, well-thought out and was integrated well into the plot, and the characterization and character development are quite compelling. All of these, and other, factors, combine to make a truly terrific story and series. Ascendance of a Bookworm is a story that I certainly recommend heartily. Not as the greatest thing ever or some other massive over-hype, but as a really enjoyable and well-written tale. Rating for Ascendance of a Bookworm - Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier - 4/5 Stars. Note: There is one thing I wanted to get out of the way here. Some might find the story depressing under the idea that the original Myne dies and a different person, Urano, takes her place. That is, after all, what she and Lutz think. The author, Miya Kazuki, has stated that this is not the case. They are both the same soul with different personalities. Myne somehow ended up copying Urano's personality to cope with the pain of the Devouring, and that why Urano thinks she replaced Myne, but hasn't. They are the same person.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Peregrym

    Still enjoying the story, but the editing feels a bit weaker in this book than the last one. The plot is also in no hurry to get anywhere.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    The detailed and increasingly important arc toward using revitalized business acumen and a love for books to take over the world is becoming more and more apparent. Myne has survived her most recent bout with the Devouring. But now she's living on borrowed time. Naturally, existing on such a short leash, in such a tightly bound, class-based society, the little girl decides to go all out and have as much fun, make as many products, and amass as much money as she, Lutz, and Mr. Benno possibly can. The detailed and increasingly important arc toward using revitalized business acumen and a love for books to take over the world is becoming more and more apparent. Myne has survived her most recent bout with the Devouring. But now she's living on borrowed time. Naturally, existing on such a short leash, in such a tightly bound, class-based society, the little girl decides to go all out and have as much fun, make as many products, and amass as much money as she, Lutz, and Mr. Benno possibly can. Myne wants to be the ultimate librarian, but suppose she became the world's greatest innovator and businesswoman instead? ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #3 represents a uniquely unrelated but nevertheless interesting angling of the central narrative, relative to where the story began. This novel series was initially about a little girl searching for ways to create paper, through trial and error, given what rudimentary tools and resources were available to her. Now, she's embarking on a life full of curious and comical encounters with people whose ambition matches her own, if for different reasons or in different areas of industry. It's hard to imagine, now, reading a book about an infirm girl physically making paper with nothing to her name . . . but Kazuki has somehow woven together a character, her story, and her friends in a way that readers can genuinely nod and approve of the girl's growth thus far. Myne sure is busy. New innovations in papermaking, sewing, cooking (sweets!), business marketing, and more are on tap for the girl's recently incorporated workshop. It's a good thing Kazuki has sought to introduce additional characters to both help and compete with Myne, because things would get boring fast if the little girl went unopposed in all her success. The barriers to Myne's bookmaking are diverse. She must obtain working capital but is stymied by bureaucracy. She needs assistance but is limited to Lutz's help, which is all the more dire once the boy goes off to work on his own. She requires magical tools to beat back her illness, but the only viable solution rests in the hands of the corrupt religious institution on the other side of town. ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #3 has a few nice surprises along the way. One of the nicest touches being how Lutz's mother comes around to accepting her son's ambition. There have been moments where the boy's family simply hung around in the background as an incompetent foil . . . but here's to hoping the outgrowth of the character's family will contribute to an outgrowth in the character himself. Another key surprise concerns Myne's illness and whether she manages to successfully cope with its dangerous side effects. Who knows, maybe this weak little girl is more than just an entrepreneur. She may just have the instinct worthy of saving all of Ehrefest.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bernard

    The end of the first story arc and I'm not reading any more of the books. Once again, the painfully slow and boring actions continue. Later in the book, we finally get some movement. We could all guess how this story was going to go long before reading about it. Honestly, the payoff just wasn't there. All of the boring moments by average boring people basically added up to a minor ripple in the story telling... This series isn't a bad series, it just doesn't have excitement or a lot of originality The end of the first story arc and I'm not reading any more of the books. Once again, the painfully slow and boring actions continue. Later in the book, we finally get some movement. We could all guess how this story was going to go long before reading about it. Honestly, the payoff just wasn't there. All of the boring moments by average boring people basically added up to a minor ripple in the story telling... This series isn't a bad series, it just doesn't have excitement or a lot of originality. The main character isn't all that impressive, and the stories of those around her aren't all that interesting either. The nicest thing I can say about the series is that I made it through the first arc...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Card

    tl;dr Series continues vastly the same, the emotional development is nice, the final plot part comes out of seemingly nowhere. For the most part, this was the same as volume 2. The plot for part 2 (note that this series has parts, so vol 1-3 = part 1, the next four are part 2) of the series was introduced quite suddenly, it feels a bit out of nowhere, but it works to make part 1 end on a climactic moment. This volume very nicely showed Myne's emotional development as a character and how coming to tl;dr Series continues vastly the same, the emotional development is nice, the final plot part comes out of seemingly nowhere. For the most part, this was the same as volume 2. The plot for part 2 (note that this series has parts, so vol 1-3 = part 1, the next four are part 2) of the series was introduced quite suddenly, it feels a bit out of nowhere, but it works to make part 1 end on a climactic moment. This volume very nicely showed Myne's emotional development as a character and how coming to a new world has changed her, however, it doesn't seem to show much or any development in her skills. I was a little disappointed in that, but I liked the development they did show, so it was alright. Bonus points too for having one of my absolute favourite and potentially the single funniest scene in the entire series. Overall, I have to say, I greatly enjoyed part 1 of this series. As awkwardly written and translated as it is, there is something unique about it, and once Myne's strengths are balanced out and she stops feeling too op in volume 2, it's a highly enjoyable series. The characters all grew on me despite some of their dialogue suffering from the writing/translation, I feel like the creator must have had a thorough image of them and even with the struggles in putting those images into an English text (at whichever step that happened), it shone through. The side stories that aren't from Myne's POV help a looot with that, and are generally some of my favourite parts. They give every character their own story and their own place in the world and it makes everyone feel like they are real people that don't just exist to accommodate Myne's story. I mean, even the chef that works for a friend of Myne has a backstory. Even Benno's butler has a backstory. And Benno's backstory really made him an interesting character for me. I'm looking forward to part 2!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blank

    Even after up till this point I am still enthralled by Myne's ideas and determination. This volume served as the closing of the paper making arc along with a glimpse of how the story is gonna be and it is not disappointing at all. There is no new character but instead, we get more of Benno's and Mark's past, the reason why he chooses to support Myne so much and, if you read the side story, guild master side of the story of the incident which causes the year-long "conflict" of Benno versus guild m Even after up till this point I am still enthralled by Myne's ideas and determination. This volume served as the closing of the paper making arc along with a glimpse of how the story is gonna be and it is not disappointing at all. There is no new character but instead, we get more of Benno's and Mark's past, the reason why he chooses to support Myne so much and, if you read the side story, guild master side of the story of the incident which causes the year-long "conflict" of Benno versus guild master. On the world-building side, we start to see more of the country and the state of the Kingdom. For example, there is another country called Sovereignty, and judging by how the story goes, this country might be our center of attention in the near future. Continuing from the previous volume, we see more of magic here and not only magic tools this time. Even though for me, the existence of magic in this series is not that important (yet !) but it is a nice reminder that this book is supposed to be a fantasy-realism book and not just about a crazed bookworm trying to create book~~. If you have read up till the previous chapter, you should read this ! and even if you don't, start read this series immediately, especially if you into slow-but-interesting kind of book! I'm going to read the next volume soon, hope the quality is still as good as this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Myne is up to her usual shenanigans. She doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut. Even with everything she knows and has been learning she lets things slip that she might have wanted to keep quiet about... to the point of even offering to become a Apprentice Shine Maiden at the temple without having any clue what that actually entails solely because the Temple has a library! If you're a fan then you know what to expect, but this volume is full of even more of it. While the series did start a tad Myne is up to her usual shenanigans. She doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut. Even with everything she knows and has been learning she lets things slip that she might have wanted to keep quiet about... to the point of even offering to become a Apprentice Shine Maiden at the temple without having any clue what that actually entails solely because the Temple has a library! If you're a fan then you know what to expect, but this volume is full of even more of it. While the series did start a tad slow, but was interesting, this one is still very interesting but a lot of the character introduction has been accomplished and that space can be devoted to the story. Never fear, Myne and the rest of the gang will fill your reading time with plenty of fun and interesting things. The shorts at the end were pretty good. Most of them gave a good perspective from some of the supporting cast which was fun to see. I am certainly looking forward to part II of the series. Verdict: Best of Part I, lots more going on while still setting the world up for even more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    TheBookishHobbit

    I finished this a while ago, sorry it took so long lol! Summary: This is the final installment of the first part of this seires! Myne's baptism is closing in fast as she now has to pick what her career would be given the circumstances. However, something extraordinary happens on her baptism that will change her life forever! I thought this was a nice conclusion to the series and I am looking forwards to what part two has to offer. Overall an enjoyable series that has become one of my favorite ligh I finished this a while ago, sorry it took so long lol! Summary: This is the final installment of the first part of this seires! Myne's baptism is closing in fast as she now has to pick what her career would be given the circumstances. However, something extraordinary happens on her baptism that will change her life forever! I thought this was a nice conclusion to the series and I am looking forwards to what part two has to offer. Overall an enjoyable series that has become one of my favorite light novel series! :D

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    This one started slowly. And especially around the Temple got real complicated. The short stories at the end were much better. They really added a lot to the story. And though a little stilted, they were written with a different tone to them to capture each of the characters. Myne is still a real nut. But lovable. And the world just keeps on getting richer. Have the next two books sitting just waiting to be read too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    The plot picks up towards the end. Once again it's just a charming, but really slow moving, story. I think the ending was a good change of pace and I think the story is moving in a more interesting direction. I do like the merchant aspect of the books a lot but sometimes it can get a little repetitive and dull. The plot picks up towards the end. Once again it's just a charming, but really slow moving, story. I think the ending was a good change of pace and I think the story is moving in a more interesting direction. I do like the merchant aspect of the books a lot but sometimes it can get a little repetitive and dull.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Everything is getting heated up! Wow so much happened in this book and 2 of my fav scenes in the story brought me to tears. I'm so excited to see how she does dealing more with nobles and the church. Most of all i love her father and his passion to protect his family and encourage her in her dreams. (He's also probably the funniest character.) Once again highly recommend! Everything is getting heated up! Wow so much happened in this book and 2 of my fav scenes in the story brought me to tears. I'm so excited to see how she does dealing more with nobles and the church. Most of all i love her father and his passion to protect his family and encourage her in her dreams. (He's also probably the funniest character.) Once again highly recommend!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Enjoyable progression of the story. I especially enjoyed the short stories, from the viewpoint of other characters, at the end. It gives a better feel to each of them and their thoughts and interest in Myne.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin Wert

    Anxious to start Part 2 and see what happens next! Which, I know is available now with the official translation, but I'm excited to dive into my brother's private translation project again in the new year. His translation notes are sometimes as fascinating and enjoyable as the story itself. Anxious to start Part 2 and see what happens next! Which, I know is available now with the official translation, but I'm excited to dive into my brother's private translation project again in the new year. His translation notes are sometimes as fascinating and enjoyable as the story itself.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Pimm

    A great continuation of the two previous books. As someone who discovered the anime adaption first, I’m extremely happy with the details that the novels add to it. The world building is excellent as it slowly uncovers more and more of the world Myne lives in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theri

    I really love these books! An especially great part about them are the extra chapters, in which the view of other characters is shown and explained, because of that one can get a way better understanding of the reasons for their actions. It's definitely worth reading the whole series! I really love these books! An especially great part about them are the extra chapters, in which the view of other characters is shown and explained, because of that one can get a way better understanding of the reasons for their actions. It's definitely worth reading the whole series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    S

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. More details the anime or the manga. Nice side stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yudi Lee

    amazing story, really like bonus chapters

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maxina Storibrook

    Amazing! Great story as usual! I’m still absolutely loving these books. I can’t wait to see what happens to Myne next. Definitely a great read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Little Myne's life continues to make unseen twists and turns. Little Myne's life continues to make unseen twists and turns.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane Sladden

    Very enjoyable The story is fascinating especially translated from Japanese. Myne is a wonderful character who just pulls you along as she struggles with her own limitations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    My husband is translating it from Japanese, and that's what I'm reading! My husband is translating it from Japanese, and that's what I'm reading!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catloveless

    i absolutely adore this series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hinde

    Now we're getting somewhere. Some conflict, risk... even some action. Now we're getting somewhere. Some conflict, risk... even some action.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    4.00 🍰 Yaaasss we are getting Myne at the shrine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Faith Troupe

    Love this

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Yep, still loving this! It's super slow burn but the story does move and even though Myne makes same kind of mistakes several times (well, some of them are mistakes only in the eyes of Benno, heh), she eventually learns to be more careful. I mean, it's nice she's a good person and not super selfish in how she wants everybody to enjoy books and sweets and other stuff she introduces to the world she now lives in, but like Benno tells her again and again, that could bring danger/trouble to her (and Yep, still loving this! It's super slow burn but the story does move and even though Myne makes same kind of mistakes several times (well, some of them are mistakes only in the eyes of Benno, heh), she eventually learns to be more careful. I mean, it's nice she's a good person and not super selfish in how she wants everybody to enjoy books and sweets and other stuff she introduces to the world she now lives in, but like Benno tells her again and again, that could bring danger/trouble to her (and let's be real, he wants the profit too). And I want her to be able to bring the wonder of books to all! There's several vignettes from perspective of other characters as bonus content at the end. They were nice as they showed new sides to some characters or just told us readers more about their thoughts of the matters. And as Kazuki says in the afterword, there are some bits that play into the next book. But they are not as fun as Myne's pow of course. The books in the next part will expand Myne's world tremendously it seems and I'm excited to see what happens next and if Myne will get to read the temple's books! Even though there's a lot of other stuff Myne does besides her quest for books, and she has realized there are now other important things for her too, I'm glad the books are still big big love for her and in the core of it all.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aelvana

    After her worst episode yet, Myne is forced to confront the illness that's bound to kill her if she doesn't do something. The problem is that her choices are extremely limited---and the best option for survival involves giving up the one thing she finds she isn't willing to lose. In the time left to her, she's determined to do as much as she can . . . and finds that sometimes opportunities come in surprising packages. After where the last book left off, this one immediately resolves the worst of After her worst episode yet, Myne is forced to confront the illness that's bound to kill her if she doesn't do something. The problem is that her choices are extremely limited---and the best option for survival involves giving up the one thing she finds she isn't willing to lose. In the time left to her, she's determined to do as much as she can . . . and finds that sometimes opportunities come in surprising packages. After where the last book left off, this one immediately resolves the worst of it, while presenting Myne with a grim prognosis. It's interesting to see how this struggle has left Myne aware of what's really important to her---and that isn't only books. I like how this book fleshes out Lutz, Benno, Frieda, and other secondary characters too, as they all deal with the news in their own fashion. I also like how Lutz in particular is holding on to his dreams. They are HIS dreams, even though Myne is the reason he's achieving them. Even with the serious undertones, there's plenty of humor. Myne has a tendency to get wild ideas about things she wants to do and go about doing them, disregarding whatever upsets she might cause along the way. This has particular implications closer to the end, when her baptism ceremony shows her something she never thought she'd see. One thing I haven't touched on so far are the illustrations. The art is gorgeous, and I particularly appreciate how the male characters also get plenty of focus, which allows me to see what the whole cast looks like instead of just the girls. I also want to say, for the record, I am completely on Benno's side when it comes to the Guildmaster. Benno accurately perceived his actions as wanting to take over Benno's family store, because regardless of what the Guildmaster says, that's what would have happened. And the fact that the Guildmaster wouldn't let it go, and then obstructed Benno out of petty spite on various issues because he couldn't take being told no, and he mostly wants to stop Benno from selling various things because he's determined Benno runs a CLOTHING store and nothing else . . . I really hope Benno drives him bankrupt. Overall this closes out the first major arc of the story. The way it sets up the future hints at a lot of amusing situations to come, and it will be fun now that Myne has a whole new set of people to drive crazy. I rate this book Recommended. See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hisham El-far

    Volume 3 of this story arc sees Myne send further shockwaves through the city's economy as she follows her plan to bring books to the world. There's a lot in this book including numerous great short stories told from the PoV of other characters that help to set things up for the next story arc. I've loved this series so far, it's a wonderful Isekai/Slice Of Life series that has consistently been very enjoyable to read. I can't wait for part 2, volume 1. 5 stars. Volume 3 of this story arc sees Myne send further shockwaves through the city's economy as she follows her plan to bring books to the world. There's a lot in this book including numerous great short stories told from the PoV of other characters that help to set things up for the next story arc. I've loved this series so far, it's a wonderful Isekai/Slice Of Life series that has consistently been very enjoyable to read. I can't wait for part 2, volume 1. 5 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Valimont

    Another great book Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 3 is another great entry to the series. I can’t wait to read the next installment

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