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With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly batt With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly battle the weakness of her own body. But with her love for books burning in her heart, she gives her all to her new apprentice duties. Thus begins part two of this bibliofantasy!


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With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly batt With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly battle the weakness of her own body. But with her love for books burning in her heart, she gives her all to her new apprentice duties. Thus begins part two of this bibliofantasy!

30 review for Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Balaggan

    As always I am left in awe! The worst part about this series is how it always leaves me without words. After reading such an amazing tale of Myne and company with such descriptive language, metaphors out the wazoo, and a tone that seems to calm me to no end I honestly feel like there are no words to properly describe just how amazing this book is. If you are looking for something to read that is light hearted at times and heart wrenching when it needs to be, something that may warm you soul, and As always I am left in awe! The worst part about this series is how it always leaves me without words. After reading such an amazing tale of Myne and company with such descriptive language, metaphors out the wazoo, and a tone that seems to calm me to no end I honestly feel like there are no words to properly describe just how amazing this book is. If you are looking for something to read that is light hearted at times and heart wrenching when it needs to be, something that may warm you soul, and something that will make you laugh yourself off your chair this is the series for you, stop reading this review and start reading Ascendance of a Bookworm!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aelvana

    Myne has at last gotten close enough to books to read them---even if it did require her to join the temple. But she soon finds her position involves more than just quiet days of paperwork and reading---her mandatory assistants want nothing to do with her, and the temple is hiding some ugly secrets. For his part, Lutz is managing well in his apprenticeship, but his family relationships are falling apart because of it. The two of them have a long road ahead . . . Although Myne has her share of inte Myne has at last gotten close enough to books to read them---even if it did require her to join the temple. But she soon finds her position involves more than just quiet days of paperwork and reading---her mandatory assistants want nothing to do with her, and the temple is hiding some ugly secrets. For his part, Lutz is managing well in his apprenticeship, but his family relationships are falling apart because of it. The two of them have a long road ahead . . . Although Myne has her share of interesting events, Lutz is really the star of this book for me. I love how the High Priest basically intervenes because his calculator lost efficiency, but he gives Myne a great lesson about listening to all sides in a problem before jumping to conclusions. Lutz has been suffering because he can't communicate effectively with people who don't want to listen, and because he can't read minds. And I LOVE that Lutz's dad gets called out for his own terrible communication and the damage his assumptions has caused. It's also fun how the High Priest has become yet another adult Myne inadvertently drives crazy. She's so helpful to him both financially and abilities-wise that he gets a little more involved with her than I think he intended, and her differing points of view as well as her frail health mean he's often thrown out of sorts trying to manage her. Overall this was another solid volume. Myne is starting to make ripples in larger ways now, and her choices impact more people than ever. I'm looking forward to where this goes next. I rate this book Recommended. See my reviews and more at https://offtheshelfreviews.wordpress....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Faith Troupe

    As someone who watched the anime there are just a couple of things that have changed to fit the anime format. It was good and I can’t wait to get to the next book so I can catch up with the anime so I can know what happens next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hisham El-far

    The first book of the second arc of this adorkable light novel series sees our protagonist enter the temple as a Blue Robe amd begin to navigate the treacherous and twisting political waters of the nobility. I love this series and can't wait for more. The first book of the second arc of this adorkable light novel series sees our protagonist enter the temple as a Blue Robe amd begin to navigate the treacherous and twisting political waters of the nobility. I love this series and can't wait for more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Valimont

    This is a great series This is a great series. I’m enjoying this series more and more with new volume. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Philip Brown

    Continues its heartwarming tale This story is wonderfully charming even after a bit of a dark twist. Can't wait for the next book to be translated! Continues its heartwarming tale This story is wonderfully charming even after a bit of a dark twist. Can't wait for the next book to be translated!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    If all the world's problems were merely obstacles on the path toward personal enlightenment, then surely they could be solved, either individually or en totem, by an enterprising little girl in search of the resources to build her very own library. As readers stumble into ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #4, Myne kickstarts a new chapter in her quest, namely that of working in service of a local temple and thereby annoying, frustrating, and terrifying everyone she encounters there. The previous volume co If all the world's problems were merely obstacles on the path toward personal enlightenment, then surely they could be solved, either individually or en totem, by an enterprising little girl in search of the resources to build her very own library. As readers stumble into ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #4, Myne kickstarts a new chapter in her quest, namely that of working in service of a local temple and thereby annoying, frustrating, and terrifying everyone she encounters there. The previous volume concluded with an interesting and clever twist: Myne's illness is actually a source of strength. It turns out "the Devouring" is not a lack of mana but an overabundance of it. Myne's presence at the temple offers her a solution or two for offloading all that extra mana without succumbing to the radical and debilitating fevers that have truncated her youth thus far. Problematic, however, is that nobody at the temple trusts her: the High Priest, cool and detached, finds the child helpful but troublesome; the High Bishop, stoked on power, has his spies everywhere; and the remaining blue-robed priests, nobles, despise the girl on account of her humble socioeconomic status. Myne's quest to produce paper, to fund a workshop for constructing books, to raise the community's literacy, and so mu h more, appear only in the distance. Thankfully, this blue-haired dynamo is full of surprises. ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #4 invests much of its energy in cultivating the relationship between Myne and the High Priest. This alliance feels obligatory for much of the novel but soon proves necessary, as the girl abruptly and expertly conjures a plan that will see her purse fill whereupon the children of the temple's orphanage are provided training at the hands of her workshop and personal attendants. The novel series' pivot to a location of religious or spiritual importance may prove uninteresting for some readers, but the author is clearly having fun with the turn of events. From the outlandish and idiotic liturgy to the nonsensical and mixed-up history-of-the-gods, the "temple" is many things to many people: a treasure chest for bored old men, a hole in the wall to toss away disposable children, a rest stop for ignoble nobles, and so forth. Myne's constant questioning and flagrant ignorance of the established order of things is going to ruin somebody's day -- maybe, in the end, everyone's. It's also fun to see the author has maintained the blunt and straightforward writing style from earlier in the series. While ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM #4 unfolds in a very day-to-day and moment-to-moment, matter-of-fact manner, there remain bits and pieces of resolute charm. For example, when Myne becomes lightheaded after skipping lunch (to read a book), she's made to lie down on a bench to rest. After a while, the girl tries sitting up but realizes, hilariously, "since I couldn't move my body very well, I rolled right off the entire bench" (p. 90). Whoops. And when the girl delays furnishing her room at the temple in favor food and bookkeeping, she things everything is going swell until she grows weary: "Considering how often I collapsed, it would probably be smart to get a mattress at some point" (p. 201). This volume adds a heaping of secondary characters, each reticent to help the protagonist in her quest but later acquiescing to her drive and ambition. And while there are plenty of detours on Myne's apparent path toward librarian-based excellence, there is surely little harm in feeding the poor, attempting to enrich her spirituality, and adding a few new inventions to this not-so-modern world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I think this has probably been my favorite so far. The first 3 volumes comprising one story arc gave me enough background and build-up as well as having its own fine story... but dang what Kazuki-sensei does with it is pretty cool. Myne is an apprentice Shrine Maiden (blue robe even though she's not a noble) and that in and of itself shows off several times things in this world. To me the differences in class are even more pronounced than before when she needed magical objects to survive. But it I think this has probably been my favorite so far. The first 3 volumes comprising one story arc gave me enough background and build-up as well as having its own fine story... but dang what Kazuki-sensei does with it is pretty cool. Myne is an apprentice Shrine Maiden (blue robe even though she's not a noble) and that in and of itself shows off several times things in this world. To me the differences in class are even more pronounced than before when she needed magical objects to survive. But it is precisely because she's not an arrogant noble snob that she's able to see things that ought to change and works to change them. This little girl has plans to turn this fantasy world on its ear and has already started. All the while still being a person with some selfish desires (she really just wants to read in peace and make books) grounding the story in a way most isekai just don't have. Myne isn't the only one who sees some growth, Lutz has his only arc in this book and it was good to see that too. Verdict: If you're reading Ascendance already then you should love this one. If you haven't started, circle back and pick up the first three. Very worth it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blank

    Joining the temple isn't as simple as it seems. Myne has lots of things to deal with now, ranging from wild attendants to learn the etiquette of noble ( which is as Myne said, troublesome ). The story in this novel is more about Lutz rather than Myne and her creations. I like the change of focus from solving production problems to solving family relationship problems. I like how the author cares about other characters other than Myne. Every character here is growing, even a side character like Lut Joining the temple isn't as simple as it seems. Myne has lots of things to deal with now, ranging from wild attendants to learn the etiquette of noble ( which is as Myne said, troublesome ). The story in this novel is more about Lutz rather than Myne and her creations. I like the change of focus from solving production problems to solving family relationship problems. I like how the author cares about other characters other than Myne. Every character here is growing, even a side character like Lutz family is included. However, I can't help but notice that Myne's condition is too good. There is no enemy whatsoever in the series. The only person who comes close to the enemy so far is the High Bishop, but he does not even appear in this volume. Maybe it is time to add some difficulties? Story and character aside, the writing is as good as ever. I've finished the novel without me releasing it, and left me wanting for more!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Good start to the next phase in the story. Just like normal the story felt a little meandering and slow which isn't such a bad thing. I like the feeling of reading it and feeling like I'm just bumbling along with the characters in their daily life. The book did pick up a bit when it was talking about the orphanage. Up to this point I wouldn't call this series dark at all so I almost had whiplash when it started describing it. It was a little unsettling but maybe it's the story trying to be more s Good start to the next phase in the story. Just like normal the story felt a little meandering and slow which isn't such a bad thing. I like the feeling of reading it and feeling like I'm just bumbling along with the characters in their daily life. The book did pick up a bit when it was talking about the orphanage. Up to this point I wouldn't call this series dark at all so I almost had whiplash when it started describing it. It was a little unsettling but maybe it's the story trying to be more serious than it has been up to this point. Once again we end the book with going back to Lutz' storyline which I don't really mind too much since I like the character but I'm noticing a pattern of male characters dominating the plot while the female ones fade into the background. Especially when Myne is the main character and this series is written by a woman, I wish it the female characters would have more of a presence. In any case, I'm looking forward to the next book like always.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Just keeps getting better and better! I've been blitzing through these books so fast my husband asked if i was possed by Myne lol. This one especially i couldn't put down. Seeing the contrast of the nobles imo evil views and practices towards the orphanage and Mynes decisions regarding it were soo good. I felt so strongly for her attendants and the orphans. Also lutz's story and growth in this book were phenomenal. Just keeps getting better and better! I've been blitzing through these books so fast my husband asked if i was possed by Myne lol. This one especially i couldn't put down. Seeing the contrast of the nobles imo evil views and practices towards the orphanage and Mynes decisions regarding it were soo good. I felt so strongly for her attendants and the orphans. Also lutz's story and growth in this book were phenomenal.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Pimm

    I’m absolutely in love with all of the characters. Even though we have started a new chapter in Myne’s life with new characters introduced, the other characters are not forgotten. Several times while reading I had to just take a moment and try to stop laughing. Great continuation to the series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Another good one. And life at the Temple is not really what I expected. The new characters add quite a bit. Pretty much the story is extending well in multiple directions. The short stories at the end also remain good. And finally we are getting the beginning of a view into the world around the city. Definitely not your typical civilization building book or your learning academy book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a fun book, more world building since Myne's world became bigger. I was super annoyed by the fact that this European seeming culture hadn't discovered bread made with yeast? Or vegetable soup? I guess I need to suspend my disbelief because this is an alternate world. It was a fun book, more world building since Myne's world became bigger. I was super annoyed by the fact that this European seeming culture hadn't discovered bread made with yeast? Or vegetable soup? I guess I need to suspend my disbelief because this is an alternate world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shirlee Chia

    個人覺得比第一部更精彩。劇情更緊湊,涉獵的範疇也更廣大。看著梅茵/麗乃慢慢地、在乎的人事物變得更多;也開始更像個有血有肉的人類讓人很欣慰。

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theri

    This was a great start in part 2, I desperately need to read the rest of these wonderful books!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Love these and it’s now progressing beyond previous media of this series that I had consumed in a different format. Looking forward to more!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Myne is changing her world, will she be safe from those who wish the status quo remain intact?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    很喜歡這次的多莉短篇

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maxina Storibrook

    Great read! Don’t miss out! Don’t pass up this story! Once you pick it up, you will never want to put it down. Definitely one of my favorites.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eressea

    20200204 購入KOBO版 -- 20181210 借自新竹市圖 剛借到一天內就看完了,第二部第二集還在排隊預約Orz 世界觀進一步拓展開來 梅茵進入貴族社會後又要全部重新學一遍規矩 於是繼續當雷包到處出錯 第二部開局少了硬派求生劇沒有第一部那麼好看了 但在溫馨日常裡,強烈暗示神殿性奴隸的存在 作者還是滿有哽的啊 什麼時候主角才要從雷包進化成自走砲呢?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 第二部的開始,マイン開始接受跟下町完全不同的神殿價值觀,又要開始爆炸了!開始時先讓フラン知道神官長沒有拋棄他,用美食,不,用「不勞動者不給食」收服了ギル,嗯,デリア感覺沒有搞定,只是告訴她這裡不需要捧花愛幹就幹不幹就走的感覺吧。這樣就收穫了3隻隨從了。 這裡慢慢帶入了貴族的世界,但是其實因為神殿是封閉的地方,接觸到的貴族知識都是有誤的,就慢慢看下去吧。神殿長好像除了派些垃圾給マイン好像也沒有舉動,也許都是フェルディナンド在保護她吧。後來マイン接手了孤兒院的爛攤子,讓他們不致於餓死的部分也挺好看的。至少能靠自己的雙手換取食物了呢! 最後就是ルッツ的家庭糾紛。感覺這裡很現實地還原了家庭溝通不足引起的誤會,把話說清楚就能避免一個家庭破碎,多麼簡單又難以實現的道理! ss裡面的トゥーリ在マイン的影響下也開始有自己的目標了,這樣的人是下町留不住的,加油啊!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yudi Lee

    Great story building and development of character

  24. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    Now I'm following this series on J-Novel Club's site as a paid member. They post first drafts to crowd surf their editing, I believe. Many typos abound. However, this story is still a gem. Myne has now been maneuvered into becoming a shrine maiden in order to preserve her life. I worried that shifting to a new location with new characters would be jarring, but Kazuki handled the transition deftly. I introduced my daughter to this series tonight. She loved it so much, she binged all five episodes Now I'm following this series on J-Novel Club's site as a paid member. They post first drafts to crowd surf their editing, I believe. Many typos abound. However, this story is still a gem. Myne has now been maneuvered into becoming a shrine maiden in order to preserve her life. I worried that shifting to a new location with new characters would be jarring, but Kazuki handled the transition deftly. I introduced my daughter to this series tonight. She loved it so much, she binged all five episodes in one go, giggling and cheering the entire time. I was very pleased she enjoyed the show as much as I did, albeit with less giggling than she does.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Coral Reeves

    I Need More! I was so invested in Lutz's dilemma! Great work, Kazuki-sensei! Myne's character is so flawed in both a human and weird way! I Need More! I was so invested in Lutz's dilemma! Great work, Kazuki-sensei! Myne's character is so flawed in both a human and weird way!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Feen

    4 stars. my final review of the decade is this, its a slow heartwarming story of a girl transported to another world desperately seeking something the new world didn't have and doing anything in her power to get what she wants. the girl is obsessed with books and if she can't have them, she will make them, which is the entire premise of the story. at first, i was just watching the anime thinking it'll be another generic one but as i continued to get more invested with the characters i've come to 4 stars. my final review of the decade is this, its a slow heartwarming story of a girl transported to another world desperately seeking something the new world didn't have and doing anything in her power to get what she wants. the girl is obsessed with books and if she can't have them, she will make them, which is the entire premise of the story. at first, i was just watching the anime thinking it'll be another generic one but as i continued to get more invested with the characters i've come to understand and even empathize with the girl's relentless want for her books. it made me realize that i too have something i want that dearly, but i'm not sure if my passion for it is as great as hers or will ever be. i read it in 2 days and i skipped the first 3 volumes cuz i alr watched the anime. hope you have a happy new decade and find something to be as passionate abt as this girl is for her books. cuz i am.

  27. 4 out of 5

    E

    Really enjoying this series. Unlike a lot of isekai, while Myne has some knowledge others in the world don't have, she isn't ridiculously overpowered, and relies heavily on friends and family to achieve her goal. This cast of supporting characters, and the line of humour that runs through the book, are what I really like about it. Liking the direction of this arc, now set in the temple, and looking forward to seeing where it goes. Really enjoying this series. Unlike a lot of isekai, while Myne has some knowledge others in the world don't have, she isn't ridiculously overpowered, and relies heavily on friends and family to achieve her goal. This cast of supporting characters, and the line of humour that runs through the book, are what I really like about it. Liking the direction of this arc, now set in the temple, and looking forward to seeing where it goes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hyperion

    Just got caught up with this series this month, and I gotta say, this has been an absolute joy to read. If you're a fan of slow-life stories or want a non-traditional, wholesome isekai, then I'd highly recommend giving this a try. Just got caught up with this series this month, and I gotta say, this has been an absolute joy to read. If you're a fan of slow-life stories or want a non-traditional, wholesome isekai, then I'd highly recommend giving this a try.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alessio

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom S

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