Ascendance of a Bookworm - Part 1

Alt title: Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen - Part 1

Vol: 7; Ch: 33
2015 - 2018
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Ascendance of a Bookworm - Part 1

A certain college girl who's loved books ever since she was a little girl dies in an accident and is reborn in another world she knows nothing about. She is now Maine, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she's been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don't exist. She'd have to pay an enormous amounts of money to buy one. Maine resolves herself: If there aren't any books, she'll just have to make them! Her goal is to become a librarian. This story begins with her quest to make books so she can live surrounded by them! Dive into this biblio-fantasy written for book lovers and bookworms!

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Myne's soul was transported to the body of a sickly girl in another world, a world without books. For a bookworm, this is unacceptable. So fe decides that if books aren't readily available to commoners, then fe'll just have to make books femself. The paper of this world is parchment using animal skin, and this can be expensive, so fe tries out various other primitive paper-making methods from our world. In many ways, this manga functions as an educational guide of techniques on how to make paper or paper-adjacent products: papyrus, clay tablets, wooden slips, and finally what's referred to as "Japanese paper." Myne also introduces innovations in weaving, knitting, cooking, and hygiene. By this world's standards (that judges a woman's beauty based on feir household skills), Myne is probably the most beautiful girl. Which makes Lutz, the boy who acts as feir strength because feir body's too weak, the luckiest boy in the city since fe gets to be in a close relationship with fem. Primarily, the manga focuses on Myne and Lutz working to make in-roads in the merchant world (first through Otto, then through Benno). For this portion of the manga, we see Myne's skill as a negotiator as well as feir apparent genius. Though fe's too considerate of feir customers for Benno's tastes, and fe has to constantly be reminded to be a bit more cutthroat. The second major focus of the manga is Myne's sickness, which is called the Consuming. It's difficult for Myne to even walk too far without getting out of breath. And it seems like every couple chapters fe comes down with a fever and is bedridden for a few days. Through perseverance, determination, and a lot of support from Lutz (and feir family) fe's able to work through the debilitation toward accomplishing feir goals. By including the tension of fem wanting to put in 100% effort into accomplishing feir goals (a very common manga cliche) but being unable to put in even 10% effort or else fe'd risk straining feir body and coming down with a fever, the manga becomes much more interesting. It turns what could've been a mediocre isekai story into something much more captivating.

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