An Otaku’s Guide to Starting Light Novel

Growing up, I had a very low attention span for reading books. No matter how interesting the plot was, my thoughts would somehow drift to another topic as my eyes wandered aimlessly over the page. No matter what I tried, there just wasn’t enough Western literature that suited my taste.

Considering I’d been watching anime and reading manga, you’d think that reading light novels would be an easy next step. But I’d always had the bias that light novels were mainly for guys. I only saw harem novels translated before, so you might understand why I’d been staying away from that side of Japanese culture, as much as possible.

If you have that same impression I had or just bored and want something new to entertain yourselves, please read the below light novel recommendations (do keep an open mind as these are fan-translated):

1. My Death Flag shows no Signs of Stopping by Izumi

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Web Novel,
NovelUpdates,
Amazon

Kazuki, a normal university student, wakes up to find himself in a game. Unfortunately, he is placed inside the mind of Harold Stokes, the most reviled character in the game. Equipped with the world’s worst auto-correct feature, Harold (Kazuki) attempts to survive the game world while unknowingly triggering death flags due to misunderstandings along the way.

If you like the first book, please support the author by buying the other 2 books in Amazon.
Book 2
Book 3

2. I Reincarnated into An Otome Game as a Villainess with Only Destruction Flags by Hidaka Nami

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Web Novel,
NovelUpdates,
Amazon

After an accident, Katarina realizes that she has reincarnated as a villain from an otome game in her previous life. In order to prevent her destruction, she takes steps to bettering herself. Her methods are downright stupid but she somehow manages to pull through without realizing it herself. A light-hearted story about a girl who doesn’t realize what’s actually happening around her.

If you like the first book, please support the author by buying the other books in Amazon.
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5

Honorable Mention:
The Probability I Can Kill My Wife Without Being Found Out by Hiroro

Web Novel,
NovelUpdates

A man enters into a marriage of convenience with his wife so that his grandfather’s company can be saved. With the husband openly telling his wife that there’s a possibility he’ll kill her and inherit her money in the future, it’s a very unconventional marriage to say the least. It doesn’t help that his soon-to-be-bride nonchalantly replies that she’s perfectly fine with that. After all, there’s a chance she’ll make him fall for her before that.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t have a book, but if you liked this story, please also read the alternate story, A Game to Make Him Fall, Web Novel, NovelUpdates


What do you think about this article? Leave a comment on other recommendations, please. 🙂

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