Novel difficulty list

This is a list of novels, both light novels and traditional novels, ranked by their difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very easy and 10 is very hard. You can use it to find the most appropriate novel to read based on how good your Japanese is.

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Cover of "Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
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"Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na" to Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta no de, Outo de Kimama ni Kurashitai
Length (in words)70889
Unique words7691
Unique words (used once)3466
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1694
Unique kanji (used once)263
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters165854
Volumes1
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Cover of 1Q84
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1Q84
Length (in words)403886
Unique words18497
Unique words (used once)7070
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji2359
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters954306
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Cover of 5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
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5 Fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu
Length (in words)84362
Unique words9046
Unique words (used once)4150
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1635
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters194907
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Cover of 52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
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52 Hertz no Kujiratachi
Length (in words)54569
Unique words6121
Unique words (used once)2944
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1674
Unique kanji (used once)345
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters128369
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Cover of 86
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86
Length (in words)509974
Unique words21550
Unique words (used once)6943
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2726
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty10/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters1142977
Volumes9
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Cover of A Certain Magical Index
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A Certain Magical Index
Length (in words)1258326
Unique words30825
Unique words (used once)8951
Unique words (used once %)29%
Unique kanji2703
Unique kanji (used once)251
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length23.7
Characters2885539
Volumes23
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Cover of A Certain Scientific Railgun SS
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A Certain Scientific Railgun SS
Length (in words)55476
Unique words7113
Unique words (used once)3340
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1618
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length24.3
Characters130045
Volumes8
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Cover of A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol
Length (in words)29589
Unique words6666
Unique words (used once)4013
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji1774
Unique kanji (used once)461
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length26.2
Characters68363
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Cover of AURA ~Maryuuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai~
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AURA ~Maryuuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai~
Length (in words)58539
Unique words8438
Unique words (used once)4189
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1638
Unique kanji (used once)287
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length14.3
Characters132591
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Cover of Accel World
Novel
Accel World
Length (in words)699651
Unique words24476
Unique words (used once)8015
Unique words (used once %)32%
Unique kanji2608
Unique kanji (used once)230
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length25.2
Characters1656503
Volumes12
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Cover of Adachi and Shimamura
Novel
Adachi and Shimamura
Length (in words)243923
Unique words13351
Unique words (used once)5213
Unique words (used once %)39%
Unique kanji2071
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.2
Characters570012
Volumes7
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Cover of Aki no Rougoku
Novel
Aki no Rougoku
Length (in words)34516
Unique words5475
Unique words (used once)2843
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1646
Unique kanji (used once)376
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters76892
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Cover of Akkan no Grimoire
Novel
Akkan no Grimoire
Length (in words)110576
Unique words12163
Unique words (used once)5261
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji2104
Unique kanji (used once)310
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters254907
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Cover of Akuyaku Reijou wa, Shomin ni Totsugitai
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Akuyaku Reijou wa, Shomin ni Totsugitai
Length (in words)128036
Unique words9435
Unique words (used once)3801
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1868
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters295336
Volumes2
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Cover of Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
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Alahabad no Mahoutsukai
Length (in words)115970
Unique words10099
Unique words (used once)4320
Unique words (used once %)42%
Unique kanji1904
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters279476
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Cover of Alice in Wonderland
Novel
Alice in Wonderland
Length (in words)34377
Unique words5127
Unique words (used once)2718
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)369
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length27.0
Characters81247
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Cover of Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass
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Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking-Glass
Length (in words)35728
Unique words4881
Unique words (used once)2482
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1228
Unique kanji (used once)327
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length24.8
Characters85308
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Cover of Amanojakuna Himuro-san Koukandou 100% kara Hajimeru Dokuzetsu Joshi no Otoshikata
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Amanojakuna Himuro-san Koukandou 100% kara Hajimeru Dokuzetsu Joshi no Otoshikata
Length (in words)220331
Unique words12943
Unique words (used once)5187
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji1988
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length22.3
Characters511126
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Cover of Ameku Takao no Suiri Karute
Novel
Ameku Takao no Suiri Karute
Length (in words)267031
Unique words12737
Unique words (used once)4515
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2065
Unique kanji (used once)224
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters623322
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Cover of Ankoku Joshi
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Ankoku Joshi
Length (in words)45795
Unique words6967
Unique words (used once)3603
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1679
Unique kanji (used once)331
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length25.1
Characters110726
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Cover of Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
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Ano Natsu, Yume no Owari de Koi wo Shita
Length (in words)40525
Unique words4732
Unique words (used once)2223
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1440
Unique kanji (used once)311
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length23.3
Characters92608
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Cover of Another 2001
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Another 2001
Length (in words)138443
Unique words9010
Unique words (used once)3448
Unique words (used once %)38%
Unique kanji1739
Unique kanji (used once)265
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters320404
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Cover of Another: Episode S
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Another: Episode S
Length (in words)43948
Unique words4818
Unique words (used once)2113
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1330
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length17.5
Characters98276
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon"
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Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon"
Length (in words)510541
Unique words19383
Unique words (used once)6097
Unique words (used once %)31%
Unique kanji2439
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.3
Characters1151493
Volumes11
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Cover of Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Novel
Antimagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" Another Mission
Length (in words)41396
Unique words6009
Unique words (used once)3062
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1572
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters94808
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Cover of Aokute Itakute Moroi
Novel
Aokute Itakute Moroi
Length (in words)60293
Unique words6324
Unique words (used once)2992
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1484
Unique kanji (used once)271
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length24.4
Characters140109
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Cover of Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Novel
Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou
Length (in words)619861
Unique words21162
Unique words (used once)6410
Unique words (used once %)30%
Unique kanji2545
Unique kanji (used once)192
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters1419526
Volumes8
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Cover of Artemis Fowl 1
Novel
Artemis Fowl 1
Length (in words)60954
Unique words7420
Unique words (used once)3615
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1444
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty4/10
Average sentence length19.8
Characters146328
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Cover of Artemis Fowl 2: The Arctic Incident
Novel
Artemis Fowl 2: The Arctic Incident
Length (in words)63517
Unique words7757
Unique words (used once)3656
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1464
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters153464
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Cover of Artemis Fowl 3: The Eternity Code
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Artemis Fowl 3: The Eternity Code
Length (in words)73275
Unique words8264
Unique words (used once)3924
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1482
Unique kanji (used once)202
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length21.5
Characters175940
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Cover of Artemis Fowl 4: The Opal Deception
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Artemis Fowl 4: The Opal Deception
Length (in words)79617
Unique words8394
Unique words (used once)3849
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1560
Unique kanji (used once)222
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length23.1
Characters189526
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Cover of Artemis Fowl 5: The Lost Colony
Novel
Artemis Fowl 5: The Lost Colony
Length (in words)91951
Unique words9021
Unique words (used once)4198
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1633
Unique kanji (used once)246
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length23.0
Characters217337
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Cover of Ascendance of a Bookworm
Novel
Ascendance of a Bookworm
Length (in words)324921
Unique words13633
Unique words (used once)4881
Unique words (used once %)35%
Unique kanji2103
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty5/10
Average sentence length24.6
Characters750330
Volumes4
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Cover of Asura Cryin'
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Asura Cryin'
Length (in words)700651
Unique words23430
Unique words (used once)8002
Unique words (used once %)34%
Unique kanji2553
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty6/10
Average sentence length20.6
Characters1634039
Volumes14
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Cover of BEATLESS
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BEATLESS
Length (in words)224487
Unique words14786
Unique words (used once)5984
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2171
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length24.5
Characters524551
Volumes2
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Cover of Baccano! 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra
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Baccano! 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra
Length (in words)50568
Unique words6100
Unique words (used once)2931
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1674
Unique kanji (used once)309
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.3
Characters111617
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Cover of Baccano! 1710 Crack Flag
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Baccano! 1710 Crack Flag
Length (in words)49994
Unique words5872
Unique words (used once)2857
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1695
Unique kanji (used once)365
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.5
Characters112162
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Cover of Baccano! 1711 Whitesmile
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Baccano! 1711 Whitesmile
Length (in words)55578
Unique words6297
Unique words (used once)2990
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1713
Unique kanji (used once)340
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.9
Characters126614
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
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Baccano! 1931 (Winter) The Time of the Oasis
Length (in words)35993
Unique words5139
Unique words (used once)2462
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1533
Unique kanji (used once)312
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.4
Characters80581
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
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Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
Length (in words)40695
Unique words5556
Unique words (used once)2759
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1561
Unique kanji (used once)308
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length21.6
Characters91516
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Cover of Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
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Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad
Length (in words)94826
Unique words8204
Unique words (used once)3529
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1825
Unique kanji (used once)283
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.8
Characters208949
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Cover of Baccano! 1932 (Summer) Man in the Killer
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Baccano! 1932 (Summer) Man in the Killer
Length (in words)45857
Unique words5646
Unique words (used once)2759
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1569
Unique kanji (used once)315
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.2
Characters102814
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Cover of Baccano! 1932 Drug & The Dominos
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Baccano! 1932 Drug & The Dominos
Length (in words)49069
Unique words6259
Unique words (used once)3032
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1678
Unique kanji (used once)333
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length22.4
Characters109647
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Cover of Baccano! 1933 The Slash
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Baccano! 1933 The Slash
Length (in words)101588
Unique words8519
Unique words (used once)3733
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1828
Unique kanji (used once)298
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length20.9
Characters227350
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Cover of Baccano! 1934
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Baccano! 1934
Length (in words)180361
Unique words11954
Unique words (used once)4872
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2105
Unique kanji (used once)274
Difficulty8/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters410225
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Cover of Baccano! 1935
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Baccano! 1935
Length (in words)181511
Unique words12213
Unique words (used once)5005
Unique words (used once %)40%
Unique kanji2189
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty9/10
Average sentence length21.2
Characters414919
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Cover of Baccano! 2001 The Children of Bottle
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Baccano! 2001 The Children of Bottle
Length (in words)53710
Unique words5941
Unique words (used once)2828
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1644
Unique kanji (used once)332
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length23.0
Characters118521
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Cover of Baccano! 2002
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Baccano! 2002
Length (in words)99619
Unique words9294
Unique words (used once)4178
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1911
Unique kanji (used once)303
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length20.8
Characters224956
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Cover of Baccano! The Rolling Bootlegs
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Baccano! The Rolling Bootlegs
Length (in words)48360
Unique words6354
Unique words (used once)3108
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1692
Unique kanji (used once)329
Difficulty7/10
Average sentence length19.7
Characters108600
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Cover of Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
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Baka to Tesuto to Shoukanjuu
Length (in words)395891
Unique words16922
Unique words (used once)6259
Unique words (used once %)36%
Unique kanji2287
Unique kanji (used once)270
Difficulty3/10
Average sentence length16.8
Characters932772
Volumes11
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