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    Version: 2.0 | Updated: 01/28/16 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Introduction

    There are 32 books that can be read in Persona 4 Golden. Reading these books grants certain benefits, such as increasing your social stats (Courage, Knowledge, etc.) or improving the results of minigames (fishing, catching bugs).

    Read books you've acquired by checking the sofa in your room. Books have from 2-4 chapters and you can read one chapter at a time (unless you've finished the Hyperspeed Reading book, in which case you can read two chapters at a time). Unlike in the PS2 version of Persona 4, you only gain the benefits from the book after completing all chapters.

    Reading all 32 books in a single playthrough will reward you with the "Reader King" accessory that grants +10 Magic (equippable only by the Main Character), and a bronze trophy, "Compulsive Reader."

    Detailed List

    These are all the books, the dates they're available, how to get them, and their effects, listed chronologically so you can see what's available at any point in the game. Note that "The Ramen Way" doesn't have an exact date due to the conditions for obtaining it. "Yomenaido" is the Yomenaido Bookstore, located in Shopping District, South.

    TitleAvailableHow to ObtainEffect
    The Lovely Man4/20Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yenRaises Courage
    Expert Study Methods4/20Buy at Yomenaido for 2800 yenIncreases Knowledge gained when you study at your desk or in the library
    Beginner Fishing4/20Buy at Yomenaido for 1600 yenIncreases number of times you can fish before getting tired
    Off Today5/6Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yenRaises Understanding
    Office Work Manual5/6Buy at Yomenaido for 2800 yenIncreases Diligence gained from the envelope-making part-time job
    The Gentle Way5/23Reward for Quest 18
    The Avid Reader standing outside Yomenaido wants you to bring him a Peach Seed. Peach Seeds are common dungeon loot found in normal (non-golden) chests.
    Raises Knowledge and Expression
    Witch Detective5/29Date w/Strength
    You must clear the Steamy Bathhouse before 5/29 to trigger a call from your Strength S.Link. Agree to meet up and accept the book when Daisuke offers it.
    NOTE: If you joined the basketball team, Kou will not call if he is at rank 4 or higher. Soccer does not have this restriction. However, neither will call if the link is already maxed.
    Raises Understanding and Diligence
    English Made Easy6/1Buy at Yomenaido for 3200 yenIncreases Expression gained from the translation part-time job
    Easy Origami6/1Buy at Yomenaido for 3000 yenIncreases Understanding gained from the origami-folding part-time job
    The Punk's Way6/3Reward for Quest 20
    You must have completed Quest 18 in order to receive this quest. The Avid Reader standing outside Yomenaido wants you to feed a cat. Go to the Samegawa Riverbank. On the far left of the screen is a cat; give it any kind of fish and then report back to the man. Fish can be obtained via the fishing minigame or bought from the TV shopping show on 6/5, 6/19, 9/11, 10/2, 10/9 or 11/6.
    Raises Knowledge and Expression
    Forever Macho6/11Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yenRaises Courage
    100 Ghost Stories6/11Buy at Yomenaido for 3400 yen Increases Courage gained from the hospital janitor part-time job
    Catching Bugs6/11Buy at Yomenaido for 1800 yen Increases number of bugs caught in the bug-catching minigame
    Short on Cash6/28Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen Raises Understanding
    Expert Fishing6/28Buy at Yomenaido for 4800 yen Makes fishing easier by adding a quick-reel option (occasionally reel much faster by pressing the Triangle button when prompted)
    Guide to Pests7/3Reward for Quest 34
    You must have completed Quest 20 in order to receive this quest. The Avid Reader standing outside Yomenaido wants a pair of Hard Boots. Hard Boots become available to purchase from Daidara by selling him 5 Thick Hides, which are dropped by the Dancing Hand enemies commonly found on Floors 5-8 of the Steamy Bathhouse.
    Raises Knowledge and Courage
    Man of History7/15Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yenRaises Courage
    Home Gardening7/15Buy at Yomenaido for 3600 yen Reduces the number of days needed to harvest vegetables by one
    Poly-land7/15, 7/17Date w/Strength
    !!NOTE!! You must go to your room on the evening of 7/15 (before leaving the house for any activities that pass time) to receive the call inviting you to hang out on 7/17; your S.Link will not call on Sunday morning. During the date, tell Kou that you're allergic to math to receive the book.
    NOTE 2: If you joined the basketball team, Kou will not call at all if he's at rank 5 or 6. Soccer does not have this limitation. However, neither will call if the link is already maxed.
    Raises Knowledge and Diligence
    Changing Careers8/4Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yenRaises Understanding
    Hyperspeed Reading8/4Buy at Yomenaido for 9800 yen Allows you to read two chapters of a book in one sitting
    The O-Cha Way8/10Date w/Strength
    Your S.Link will call on Sunday morning to invite you to hang out; accept the book when it's offered.
    NOTE: If you joined the basketball team, Kou will not call if he is at rank 5 or 6. Soccer does not have this limitation. However, neither will call if the link is already maxed.
    Raises Knowledge and Expression
    Picross Rules!8/11Reward for Quest 40
    You must have completed Quest 34 in order to receive this quest. The Avid Reader standing outside Yomenaido wants three Fashionable Dishes. These are dropped by the Sky Balance enemies commonly found on Floors 9-10 of Marukyu Striptease.
    NOTE: These are regular crafting materials, not special quest drops, so take care not to sell all of them to Daidara if you want to complete this quest.
    Raises Understanding and Diligence
    The Divine Way8/21Go to the Summer Festival with a girl
    If you are in a lovers relationship with a girl, she will call you to invite you to the festival. Also, Rise will call at any rank; Ai and Ayane will call at rank 3 or higher; and Yumi will call if she is either at rank 1 or 2, or max+lovers.
    Raises Knowledge and Expression
    Man-God8/24Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen Raises Courage
    Food Fight!8/24Buy at Yomenaido for 4200 yen Increases all stat gains from eating at Aiya
    Sensei's Friends9/20Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen Raises Understanding
    Who Am I?9/26Reward for Quest 45
    You must have completed Quest 40 in order to receive this quest. The Avid Reader standing outside Yomenaido will ask you four questions about the books you previously got from him. The answers are "Judo medalists' names," "How one should live as a punk," "2 pages per pest," and "Me."
    Raises Knowledge and Diligence
    Farewell to Man10/12Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen Raises Courage
    The Final Lesson11/1Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen Raises Understanding
    World-Class Bugs11/1Buy at Yomenaido for 4800 yen Increases yet more the number of bugs caught in the bug-catching minigame
    The Ramen Way-Eat at Aiya 8 times
    This can be any 8 dishes (that is, it doesn't have to be the Rainy Day Special), and it can be during the day or nighttime.
    Raises Knowledge and Understanding

    Quick Checklist

    These are all 32 books in the order they're listed in your Item inventory, so you can quickly check if you're missing any.

    [_] The Lovely Man
    [_] Forever Macho
    [_] Man of History
    [_] Man-God
    [_] Farewell to Man
    [_] Off Today
    [_] Short on Cash
    [_] Changing Careers
    [_] Sensei's Friends
    [_] The Final Lesson
    [_] The O-Cha Way
    [_] The Gentle Way
    [_] The Divine Way
    [_] The Ramen Way
    [_] The Punk's Way
    [_] Witch Detective
    [_] Poly-land
    [_] Guide to Pests
    [_] Picross Rules!
    [_] Who Am I?
    [_] Expert Study Methods
    [_] English Made Easy
    [_] 100 Ghost Stories
    [_] Office Work Manual
    [_] Easy Origami
    [_] Food Fight!
    [_] Beginner Fishing
    [_] Expert Fishing
    [_] Catching Bugs
    [_] World-Class Bugs
    [_] Home Gardening
    [_] Hyperspeed Reading

    Books and Status Parameters

    Generally, reading a book which raises a particular social stat will increase that stat by 3 points. Reading on a rainy night will result in an additional increase in whatever the book normally provides (one of the two for books which raise two parameters), and for books which normally only bestow a non-stat-related benefit (e.g., Catching Bugs), you'll also receive a bonus stat boost.

    Reportedly, books which increase stat gains from other sources (e.g., 100 Ghost Stories) double the increase from those activities once the book has been read.

    For more information on status parameters and points needed to reach certain ranks, I suggest checking out Zoelius's FAQ/Walkthrough for P4G, which has a detailed section devoted to the topic.

    Contact Info, Version History and Copyright

    Thanks for reading my guide!

    If you'd like to report an error or omission in my guide or have a question that's not answered here, you can contact me at hermenjart at yahoo dot com; please put "p4g book guide" in the subject of your email so I'll know what it's about.

    Version History
    2.0 - updated to formatted FAQ (28 Jan 2016)
    1.1 - fixed a typo, clarified rank requirements for dates w/Strength and prerequisites for Avid Reader quests (17 Jan 2013)
    1.0 - guide completed, all info confirmed (13 Jan 2013)

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