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|| Persona 4 Golden  ||
|| Book Guide        ||
|| by: wilfreda      ||
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|| Table of Contents ||
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- Introduction
- Detailed List (sorted chronologically)
- Quick Checklist
- Contact Info, Version History and Copyright


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|| Introduction ||
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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 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."


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|| Detailed List ||
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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.

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| Title                | Avail | How to Obtain                         |
|                      |       | Effect                                |
|                      |       | Notes                                 |
|======================|=======|=======================================|
| The Lovely Man       | 4/20  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Courage.                       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Expert Study Methods | 4/20  | Buy at Yomenaido for 2800 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases Knowledge gained when you   |
|                      |       | study at your desk or in the library. |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Beginner Fishing     | 4/20  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1600 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases number of times you can     |
|                      |       | fish before getting tired.            |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Off Today            | 5/6   | Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding.                 |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Office Work Manual   | 5/6   | Buy at Yomenaido for 2800 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases Diligence gained from the   |
|                      |       | envelope-making part-time job.        |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| The Gentle Way       | 5/23  | Reward for Quest 18                   |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Expression.      |
|                      |       | The Avid Reader standing outside      |
|                      |       | Yomenaido wants a Peach Seed. Peach   |
|                      |       | Seeds are common dungeon loot found   |
|                      |       | in normal chests.                     |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Witch Detective      | 5/29  | Date w/Strength                       |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding and Diligence.   |
|                      |       | If you have cleared the Steamy        |
|                      |       | Bathouse, your S.Link will call you   |
|                      |       | to invite you to hang out; 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     |
|                      |       | limitation; however, neither will     |
|                      |       | call if the link is already maxed.    |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| English Made Easy    | 6/1   | Buy at Yomenaido for 3200 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases Expression gained from the  |
|                      |       | translation part-time job.            |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Easy Origami         | 6/1   | Buy at Yomenaido for 3000 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases Understanding gained from   |
|                      |       | the origami-folding part-time job.    |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| The Punk's Way       | 6/3   | Reward for Quest 20                   |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Expression.      |
|                      |       | You must have completed Quest 18 in   |
|                      |       | order to receive this quest. The Avid |
|                      |       | Reader outside Yomenaido wants you to |
|                      |       | feed a cat. Go to the Samegawa        |
|                      |       | Riverbank. On the far left side 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 from the TV shopping show on 6/5,  |
|                      |       | 6/19, 9/11, 10/2, 10/9 or 11/6.       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Forever Macho        | 6/11  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Courage.                       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| 100 Ghost Stories    | 6/11  | Buy at Yomenaido for 3400 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases Courage gained from the     |
|                      |       | hospital janitor part-time job.       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Catching Bugs        | 6/11  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1800 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases number of bugs caught in    |
|                      |       | the bug-catching minigame.            |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Short on Cash        | 6/28  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding.                 |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Expert Fishing       | 6/28  | Buy at Yomenaido for 4800 yen         |
|                      |       | Makes fishing easier by adding a      |
|                      |       | quick-reel option (occasionally reel  |
|                      |       | much faster by pressing the Triangle  |
|                      |       | button when its icon shows up).       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Guide to Pests       | 7/3   | Reward for Quest 34                   |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Courage.         |
|                      |       | You must have completed Quest 20 in   |
|                      |       | order to receive this quest. The Avid |
|                      |       | Reader 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 Dancing Hands on Floors    |
|                      |       | 5-8 of the Steamy Bathhouse.          |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Man of History       | 7/15  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Courage.                       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Home Gardening       | 7/15  | Buy at Yomenaido for 3600 yen         |
|                      |       | Reduces the number of days needed to  |
|                      |       | harvest vegetables by one.            |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Poly-land            | 7/15, | Date w/Strength                       |
|                      | 7/17  | Raises Knowledge and Diligence.       |
|                      |       | NOTE: you must go to your room on the |
|                      |       | evening of 7/15 to receive the call   |
|                      |       | inviting you to hang out; your S.Link |
|                      |       | will NOT call on Sunday. Tell Kou     |
|                      |       | that you're allergic to math to       |
|                      |       | receive the book. Also note that 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.                |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Changing Careers     | 8/4   | Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding.                 |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Hyperspeed Reading   | 8/4   | Buy at Yomenaido for 9800 yen         |
|                      |       | Allows you to read two chapters of a  |
|                      |       | book in one sitting.                  |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| The O-Cha Way        | 8/10  | Date w/Strength                       |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Expression.      |
|                      |       | Your S.Link will call you 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.                        |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Picross Rules!       | 8/11  | Reward for Quest 40                   |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding and Diligence.   |
|                      |       | You must have completed Quest 34 in   |
|                      |       | order to receive this quest. The Avid |
|                      |       | Reader outside Yomenaido wants three  |
|                      |       | Fashionable Dishes. These are dropped |
|                      |       | by the Sky Balance on Floors 9-10 of  |
|                      |       | Marukyu Striptease. Note that these   |
|                      |       | are regular materials, not special    |
|                      |       | quest drops, so take care not to sell |
|                      |       | all of them to Daidara if you want to |
|                      |       | complete this quest.                  |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| The Divine Way       | 8/21  | Go to the Summer Festival with a girl |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Expression.      |
|                      |       | If you are in a lovers relationship   |
|                      |       | with a girl, she will call 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.                  |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Man-God              | 8/24  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Courage.                       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Food Fight!          | 8/24  | Buy at Yomenaido for 4200 yen         |
|                      |       | Increases all stat gains from eating  |
|                      |       | at Aiya.                              |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Sensei's Friends     | 9/20  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding.                 |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Who Am I?            | 9/26  | Reward for Quest 45                   |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Diligence.       |
|                      |       | You must have completed Quest 40 in   |
|                      |       | order to receive this quest. The Avid |
|                      |       | Reader 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."                      |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| Farewell to Man      | 10/12 | Buy at Yomenaido for 1200 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Courage.                       |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| The Final Lesson     | 11/1  | Buy at Yomenaido for 1500 yen         |
|                      |       | Raises Understanding.                 |
|----------------------|-------|---------------------------------------|
| World-Class Bugs     | 11/1  | Buy 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                   |
|                      |       | Raises Knowledge and Expression.      |
|                      |       | 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.                     |
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|| Quick Checklist ||
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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


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|| Contact Info, Version History and Copyright ||
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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.

Current version: 1.1 (1/17/2013) - fixed a typo, clarified rank requirements
     for dates w/Strength S.Link and prerequisites for Avid Reader quests
Previous version: 1.0 (1/13/2013) - guide completed, all info confirmed

This guide is (c) 2013 wilfreda and available only on GameFAQs.com.