This was the first book that I’ve read in Japanese which feels like a personal milestone. Difficulty did seem to vary chapter to chapter, and even sentence to sentence, trending down as I read more though. I’d agree that the best feeling was not having to look up any words for a sentence. That was a rare but great feeling!
My personal highlights would be the early chapters on the human body for their great gross-out factor. I don’t think there was actually a section I disliked. Some of the science was new to me but even the subjects I was familiar with were interesting enough and often fun to see how the topics were tackled for targeting a younger audience. It’s similar to the guilty pleasure of watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Thanks again to everyone for posting their translations. It was super helpful and often gratifying to see my translation matching reasonably closely. If I was really struggling I could refer to other’s translations to get a foothold as well. I loved when someone would break down a single sentence that we were struggling with too. That had the benefit of not just correcting a single sentence but seeing how difficulty sentences could be approached. I wish I could’ve made the live readings more but it turned out 7AM on Sundays were a bit too early once life started to pick up this summer (did some landscaping outside).
I don’t want to ramble too much but I’ve only been really learning Japanese for about ~9 months and I really wish I had started a bit sooner. The only time better than yesterday is today though. I didn’t make much of an effort before visiting in 2018 and now another trip isn’t looking to happen for at least a few more years.
Don’t jinx it! It would feel awesome if we could rely less on jisho/ichi.moe/Google for the next book.