I joined after finishing なぜ？どうして？ which actually helped. Felt like a new reading experience as I was pushing myself to read through a thread’s worth of content every few days. This required using the threads but also being more independent with making sure I understood what I was reading. Since I was moving faster, I didn’t translate every sentence which was the standard for なぜ？どうして？ I think going forward it makes more sense to read like this, understanding as best you can and only going back to really translate in depth if you realize after a couple sentences that you don’t understand what’s happening.
I wish the cases themselves had been a bit harder. The first one was probably the best mystery but I still enjoyed the last one the most. And thinking about it, the 2nd might have had the best artwork so there were things to enjoy throughout the whole book.
I feel like I sometimes am nostalgic for these types of books from my own childhood, so it’s a cool experience to kind of get a faux nostalgia reading these. I wouldn’t feel compelled to read something targeted to such a young reader in my native language, but since it’s combined with learning the language, it just works.
Thanks for everyone who posted, read/liked/responded to my posts, and generally just kept the threads alive. It’s great getting to read along with everyone! Thanks @Radish8 for making it all happen!