[2022] 多読/extensive reading challenge

Ah yeah I don’t disagree at all, you may have misread but the problem isn’t that I wouldnt be improving my reading, just not doing it as fast as I have been. I’ve got no doubt that if I just read what I want right now, I can learn anything I would learn otherwise realistically, it would just take more time. I think I’ve decided that I’ll continue to read what I want, but at the same time I’m just putting in more effort looking for harder things that seem interesting to me so that I could possibly kill two birds with one stone.

Sounds interesting, I’ll check it out!

Ohh, I was not aware of that. In that case I’ll look into that, thanks!

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I just looked it up. Roughly the first 3 of the 22 novels available are covered in the anime :grin:

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Wait what the hell…I thought that the story came to a pretty nice close. Interestingg…

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I’ve only seen the anime, but understanding is that the anime is a fairly close adaption of the original novel, while the manga is not at all a close adaption. Just looking at the manga cover makes me cringe since it’s not at all in the same tone as the anime.

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I thought the manga was better story-wise. There were some questions regarding the middle section of the anime that were answered really well in the manga xD Maybe I should read the novel then to make a good comparison between the three

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I’m back to plug another Sayaka Murata book! We’re planning to start on August 14th and we’re currently deliberating about the schedule, so if you think you might want to read this novel, this would be the time to get involved :grin:

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Since I know there was a book club for it on here, if anyone liked コンビニ人間 and wants something similar, I found 推し、燃ゆ to feel very similar and better done. Not saying you’ll feel the same, but at the very least I think you’ll definitely like it. Wasn’t exactly the type of literature I like necessarily, but I know a lot of people on here probably would find it to be their cup of tea.

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Today I finished 伯爵と妖精 14! This puts me only one book away from my yearly goal, so I am thinking thoughts.

I make my goal bigger, or I could add a different kind (read certain books or types of books, read in certain ways, etc), or I could just pat myself on the back (when I hit 30) and then keep going without changing anything. Making my goal bigger isn’t appealing to me, as I’m happy at the pace I’m reading now, so I don’t need to increase it, but it’d be okay if I didn’t read quite as much in the latter half of the year, so increasing it might make me unnecessarily anxious to keep up. I don’t want to make my goal to read certain books, as it’s 2021 and I read what I want, but I’m thinking about making a new goal post-book-30 where I change something about how I read. Specifically, maybe I’ll try not looking up words? At all? A lot of the words I look up now, I don’t need to look up. I’m confirming things I know, or adding nuance, or just wanting to make sure I have such an interesting word in my anki. There are times I look up things because I genuinely need to, but they’re in the minority. Looking up a lot of words (a lot comparative to what I really need to look up) has become a habit. And, really, I like the habit in general. I like getting new words to add to my deck even if I won’t learn them for a while, and I like being sure of what is being said, etc. But it might be worthwhile to take 5-6 months to break that habit, and then turn the tap back on more gently, being more picky about when I pause in my reading to look things up. Also, I’m kind of curious whether the little pauses every page or two are like mini-breaks for my brain, and whether my reading stamina might actually go down if I take them out. :sweat_smile:

I’m still thinking about whether I’ll do this or not. My anki system is feeling particularly fine-tuned right now, so there’s not a need for change, but it might be interesting and a good challenge.

Ah, I forgot the most important thing! Which is of course this picture of ニコ, my favorite cat-shaped 妖精:

伯爵と妖精 picture, no spoilers

(THE FISH. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:)

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I might actually read that soon, mostly because of all the literary works out there, it’s on the shorter side and of course because it sounds interesting. Reading a 900-page Murakami book always feels like a commitment. Since I know 推し、燃ゆ is only about 150 pages, my motivation to pick it up has skyrocketed.

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Has anyone successfully added 私の押しは悪役令嬢, the light novel, on bookmeter? The search only brings up the manga and a bunch of other books with similar keywords.

I grabbed the ASIN from Amazon and searched with that. Got the correct result right away.

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Indeed it is on the shorter side, but in case you didn’t see my other post, its a lot of text so it would probably take a bit longer to read than another book of the same length.

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Thanks! I didn’t know I could just search by those. :sweat_smile:

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Me neither actually! I usually search by ISBN, but I guess ebooks don’t have those. I was actually a bit surprised it worked!

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Problem is those kindle versions are never hard to find, but the normal ones are :sweat_smile:. I can’t fathom how the search can’t find the books with the exact correct string. It seems to lack some database which can’t be accessed through the search?

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Yeah, it’s really weird. Normally when I search by title (on my computer) there’s a link to an entire series, which makes it really easy. When that doesn’t show up though, then I get a bunch of useless kindle versions and random non-matches instead of what I want. That’s why I’ve started mostly searching by ISBN instead.

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Yeah, ISBN works great. It doesn’t seem they display them in BW either, unfortunately. I’ll have to think of an easy way to find it through the title.

If it is Bookwalker you’re using, I have a tip. If you scroll to the end of the reviews section of the book’s page on there, you’ll find this link which will take you directly to the corresponding book page on bookmeter.

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Thanks, that is useful! I remember seeing the link in the BW app but it just tried to open the Bookmeter app, which I did not want to install. Then I kind of forgot they are somehow connected (owned by the same company?).

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Welp, I haven’t been reading anything in the past few weeks because I haven’t been feeling like doing anything, really. At least, I got my hand randomly on 鬼滅の刃, so maybe I’ll give it a go? I haven’t been able to focus on anything, but eh, we’ll see.

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