[2022] 多読/extensive reading challenge

Has anyone read 「終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?」? It’s currently around half price as well (Bookwalker and Amazon at least), but only for the next two days. I kind of want to read it, but realistically I wouldn’t get to it for a while anyway, so I may not bother getting it.

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@seanblue 11,000 pages, wow! I could maybe do that in English (though probably not that quickly) as long as I didn’t think about it beforehand. It’s looking forward and seeing all those pages that really daunts me, lol.

That’s a good idea about the arcs! I also don’t want to spoil myself, but for things we haven’t already discussed I could try asking here and seeing if someone knows. Or seeing if someone who didn’t care about spoilers was willing to give me the safe version.

I figured the suffering was difficulty, and I’m glad to hear I shouldn’t put too much stock in the visuals, because those were a pass. But you’re right: I don’t need another series, @seanblue!!

@Naphthalene 100 books, ooooh. If you go for it, I look forward to seeing this battle. (Doesn’t look at anything about 本好き, not one single thing!!)

@Aislin Your plans sound great! I’m impressed by how much you’ve got in mind to do.

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This week I only have four chapters of manga to read for book clubs! How did this happen! I will take it!

I will take it and use it as motivation to read more of other things! I made a table in my study log and this week I’m going to try to finish one volume of every manga I’m reading (not for book clubs). This would be twelve volumes. (I’m aiming for two for 約束のネバーランド since that is the end of it.) However, some of them I’m partway into, so it is probably doable. I’m also going to try to finish 魔女の宅急便, of course, and make a big push into 狐火の家, which I am really enjoying a lot already, and maybe even read some こころ?

Also… as part of this challenge, I’ve decided to leave my further アリア reading up to my own actions. If I don’t finish a volume this week, I’ll pause, and if I finish one, I’ll keep going. I’m going to make the same deal with myself for Bamboo Blade and とんがり帽子のアトリエ, because I’ve been meandering through the first volume of each for a while now. Since pausing on something means I could come back later when I’m more in the mood for it, I will see how I feel about these three this week and use this challenge to make the decision for me. (Since I’m such a waffler. Thus my frequent polls.)

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Last night I hit my 69th volume of manga for the year (nice)

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69 is a remarkable number. It is the sum of the sums of the divisors of the first 9 positive integers:
1 + (1 + 2) + (1 + 3) + (1 + 2 + 4) + (1 + 5) + (1 + 2 + 3 + 6) + (1 + 7) + (1 + 2 + 4 + 8) + (1 + 3 + 9) = 69

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Started watching the new season of DanMachi and realised it’s going to take a while until the release all the episodes :unamused: And the arc introducing intelligent mosters seems interesting. Waiting sucks!

Anyway, went on Bookwalker… Danmachi is on sale up to volume 10. Got volume 9 (currently airing anime season starts here) and started reading already :stuck_out_tongue: Of course, with my reading speed it’s totally conceivable that all episodes will come out earlier than I even finish the 9th volume… But I want to try reading it fast (by skipping some vocab that I don’t know but can guess).

Also reading Made in Abyss. And somehow it seems pretty hard! The mangaka definitely doesn’t shy away from using complex kanji (and not even putting furigana on those). Plus, a lot of jargon. I think if I hadn’t seen the anime I would just give up.

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Spoilers… :pensive:

Thinking of getting at least the ultra cheap first five. Weirdly the sale seems to have the end date of 2021/7/1!

Sorry… I thought it’s not since it’s openly written in the book description.

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Well, for people who are yet to start the series, descriptions in later volumes are most definitely going to contain spoilers. :slight_smile: Unless you mean it’s in the first volumes description.

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That’s fair I guess. Blurred it out :wink:

I am not too opposed to spoilers unless it’s blatantly telling all the major plot events. For the new titles I actually prefer to investigate a bit about them to understand if I may be interested in the plot/themes.

Besides some things are so good they are worth re-experiencing. So, you have to in spoiled. And depending on the content the experience may not be any worse.

Mystery/Detective/PlotTwist stories are probably the only exception. Although if crafted well, you can discover extra clues that you missed the first time.

すべてがFになる/The Perfect Insider is one example of a novel where once you know the gimmick you lose all interest in my opinion. Intersecting that once you know the mystery the title starts to make sense :laughing:

I don’t even plan to read this series, and my first reaction to your post was “spoilers!”. (Not even joking.)

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I don’t see how it’s a spoiler, honeslty. This is literally the premise of the book, written on the backcover. It’s also a totally new idea for the series, so it can’t make your experience with prior volumes worse.

I would actually prefer not to blur stuff like this, so that people may get interested and check out the book.

What’s the obsession with spoilers? Whose experience are these kind of facts spoiling? It’s like saying that there are elves in Lord of the Rings. OK, you know there are elves now. But you know nothing about how they are presented and what kind of role the play in the story.

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That’s like saying giving the premise of the 7th Harry Potter book isn’t a spoiler for the series. Giving information about a later book sometimes tells you what has already happened, and other times tells you what hasn’t happened yet, which can still matter. The obsession with spoilers is that knowing too much about what does and doesn’t happen in a story can ruin the experience. What gets some people excited by knowing what will come later can actually ruin the “surprise” and the fun of speculation for others.

Edit to add: This specific instance wasn’t a big deal per se. But in general I think it’s better to be more cautious and assume someone reading your post is more sensitive to spoilers than you are.

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My personal preference is similar to the d-hermit’s opinion, because I also like to know if I may be interested in the themes.
But I also realize that some people are more sensitive and like to go into things completely blind. :woman_shrugging:
I think the compromise here is noting what kind of spoiler it is, for example like Kumirei has done here:

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By blurring it and giving an indication of what you’re spoiling, you’re giving people the option to check it out, and maybe they’ll get interested and check out the book. By not blurring it, you would just be spoiling people whether they want to see it or not, which would be rude? If I’m starting a new series, a lot of the fun for me is not having any idea where it’s going to go. I don’t want to have what someone else thought was interesting in my mind while I’m reading something for the first time, I want to be imagining and speculating and getting pulled along in the book by wanting to know more from the book itself. I recognize people have a wide spectrum of opinions about spoilers, and I’m all for putting stuff in your posts if you blur it or put it behind a cut so people can choose. Calibrating only to your own idea of what is fun ignores that not everyone feels the same way.

In this case, I’m not interested in DanMachi, so I did read your blurred spoilers. I appreciated the opportunity to vicariously know this thing and also appreciated the opportunity to keep moving past it if I didn’t want to know. :grin:

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It’s very subjective indeed. Since I don’t want to intentionally spoil anyone’s experience with a book I usually hide plot/character details. Didn’t think people care about reading the premise of story but now I see some actually do.

Going forward I liked the approach of marking the type of a spoiler in front of the blurred text.

I know, you just need to read a few more spoilers to get hooked :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Just kidding, nothing new here, it’s a joke.

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Well, it was revealed in volume 8, so it’s not a surprise at that point.
Speaking of which, did they just skip volume 8 in the anime? There are a few things that will become relevant in later volumes, so it could be a good idea to read it…

I read the synopsis for vol 8. Looks like they adapted only parts of it. Honestly, it seemed boring, so I jumped into vol 9 right away.

That really depends on individual tastes, I guess. I really liked to see the everyday life of (some of the) characters.

With three days left in my challenge week, progress so far!

  1. I haven’t touched any book club reading except for the one I had already scheduled to read with friends. This was not the goal.
  2. I finished 魔女の宅急便, success.
  3. I’ve actually been reading manga a lot less instead of the more I was going for? But that isn’t because of the challenge backfiring, it’s because:
  4. I have been reading 狐火の家 a ton (for me)! It’s around 350 pages and I’ve been averaging over 10% a day, which is not normal for me at all.

Therefore, despite the lull in my book club responsibilities, I clearly chose the wrong week for this manga challenge. Still, I’m going to see how much I can get done by Friday. As I’ve learned about myself this year, I really enjoy making charts and lists and checking things off, lol.

Also, how much I am enjoying this mystery is making me think I need to be more deliberate in what books I pick. Maybe I will alternate light novels and non-light novels? I started a list but it immediately got too long with so many things I want to read, and the idea of planning my reading that far into the future was off-putting (or just unrealistic).

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Finished 青春ブタ野郎! Took me about a month, but I feel like I could’ve done it a bit faster if I had just read diligently each day. I made sure to open the book everyday, but sometimes that was only a few pages. Last few days I read maybe 20-30 pages each day.

Some floflo bragging is in order:

(Note I put these words in Anki and trashed them on the site. BTW why is mass trashing not a thing. clickety click click)

These are the two books I read during the last few months, and I added all the freq>=1 words. This added to1200 words in total, which adds to about 25 words a day. Though not all of them were completely foreign, and could probably have guessed some of them from context.

I had pretty generous intervals in Anki (none shorter than 24h) so the workload was quite reasonable, less than an hour a day. Surprisingly I kept a retention rate of 80%, which is fine for me, as the main goal was to make the reading more fluent. Nonetheless, I really feel like my vocab expanded a lot.

Unfortunately it didn’t really make a dent in the vocab of these two books, which I’ve been wanting to read:

I’m convinced it’s gonna be some specific fantasy vocab, so there’s probably no reason to try to “level up” my vocab with other books. Regarding reading these, I’m doubting my approach of adding all the words, since currently with 2500 unknown words (I’d guess one third are known words just not marked known yet), that would be something like 50-60 words a day, if I want to finish the book in a month :joy:. I think I’ll just add the freq>=2 words and just look up the remaining words that are relevant while reading… Maybe a good thing to have to infer meanings of unknown words and go with the flow sometimes.

P.S. Oh yeah, let’s see if I’ll write some thoughts about Bunny girl later today if/when I have the time. Some mixed feelings about that one.

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