Really tired today, I think I’m getting sick again. Downside of working at a school now that both regulators and individuals have given up on maintaining good disease prevention practices
Tae Kim 220 → 228 – expressing similarity and hearsay. Seen most of these already as well.
からかい上手の高木さん chapter 19, 20, 21, 22 – We’re starting to see some other characters! I hope we get to see more of them eventually!
西部「せいぶ」ー the west (here, like the wild west of cowboy films)
程遠い「ほどとおい」ー far off, nowhere near
戦略「せんりゃく」ー tactics, strategy
裏切り「うらぎり」ー treachery, betrayal
ズドン ー thud, bang (onomatopoeic)
電柱「でんちゅう」ー utility pole
成長期「せいちょうき」ー growth period (seems used similar to growth spurt?)
背伸び「せのび」ー standing on tiptoes, stretching oneself
驚く「おどろく」ー to be surprised
I chose the novel because I was losing motivation in my studies and I thought that starting a book which I could hopefully enjoy would give my routine a little more stability. Silly me thought that a SOL/romcom sort of novel would be fairly easyish to read but it didn’t take me long to realize it was way way above my skill level lol. It took me about half an hour to read the first three sentences and even now I’ve more or less plateaued at about 5% of the novel per day in ~2.5 hours before my brain completely fizzles out. Well, nothing to do but keep going for now!
Day 1 Progress: お隣の天使様 二冊 - 15.75%
Word of the Day: 丸まる - to become rounded; to roll into a ball. Just a really pleasing word somehow.
Finished ブルーロック volume 12! I’m very curious to see where it goes from here, where it left off doesn’t have the most obvious continuation so we shall see
Yeeeessss I’m super excited for them!! I just happened upon them while getting the rest of the volumes and that was that really it’ll be a minute before I get to them probably but I’m sure I will share my thoughts when the time comes
I read a handful of pages from ユージニア in advance for next week starting. I can probably finish the reading tomorrow, just tired and low on time today. I’m traveling soon which means I’ll have plenty of time to read or listen to audiobooks (in transit) at least.
I’m so excited for you I hope you like it as much as I did!
Also @omk3 I bought a book today that might actually be horror? 殺戮にいたる病
The summary blurb says this:
Reading through Chainsaw Man 7 pretty slowly, there’s a lot of dialogue in this volume that I forgot about. I would like to get back to reading novels soon. But we’ll see. I wanna finish my reread and then figure it out from there. I keep leaning more and more towards doing my reading during Winter break, like I did during Summer Break. That’s really the only time I feel like I have the time to plop down and focus on it. Otherwise it feels like I can really only manage a manga chapter or 2 a day plus the shows I am currently watching. This season is just much busier than I thought. I also had no idea I would be this into Pokemon xD
Looks more like a crime/mystery novel with grotesque/violent descriptions to me, maybe similar to Out or In the Miso Soup? If it’s done well, I’m all for it. But…when are you planning to read it?
It could be a nomination for the mystery club (reading the reviews, there’s supposed to be a big twist) but so far I’ve seen the club seems to prefer cleaner mysteries and avoid outright violence
So if you and @omk3 are into proper horror, then I heard that リング should fit the bill quite nicely
Yesterday I finally finished 海辺のカフカ! An odyssee of a thousand pages (no, really!) has finally come to an end. We started reading this chonker on May 28th with the Advanced Club, and it officially ended last Friday, i.e. more than 5 months
The ride was a bit rough, with all sorts of disgusting and otherwise unpleasant moments, but the end contained so much warmth for me that I’m still all fuzzy inside. Makes me think that after all Murakami is just a little boy searching for peace and harmony and friendship. Just below layers upon layers of really weird thoughts and ideas
Anyways, have some statistics! For the first part, I only tracked my reading from page 155.
Read: May 27th - Aug 16th
Reading pace: 9,55 pages/h
Total reading time: 34:45 hours (p. 155 - 486, i.e. ~70% of the book)
Avg. per reading day: 12,7 pages For the second part:
Read: Aug 25th - Nov 10th
Reading pace: 13,3 pages
Total reading time: 39:30 hours (528 pages)
Avg. per reading day: 16,4 pages
I thought I wasn’t into proper horror normally, but sometimes the mood strikes me, like it has lately. And after having read several “horror” books and stories in Japanese, I’m now almost convinced that horror is an elusive beast that doesn’t really exist.
(I did carefully select the horror I read though, and it may have been intentionally on the lighter side. I’ve been avoiding リング because the movie trailer I’ve seen seems to be proper scary horror, but maybe I shouldn’t be avoiding it given my experiences so far. I may nominate it for the Halloween club next October, actually.)
Let me check my calendar. Yes, there seems to still be some free reading time in 2023 . I’m sure I can fit it in. If you ping me when you start it, we might get to have another impromptu little club. These are always fun.
Yeah, movies are a different beast altogether. I always prefer books because even as the words creep into my head and refuse to come out, I still have a level of control over them. A movie can just bombard you with all sorts of horrible images along with creepy music and sudden jump scare tricks, and you can either turn it off or keep watching. Although, I dared to watch IT while in bed with covid in the summer, and it was nothing as scary as I expected. Like I said, I may need to adjust my preconceptions about horror
That’s what I was thinking too. Presumably in an intentionally creepy context like the Halloween club it will get more votes.
By the way, do you (or anyone else of course) know of any way to search in Aozora by genre? I’m sure there are good horror stories in there, but I have no idea how to go about searching for them, if I don’t already know about them.
Are there genres in Aozora? Never paid attention to that tbh…
What I usually do if I want to find a certain genre is that I look at the genre’s prize(s) and then pick those books or other books from the same authors. In our case this would e.g. be 日本ホラー小説大賞 - Wikipedia but they only started in 1994 so you might not actually find any of those authors on Aozora, I’m afraid…