📚📚 Read every day challenge - Fall 2023 🧣🍂🍁

:butterfly: December 13 :ocean:

:cat: Book Pages
:tiger: trash 43 - 86

I got so annoyed by Trash :tiger: that I forgot to read Seasons :fallen_leaf: … The first chapter of this reading was ridiculously difficult because the story wants to have some sort of love triangle/square, but vol 1 resolved love triangle abc because a and b got together. Now c is still trying to interfere and suddenly has admirer d and d wanted to pick a fight with a and b because he didn’t know which one c was smitten for and said some stuff that got a totally disproportionate reaction. Ugh. Still hoping to finish this one by the end of the week. If no weird chapters like that crop up again, then I shouldn’t have trouble.


Dec 14, Thu of Week 12 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • NARUTO Vol.15 Ch.132 - Vol.16 Ch.136

  • STEINS;GATE (VN) Ch.3 end (1 hour 50 min)

Please be my savior.

Words of the day
  • くりくり. = (on-mim) round, plump and lovely (eyes). Probably rotating くるくる, so it became round.
  • どんでん返がえし = complete reversal, e.g. of plot
  • 興収こうしゅう = box office revenue (movie). From 興行収入こうぎょうしゅうにゅう.
    • 興行こうぎょう is entertainment show/industry. Probably of a kind to make excited.
    • 興業こうぎょう is something else.
  • 猿猴えんこう = monkey family. Also a kind of 河童かっぱ.
  • 三下さんした = petty underling
  • 億万長者おくまんちょうじゃ = billionaire. Chief of (106)2 = 108 x 104.
  • モノクロ. = monochrome. Just find it funny to feel like 物もの黒くろ (と白しろ).
  • テイスト. (taste), スペクタクル. (spectacle). My ability to parse Katakana fails sometimes today.
  • アンニュイ. = ennui; boredom. 退屈たいくつ. I remembered as a word that looks like Romaji, but isn’t; though never thought to see in 外来語がいらいご.
  • 新興宗教しんこうしゅうきょう = new religion. Sect? 洗脳せんのう?


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 14 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow:

・サイレント・ウイッチ III (56% → 72%)

Back homeee! It’s been one year since last time. Feels good to be back :smiling_face:
Read quite a bit on the plane/airport :books:


:running_man: back to my home post

:dizzy: 12月14日 Read: Progress:
:owl: ハリーポッターと賢者の石 finished chapter 1!
:mending_heart: Miss Shikimori week 1 book club
:dragon: ルリドラゴン week 2 book club

Oops, I couldn’t wait until Saturday to try the new ABBC club pick. Then read more of Ruri Dragon which remains super cute! I like the art style. Also, finished chapter 1 of hp, woooo haha.


I couldn’t wait either :sweat_smile: I started reading yesterday and couldn’t stop until I was too deep for it to be a “trial read” ahaha


December 14th!

I had a lovely, but difficult day today - I work remotely and I’m leaving my job at the end of next week, but tonight was our Christmas party so there were a lot of goodbyes to navigate but also loads of presents and kind messages.
It was the last time I’ll see a lot of people in person, so it was pretty sad for me.

So even though its a bit early since I’ve already read this weeks bookclub chapter, I read a chapter of Teasing Master Takagi-san tonight. Something short and sweet to read was a good way to wind down after an emotional day. :slight_smile:

(Home Post)


I almost kept reading but managed to restrain myself. I don’t think my restraint is going to last through the rest of the book club, though :sweat_smile:


Fri 15 Dec


:butterfly: December 14 :ocean:

:cat: Book Pages
:tiger: trash 43 - 86
:fallen_leaf: 季節を愉しむ366日 | L30?? December 14 and 15

Seasons :fallen_leaf: was about a constellation that’s usually only visible tonight and yesterday? (14) and then how to prevent cold damage to your extremities (15). Seasons says to take a bag of beans and microwave them. I’ve heard of this trick before and it does work, but beans are stinky…

Trash :tiger: was less obnoxious language-wise than yesterday. We’re back to pretty easy reading but it’s going back to problematic bait again. I’m not a fan. Definitely selling these 2 volumes back this weekend.


:coffee: :snowflake: 12月11ー14日 :snowflake: :coffee:(Home Post Link)

I have been bad about posting updates because my daily updates were really just the same thing every day for a while there, but recently I’ve been branching out more and just need to get back in the habit. A few things that I really enjoyed this time!


  • こがねいろの君, finished - a short slice of life 東方同人 manga about 魔理沙 running some errands and chatting with some 妖怪 friends. Has a cool gimmick where the manga has color, but only the things that are the golden color of marisa’s hair. It’s from the same artist who did the art for wild and horned hermit, which I still need to get to at some point. Guesstimate ~natively level 30, as with most touhou stuff there’s a lot of weird speech styles, religious or otherwise weird word usage, and really scary looking names with no furigana (and a lot of them :laughing: but if you’re reading touhou doujin, they assume you know them)
  • イジらないで、長瀞さん ch 141 - suuuuper quick chapter this time
  • I started playing ねこあつめ on my phone, and I counted about the 15 minutes it took for me to figure out the game mechanics and read the tutorial as reading, but after that it became pretty autopilot other than looking up the names/personalities of new kitties
  • 未来日記 volume 1, finished - I bought this series as a christmas gift for a friend who’s been sorta learning japanese forever. I got him ハピネス last year, not sure if he ever read it, but this is another one of his favorites. Pretty quick read, would’ve been even quicker if I already knew the plot and rules for the game, I’m sure. The series was on sale on bookwalker too, so I own it myself digitally if I decide to ever come back to it or need to help him out with any questions. It’s not my favorite kinda story, but I did definitely learn some new words lmao
  • 巫女キャラが登場するアニメ作品まとめ!巫女服・装束の画像も紹介 | 大人のためのエンターテイメントメディアBiBi[ビビ] - I was trying to track down some information about an image a friend sent me, and ended up skim reading the better part of this list about 巫女 characters in anime (touhou, unsurprisingly, does make an appearance)



May I join for the last half month ? :innocent:

I’ll be reading Shikimori-san isn’t just a cutie with the ABBC starting tomorrow, but I’m trying to catch up on the previous reading too, the volume 1 of ホリミヤ :slight_smile:
I’m also reading here and there in level books or news on todaii.


Dec 15, Fri of Week 12 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • NARUTO Vol.16 Ch.137-143

  • STEINS;GATE (VN) start Ch.4 (40 min)

  • DIJG : なり(に)

Also, それなり(に).

Words of the day
  • 手てが回まわらない = to fail to take care properly
  • 手ての内うちを見みせる = to reveal one’s cards. Also 手ての内うちを明あかす.
  • 風前ふうぜんの灯火ともしび = precarious situation; die or survive. Also, 風前ふうぜんの灯ともしび. Will the light stay or go out? :wind_face: :candle: :fire:
  • お生憎様あいにくさま = I’m sorry, (but…)
  • ご意見番いけんばん = advisor to the lord
  • 爪痕つめあと = scars; ravages; after-effects. Not necessarily fingernails.
  • インテリ. = intelligentsia. I don’t know the word in English / Russian, but intellectual.
  • 嬉うれし涙なみだ = tears of joy. Counterpart is 悔くやし涙なみだ. Not sure how grammar works.
  • 堅気かたぎ = proper; respectable (occupation)
  • 前頭葉ぜんとうよう = frontal lobe :brain:


:house: home post :house:
:calendar: 12月15日 :calendar:

:question: Title How much read today Currently at Notes
:kimono: 舞妓さんちのまかないさん 2 chapters 68/261 —
:orange_book: 奥日光 2 episodes 5/62 —
:railway_car: 阪急電車 1.3% 5.9% 30 new words

Of course @macalys, welcome :smiley:

Enjoy home @Redglare! I’m going back too in a week, also after more than a year away!

Good luck @lucylavelle for the next chapter of your life! Do you already have something else lined up?

How are you liking STEINS;GATE @polv? It’s on my list of VNs I want to play, and also -ATRI- that you played before that! Do you have a favorite VN of what you’ve played so far?


Next stop is the Takarazuka theather. But if you’re looking to be living in that area, you better be a female or have a family.


I generally like it. Like, it’s filled with science (but I don’t know if it’s true or not) and pop culture references. Read the main story and read further explanations.

Fonts and graphics aren’t so new, but also not really moe-style. Fonts are so stacked together and I don’t play this one full-screen.

Maybe another problem (?) is it is also filled with character stereotypes. Overdone sometimes, but may also be a point of interest.

うたわれるもの is also like that – stereotypes and in-world appendices, but not as much science and pop culture.

-ATRI- is good regarding the story. I enjoyed it.

All VNs I have tried have good music (otherwise I wouldn’t play it).

Out of these, I like STEINS;GATE and Fatal Twelve. Also, BU$TAFELLOWS looks promising.


December 15th!

Chapter 2 of この美術部には問題がある today. I preferred it to the previous chapter, so thats a good sign. :slight_smile:

(Home Post)


Thank you! Nothing else lined up right now, so its a bit scary!
It’s been a stressful year, and there have been some changes to the structure of the company recently that have made it a much less good place for me personally. So I’m really sad about leaving my team but it felt like the only option…

Current “plan” is to have a little bit of time to de-stress at the start of the year, and then decide whether I want to find a new job in the same field (I’m a producer at a video game company, so its a cool job, and can be fun, but it can be incredibly high stress too), or whether to try something different.

Thanks for asking, and sorry for writing you a small essay bin response :sweat_smile:


Dec 16

  • Three chapters of Ms Elf 3, most of it spent fighting bandits. Not uninteresting, but as always the fantasy is more difficult for me than the slice of life because of lack of vocab familiarity…

:bookmark: Home post // Dec 15 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow:

・サイレント・ウイッチ III (72% → 79%)

Got one last exam before I can enter real Christmas holiday mode :memo: :eyes::fire:

Thanks! @Akashelia Not long until you get to enjoy home too! :smiley:


:coffee: :snowflake: 12月15日 :snowflake: :coffee:(Home Post Link)


  • 五等分の花嫁 ch 1 (~60 pages) - looong time digital 積読 for me, this one is. I think I got the first few volumes back around the same time I bought ホリミヤ in like late 2021. Was way too hard for me to read read then, but I used it to double check some things I thought I heard in the anime while I was watching it. Now its been long enough that I don’t remember the plot details and is a much more pleasant read :grin:

Would read more but it is…... 5 am :upside_down_face:


Dec 16, Sat of Week 12 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • NARUTO Vol.16 Ch.144 (end vol)

Vol.17 is Bookwalker preview only.

  • DEATH NOTE Vol.11 Ch.91

  • ゆるキャン△ Vol.15 Ch.85

  • STEINS;GATE (VN) Ch.4 (1 hour 25 min)

My 魔眼.

Words of the day
  • どっぷり. = (on-mim) be totally immersed in (water; way of life)
  • ズルをやる. = to cheat. From ずるい.
  • 当あたり障さわりのない = harmless; inoffensive
  • 大御所おおごしょ = leading figure :medal_military:
  • 同一人物どういつじんぶつ = the same person
  • 骨肉こつにくの争あらそい = kinship (family) quarrel
  • 因果律いんがりつ = law of cause and effect

Edibles :pancakes:


I have posted a quick review of 去年の冬、きみと別れ here
TLDR: good but not great