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

Dec 26

  • I forgot to post that I finished 押しかけギャル中村さん2.

:bookmark: Home post // Dec 26 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree:

・サイレント・ウイッチ IV -after- (45% → 52%)

Not much reading today. Was watching first day of world chess championship

Finished short story 2 aaand didn’t feel like reading anymore. I kind of want to start book 5, but that’s a no-no. Just two more short stories.


:butterfly: December 26 :ocean:

I said as I then proceeded to read various pages from a new manga I picked up, Midnight Drastic. I preview-read it, which is something like previewing and only reading some pages to get an idea of what’s happening with the plot lol

I read chapter 8 of Stake, which was 15 pages

Maybe I’ll finish off ch 9 and 10 today lol


:coffee: :snowflake: 12月25ー26日 :snowflake: :coffee:(Home Post Link)

Merry late christmas! :christmas_tree: Was pretty worn out from activities yesterday, so didn’t get in too much reading, just a few texty things




Dec 27


Dec 27, Wed of Week 14 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 (20-22%)

  • 徒花異譚

Reached a village.

  • あなたも殺人犯になれる! Ch.15-16 (46-53%)

  • STEINS;GATE (VN) Ch.5 end :scream:

Words of the day (a little spoiler)
  • 堂どうに入いる = to be a master at. Thinking of fighting game, to enter the last room, meeting the last boss.
  • 頭こうべを垂たれる = to bow one’s head in respect, humility
  • 歯止はどめを掛かける = to apply brake. Stopping on the gears :gear: perhaps.
  • 運転うんてんを見合みあわせる = to suspend operations (e.g. of trains). Also, 運転見合うんてんみあわせ.
  • 顰蹙ひんしゅくを買かう = to displease; to be frowned upon. First Kanji can be seen in 顔かおを顰しかめる and 眉まゆを顰ひそめる, but the second Kanji is probably rare everywhere else.
  • 険けんのある = harsh; sharp; piercing
  • 裂帛れっぱくの気合きあい = a piercing shout. First Kanji is from 切きり裂さく. Second Kanji is a way to write 衣きぬ   (絹きぬ). (not 錦にしき?)
  • 例れいのごとく = as usual
  • 誤作動ごさどう = malfunction
  • 遺構いこう = archeological structures. 遺物いぶつ + 遺構いこう = 遺跡いせき.
  • 文様もんよう = pattern; design. Somehow similar to 模様もよう (which has other meanings).
  • 摩訶不思議まかふしぎ = very mysterious. 摩訶まか is Maha - Wikipedia.
  • 祭祀さいし = religious services
  • 祭政一致さいせいいっち = unity of Church and State. Deified ruler :sunny: :straight_ruler:. Also called 神権政治しんけんせいじ (= Theocracy - Wikipedia).
  • 光芒こうぼう = a beam of light. Say, 光芒一閃こうぼういっせん.
  • 玲瓏れいろう = clear; brilliantly ringing. e.g. a bell (鈴すず)
  • パイプイス = folding chair = パイプ椅子いす
  • リフレイン. = Refrain - Wikipedia, repeating part of a song
  • 謝礼しゃれい = reward; remuneration
  • 闖入者ちんにゅうしゃ = intruders
  • 小銃しょうじゅう = rifle; small arms. 拳銃けんじゅう would be smaller.

Book highlights

春秋戦国時代しゅんじゅうせんごくじだい = ยุควสันตสารท - วิกิพีเดีย

仰韶文化ぎょうしょうぶんか = วัฒนธรรมหย่างเฉา - วิกิพีเดีย
龍山文化りゅうざんぶんか = วัฒนธรรมหลงชาน - วิกิพีเดีย
河姆渡遺跡かぼといせき = วัฒนธรรมเหอหมู่ตู้ - วิกิพีเดีย

文王ぶんおう = King Wen of Zhou - Wikipedia
武王ぶおう = King Wu of Zhou - Wikipedia
紂王ちゅうおう = พระเจ้าชางโจ้ว - วิกิพีเดีย

桓公かんこう = ฉีหฺวันกง - วิกิพีเดีย
文公ぶんこう = จิ้นเหวินกง - วิกิพีเดีย
勾践こうせん = โกวเจี้ยน - วิกิพีเดีย
夫差ふさ = Fuchai of Wu - Wikipedia
荘王そうおう = King Zhuang of Chu - Wikipedia
穆公ぼくこう = Duke Mu of Qin - Wikipedia
襄公じょうこう = Duke Xiang of Song - Wikipedia

孔子こうし = ขงจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย
孟子もうし = เม่งจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย
荀子じゅんし = ซุนจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย
墨子ぼくし = ม่อจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย
老子ろうし = เล่าจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย
荘子そうし = จวงจื่อ - วิกิพีเดีย
商鞅しょうおう = ชาง ยาง - วิกิพีเดีย
李斯りし = หลี่ ซือ - วิกิพีเดีย
韓非かんぴ = หาน เฟย์ จื่อ - วิกิพีเดีย

儒家じゅか = ลัทธิขงจื๊อ - วิกิพีเดีย (ลัทธิหยู, Ru classicism)

鎬京こうけい = Haojing - Wikipedia
洛邑らくゆう = Wangcheng (Zhou dynasty) - Wikipedia


:butterfly: December 27 :ocean:

:cat: Book Pages
:vampire: https://learnnatively.com/book/f49b138a2e/ 40p (chapter 9 and 10, end of vol 1)
:wine_glass: https://learnnatively.com/book/52ade7e291/ start - 36

It seemed like stake :vampire: took a hard turn towards romance but then there was some intrigue so I’ll keep reading. Although I might wait until next year to start vol 2 since I mainly picked it up for bingo. There are so many book clubs I want to participate in that I will definitely need a better reading schedule.

Midnight Drastic :wine_glass: is about a bar owner and yakuza prince (? what do you call the next in line?? “Young head” sounds weird in English and the old man still seems to be running the group). I picked this one up in Village Vanguard. I feel like they typically have a good selection in their BL (and other tbh) sections. I even saw a whole set of Saezuru available too. The characters look pretty similar to Jealousy’s but the positions are swapped and the bar owner is less crazy. The familiarity of the characters with each other is really pleasant to see/read, almost like the inner workings of a clock but more cuddly. Also nice, but for once, it seems the mangaka might not be a career 独身(どくしん)? :eyes:



:notes: Kiki-Mimi Radio, 2 more episodes on Satori Reader

I didn’t feel like reading today because I was tired but I convinced myself to open Satori reader and I got pretty caught by the cute story. I feel I’m improving too, so it’s quite pleasant to keep reading this series.


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 27 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree:

・サイレント・ウイッチ IV -after- (52% → 59%)

Was busy watching chess on the tv today too, but at least I managed to start the next short story in the evening :3 The goal is to finish this book this year, so I’ll have to speed up a bit the next few days.


Dec 28

  • More ほろ酔い4. 主人公たちは旅館旅に行くから、いろいろ美味しいものを食べって。。。今回は「甲羅酒」を食べました(飲みました?)。本当においしそう。実は、今日は妻はカニを料理しました、だから嬉しいって思う。贅沢すぎるな? Will probably finish this today.
  • Still fiddling with this e-ink tablet

:coffee: :snowflake: 12月27日 :snowflake: :coffee:(Home Post Link)


  • ペルソナ4- 3:14 - > 5:01 (~1:50) - returned to this in a call to stream to some friends and then didn’t get a save point for almost 2 hours. :upside_down_face:



Dec 28, Thu of Week 14 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • STEINS;GATE (VN) start Ch.6


  • DIJG : に他ならない, に限らず
Words of the day
  • 吟遊詩人ぎんゆうしじん = wandering minstrel :violin:. 吟ぎん has a meaning of chanting poetry, other than close inspection (吟味ぎんみ).
  • 木工もっこう = woodwork :wood:. Also, 大工だいく. (Barely visually different, but completely different readings.)
  • 構内こうない = (within) premises
  • 所持金しょじきん = funds in hand :moneybag:
  • 行ゆく手てを遮さえぎる = to obstruct one’s path. Also 行ゆく手てを阻はばむ. Probably something like 立たちはだかる, but path rather than blocker.


Year is almost over but habits do not wait.

I have read lesson 1 of Bunpro.



December 27th!

Today I read about 2 pages of コンビニ人間 and a chapter of Shadows House.

December 28th!

Another chapter of Shadows House today, followed by just under 6 pages of コンビニ人間.
I’m busy tomorrow, but as long as nothing goes wrong on December 30th or 31st I think I can juuuuust about finish it :crossed_fingers:

(Home Post)


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 28 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree:

・サイレント・ウイッチ IV -after- (59% → 82%)

Got into short story 4, the last one! It’s smooth sailing from here, I’m sure :sunglasses: There’s just a weird barrier for me when it comes to short stories. I hope I won’t have to read more of them in this series. They were enjoyable though, I must admit.



:notes: Kiki-Mimi Radio, 1 episode on Satori Reader

I spent a lot of time extracting html clickable files with Mokuro for 2 easy manga I think I might enjoy : 放課後、恋した。and 花野井くんと恋の病. If you’ve read them, please give me your opinion, I’d like to hear it !
I’d like to find easy light novels to read as well, but I don’t think I can manage so much text for now :cry:


:butterfly: December 28 :ocean:

Stake :vampire: is starting to annoy me. I hate the trope of old vampire acts like a teenager

Midnight Drastic :wine_glass: was mostly flashback this chapter featuring medical nonsense.

I thought I had heard of Conbini :fax: before, so I picked it up yesterday. It’s more awkward than I was expecting, but I think I’ll probably finish it since it’s a one-off. I might sell it back afterwards though, we’ll see.

JoJo :dagger: I started re-reading in order to do a close reading and prep the vocab page a bit. I’ll probably try to keep at least 1 week ahead of the book club. I’m hoping to make things a bit different from a standard club by adding comprehension/reading questions. I’m hoping to help readers who don’t feel confident yet and also give readers food for thought. Araki’s not perfect but there are a lot of fans who seem to totally miss when he does something clever.

Also, it’s nice to see my reading back at a normal pace lol. If I can do 3 chapters and then some every day, I’ll definitely hit 100 volumes read next year.



Don’t they just say “young master”? If it’s like the aristocracy, the heir doesn’t receive the title until the previous master dies. Though, it is a bit clunky to have to describe the character as the yakuza young master. You could just say “yakuza heir” in that case.


Dec 29