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

I’ve gotta go in a few minutes and I’ve having trouble finding it, but the grunts refer to the old man/head as おや (specifically not 親分(おやぶん) oddly). Yakuza heir sounds odd to me still, but oh well


:snowman: :snowflake: (home) :snowflake: :snowman:

Sun Dec 24 :honey_pot: ジャム屋さん - ep 18
This one felt a bit easy, which is a nice change.
Mon Dec 25 :honey_pot: ジャム屋さん - half of ep 19 :green_apple:
(I picked it up again at some point in the week but got immediately called away)
Fri Dec 29 :honey_pot: ジャム屋さん - rest of ep 19 :apple:

Thank you!!

You too? I was afraid my eyes were declining in my old age!

It does, congrats!



:smiling_face_with_three_hearts: ホリミヤ, vol. 1, the last pages for the 4th week of the past ABBC session.

I’m glad these few pages were easier than the others of this section, because I’ve spent a lot of time on a total of 10 pages and I was a little depressed, saying to myself I would never been able to catch up with the ABBC on this manga :smiling_face_with_tear:
I know this manga is hard to read for beginners and that the end of my journey isn’t here yet, but I want to enjoy this little victory tonight :smiling_face:

Thanks ! :smiley:


Dec 29, Fri of Week 14 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:


  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 (22-24%)

  • あなたも殺人犯になれる! Ch.17-19 (53-61%)

Words of the day
Book highlights

咸陽かんよう = เสียนหยาง - วิกิพีเดีย

項羽こうう = ฌ้อปาอ๋อง - วิกิพีเดีย (เซี่ยงอวี่)
劉邦りゅうほう = จักรพรรดิฮั่นไท่จู่ - วิกิพีเดีย (หลิว ปัง)
武帝ぶてい = จักรพรรดิฮั่นอู่ - วิกิพีเดีย
張騫ちょうけん = Zhang Qian - Wikipedia

陳勝ちんしょう・呉広ごこうの乱らん = Chen Sheng and Wu Guang uprising - Wikipedia
呉楚七国ごそしちこくの乱らん = Rebellion of the Seven States - Wikipedia (+ Wu Kingdom (Han dynasty) - Wikipedia + Chu Kingdom (Han dynasty) - Wikipedia)


:house: home post :house:
:calendar: 12月29日 :calendar:

:question: Title How much read today Currently at Notes
:orange_book: 奥日光 2 episodes 13/62 —
:kimono: 舞妓さんちのまかないさん 3 chapters 78/261 —

And I’m back home :smiley: so happy to have time to read again!


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 29 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree:

・サイレント・ウイッチ IV -after- (82% → 100%)

Wuiii, another book finished. Last one for this year :smiley:

Amount of lookups has been relatively close for all the volumes, tho it’s a shame I didn’t think of it before the first volume. Would probably be way higher based on my experience with how new series always brings with it a new set of unknown vocabulary. If I go through the word lists, there will probably be a bunch of the same words.

Volume Lookups
2 192
3 220
4 153
4.5 176

Hmm, as for my next book, I’m thinking Saikawa and Moe series, I have one book I need to catch up on from book club during summer.







24/12 18 pages 本好きの下剋上 (finished week 11), 4 pages Spy Family

25/12 19 pages 本好きの下剋上, 7 pages おじさまと猫

26/12 21 pages 本好きの下剋上 (finished week 12 and read week 13)

27/12 2 pages 本好きの下剋上, 1 pages Spy Family

28/12 2 pages 本好きの下剋上

29/12 3 pages 本好きの下剋上

Well I did very well for 3 days then…less well.

I’ve been trying to push to finish the 本好き light novel and I think I’ll manage it by the end of the year. But with that, I’ve fallen behind on all of my manga clubs. I’m not very worried about that as I have holiday coming up (fly to Japan in a week!) so I think I’ll catch up on the flights and in transit. But I’d like to finish at least one more manga volume to reach a total of 40 books and manga (including English ones) read this year. I was aiming for 50 but definitely won’t manage that!


Dec 30, Sat of Week 14 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • あなたも殺人犯になれる! Ch.20-22 (61-70%)

  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 (24-26%)

Words of the day
  • ドキュメント. = documentary
  • 猿さるぐつわ = mouth gag, to stop the victim from speaking. 轡くつわ is a mouthpiece on a horse, say 轡くつわを並ならべる. Indeed, 口くち + 輪わ.
  • 随筆ずいひつ = miscellaneous writing; essays. 史記しき is one of those.

Book highlights

王莽おうもう = Wang Mang - Wikipedia
新しん = Xin dynasty - Wikipedia
赤眉せきびの乱らん = Red Eyebrows - Wikipedia
劉秀りゅうしゅう = Former name (หลิว ซิ่ว) of Emperor Guangwu of Han - Wikipedia
班超はんちょう = Ban Chao - Wikipedia
甘英かんえい = Gan Ying - Wikipedia

司馬遷しばせん = ซือหม่า เชียน - วิกิพีเดีย
班固はんこ = Ban Gu - Wikipedia
漢書かんじょ = ฮั่นชู - วิกิพีเดีย
蔡倫さいりん = ไช่ หลุน - วิกิพีเดีย

曹操そうそう = โจโฉ - วิกิพีเดีย
曹丕そうひ = โจผี - วิกิพีเดีย
魏ぎ = Wei (state) - Wikipedia

孫権そんけん = ซุนกวน - วิกิพีเดีย
呉ご = ง่อก๊ก - วิกิพีเดีย

劉備りゅうび = เล่าปี่ - วิกิพีเดีย
蜀しょく = Shu (kingdom) - Wikipedia

司馬炎しばえん = สุมาเอี๋ยน - วิกิพีเดีย
晋しん = ราชวงศ์จิ้น - วิกิพีเดีย

六朝文化りくちょうぶんか => See Six Dynasties poetry - Wikipedia
鳩摩羅什くまらじゅう = พระกุมารชีพ - วิกิพีเดีย
法顕ほっけん = Faxian - Wikipedia

敦煌とんこう = Dunhuang - Wikipedia
雲崗うんこう = Yungang Grottoes - Wikipedia
龍門りゅうもん = Longmen Grottoes - Wikipedia


:house: home post :house:
:calendar: 12月30日 :calendar:

:question: Title How much read today Currently at Notes
:art: この美術部には問題がある! Chapter 3 2nd half — —
:exclamation: あなたも殺人犯になれる! Chapter 19 & 20 — 55 new words
:orange_book: 奥日光 2 episodes 17/62 —
:kimono: 舞妓さんちのまかないさん 2 chapters 80/261 —
:railway_car: 阪急電車 0.9% 10.6% 15 new words
あなたも殺人犯になれる! chapter 20

Funny expression: (replaced the name of the actual person with “彼” so it’s not spoilery)


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 30 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree:

・ 夏のレプリカ Replaceable Summer (0% → 6%)

Ah, the series of philosophy, cigarettes and overly detailed description of interior (or maybe not). I remember being burnt out on this series after reading book 6 (this is book 7 for the record). I just couldn’t handle two books in one season. Book club has had a schedule of 1 book per half a year or so, but last summer we decided to read two books. And there was a reason for that. We had a suspicion that book 6 and 7 were connected with both taking place during the summer, and with the chapters being weird - one having even numbered chapters and the other having odd numbered chapters. Currently in chapter 1 excuse me, chapter 2 which is actually chapter 1, not much is revealed yet.

The Silent Witch books have had like 500 phone pages or so, while this book is 700+ phone pages? oh gosh… Anyway, reading this series has always been a big effort xD but I’m not one to stop now! We’ve scheduled the start of the next book already in March, so better get working if I wanna catch up :rowing_woman: :dash:


Dec 30 and Dec 31

  • Was on the road basically all day but found time to start 疑似ハーレム 3 | L19 and continue it today as well. Will probably finish it sometime today and start the new year with only 美術部 on the palette.

December 29th!

Today I read the final chapter of Volume 15 of Teasing Master Takagi-san.

December 30th!

Today I read 8 pages of コンビニ人間, finally reaching the end of the story.
It ended up taking me over 6 months to read it, which is rather a long time compared to the 19 weeks I was originally planning to read it in with the IBC Primer club :grin:
But all the same, I’m proud of myself for not giving up, and I’m glad I at least managed to finish in the same year as the rest of the club (ギリギリですよね :laughing:)

(Home Post)


Hooray! :tada:


:confetti_ball: :books: :confetti_ball:

Always amazing to see the end of a book/project that has been done regularly over a long time. :smiley:


:butterfly: December 29 :ocean:

:butterfly: December 30 :ocean:

:butterfly: December 31 :ocean:

:cat: Book Pages
:fallen_leaf: 季節を愉しむ366日 L30?? Jan 1
:tiger: trash 113-145 (end)

Dec 31, Sun of Week 14 of Fall Q4 2023 :maple_leaf:

  • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 end Ch.2 (26-28%)

  • あなたも殺人犯になれる! Ch.23-24 (70-76%)

  • DIJG : に限って

Words of the day

:maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf: Reading Every Day Challenge of Q4 2023 - Summary

As for completed ones, 25 manga, 1 LN, 1 practical, 2 VN.

  • Manga
    • ゆるキャン△ Vol.6-12 + Vol.15
    • NARUTO Vol.1-16 (waiting for the club)
    • DEATH NOTE Vol.10-11 (along with the club)
  • (Light) novels
    • 夏と花火と私の死体 (from 15%)
    • 狼と香辛料 Vol.1 (30-51%) Yeah, maybe later.
    • あなたも殺人犯になれる! (0-76%)
  • Practical books
    • 超ビジュアル!日本の歴史大事典
    • いちばんやさしい世界史の本 (5-28%)
  • Visual novels
    • Fatal Twelve (just after 1/2 way)
    • -ATRI- (maybe after 50%)
    • STEINS;GATE (0-Ch.6)
  • Textbooks / references
    • a Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (21-39%)

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:sunglasses: Shikimori-san’s not just a cutie chapters 3 and 4 for this ABBC week.

Nothing yesterday because… life :confused:

See you on the next topic for my first full reading every day challenge :grin:


:bookmark: Home post // Dec 31 :maple_leaf: :snowman_with_snow: :santa: :christmas_tree: :fireworks:

・ 夏のレプリカ Replaceable Summer (6% → 15%)

Last day of the year! Finished chapter 2 which is actually chapter 1. I’m pretty happy with that even if it is relatively low percentage compared to reading Silent Witch. Done challenge!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year! :fireworks: :sparkles:


December 31st!

Just a little read today, 2 chapters of 可愛いだけじゃない式守さん with the ABBC. I think I expended the remains of this years reading power yesterday so I took it easy today. :grin:

This book is a great pick for the ABBC I think - I like the super short chapters, if an offshoot doesn’t happen for this club I might carry on with it anyway so I can use it for the days where I need something short and sweet.

(Home Post)

End of Challenge Summary: 100% :tada:

Books Completed

  • Behind the Supermarket, Smoking with You - Volume 2
  • Shadows House - Volume 13
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san - Volume 15
  • Convenience Store Woman

4 books completed this month, which is lower than usual, but thats because I devoted a lot of my reading time this month to getting to the end of コンビニ人間 - I’m really happy to have finished it, its the first novel aimed at adults that I’ve finished, and is the hardest thing I’ve managed to read so far (even though it took me over 6 months to do it :grin:)

Overall, I read 38 manga and 1 novel this year in Japanese. Lower than last year, but I think I challenged myself, and read a lot of stuff that was more difficult this year compared to last year.

2023 was a tough year for me personally, and life has felt a bit bleak at times - but being a part of these challenges has brought me a huge amount of joy. Thank you all for the support, encouragement, recommendations and inspiration.
Lets do it all again in 2024 :slight_smile: