Yesss, a new convert
I humbly accept this new title
I’m just glad I stumbled upon a site that can help people with their Japanese!
Yesss, a new convert
I humbly accept this new title
I’m just glad I stumbled upon a site that can help people with their Japanese!
I finished reading volume 2 of tanuki, right on time. Last few stories were so cute and wholesome. I read the halloween chapter during halloween, which was a funny coincidence. At the end of the volume there was a sidestory about the protag being in high school, which was kinda neat. It’s probably also the most text heavy chapter in it and definitely gave me some good practice. Reached another milestone by reading 25 volumes this year, thank you .
I can’t believe it’s been another 2 months of reading. Personally I’m not done with it just yet and will extend the challenge for another month. The next piece I’ll read is Spy x Family volume 1. Already read it through mangaplus in English and they just showed the first teaser of the upcoming anime adaptation. This makes it a good time to start reading it in Japanese. It is a mix of light hearted wholesome moments and spy action, so I’m kinda excited to read it.
Fall/Autumn 2021 Reading Challenge Completion Post
Completion: 58 / 61 days (95.08%)
As the summer challenge, I’ve enjoyed a lot having a daily commitment and a nice place to come back to. This challenge has been very popular again, and it’s very nice to see familiar faces and new ones alike. I’m very fond of the laid back nature of these threads, where everyone is doing their own thing but coming back to report cool stories and thoughts to the rest. It reminds me of the Shared Study Log thread I was participating in earlier this year, and now that I don’t participate there right now, it’s nice that I can get the same sentiment with a lot more participation. But on top of that, it has worked its magic and made me read virtually everyday for two months. I really like the short nature of it.
Having participated in the summer challenge I was already aware of some pitfalls that I needed to take care of. I learned to drop resources that I don’t feel like using, to not feel the pressure of having to finish them when I can just drop it right there and find something else. This has happened twice for me in this challenge: once with the Satori Reader story I was reading, and the other with Recettear: An Item Shop’s tale, which is not a bad game but it didn’t hook me much in the end.
I’ve learned to work with failure a bit more. I’ve always been very perfectionist and little failures could always potentially make me derail a lot or quit altogether. It’s not a healthy mindset to have at all and something I’ve been working on with varying degrees of success over time. It’s also not realistic, and you can’t learn anything without failing over and over again. When I missed my first day in this challenge I made it a chance to not let it demotivate me, and to keep going just as normal, even though it bothered me a bit. In the end I’ve missed 3 days, which is honestly awesome and something I’m very happy about. The fact that I kept going makes me genuinely proud. And not only that, I’m much more willing to miss days or take rest days altogether, because I would rather miss 10 days than month and a half. I’m happy that I can interiorise this more and more. Sometimes life happens and breaks are needed. And I like to keep track of the percentage, I feel like it takes away the thought of “if you fail once that’s not everyday and therefore you’ve failed the challenge”. You can very well complete a certain % of it and call it a success. My challenge consists more of “how many days can I do out of 61”.
I’ve learned that it would be much more beneficial for me to prioritise easier resources. As much as I would love to be fluent and play hard games, I’m just not at that point. I’ve had days when I’ve fought FFXIV so much that it was barely productive, and I could have used that time to go through a larger amount of vocabulary and grammar. Finding resources that are just for my level or close will be the next challenge. Both 君の名は and 星の王子さま will fall close, I think. I want to try a full novel next.
I was right in that 61 days seems to be my sweet spot. I made it to 75 last challenge and it burnt me out a bit. I will end my challenge here, and now that it’s over, I will most likely keep posting in a very relaxed manner what I’m doing until the Winter one. There are still 2 months left, and I would certainly miss this thread. It probably won’t be a daily thing, though ^^ .
Thank you to everyone that participated, and good luck to the ones that are still fighting their own challenges. 頑張ってください。
Thanks! Turned out to be my 10th book this year. Which means I’ve reached the goal I set for myself this year :DD 10/10
I like that I completed it in October, the tenth month of the year. So an average of one book per month. Certainly not bad
This whole thing you wrote… I love it <3
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 21 (and finished it), some of パノラマ島綺譚, an exploratory couple of pages of かがみの孤城, this week’s reading of ヨコハマ買い出し紀行, a bit of それでも歩は寄せてくる, and some of 魔王城でおやすみ.
中国語: I read 不是我的狗 on MB, plus one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学 and one page of 妙手仙丹.
And challenge success! I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts, and having this challenge definitely spurred me to read more than I otherwise would have.
Day 58: November 1
What did I read?: じじ猫くらし
How much did I read?: 18 pages
How long did it take me?: 29 min
So I found me another cute cat manga to read xD It seems like the story has a very similar vibe to 夜は猫といっしょ, basically “cat doing cat things.” I love the art style a lot though, it’s very cute and has a very soft and comfy vibe to it.
Just when you thought the cat couldn’t get any cuter - smol kitten version
飛び乗る (とびのる) - to jump upon (a moving object)
飛び移る (とびうつる) - to jump from one thing to another
満喫 (まんきつ) - fully enjoying
塞く (せく) - to dam (up) (stream)
さらう - to carry off; to run away with; to sweep away; to snatch; to kidnap; to abduct
一番乗り (いちばんのり) - first to arrive
Started reading Spy x Family volume 1 (the x is for aesthetic purposes like in hunter x hunter and is not pronounced). First chapter is very long and dense. It’s been a while since I read it as well, so I had quite a bit of trouble reading through. Was distracted during the day and when I got to it at night it was too much to read in one go, so I broke it up and read the rest after waking up. It is a spy action manga where the political relations between the two countries are explained, so it is more difficult than most the stuff I have been reading despite the abundance of furigana because it is more specialised. That said it did get better during the second half as it was more action focused, than explaining the background. I also know the manga and it should be more dialogue based around Anya later on.
Despite the lack of updates, I managed to finish the challenge. That being said, I’m not fully satisfied with how I did. I’m happy that I only ended missing one day out of the two months, but one of my goals was to build a good reading habit. To me, reading a page of manga right before bed a lot of the time wasn’t quite what I envisioned. Maybe if that page took more effort on my part, then I’d feel differently. In the moment, it also felt like, “whoops, gotta read something quick to keep the streak alive.” There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. I just wish I hadn’t used it as a crutch as often as I did.
With that said, I’m going to continue the challenge into November. My goal is to have fewer “keep streak” days (i.e. read for longer than two minutes before bed). I hope to build a stronger reading habit, as well as make some more meaningful progress with my book list (I’ve really only done that with 野崎くん). Another goal for the month is to update more frequently. I think of things to add to my update posts as I read, but by the time I get around to actually writing one, I forget what those things were…
Just a brief update for today. I finally finished the first story in 授乳. It’s not my favorite of 村田’s short stories, but I still think there was enough there to keep me interested. The discussion in the Murata Book Club helped me shape my opinion. I’m honestly so grateful for the book community on WK, both here and elsewhere on the forums. I think trying to up my reading skill would be a lot more arduous without all of the sharing and support people contribute.
I tried to read a tiny amount everyday, tho I realize that the “tiny” amount had to be at least 1% of the book I was reading, because that would “look like” progress. Not sure how I feel about that, all I know is that I got reading done. Which kinda was the point, wasn’t it ? yeah xD
What I read:
・Honzuki 5 (75%-100%)
・Kono Oto Tomare vol. 18
・YagaKimi vol. 8 (almost forgot I read this on the very first day)
Was originally planning to read the rest of the Kono Oto Tomare series, but was too busy for sitting down for a reading session like that. I’d rather binge a volume of manga instead of reading it a tiny bit every day. That’s just my preference tho. So when I finished Honzuki 5, I started reading Honzuki 6 instead of focusing on manga.
What made reading Honzuki perfect for me during this challenge, is that the books have many chapters and most of those are good chunks for a tiny read. And also because I really enjoy this series, makes me wanna read more. (Except for the less exciting part in the middle of Honzuki 5, but that’s fiiiine)
I’m happy to have participated in this challenge - at first I thought I’d be way too busy, but was convinced it’d be worth it (thx @Omun & @Thud :3 was worth it! ) I’d write more, but I have something ramble-y in mind and this is becoming a tiny bit longer than a “tiny” summary already xD
I’m looking forward to the next round of challenge!
I like how your quote from September 6 is still relevant xD I love it!
I read some more 四月は君の嘘 manga yesterday. But today I was too lazy to read any japanese outside of texts in the tobira book.
During the challenge I read every day and I will continue to read on most days until I finish all my japanese reading material, which will take me at least until 2030.
Day 59: November 2
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 4 pages
How long did it take me?: 44 min
The first day of the tournament is here! (It is a two-day affair, apparently, which I did not realize before) The team mood/atmosphere is awkward and lacking in confidence Not the best way to start out a competition…
The lol moment: when they go to check in for the tournament, the check-in person sees their names written down and starts looking for them on the girl’s list Poor babes. Girly names, every last one of 'em xD And this person gets all the way down the list of girl’s names before they look up and realize, oh…it’s boys xD After they finally get checked in and head toward the locker rooms, Nagisa blames this incident on Rin’s name (because there was some female animal in the zoo named RinRin apparently?? Nagisa, what are you on ), but Rin’s like, it’s not just my fault, you have a girly name too, dumb butt xD (I mean, not literally that, but I imagine his tone to be something like that)
The ow my heart moment:
We run into Sousuke(!) in the locker rooms and he has a tiny catch-up with Rin.
…I feel like this thing that he says and my reaction to it is a pretty major spoiler if you haven’t seen the anime already (at least the first season), so I’m gonna blur it too, just in case.
He asks Rin, おやじさんとは会えたのか?
exCUSe me, Sousuke, you cannot just do that
You did not just casually ask Rin that
Sousuke knows about Rin’s pre-meet thing of going to visit his father’s grave I don’t know if I realized that before, that he knew that Rin did that, but if I did, I certainly forgot about it. Rin My sweet baby angel
競技場 (きょうぎじょう) - field; sports stadium; arena (in this case, the pool where they’re having the tournament)
屋内 (おくない) - indoor (court, pool, etc.)
口数 (くちかず) - number of words a person speaks
mouth number lol
不審 (ふしん) - incomplete understanding; doubt; question; distrust; suspicion
気を抜く (きをぬく) - to lose focus; to let one’s mind wander; to relax one’s attention
手近 (てぢか) - near; close by; within reach; handy (I love how literal it is)
切り上げる (きりあげる) - to close (at a certain point); to cut short; to stop early; to finish (at a convenient spot)
見合わせる (みあわせる) - to exchange glances; to look at each other
準決勝 (じゅんけっしょう) - semifinal
決勝 (けっしょう) - finals (in sports) (again, the logic of this word and the previous word is just )
Don’t worry! By 2030 you will have acquired so many books on top of that pile
Day 60: November 3
What did I read?: じじ猫くらし
How much did I read?: 17 pages
How long did it take me?: 28 min
The first part of today’s reading was the adoption moment, and it was super cute :3
Apparently, this is based on the author’s actual life, so there were pictures of the irl cat too, which were adorable.
I also learned some interesting words today:
Post Challenge Extras: Update 1
I’m back! I wanted to take some days off, and guess what… I’m kinda hooked to reading . I was missing it quite a bit already, I’m surprised the habit is actually forming, big success! And I told myself: hey, now that the challenge is over, why not try something completely new for fun? I don’t feel like I need to log anything anymore right now, so might as well just try something and if it’s a complete failure then that’s it and I move on. So I did. I’ve been playing NieR:Automata for the last couple of days, and actually… guys, it actually is not that bad! Like, sure there is hella fast text sometimes, but I’m surprisingly able to parse a good chunk of it, and it also helps A LOT that most of the dialogues that are automatically advanced are voiced. But seriously, it’s actually. not. that. bad. It even seems much more reasonable than FFXIV. Sure I don’t know many words but the sentences are so far quite forgiving, in the sense that the words I don’t know are not thrown at me at the same time, and they are spread in different sentences that I’m able to understand because there’s only one word that I don’t know, and so on. It’s made mining new vocabulary super easy. And on top of that, the game is so much fun. If I miss any crucial part, I can always just watch that part from any Let’s Play on YouTube and stop it anywhere. It’s looking very good. These challenges are working, you guys .
Way to many to list them all, but I’ll put a few nice ones:
Also, unrelated, but I wanted to add something. For the ones of you that after completing the challenge might not feel very satisfied, honestly I can understand where you’re coming from. I also had days when I just read very little to mark the day and that’s it. And you know what? It’s precisely because of those days I kept the flame alive that I’m able to do much more right now. It’s because the commitment of just coming back everyday that my habit of trying to read everyday is forming. It’s what made it a part of my daily life a bit more, and right now I’m looking forward to it even after the challenge is over. If that means that I read just a paragraph everyday for a whole month, so be it. And that’s why I say, regardless of the amount that you managed to work on in this challenge, rejoice. You still worked many days (which perhaps might have been empty otherwise), and in this long-term endeavour that is learning Japanese, it’s progress, and that’s a big success. You will have the energy to push that amount up a bit more whenever you have the time and the drive, and it will be in big part because of all of these seemingly meaningless days that will create the habit that will let you do that.
I know my Japanese learning journey has been (and is) a complete roller-coaster, a constant fluctuation of “wow I feel so proficient! How is it possible that I can understand this language!” and “wow I’m literal garbage, I thought I knew and I’m literally a beginner after this long”. And once I’m temporarily out of the “wow I’m garbage” phase, I’m so grateful that I kept pushing even a tiny bit despite those feelings. And grateful that @Redglare joined the challenge despite knowing they couldn’t read as much as the summer one, and still they ended up doing so much anyways, proving this whole point I’m rambling on and on about.
Everything seems very mood dependant, so try not to whip yourself too much when in low spirits and just do what you can. You will be able to do much more when the proper time comes. For now you completed a read everyday challenge .
That was long, I’m so sorry lol.
Also @windupbird those cat pics are adorable. Stop it before it’s too late, save everyone’s wallet! It’s happened once, it will happen again!
kitteh!!! I like to think that was how my cat looked when we adopted her 15 years ago, but…when we went into her pen at the sanctuary to collect her and put her into her cage, she was more like ‘I don’t know what’s happening here, let me just go and have some more kibble, just to be on the safe side’. And that’s pretty much been her modus operandi ever since.
I’ve had this book on my amazon.jp list for a while but I already have ahem a few cat-related manga waiting to be read at home.
Smol read, big fruit :3!
I think you are spot on with your statement of how showing up to do your thing every day, even if it might not be fun all the time, still helps you form a habit in the long run. That’s exactly what I’ve learned from doing WK every day too. “Buckets of sand can make a mountain” or however that saying was. This was basically something @jprspereira preached and I took his word for it and I’m so glad I did.
Day 61: November 4
What did I read?: じじ猫くらし
How much did I read?: 40 pages
How long did it take me?: 36 min
ツチノコ - a mythical snake-like creature with thick midsection
Last day! I’m gonna do a separate end-of-challenge post a bit later, though, since I still need to set up the home for my new plant tonight I don’t have pets, I have plants lol
No one can stop the CATS
Aww I’m sure she was happy on the inside
I am loving everyone’s summary/reflection posts, and also the idea of a low key Tanuki Cuteness Brigade book club!
I also just had to say that I came across this phrase for the first time today: 目の下のクマ !!! In Japanese you don’t have circles under your eyes, you have bears! (so cute)