📚📚 Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 🍁🍂🦝

Don’t worry! By 2030 you will have acquired so many books on top of that pile :joy_cat:


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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

Look at how happy the cat looks when he's being adopted <3

Then, 12 years later - the way the cat's face looks in this panel kills me xD

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:

  • 里親 (さとおや) - pet caretaker (but can also mean foster parent)
  • 首輪 (くびわ) - (animal) collar
  • ありきたり - common; ordinary; conventional; customary​
  • 写ルンです (うつルンです) - a disposable camera made by Fujifilm (there’s even a Japanese wikipedia page on it that I was too lazy to read all of xD)
  • 現像 (げんぞう) - development (of film); photographic processing
  • のどか - tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful​
  • 夜更かし (よふかし) - staying up late; keeping late hours; sitting up late at night; nighthawk
  • 寝かし付ける (ねかしつける) - to lull (a child) to sleep; to put a person to sleep

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:open_book: Post Challenge Extras: Update 1

I’m back! I wanted to take some days off, and guess what… I’m kinda hooked to reading :joy: . 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 :sob: .

Random words

Way to many to list them all, but I’ll put a few nice ones:

  • 端末 = たんまつ terminal, computer terminal, information access device.
  • 格納庫 = かくのうこ (aircraft) hangar.
  • 機能 = きのう function, faculty, feature.
  • 機密 = きみつ secrecy, highly classified information.
  • 合成 = ごうせい composition, synthesis.
  • 回路 = かいろ circuit (electric).
  • 解放 = かいほう liberation, release, unleashing.
  • 報酬 = ほうしゅう reward, recompense, remuneration.

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 :wink: .

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.


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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

Today I learned what ツチノコ is

ツチノコ - a mythical snake-like creature with thick midsection

Ok but this is probably my favorite face

Good words:

  • 仮眠 (かみん) - nap; doze
  • 肉球 (にくきゅう) - (sole of the) paw; pad
  • 湯船 (ゆぶね) - bathtub (a boat of hot water I love it)
  • 細心 (さいしん) - meticulous; careful; discreet; scrupulous; prudent
  • すやすや - (sleeping) peacefully; quietly; soundly​
  • 潜り込む (もぐりこむ) - to slip into; to crawl into (under); to conceal oneself (under)
  • 快晴 (かいせい) - clear weather; cloudless weather; good weather

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 :sparkles: tonight I don’t have pets, I have plants lol

:tada: :tada: Success!

No one can stop the CATS :crazy_face:

Aww :heart: I’m sure she was happy on the inside :laughing:


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Japanese has a proverb for it:


I am loving everyone’s summary/reflection posts, and also the idea of a low key Tanuki Cuteness Brigade book club! :slight_smile:

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) :grin:


I’ll make a proper update one day I swear, took last week off work to try recover my wrists a bit, might take part of this week - so I’m minimising computer & phone usage for a while.

I finished the challenge and for now at least I’m going to keep going… one day I’d like to reach 100 days continuous reading, not sure if now is the time, but I have so many things that I’m excited to read (in particular demon slayer) that reading currently isn’t a chore.


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Finished reading Spy x Family volume 1. Probably the toughest thing I have read so far, but made it through. Had to relax my goals a bit as the first two chapters were really too much for me to read in a single reading session. The interview in the last chapter was also a lot of things at once, makes it a bit hard to follow the flow of conversation. That said, it is not impossible and I’d like to continue reading it.

I already ordered some more manga to stimulate myself. In the meanwhile, I’ll start reading from the hero Avan series. I have no experience with this manga at all, but I do follow the anime it is spun off from and I have been meaning to get into DQ more recently. I think it would be a fun new experience, as I haven’t read any shounen manga in Japanese before.


I’m sure that will happen. Finishing my japanese books won’t be that hard I only have probably around ten books and ninety manga volumes (most were free on bookwalker).

But finishing all visual novels on the other hand should be near impossible. There are much longer than a book and imo the average visual novel is way harder than the average book. Not even knowing all grammar in the tobira book is enough to understanding visual novels.

Speaking of visual novels I started to play Island. Compared to the other visual novels I played, this one seems to be pretty easy. While playing I look up all words I don’t know and put them into my anki deck, including the sentences they appeared in the vn.


Reading Update: 11月3日〜11月8日


:red_square: 授乳
:yellow_square: 月刊少女野崎くん3
:red_square: かがみの孤城

It figures that I become busy the moment I make loftier goals for myself. :expressionless: Despite that, I’m still fitting in reading where I can.

授乳: I started the next short story, 「コイビト」. Right out of the gate, Murata slaps you with a peculiar scenario: a girl making out with a stuffed hamster. Honestly, I really liked the buildup to finding out what exactly ホシオ is. I’m definitely curious to see where this one goes.

月刊少女野崎くん3: Read through a whole chapter of Valentine’s Day shenanigans, starting off with Chiyo eating a chocolate from the box she was going to give to Nozaki. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

かがみの孤城: A new book for my list! I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I bought it in Japan, but it’s thickness was too intimidating. Since a book club for it started up this past weekend, though, I thought I’d take a crack at it. Not too much to say about it yet, though it took me a second to realize that こころ is the name of the protagonist, and not referring to the narrator’s heart/mind/whatever. :upside_down_face:

As a side note, I recently found the twitter account for the writer of 夜は猫といっしょ (for those who are fans of the manga). It looks like they have a blog, if you feel like you need more for your fix of cute kitties.

:house_with_garden: (click for home post)


Finished reading ノルウェイの森 the other week, overall kinda meh. Way outta my depth kanji/vocab-wise but still finished it. I’ll probs read it again next year when I’m at level 60.
Right now I’m reading 新海誠’s first (or one of his earlier?) books, 雲の向こう、約束の場所. I haven’t seen the movie so I’m kinda bored but overall, not too bad so far.


thank youuuuuuuuu. More kittehs to interrupt my twitter feed.


OH NO it’s animated?! This is the best, thanks for sharing!! :smile_cat:

There’s also plushies on the twitter!

OH NO x2


:exclamation::exclamation: Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I need all the cute kitties in my life rn
That gif is so cute omg :pleading_face:

So soft :pleading_face: I was literally just looking at that gif thinking about how much I wanted to pet the kitty and I…I could pet the kitty :o


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Read through the prologue and chapter 1 of the Hero Avan series. It was as expected easier to deal with than Spy x Family, vocabulary wise it leans more towards older usage of language. Funny enough I also picked up skyward sword a bit more and was reading a passage of Japanese mythology in tobira, so that bumped off each other quite well. Once again gotta give kids props for dealing with tiny furigana. Although it gets easier to deal with when there’s more space to breathe. Had to refer to a list of the DQ spells, to kinda connect it with what I already know. Avan already comes off as an established character who knows his own strengths and weaknesses, but has never been challenged as much before. I have already met some familiar looking faces here and there, which makes sense considering it is a new story that takes place before Dai begins. Similar to the Dai series, we’re off to a great start.

Will be reading some more of Avan in the coming days. I had put in an order for more manga which arrived today:


Yes it’s easier than the other ones I play, but there are still grammar points used not covered in the tobira book. Also discovered the first n1 grammar point already. But I will play it every day until I finish it and sentence mine the whole visual novel.

Of course I will also finish everything I already started.


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Okay my long overdue update, sorry for length, funnily enough this is me trying to be brief >.>

  • Oct 22nd Some Demon Slayer + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 23rd Some Demon Slayer + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 24th Demon Slayer 6 pages (started chapter 2)
  • Oct 25th Demon Slayer 18 pages (finishing chapter 2)
  • Oct 26th Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 27th Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 1 page
  • Oct 28th Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Oct 29th Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 1 page
  • Oct 30th Demon Slayer 2 pages + Graded Reader 4 pages
  • Oct 31st Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Nov 1st Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Nov 2nd Demon Slayer 3 pages + Graded Reader 7 pages
  • Nov 3rd Demon Slayer 2 pages + Graded Reader 7 pages
  • Nov 4th Demon Slayer 7 pages
  • Nov 5th Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Nov 6th Demon Slayer 2 pages
  • Nov 7th Demon Slayer 1 page
  • Nov 8th Demon Slayer 2 pages
  • Nov 9th Demon Slayer 27 pages
  • Nov 10th Demon Slayer 7 pages
  • Nov 11th Demon Slayer 35 pages (all chapter 7 and most of chapter 6), finished volume 1

It looks like Demon Slayer volume 1 took me from 2021-10-12 to 2021-11-11

Although I still have lots and lots to revisit, I get all the gist, but small details I’m not 100% confident on. My copy is filed with sticker highlight markers and I even overcame my discomfort of “damaging books” enough that I started keeping pencil notes in the margins.

And I now have volumes 2-10 sitting on my desk waiting =D

@NicoleRauch thanks again so very much, that was the best and exactly the nudge I needed.

@sycamore O. M. G. Tanjiro is the best boy!

some favourite good boy Tanjiro moments (**Spoilers** for demon slayer volume 1)
  • paying the farmers for the basket - I was initially was confused by this scene as I thought the images implied he was stealing the basket and slapping the farmers hand - which didn’t seem to fit his character. After actually working through the lines it got a chuckle out of me and I think I’ll never forget it.

  • worrying about how to mercifully kill his first demon, worrying about the rock not killing it in a single blow and that causing suffering (hope I followed that right), to the point where he waits out the whole night and it “dies of “natural causes”

  • in chapter 6 after going full power hardcore shounen boy mode and easily dispatching two demons, he prays for their souls.

demon slayer is life, or something, apparently

I’ve slowly going through the anime without subtitles, only remotely doable as I already know the plot from the manga.

I started playing the game and although it’s slow I was able to follow through the tutorial and all of its screens of messages, I thought I might have missed something so tried it in English and actually did worse (one of the phrases around button holding in Japanese was clearer I think?) but at the least gained nothing new.


nice! you have reached true enlightenment in the ways of the best boy.


also - I did not know that there was a demon slayer game! ooooh! And you can switch back and forth between Japanese and English? Very tempting!