Day 6: September 6
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 6.5 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 45 min (ish)
Oh man, ok, favorite word of the day - バッタ (grasshopper)
Why, you may ask, is this my favorite word of today?
So first, Nagisa basically puppy-dog-eyes Rin into helping him with his butterfly stroke, which - I already can’t, that’s quite cute.
And then - this part made me laugh for like five minutes
Turns out, his butterfly stroke is apparently terrible. Rin, in his mind, is like…he looks like a grasshopper trying to swim. He seems to have invented a new swimming style - not バタフライ, but バッタ. Bye Rin I’m so done with you
My other favorite moment from today was Haru’s absolutely savage move of snatching the stopwatch out of Makoto’s hand and deleting his swim time so that Rin won’t know what it was. And then he just walks away
Oh man, but the pictures just came up I mean, the part I read is basically just like hey, there are these pictures that exist, but I already know and I And completely apart from The Thing I Know, the way Haru’s appearance in these pictures is described kinda makes me sad too. Why are the pictures making me emotional already, like it’s not time for that yet
Other good words from today:
学び直す (まなびなおす) - to relearn; to brush up
向きになる (むきになる) - to become serious; to take something seriously (joke, teasing); to become irritated or angry (usu. at something trivial); to get worked up
不完全燃焼 (ふかんぜんねんしょう) - I think the literal meaning (incomplete combustion) was the meaning intended in this case, but I found the idiomatic meaning (being off one’s game; not doing one’s best; being unable to use all of one’s strength; failing to obtain the desired result) interesting in the context of this novel as well
Honestly I rarely have this much to say about anything I read I keep thinking, oh, maybe today will be the day when I won’t have very much to say about this, but…I guess today is still not that day I think a big part of it is because I already love these characters so much, reading this book feels like seeing old friends again <3