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

Summary post

Day 7: September 7
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 4 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 5 min

Man, I’m tiredddd as heck today. Still managed to read 4 pages, and fairly fast? :flushed: But not a ton of energy left for writing this post :sweat_smile: I need to stop updating so late tbh, I probably should have gone to bed like an hour ago

Today’s pages were a little bit depressing - it’s a cold, windy winter day in the novel and man did it feel that way. :sweat_smile: A feeling that was further accentuated by Haru’s memory of the freaking funeral procession… Gotta say, the author does know how to create a mood. Poor sweet baby Makoto “hiding in Haru’s shadow” while they watch the funeral procession just broke my heart a little bit…like I just want to comfort him :cry: And then after we get done remembering that, we have a brief and awkward interaction with Aki in which Haru basically overthinks everything he says and does, and concludes that’s he’s saying and doing literally everything “wrong.” Which honestly, what a relatable mood <3

Good words from today (this novel is so full of good words that I want to remember, I love it):

  • うつむく - to hang one’s head; to look down; to cast one’s eyes downward
  • 知らず知らず (しらずしらず) - unconsciously; unwittingly; unawares
  • 嗚咽 (おえつ) - sobbing; weeping; fit of crying (and honestly, what a distressed-looking word, like the kanji just look like sobbing)
  • 蠢く (うごめく) - to wriggle; to squirm; to crawl like a worm​ (this was written in kana, but I had to include this kanji, I mean look at it. It’s got bugs in it. I really love when kanji look like their meanings, can you tell)
  • ぶっきら棒 (ぶっきらぼう) - Haruka Nanase curt; blunt; brusque
  • 思い当たる (おもいあたる) - to suddenly understand (esp. on basis of experience or memory); to come to mind; to recall (in a flash); to be reminded of; to call to mind; to think of; to strike on; to hit on an answer; to seize the crux of a problem

Me at me: stop editing this post and go to bed



:white_check_mark: 7日目 9月8日

Today’s reading from NHK News Web Easy: 使わなくなったたばこの自動販売機埼玉県狭山茶

Interesting reuse of old cigarette machines, but instant tea is :nauseated_face:


Does anybody here have a blank template for the challange?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:


I think just look at any post with it, hit reply, qoute button then just copy and paste m8


I have this in my flashcards and literally draw a blank on it Every. Single. Time. so maybe I need to read this book so I can actually remember it!


I’m a little bit late, but count me in. :slight_smile:

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Reading materials: For now my main reading material will be Beelinguapp on a Beginner level.

8 Sept 2021: 世界中の朝食;パートII





:ballot_box_with_check: Day 8

I read all of chapter 2 in 手紙! I’ve loved watching true crime TV since I was pretty young with my Dad, so the topic of this books is right up my alley. CRIMES. But this is the first time I’ve seen a story detail what it could feel like to be the relative of a criminal, specifically on the day the incident goes out on the news. :grimacing: The younger brother has to deal with the aftermath of his older brother’s choices while still functioning in society. Wild.

Not typing any spoilers yet, but from the next post I’ll probably start talking about more details (and blurring them).

Today's words:
  • 淀む(よどむ) = literally, to stagnate. But in this context it was figurative, to stutter or hesitate (in saying)
  • 叶う(かなう) = to come true (a wish)
  • 事情聴取(じじょうちょうしゅ) = (police) interview, questioning (a witness, suspect)
  • 一通り(ひととおり) = generally, more or less
  • 渦巻く = literally, to whirl/Eddy. Figuratively, to be all jumbled together (thoughts).

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Home post

September 8th 大海原と大海原 read 2 pages taking me to the end of chapter 1 and it took me 15 minutes. The book club starts in 2 days and I’m 2 chapters / weeks ahead =O

Vocab sheet

Added 12 new entries to round out the vocab sheet for chapter 1 (65 ch.1 entries) and it took me another 20 minutes.

Still really impressive!

It’s great being able to see that progress within yourself, a good check-in for how much progress you’ve made, and this goes right back to an excellent point you made previously…

My previous “one day dream goal” was just to be able to read ~stuff~, anything at all, even if it was completely painful. When I visited Japan I picked up a few supposed beginner friendly manga and dreamed of one day being able to crawl through them, imaging myself spending huge amounts of time on each page.

Even though reading is still difficult, it is important to remind myself that even this far was previously thought to be an ambitious goal that’d take me years to begin. So thanks for helping me keep that in mind, for the reminder, and the kind words :slight_smile:

My pleasure and seriously right back at you :star2:
I’ve found sharing this journey and hearing about your progress and excitement to be extremely motivating, that goes to everyone else in this/these thread(s) too =D

wwhhhatttttttt =O =O =O
But you’ve read so much!
So you started on your own, wooooow.


It’s cause I’m so afraid of missing deadlines (~_~;)


My expression after failing to remember what うつむく means again:



Omg! This is so cool to see as I remember you talking about one panel being a struggle some time in the last challenge. And now 2 pages in 15 mins, that’s such amazing progress, very well done :partying_face::partying_face::partying_face: amazing what can happen when you just keep going, bit by bit.


Are you looking for something to read even after this challenge is over? Don’t look any further - the Intermediate Book Club is currently voting for the next pick! Reading will start on October 23rd, right when the Autumn Challenge is about to end! :blush:


.☆:STARDATE: 20210908:☆.

Day VIII: 牛島 (済州市) [우도] :desert_island:

“名前は、島の形が牛が横たわっているように見えることから” :rofl:
Best island name.

I mean I suppose it does… I think? A little… I can seen the head at least.


I wanted to ask you for some time - how do you pick which articles you read?
I suspect you may have already explained this in the summer thread, but I totally missed it :sweat_smile:


I meant to put this to my main post on this thread as well, but completely forgot! :sweat_smile:

But I use “random article” on wikipedia - or おまかせ表示 on JP-wiki - and open three tabs, then pick the one which looks the most interesting.
(At first, in the summer thread, I used to just roll with whatever the first one was but sometimes there’s pages that are hardly even a sentence.)


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Day 7:

日本語: I read a fair amount of パノラマ島綺譚. (to 40%) Getting a little antsy, as I’ve noticed I do with slower books. It’s not a race, self.


中国語: I read 大寒. The last few days have had me thinking that I’m grateful to my past self for deciding to always learn the kanji for words, even it’s infrequently used. Some of those are popping up here in Mandarin with similar meanings, like 又 and 等 and 但(し). Hopefully these nice surprises keep happening. :black_heart:


Summary post

September 8
・Read Honzuki 5. (91% → 92%)

Tiny read, but finished the epilogue! I like where this is going :eyes: (with the plot and nearing the end of the book).
Just the usual side stories left :3


Summary Post

Day 8: September 8th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 34.

Random words
  • 額 = ひたい forehead
  • ぽたぽた = dripping
  • 休憩 = きゅうけい rest (from something you were doing).
  • 定期的 = ていきてき periodic, regular.
  • 和らげる = やわらげる to soften, to relieve.
  • 脱水症状 = だっすいしょうじょう dehydration.
  • 通り抜ける = とおりぬける to go through (enter from one side and coming out from another).
  • 照り付ける = てりつける to shine down upon (strongly).
  • a few more but I don’t want to spam the post too much.

This episode was full of unknown words and a couple new kanji, a bit more challenging than the average. Perhaps I added too many words at once to the SRS but that’s fine, I don’t need to learn them all at the same time. In fact I’m not really studying new words at the moment, I’m only adding them to the backlog. I hope that rereading the series at some point will help me refresh them as well.

Also, as was expected, I come accross words that I studied in WK at some point, but that I don’t remember at all. It do be like that sometimes :joy: .


Thanks =D
I definitely remember those days, spending probably like 30 mins on a single panel.

Although my inner critique thinks this is at least partially because I’m going through an easier manga… but I definitely feel like I’ve been improving!