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

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

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:

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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

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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: .

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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!

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Day 8: September 8
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 4.5 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 21 min

Well, Haru is still in the worst mood ever (poor sick and grumpy baby needs to be wrapped up in a blanket and put away from the world for a little while). But we have definitely lightened the tone from yesterday :joy:

I can’t decide which of these is my favorite word of today: ロマンチスト - romantic/dreamer or 人工衛星 (じんこうえいせい) - man-made satellite

Let me tell you why

They’re a few months away from elementary school graduation, and the whole class is coming up for ideas for projects to commemorate the occasion. In the end, everyone votes to do this flower bed under the sakura tree thing. Afterward, Rin’s all, oh Makoto, you agreed with the flower bed idea, who knew you were such a ロマンチスト~
But then we find out what Rin’s idea was
Riiiiin why are you like this :joy: You absolute dork. This is the most Rin thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life, omg :joy: Launching a satellite with letters about their hopes and dreams and friends inside of it, that’s not something a ロマンチスト would do at allll :rofl: You’re in the sixth grade you dork, where the hell are you gonna get a satellite? Rin just living his life as the main character in his own story, as usual
AND HARU AGREED WITH THIS IDEA, APPARENTLY, which makes this whole scenario 500 times better. Was it just because he really didn’t like the flower bed idea? The world may never know. But it’s extremely cute either way.

Some other good words from today:

  • 寄せ付ける (よせつける) - to allow (someone or something) to come near; to let get close
  • 愛しむ (いつくしむ, more commonly spelled as 慈しむ) - to love (someone weaker than oneself); to be affectionate towards; to treat with tender loving care (what a cute af word)
  • 耳障り (みみざわり) - hard (on the ears); offensive (to the ear); rasping; rough; harsh; grating; jarring; cacophonous
  • 過ぎる (よぎる) - to go by; to cross; to pass by; to flash across
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I added over 1200 to mine this summer after reading my first novel :dizzy_face: I was hoping to learn as I went but it quickly became apparent that that strategy was doomed to failure. I don’t add sentences to my flashcards but I’m surprised how often when I’m learning the cards, even 2-3 months later, I can remember the part of the story when the word cropped up. Obviously I’m hoping that by the time I get towards the end of the backlog I’ll have learnt some of those cards by other means but I’m happy to just gradually work through them.

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Well done! May I ask where did you get that japanese calendar selection option from? I need one just like this! Thanks in advance :smiley:

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hello everyone! I just came across this thread earlier today, and I want to join too, is it okay if I do, even with a late start? I had been checking the summer reading challenge during summer and wanted to try so bad, but real life and work were so hectic, I was never able to maintain my daily reading. Reading along the thread, especially what windupbird said truly resonated with me :pleading_face: Also, thank you for hosting this! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

building a habit of reading and being consistent is what works best for me, but attaining that consistency and forming habits… yeah, I’m not so good at it…

Also, I’ve never done this before, so any hints would be welcome… I guess I will make a home post with the calendars (oh goodness, how to copy that T__T ) and my reading materials, and refer back to it everyday? is that how you normally go about it? Thank you!

Also, don’t mind me, I’m casually going to follow everyone on bookmeter :laughing:

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Absolutely join in!

In terms of a homepost, just choose anyone’s post with calendar and copy-paste it in. Don’t spend too long fretting about what you’re going to be reading - it doesn’t need to be the same thing every day, it doesn’t need to be loads, you’re aiming for something every day no matter how small.

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thank you for the warm welcome and advice! I will do just that! And you’re absolutely right… whenever I pick up too many things to read/study/do, I get overwhelmed and end up not seeing through half of them… :sweat_smile:

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Guess what word came up in my reading today??? :rofl:
I only managed two pages so far today instead of a whole chapter as work is annoyingly getting in the way of japanese! I’ll try to finish the chapter on the train home but if not, it still counts.

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:0!!! AMAZING!!! (now THIS is what makes me love learning Japanese)

Welcome, welcome!! :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:

Posting may not always be possible, due to a busy schedule and such, but I try to post everyday if I can. I found that it adds just the right a amount of (little) pressure and (a lot of) reward to keep reading each day!
Also, even on days where you only read a liiiiitle, liiiiitle bit be kind and count it towards your streak! Reading a even little bit is still reading, right? :laughing:

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September 9th Started chapter 2 of 大海原と大海原, I read 6 pages, and it took me 1.5 hours - although that included adding 43 entries to the vocab sheet. I’m honestly really really happy with 15 minutes per page including populating the vocab sheet.

I feel I’m starting to get a hang for this books common vocab and the speaking patterns of some of the characters, I noticed in particular when a new character appeared and I had to spend more time trying to figure them out.

Today the word 鮫[さめ] came up which I’d never properly learned but which I could identify thanks to @windupbird mentioning サメーズ -サメとアザラシ- in their reading during the summer club - a great example of the bonus tangential learning I get from this club =D

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I’ve included 2 options for calendars in this post, both of the same calendar.

If you expand the first details section you should be able to just copy & paste the calendar (you might need to remove the ```).

Alternatively, if you reply to this post, and then from within the reply editor select the top left button “quote whole post” it will copy my entire post into yours - which you can then edit keeping only the contents contained within the second “details”.

I’ve included some brief instructions on using the calendar below.

Blank calendar - copy and paste
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| 月 | 火 | 水 | 木 | 金 | 土 | 日 |
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|06[]|07[]|08[]|09[]|10[]|11[]|12[]|
|13[]|14[]|15[]|16[]|17[]|18[]|19[]|
|20[]|21[]|22[]|23[]|24[]|25[]|26[]|
|27[]|28[]|29[]|30[]|    |    |    |

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| 月 | 火 | 水 | 木 | 金 | 土 | 日 |
|    |    |    |    |01[]|02[]|03[]|
|04[]|05[]|06[]|07[]|08[]|09[]|10[]|
|11[]|12[]|13[]|14[]|15[]|16[]|17[]|
|18[]|19[]|20[]|21[]|22[]|23[]|24[]|
|25[]|26[]|27[]|28[]|29[]|30[]|31[]|
Blank calendar - reply and quote whole post
Sept
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Oct
01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Calendar instructions

Once you have a calendar you will see a bunch of cells like 31[] which will render as 31

If you put a lowercase x inside the box like 31[x] it will render as 31
If you put an uppercase X inside the box like 31[X] it will render as 31

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Got it, thank you!

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:fallen_leaf::house_with_garden: vasi’s home post :books: :maple_leaf:

Sept
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Oct
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Goals

:moon_cake: keep up with daily reading, no matter the amount! be kind to myself
:moon_cake: post here daily to keep myself accountable and interact with everyone as much as possible! seeing everyone’s posts and progress works as the best motivator after all! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:
:moon_cake: try to slowly add in mandarin reading in my schedule as well… i’m still beginner level, and seeing too many unknown words scares me so much, so I hope I can work aroun that.

:dart: Another reason I’m why I’m reading is because I want to get in as much reading practice and immersion in time for the December JLPT, and reading is one of the best approaches for me.

Materials

I will keep updating this as I go, but here are the ones I have at hand and which I’m already committed to (or trying to get committed to) by some extent:

:maple_leaf: 日本の歴史366
:maple_leaf: 暁のヨナ (漫画)(bookclub :heart: )
:maple_leaf: 完全マスター読解 (教科書)
:maple_leaf: MARS RED (漫画)
:maple_leaf: Todai app for news

Updates

Status: 51/ 52 days
Week 1 (9-12 September)
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day3 | Day 4 :fire:
Week 2 (13-19 September)
Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 :fire:
Week 3 (20-26 September)
Day 12 | Day 13 | Day 14 | Day 15 | Day 16 | Day 17| Day 18 :fire:
Week 4 (27- 03 October)
Day 19 | Day 20| Day 21| Day 22 | Day 23 | Day 24 | Day 25 :fire:
Week 5 (4-10 October)
|Day26| Day27|Day28| Day29| Day30| Day31|Day32 | :fire:
Week 6 (11-17 October)
Day 33 | Day 34| Day 35 | Day 36| Day 37 | Day 38 | Day 39
Week 7 (18- 24 October)
Day 40 | Day 41 | Day 42 | Day 43 | Day 44| Day 45 | Day 46 :fire:
Week 8 (25-31 October)
|Day 47 | Day 48 |Day 49 | Day 50| Day 51| Day 52 :fire:

Lastly, after stalking everyone’s bookmeters, I think it’s only fair that I share mine as well, lol
Bookmeter
Goodreads

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No, it’s not okay… it’s perfect! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: It’s actually the best occasion, since we will be having a longer break until the Winter one just to make them fit better, so it really doesn’t matter at all if anyone starts late, you can still do the 61 days if you wish.

Hmm perhaps the thing that I could recommend the most is, as long as you do a little bit, no matter how small, you’re right on track. I try not to miss any day because I’m way too stubborn and missing once tends to derail me further. But honestly if you do end up missing some days for some reason, don’t worry at all, the important thing is that you’re doing more reading than you were doing prior to the challenge, and that’s reason enough to feel satisfied. Also I’d say don’t feel like you have to read a lot everyday; there are days where I just read one episode in Satori Reader and call it a night, and occasionally some of those are pretty brief. Of course, the more you do, most likely the faster you will improve, but the important thing is trying to avoid burnout. I did burnout a bit last challenge when I pushed it from 61 to 75 days. Reading the right amount for you everyday is much better than not reading for a month, IMO. You can always bump that up if you feel like it.

The way I and for what I’ve seen many others do it, is post a daily update with that day’s work and a little commentary if I want to add anything. Then I go to the home post and update it, as well as this thread’s second post with the summary of everyone and the days we’ve completed so far. I don’t really track reading materials because I just add whatever I feel like reading that day, but I do have a few resources that I resort to, those being a couple of video games and Satori Reader. I also don’t track time spent reading because personally for me I don’t need it, but that’s definitely a personal preference, many others do indeed track it.

For the templates you can quote anyone’s post and then copy it, the one you like the most. I’m not sure if it copies the checkboxes but those are just simple [ ] put together without spaces. To check them you can either click on them after the post is created or edit them with an x in between, like this [ x ] .

I’ll post my template if you’d like to use it, but you can use any, I don’t think anybody would mind :wink: .

Template
| | | |Sep| | | |
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|月|火|水|木|金|土|日|
| | | 01 [] | 02 [] | 03 [] | 04 [] | 05 [] |
| 06 [] | 07 [] | 08 [] | 09 [] | 10 [] | 11 [] | 12 [] | 
| 13 [] | 14 [] | 15 [] | 16 [] | 17 [] | 18 [] | 19 [] | 
| 20 [] | 21 [] | 22 [] | 23 [] | 24 [] | 25 [] | 26 [] | 
| 27 [] | 28 [] | 29 [] | 30 [] | | | |

| | | |Oct| | | |
|--|--|--|--|--|--|--|
|月|火|水|木|金|土|日|
| | | | | 01 [] | 02 [] | 03 [] |
| 04 [] | 05 [] | 06 [] | 07 [] | 08 [] | 09 [] | 10 [] | 
| 11 [] | 12 [] | 13 [] | 14 [] | 15 [] | 16 [] | 17 [] | 
| 18 [] | 19 [] | 20 [] | 21 [] | 22 [] | 23 [] | 24 [] | 
| 25 [] | 26 [] | 27 [] | 28 [] | 29 [] | 30 [] | 31 [] |

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Status: In Progress
Completion: 0 / 61 days (0%) 

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Edit: the template copies these as well ``` at the beginning and end; just remove them in both places. But I see you already created your post so it might not be needed :wink: .

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Aah, Thank you so so much for all your tips and advice And thank you for sharing your template, even though I ended up somehow writing one up by getting bits and pieces from everyone else’s from above (I suck at this formatting thing btw).

Honestly, thank you both for this, I think this is the thing I need to remind myself the most when it comes to such tasks and challenges, because I tend to be too strict with myself… But you’re both right! What matters is the effort and the fact that we do strive to read everyday, even if it’s just a little bit :relaxed: I will keep this in mind! <3

As for daily updates, i think I will save writing those for the end of the day, or beginning of the next!

Thank you so much for this, it’s so useful!!!
And thanks for following back on bookmeter! よろしくね!

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 9

I read all of chapter 3 in 手紙!Today I got a little more back story as to why the older brother is so desperate to get his little brother into university.

I would feel the same too if my mom literally worked herself to death trying to pay for me and my brother to go to school. And worse that she died right after they got into a huge fight that kept her awake, crying until her 5 am work shift. So he blames himself more.

I learned many words as usual, but there was one special one today: 棒に振る (ぼうにふる) = to waste, make a mess of. The origin comes from selling fish and veggies from a balance pole, until all of the items are sold off. Even if all the items sell it doesn’t increase profit much, hence this expression.

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