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

Ha ha the novel I read this summer had a lot of elderly men and I just kind of…skipped their bits and focussed on the verbs that told me roughly what they were saying (usually complaining!). This is one of the reasons I prefer prose to manga.


I have totally done this both with elderly men and at times where the author has decided to have a character talk in katakana. Just resign myself to having a vague idea of what that character is on about lol.


@fustian_garb @sycamore - I’m glad I’m not the only one that sort of unfocusses their eyes and doesn’t bother looking up old-man-speak as long as I know what they’re saying.

In 逆転検事2 there is an elderly monk character. I got to learn that there is a personal pronoun that is solely for Buddhist monks to use. His every text-box made me feel like I knew nothing at all, and I’d just groan the moment there was the hint I’d have to talk to him.

In 逆転裁判1there is a character that’s supposed to be an American. A lot of katakana English that I had to read out loud to make the penny drop on what he was saying.

Now in 逆転裁判3there is a character with a somewhat similar shtick, only it’s katakana French. :weary:


I mainly read from the library. So my 積ん読 pile is the entire library. :"D
I do have some unread stuff though that I bought before I realized that I don’t like storing books. (I’m weird like that. Move across the globe twice in half a year and maybe you’ll become like me as well.)


Had the exact same experience with this character!


.☆:STARDATE: 20210910:☆.

Day X: 繁藤郵便局 :post_office:

I like that Shigetou 「繁藤」is ‘Overgrown Wisteria’ if you translate it literally.

It was going okay, but then I went to look up where it was located and got distracted looking at pictures of Kochi prefecture, wow that place is beautiful!! THOSE BEACHES… THOSE RIVERS with rocks… and TREES!

At least I managed to get some reading in before that… now back to daydreaming about the sands and waters of Kochi.


:fallen_leaf: :books: Challenge Hub :books: :fallen_leaf:

I attempted the one in the summer and far too much happened that led to the challenge being derailed for me. I was already trying to read every day in September, so when I came across an autumn version of the REDC, I knew I had to give it another go.

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:red_square: 0~39% completed
:orange_square: 40~69% completed
:yellow_square: 70~99% completed
:white_check_mark: 100% completed!

:white_check_mark: 殺人出産 (村田沙耶香): read with Sayaka Murata Book Club

:yellow_square: ヒトゴトですから! (ユニ): took a break from it despite being over three-quarters finished

:red_square: クビキリサイクル1(西尾維新):literally SO FAR behind on this book, but I still want to try and make progress with it; part of Informal NISIO ISIN BC

:red_square: 小川未明童話集 (小川未明):wanted to read along with book club, but I’m behind on all my other books :sob:

:red_square: とんかつDJアゲ太郎 (小山ゆうじろう):another manga I put on hiatus that I want to finish

:red_square: 授乳 (村田沙耶香):current pick in Sayaka Murata BC

:yellow_square: 月刊少女野崎くん3 (椿いづみ):for days when I’m low on time to read :grin:

:white_check_mark: ふらいんぐうぃっち1 ( 石塚 千尋):because it was free to read and it’s cute :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

:red_square: かがみの孤城 (辻村深月):I’ve had this book for a few years and joined the book club so I could finally read it. Longest book I’ve tackled so far.


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Day 9:

日本語: I read a fair amount of 鋼の錬金術師 (finished v1) and a lot of ミステリと言う勿れ. Soon I will run out of ミステリと言う勿れ… :sob:


中国語: I read 大雪. I opened up a wiki page (in English) on 节气 to read after work.


Today I was too lazy to put any effort into reading so I just read 30 pages of Chi’s New Home vol. 1, which was free on bookwalker.



What did I read:

  • 世界の休日;パートI-III (Beelinguapp)。

A series of short texts about Christmas traditions in different countries. Not overly interesting to read, in all honesty.


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Day 10 :heavy_check_mark:

I finished Barakamon volume 3 while waiting for a table at a ramen restaurant. :star2: The person waiting in front of me was reading Haikyuu haha


名残惜しい : reluctant (to part)
贖罪 (しょくざい) : atonement
僻む (ひがむ) : to be prejudiced
順応力 (じゅんのうりょく) : adaptability
入り浸り (いりびたり) : frequenting
仙人 (せんにん) : mountain man (esp. a hermit)
絆創膏 (ばんそうこう) : adhesive bandage
丁稚 (でっち) : apprentice

Ahhh I love 逆転裁判 so much :laughing: * I might play it again tonight * I guess you already finished it but if you’re ever wondering what the katakana French means, feel free to ask me!

yay for 月刊少女野崎くん :raised_hands:


Summary Post

Day 10: September 10th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 36.

I’ve had a terrible sleep today, so no word lists nor commentary today, just a quick update ;-; . :sleeping_bed:


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September 10
・Read Honzuki 5. (93% → 95%)

Reading is good study break :3


:house_with_garden: home post

:heavy_check_mark: Day 2 (9月 10日) :sparkles:

What did I read:
暁のヨナ , chapter 34, for the bookclub, 29 pages again. just ~20min today, because I only went through the chapter without looking everything up- my eyes are closing on me… will look up words tomorrow…
Also, during my lesson today, read passages from
Pepper’s website page will link tomorrow!

What I learnt:


more words tomorrow, now sleep is calling :sleeping:


Summary post

Was somewhat sick for most of this week (not terribly so, but that annoying level where you’re not quite sick enough to justify not working but sick enough that working leaves you with minus energy for the day), but somehow I managed to keep up my 30mins ハリーポッター賢者の石 before going to sleep each night at least. Probably because it’s become quite a nice routine :blush:

Today I was feeling mostly better and had some more energy so I read the first volume of the manga ブルーロック.

non-spoilery thoughts about it

It’s a football sports manga, but instead of being like the usual “teamwork is everything!” sports mangas it’s more like a “only the best shall survive” shonen style individual tournament arc. I pretty much just read it a) cos I got it free on Bookwalker, b) cos there’s an anime adaptation thats recently been announced, and c) cos a friend wanted to read it and asked my opinion of it and I was like “well I haven’t read it but it’s free so give me a sec (I mean more like a few weeks since he mentioned it haha) and I’ll let you know”. The description I ended up giving to that friend was that it’s “kind of like a cross between ハイキュー and chunin exam arc Naruto”. I wouldn’t say it blew me away so far but it was enjoyable enough, and I have another free volume of it so I’ll read that too and see if it hooks me. That is the nice thing about the first few volumes of series being free so often on bookwalker, gives you a chance to read a decent amount before deciding if you like it enough to continue.

Got to inform you that your descriptions of ハイ☆スピード! have endeared it to me enough that I’ve finally finished setting up my tenso account with the intention of doing an amazon.jp order at some point to get it (seeing as it doesn’t seem to be available on mandarake or cdjapan or digitally). I was already aware of it before and had wanted to read it cos I like free but the hassle had put me off. But it sounds so cute!!! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Of course, that will give me an excuse to get other things “to make the order worth it” which is a nice but dangerous thing.


Oh my that looks beautiful! Thanks for the distraction, the colour of that water is the stuff of dreams.


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Day 10: September 10
What did I read?: 雨と君と Vol 1
How much did I read?: 26 pages (5 chapters)
How long did it take me?: 15 min

Speaking of super easy things I can go to when I’m exhausted :rofl:
My brain = へばる
My brain really just noped out on me for most of the day, which I really don’t like and I need it to not do that anymore right now. So I’m gonna try taking it easier on the reading for a little bit. …Which I am trying to not be disappointed/feel bad about. I hate that I often feel like I have to give up things in order to function at work. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. Why can’t I just do all the things like everyone else. ksfdkljfl

Anyway, I wanted to look at cute pictures today so that’s what I did :sweat_smile: This manga was actually advertised in a different manga that I bought - normally, I don’t pay any attention to the little inserts that come with manga, but the pictures on this one were so cute that I immediately knew I had to have it :joy: The premise is that this woman finds a “stray dog” (really a tanuki) and takes it home. So far it doesn’t seem to have much of a story line going on, but the art is cute.

Like look at how cute the tanuki is

Something weird that I noticed, I think it uses the exact same page number font as Flying Witch :thinking: It’s pretty sparse on text, but I did still learn some words/phrases.
面倒を見る (めんどうをみる) - to care for someone; to look after someone​
お利口 (おりこう) - well-behaved (esp. children and pets); obedient; good

Ahhh this makes me so happy! :blush::blush: I hope you love it as much as I do :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Aww, that’s a super cute tanuki x3 With a leaf on top of its head, haha :fallen_leaf:


It’s showing support to all of us in the reading challenge for being awesome and keeping up.

読んでくれてありがとう :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:

We read for the Tanuki, from now on.


Don’t worry, you’re doing great! We all need our rest days, as much as we want brain to be on it all the time.

And that Tanuki is very cute, the whole manga looks seriously cute.

I 100% agree with this. Tanuki for the official mascot! :raccoon: :raccoon: :raccoon: