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

Hello! I’m starting late, but boy do I have to speed up my reading until the JLPT! Wish me luck…

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  • finished 1st chapter of コーヒーが冷めないうちに
  • コマツシンヤ: 睡沌気候
  • &Premium: Me-Time: ひとりの時間は大切。:slight_smile:
  • 坂月さかな: プラネタリアム・ゴースト・トラベル

Welcome aboard @Flicki ! We’re very glad to have you along with us for this journey :smiley:


Summary post

Day 12: September 12
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 5 pages
How long did it take me?: 52 min (new record?)

Aaaand we’re back :slight_smile: And Haru’s back, too, actually, haha, from being out sick. Being healed by the water :heart: I love that he just skipped school and only came to swim practice, because school was not healing (the book legit said that, I didn’t even make that up :joy: I cannot with this boy)

Rin being all, “Haru, come on, we have relay practice,” and Haru being like “…wtf are you talking about, relay practice” is so funny to me. Um, Haru, I think you’re about to get a surprise that you’re not gonna like :joy: But we finally get a version of Haru’s iconic line: フリーしか泳がない (tiny fangirl noises)

I think my favorite word of today is じゃまくさい - troublesome; pain in the butt. Idk why but this made me laugh out loud when I looked it up, Haru thinking Makoto’s concern is a pain in the butt just kills me. he’s your friend and he loves you, be nice :rofl:

Some other good words from today
  • 苛立つ (いらだつ) - to be irritated; to get annoyed; to lose one’s patience (variations of this word seem to be coming up a lot lol)
  • 荒げる (あらげる) - to roughen (e.g. one’s attitude); to raise (one’s voice)
  • 言わんばかり (いわんばかり) - as if to say; as much as to say; as though (omg @Axazel, same word :high_touch: this kind of feels like a grammar point, so I want to try and remember it. …god knows I’m never going to learn grammar any other way)
  • すれ違う (すれちがう) - to pass (by) each other; to brush past (can also mean to be at odds; to clash; to be in conflict)
  • 思いもよらない (おもいもよらない) - unexpected; unforeseen; inconceivable
  • 掻き消える (かききえる) - to disappear; to vanish into thin air
  • 躊躇う (ためらう) - to hesitate; to waver​ (what even are these kanji, omg, I would hesitate too if these showed up out of nowhere it was written in kana in the book though lol)
  • まし - better; preferable; less objectionable; least-worst
  • 心配を掛ける (しんぱいをかける) - to cause someone to worry

(I feel like at some point I’m going to accidentally repeat some word, because sometimes I have to see a word like 5 times before I remember having seen it ever, but I don’t think any of these are repeats)


Why do I keep accidentally making everyone want to read cute manga in these challenges :joy:
It’s 'cause I like cute manga, they’re cute D:<
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Welcome and good luck! :wave: :blush:


Summary Post

Day 12: September 12th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 38.

Random words
  • 発作 = ほっさ fit, spasm, attack.
  • 確信 = かくしん conviction, belief.
  • 芽生える = めばえる to bud, to sprout (works figuratively).

Today was hard, I was really going to call this one off. I don’t even know how I decided otherwise, I suppose my stubbornness is helpful occasionally. めっちゃ眠いけど ;;


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 13

Read chapters 8 and 9 in 手紙!That’s two days in a row of two chapters :flushed: Am… Am I speeding up?!

Guys. I’m in so much trouble with this book. I just finished only the first part (out of 5) and it is already bringing tears to my eyes. It’s the brothers personalities, where both of them care so much while both refusing the other’s love, which seems to be ultimately driving a wedge between them.

Today's words
  • 罵る (ののしる) = to curse, verbally abuse. Can be used when you curse yourself in your head too. My mnemonic: you caught a horse in a net and it’s cursing you. “No, no!! See here!!”
  • 逡巡 (しゅんじゅん) = hesitation, indecision.

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Ahh!! Word twins! I also thought it was a grammer point, but wasn’t successful in finding any YouTube lessons or anything on it yet :sob: (unrelated, but I also have been enjoying your reviews each day!!)

Hello!! It’s never too late! :laughing: Will be cheering for your JLPT studies~


Hi, I’m joining late! I’ve never done a challenge like this before, so I’m going to set the goal of reading at least one panel of よつばと!per day. I just read two pages of it, so far so good!

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Ok, I can no longer cope with this level of Tanuki cuteness at a distance, I have to own this book.


Congratulations, great to have you on board! Sounds like a very sensible and achievable goal and I’m sure by the end of the challenge you’ll really notice the difference.


Home post

Been a few days since I posted an update. Yesterday was the first day that I haven’t managed a chapter of それいけズッコケ三人組 because life got in the way a bit. However I did manage a dozen pages of こぐまのケーキ屋さん in bed before going to sleep, which was exactly what I needed at the end of a slightly stressful weekend. No new words, but I mean, that’s pretty exciting in itself, right? To be able to read something and just understand it! Especially as the furigana were too tiny for my tired eyes so I had to read the kanji. Back to my regular routine of reading in the garden, under a blanket, before work this morning though.


ooh hello! Welcome to you both!! :raccoon:
I also joined late, but better late than never, right?? :relaxed:
Flicki, wishing you the best of luck for jltp, i’m also in the same boat… let’s do out best!


I’m currently in the lookout for tanuki-related material, look at what this entire convo has done to me… :raccoon:
so keep the tanuki recommendations coming y’all!


Home post

TL;DR I accidentally read 7 pages.

September 13th reading 大海原と大海原, I tried to stop after 2 pages, I really really did. But it was so gripping and I wanted to just see a teeny tiny bit more. I keep making more ground on the book club, I tried really hard to slow down, but the book got me.

After 2 pages I tried to stop, but it got me, so I decided 4 was the number. But then there wasn’t much left in the chapter, I’d written out all the panels earlier so I knew there wasn’t a lot of text, and the story was getting really interesting.


I read 7 pages today, finishing chapter 3 (the 4th chapter)… this means I’m now ~ 25 days ahead of the club (4 weeks - 3 days, ish).

I have a manga called 王様ランキング on my shelf that I’ve been wanting to read since I picked it up in Japan late 2019, I spent some time yesterday and today typing up the lines from the first few pages and making a vocab sheet of the unfamiliar words to add to Anki in preparation for trying to tackle it, maybe to give the 大海原と大海原 book club time to catch up, but not confident I can pry myself away from this plot >.>

I’ve also spent a bunch of time looking up grammar in a dictionary of basic Japanese grammar, reading is helping me piece things together so very much.


I like this word actually, the kanji are recognizable and I feel like the word appears quite often.

If you remove the う at the end the vocab has the reading ちゅうちょ and you get the noun form “hesitation, indecision” :3 Idk how to explain but these kind of “word pairs” kinda tickle me in a good way if that makes sense xD


Big endings just lead to tiny beginnings.

I should get to reading myself. Rooting for my boy :sloth: to show up again.


:sloth: ? Is that like an upside down :raccoon: ?



しろくまカフェか? If so, my copy is waiting on my bookshelf for my Japanese to be good enough, in the meantime I’m slowly making my way through the less scary parts of the vocab sheets.


:scream: Hope you’re okay?

In case you’re looking for something to distract you while you’re waiting for the group to catch up: the Advanced Book Club is starting their new pick on Saturday :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

This invitation of course extends to everybody who is looking for a new book to read:


Thanks for the invitation but I’m nowhere near good enough to try anything from the advanced club, at a stretch maybe I could try something from the beginner club =p


Just wanted to tease you a little :wink:
but in a friendly way - please don’t be mad!

That would have been my second suggestion! We’re currently reading a collection of (very) short children’s stories, so you can hop in and out to your heart’s content. The club has also been very active discussion-wise, with lots of grammar questions to be asked and answered, so maybe give it a shot? The stories are freely available on the web, so you can start straight away.