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

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:heavy_check_mark: Day 7 (9月 15日) :sparkles:

What did I read:
日本の歴史366
2 stories yesterday, ~15min

:heavy_check_mark: Day 8 (9月 16日) :sparkles:
What did I read:
暁のヨナ, ch.35, about half of it, ~ 15pages

Not very good reading days… yesterday was so busy, I was so sleepy when reading… and today I’ve had a raging migraine, it just won’t go… even mustering strength to read half a chapter or write here is a feat, if I do say so myself :pensive: coming across the tanuki love outpour galore is the only healing tho :raccoon: I feel refreshed~

On a brighter note, I’m one week in askdadjakdj I can’t believe this :sob: :pray:
It’s all thanks to everyone here being such an inspiration! thank you all! Let’s keep it going!

Will add vocab tomorrow!

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It is kind of an offtopic perhaps, but for October I 100% will need to find something to read (because Wadanohara absolutely won’t last for 1.5 months), so I was wondering if somebody here read 鹿の王? If so, did you like it?

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I think @Naphthalene did

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あっ!!日本語は上手ですね!

I think mine might have been faulty or something, my wi-fi hasn’t even gotten better (I think it might have got worse). Maybe yours will unlock kanji in your brain that hasn’t even been invented yet, super special secret kanji :eyes:

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Day 16: September 16
What did I read?: 雨と君と
How much did I read?: 45 pages - finished the volume
How long did it take me?: 26 min

I…I finished reading the tanuki manga already??? D:
Need to order the next volume asapppp but there are only 2 volumes total right now I think D:::::
But it was such a cute ending :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: Watching the fireworks together at the summer festival <3
Honestly all these last chapters were super cute, I think the tanuki’s cuteness grows more powerful each day

My favorite word of today is ほくほく - being pleased with oneself; beaming happily; chuckling to oneself​

Here's why :3

Some other good words:
おっしゃる通り (おっしゃるとおり) - I agree with you; it is as (someone) says
些細 (ささい) - trivial; slight (I really like that first kanji, don’t ask me why)

These are some words that I needed in my life
The mental image of that last one is low-key terrifying though?? :fearful:

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Day 16: September 16th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 42.

Random words
  • 一員 = いちいん member.
  • 並大抵 = なみたいてい average, ordinary.
  • 胸を張る = むねをはる to throw out one’s chest, to be filled with pride.

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I only read the first volume and half of the second volume. @NicoleRauch read the full thing.

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Hmmmmmm

It has moments I really liked (I like the author’s style a lot, actually). However, the viewpoint just keeps jumping between different characters, which is something that really kills my momentum (regardless of the language). That’s why I kinda dropped the second volume :sweat_smile: I’ll get back to it this year, though.

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Are you (also?) not sticking to the Wadanohara book club schedule?

There is a second volume of Wadanohara, although maybe you already factored that into your calculation.

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Day 16: read another 2 pages of よつば&!

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Thanks!
I’ll keep the part about switching between characters in mind. Overall seems like book is pretty interesting.

Right now I’m reading ahead of time and started chapter 2. I also took volume 2 into account. Though I think I can slow down and just read both Wadanohara and Deer King simultaneously. :thinking:

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At first the author published the series of four books, which I read. Some time later she released a fifth book, which is still on my tsundoku pile :sweat_smile:

Agreed! I found it to be a real page turner during some sections.

To clarify this a bit: There are two independent main story lines, and the book (which is organized into numbered sections and subsections) switches between them with each new subsection (most of the time). So it’s not really jumping around but rather switching back and forth. But I agree with Naphthalene that there are a lot of characters being introduced in both story lines, and they basically all play a role at some point later in the book. I ended up taking notes for who is who :sweat_smile: (This is the author’s style btw, she is very strong on world-building and tells a lot of the background story of the world, which of course also plays a role in the overall narrative.)

I loved the general setting (medieval fantasy), and I loved both main characters (from the two story lines). But! :grin: There’s a bit of a thing going on where they try to find out what happened and why, and so they keep speculating about what it might be, and keep repeating what they currently know and what the theories are (in a very deep way, with lots of complicated - to me - vocabulary), and those passages I found very tiring (especially in volumes 3 and 4). I had several points where I thought I should drop the book for good, but then it switched over to the other story line, and it was again so great that I just couldn’t stop. :woman_shrugging:
So overall, yes I liked it quite a bit. But I’m having a hard time to unconditionally recommend it.

Oh btw, @Vanilla if you want to extend your vocabulary in the (mild spoiler ahead) medical realm, and if you are into medieval fantasy (maybe not? :thinking:) then this might be something for you actually… (Can provide a few vocab-heavy sample pages if you are interested.)

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Thank you for your detailed input!
Sounds good in general, so I’ll give it a try.

It’s going to be a noticeable jump in difficulty though, so wish me luck I guess.

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Sure, I’ll take a look! What I kinda decided on was actually genre jumping and just finding stuff on the harder side within that genre if I can since I’ve been pretty limited to slice of life/romcom so far. I’ve got some fantasy and military themed stuff lined up, but medical seems like a good one too. although with my small tsundoku I’m trying to clear and the other books I have lined up, it may be 20+ books till I get to it :upside_down_face:

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Super late, but I just made my first purchase of actual novels in Japanese so I might as well supplement my studying with some peer pressure as I get through them.

Currently reading 私の穴がうまらない and No.6 and 秋の牢獄 is next! (yeah I’m catching up with the intermediate book club.

I track all my study activity in an old-fashioned notebook so I suspect I will promptly forget about this page, but alas.

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
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Home post - September 17th - read 1.5 pages of 大海原と大海原 from chapter 4.

Today's words

海月 くらげ / クラゲ Jellyfish - although it looks like this takes a bunch of different forms.
バカンス vacation from the French… vacances (this got me)
無理する to work too hard, to push oneself too hard
途中 とちゅう en route, on the way

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Summary

September 16
:maple_leaf: 16
total: 83/100

  • 生命式 (47 → 49%)

September 17
:maple_leaf: 17
total: 84/100

  • 生命式 (49 → 53%) (story 8/12)
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Yesterday’s reading was another slow page and a half of 魔女犬ボンボン in the morning, and the first mini-chapter of Chi’s Sweet Home in the evening.

Today though! I read 3.5 pages, in around the same or less time than it took me to read 1.5 pages the last couple days. The flow was much better, which made it much more enjoyable. The prince’s retainer (in an effort to keep the prince from running amok out of boredom) is recounting rumors about a corgi puppy who became a witch’s familiar, and seems to even have his own magic as well! (That would be ボンボン).

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 17

Read section 2, the rest of chapter 5 in 手紙! Phew, that was a looong chapter.

:raccoon: :raccoon: Main Post :raccoon: :raccoon:

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Reading Update: 9月14日〜16日

Materials:

:white_check_mark: ふらいんぐうぃっち1
:red_square: 授乳
:red_square: 月刊少女野崎くん3

In a move that was pure me, I messed up calculating what time it would be for me when ふらいんぐうぃっち1was no longer free to read. (As it turns out, I can still read the full volume because I added it to my cart and “bought” it? Thought it was a time limited one, but in the end, I guess not.) The plus side to my mishap was that I finished reading it well before time was up. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Overall, I liked it a lot! The characters all have their subtle quirks, they get into cute situations that slowly expand the world of witches, and it was just a nice, relaxing read. I might pick up more volumes the next time Bookwalker does one of those coin back specials.

Some cute screenshots that I liked

I would gladly accept this mandrake. Just look how happy she is!

Where's My Chito Navi

I…I want a Chito Navi…

For real, though, I love this cat.

授乳 is still going slow. :sweat_smile: I swear, I keep coming across words I’ve known the reading to for years, and yet I stare blankly at the kanji…I’ll keep chugging along, though.

I read a little of 野崎くん yesterday right before bed to keep the streak alive. I have family visiting, and it looks like they’re expecting me to be with them from morning 'til night for the next four days. :upside_down_face: That manga’s probably going to be the main thing I read until their trip is over. The section I read yesterday focused on 野崎’s editor (剣さん), who apparently went to both high school and college with 野崎’s old, tanuki-obsessed editor (前野)? It was amusing. :grin:

Clearly 前野 works for the wrong magazine. If only there was one that published a tanuki-centric manga, if even that exists? :thinking: :wink:

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