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

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.

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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



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)

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).


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 17

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

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Reading Update: 9月14日〜16日


: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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Day 16:

日本語: I read a lot of ミステリと言う勿れ (finished v9 and am caught up :sob:), some of それでも歩は寄せてくる, a bit of スキップ・ビート, and a bit of 魔王城でおやすみ. ETA: also some of のだめカンタービレ. /eta


中国語: I read 雨水.


It’s not actually on the harder side language-wise, most of it is very accessible. But there are some dense passages with lots of weird vocab…

goes off and flicks through books

Or maybe not? Looking through the first two books again, I could not find much that was really that weird (from my current perspective) so maybe it was just a more beginner me being overwhelmed? :woman_shrugging: I did not want to go as far as books 3 and 4 (where I remember most of the dense and boring stuff was happening) because that would be massive spoilers in case you want to read it at all.


Lmao that cracked me up. I know that feel.

But it doesn’t have to be hard necessarily, just at least average I guess. What I noticed was that across genres, there’s just so many words that I wouldn’t have seen since basically all my books have been modern Japan futsu life. So long as it doesn’t have blatantly simple writing despite being a new setting/theme (e.g. konosuba), I’ve noticed a good amount of new words. Its just that within valid choices for the same theme, I’d prefer to go with the one with harder writing to maybe get some grammar icing on the vocabulary cake. For the medicine category, I currently have no other contenders so it’s not like the difficulty would be too much of an issue.

One example is re zero vs unnamed memory for the fantasy slot. Ive read the web novel for re zero and have the first light novel (unfinished :upside_down_face:), but I wanna try out unnamed memory since I heard the writing was hard and I’ll just stick with whichever feels like it’ll benefit me more assuming I like UM.


Today I didn’t have much time to read. Somehow instead of reading I spend my time browsing sites and buying books. One of the books I bought I started reading right away パラサイト・イヴ.

It’s the book the Parasite Eve games are based on. I managed to read the first four sentences or so. I want to be finished with it until Christmas Eve. Until now book reading seemed to be impossible for me, maybe this time I will actually finish reading a book in japanese.


Day 10

What did I read:

  • 大海原と大海原, Pages 34-42

I’m done with chapter 2. Was able to read last pages smoothly with almost no looking up for things! Kuromaki goes to do her own tasks, telling to Wadanohara that she will meet them later. Party successfully reached Sea Country, but is stopped by Sakemichi.

Words I didn’t know: 結局, 詫び, 特別, 立ち去る

P.S. I successfully bought 鹿の王 on Booklive today, and will start reading it tomorrow alongside with Wadanohara (on which I’m planning to slowdown a bit, since I’m going a little bit too much ahead of Book Club schedule).


Yay! Please tell me how you like it :slight_smile:


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September 17
・Read Honzuki 6. (10% → 13%)

I just remembered I left off at a place where something happened to one of the characters, but now I’m too tired to read and check it out xD

Fellow Haikyuu fan :eyes: :sparkles: :volleyball: Was the first manga series I read in Japanese :3

Sounds like there’s no 5G in the microchip after all :eyes:
…And a compartment to the super secret kanji in brain? 0: :secret: :brain:


Will do!
Might also occasionally poke you with questions, if that’s okay. :sweat_smile:


I’d be delighted!
(Doesn’t mean I will be able to answer them, though :sweat_smile:)


:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: .☆:TANUKIDATE: 20210917:☆. :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:

Day XVII: ボラシシ (小惑星) :space_invader:

~☆~ Special Late Night Edition ~☆~

I’ve not had very much time at all today, so it’s late bedtime reading!
There’s still 21 minutes left of the day… it’s still good.

Two little asteroid friends drifting eternally together in the Kuiper belt.

Not that I’ll think I’ll ever has need of the word, but it’s a cool word:

近日点通過 = perihelion passage

Now away to bed! :zzz:


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:heavy_check_mark: Day 9 (9月 17日) :sparkles:

What did I read:
新完全マスター読解, 4 texts, ~25-30min
暁のヨナ , ch.35, rest from yesterday, 15pages

falling behing with my 歴史366

What I learnt

徐々 じょじょ slowly, gradually,
気負いがない きおいがない no pressure, to take it easy, to feel carefree
動議 どうぎ motivation
探求心 たんきゅうしん spirit of inquiry, curiosity


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Day 17: September 17th
Satori Reader: Secret, episode 43.

Random words
  • 自衛隊 = じえいたい self-defence force
  • 筋トレ = きんトレ muscle training (short for 筋肉トレーニング)
  • 並行 = へいこう parallel, occurring concurrently.
  • 別人 = べつじん different person, changed person.

I’m not too sure if I will be able to read tomorrow, as I’m spending the day out, but we’ll see. Like when I went on vacation last challenge, I might be able to sneak in an episode in between :stuck_out_tongue: .


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Day 17: September 17
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 5 pages
How long did it take me?: 53 min

I was thinking I wasn’t going to read very much today but I somehow…did? Good job, me.
I mean, not like 5 pages is so much but, you know xD

Nagisa’s such a little puppy, he’s very cute :joy: First he’s tagging along with Haru on his run (or attempting to, at least, Haru low-key leaves him in the dust :rofl:), and then he’s begging Rin to be the fourth person in the relay with them (to which Rin says mmmmダメ :rofl:) Not that the relay has even been decided yet, Haru is still Not Interested even after Rin makes Aki try to talk to him and nudge him in that direction. Also, we learn that Haru wrote “Free” on his brick, because of course he did xD

I just want to say that I love how Rin gets distracted by Haru’s flawless swimming, it’s very cute <3 Like, he’s having this conversation with Nagisa, but his mind is obviously on Haru. And how he swims like a seabird soaring gracefully through the air :dove: (excuse me but why is there no seagull emoji)

Some good words:

  • きりがない - endless; never-ending; going on forever
  • 腰を掛ける (こしをかける) - to sit down; to take a seat
  • 必要最低限 (ひつようさいていげん) - bare minimum; minimum necessary (amount, number, etc.) (as in, Haru’s approach to conversation)
  • 自棄糞 (やけくそ) - desperate (this one was written in kana, but I like how the kanji start to look more and more desperate as the word goes on)
  • 社交辞令 (しゃこうじれい) - something said for politeness’ sake; diplomatic language; honeyed words; lip service; empty compliment (Haru would never :stuck_out_tongue:)
  • 用がある (ようがある) - to have something one wants to say (to someone)
  • 察する (さっする) - to guess; to sense; to presume; to judge (can also mean to sympathize with)
  • 言いかける - to start to say; to attempt to say; to be about to say; to break off (mid-sentence)

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Day 17: I finished another two pages of よつば&!It was a much more dialogue heavy couple of pages, which was fun. More formal, too! Also lots of talk related to recycling and burnable vs nonburnable trash.