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

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Day 37: Read another 6 pages of よつば&!


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 38

I finished 手紙 today. 50 pages in a single day is a major record for me :flushed:
Maybe I can join 多読?!?

Final thoughts: 手紙 is immediately interesting, as it gives you drama and a new perspective from the very beginning. As with a lot of authors, you’ll see a lot of the same vocabulary used again and again (so many ways to say someone looked at something or furrowed their brow! Oo!) so that’s also great for learning too! Lots of kanji! The only drawback for me was that is got a little… Not unbelievable, not cheesy… a little on-the-nose at the end? Characters started giving a lot of strong life advice at the end, and the main character would sit and listen and take their opinions very seriously. Felt like less of a story for a second, and more like lesson time! The veeeery veery end is pretty interesting though. Gives you a lot to think about. I wonder if I were Naoki, what I would do differently…

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As if that’s a bad thing! D:<


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I think it’s a good time for another update post, before the weekend kicks off. Over the past few days I read 3 stories and a poem from 10分で読める物語 二年生. Some stories are easier or more enjoyable than others.

I didn’t really have much expectations before reading 夏休み、ぼくはおばちゃんちに行った, but it was much far more enjoyable than I thought it would be. It’s about a kid that comes from a pretty neat and organized city that goes to visit his grandma for the summer break. At first he doesn’t like going all the way out to the boonies to stay there. No one can blame him, there’s not much to do out there and the place is a mess. However the local kids invite him to play at the river and he changes his point of view. It’s kinda sweet and kinda funny story with a little bit of silliness to it.

空がある is a little poem about the sky and I liked it. Then there’s 三月の風, a story about the wind pulling pranks on people. Quite a good read as well. I didn’t really like みどり色の宝石, which is a shame because I like green and the artwork was pretty good.

There’s a haiku and two stories left for the weekend. I already put an order in for more manga to read after that, so stay tuned. :eyes:


Home post October 8th - restarted & finished graded reader 姿すがたおくさん, wrote up the remainder of chapter 3 for 王様ランキング, and worked with a friend to breakdown some sentences from them reading やがて君になる.

Not sure when is the right time to start 王様ランキング, although I still have quite a bit of vocab harvesting to do from it.
In the meantime I still have a few unread graded readers I should try read soon before they’re no longer useful to me, amd I’m party way through チーズスイートホーム (1).
I could resume reading 大海原と大海原 but I’m still quite a while ahead of the book club.

Oh awesome, didn’t want to risk blabbering if you were just making a joke =D

I hope this is interesting/useful rather than TMI, happy to answer any questions if you have them.

I’ve found it much more useful (and motivating) to make decks myself, although I have got good mileage from the core anime vocab deck, and I’ve started a Tango N5 deck for more listening practice (but I sometimes find it is like pulling teeth).

Yeah exactly, my Anki cards have a field for example sentences which I’ll add either from WK or from the manga I harvested them from.

When started out I also looked over some more conventional vocab lists (all vocab from Genki, Japanese top 1k words, etc) and combined that with a few beginner friendly manga. Between them that seems to have got decent coverage, at least for a beginner (although I didn’t include every word any from those lists).

Yeah, the amount of rare/specific vocab to learn is a tradeoff you have to consider.

In my case since I’m quite early into reading and Japanese, I’ve decided that in general it makes the most sense to focus my time on words which I’m likely to see often (and thus which will be reinforced often) - so I’m okay with rare-ish words if they also happen to be common in media I want to consume, but if its not common in media I want to consume then it’ll take a lot of time in Anki to commit that word to memory which may be better spent in other words.

Once I’m further along this tradeoff will change, sometimes even now I’ll add rarer words to Anki and just suspend them so they don;'t appear in my reviews, with the expectation that I’ll unsuspend them at a future date when I run out of more common words to learn. Even if those words don’t make it into Anki, they are still just waiting in my Google sheets vocab lists.

Only natural =D

Sorry for being so verbose,1:30am so not the best time for copy editing my words down.


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Day XXXVIII: この音とまれ! pg. 17-23 & 山女 :hotsprings:

Read 6 pages of この音とまれ! and I am really tripping up over the grammar and slangy words, there’s only about 1/4 in length here than the other story but it took me probably more than twice as long to read.

And read today’s 百物語, about a one-eye ghost lady who haunts a mountain onsen. It originates from Gunma prefecture, didn’t read the prefecture page but had a quick glimpse and the Gunma prefecture symbol is really cool:


~ New Words! ~
同然 (どうぜん) - just like [something] / virtually the same as [something]
草津地方 (くさつちほう) - Kusatsu Region (Gunma Prefecture)
山小屋 (やまごや) - A hut or shack, especially one on a mountain
湯滝 - Yudaki Falls
月明かり (つきあかり) - Moonlight
今頃 (いまごろ) - About this time / Around this time
木こり (きこり) - Woodcutter / Lumberjack


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Day 37:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 19.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ふしぎの国のバード.


中国語: I read 盘子 and 谁知道得多. I added 总, 发明, 启发, 骂, and 父亲.


I learn English in this thread :cowboy_hat_face:

Yeah, is a non-bad!
This classmate is a good person tho, said it with a tone that implied “I can’t believe how you’re able to do this, that’s crazy (and amazing)”. What they don’t know is that that day was one of my most productive days, not an average one. I have too many days where I’m distracted most of the time. Today was one of them ;u;

stays tuned :eyes: :eyes:


:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 8 I’ve reached the answer :eyes:
・Honzuki 6. (41% → 42%)


8日10月 :bookmark:
今日の日本の本: 文プロの短編集
Today I did a review of the Bunpro [N5] 1-3d passages! It’s really amazing how much you can improve over time. Because alot of times with me constantly moving forward on to new words, kanji and grammer it’s hard to notice that I’ve made progress!!! Keep reviewing it’s worth it :durtle_noice: gn


Summary post

Day 38: Today I read another five pages of よつば&!


:house_with_garden: home post

:heavy_check_mark: Day 28 (10月 6日) :sparkles:

What did I read:
TODAI app article. Just one article while I was on the metro. It was about this fossil

this thing is a microorganism Tardigrade, the fossil was found in the Dominican Republic and the little insect was trapped in amber over 16 million years ago :exploding_head::exploding_head: it was mentioned as the smallest animal with legs, since it’s less than 1mm long! It seemed to be preserved intact inside the amber too!

Also, how is ミリ an N2 word

暁のヨナ, read-aloud with bookclub gang, this was the shortest chapter this volume, we were done in less than an hour!

:heavy_check_mark: Day 29 (10月 7日) :sparkles:
I was so busy and out running errands all day. I remembered just before bed, so I read
暁のヨナ, ch40, almost all, and looked vocabulary up, 40min.

:heavy_check_mark: Day 30 (10月 8日) :sparkles:
WOW!! 30 DAYS!!!
What did I read:
TODAI App , and article about China fining some huge company a ridiculous sum for violating the no monopoly law

I also found interesting the furigana for this name

Lastly, started reading on 徳島県, but I will conclude tomorrow!


Summary Post

October 8th
Final Fantasy XIV

Random words
  • 見失う = みうしなう to lose sight of.
  • 悪化 = あっか deterioration, growing worse, aggravation.
  • 手放す = てばなす to let go of, to release, to relinquish.
  • 予想 = よそう anticipation, prediction, expectation.
  • 守り抜く = まもりぬく to protect to the end.
  • 順調 = じゅんちょう favourable, doing well, alright.
  • 経過 = けいか passage of time, elapsing, progress.

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
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
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
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

OK. I’m going to read too. I was actually reading everyday but I found myself making excuses to take breaks. So I will use this post to start holding myself accountable.

I have two options: reading kanji lyrics while listening to the songs or reading manga in Japanese page by page (right now I am going through Cheeky Angel. I got it free on Bookwalker).

10th October

Read pgs. 29-34 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1

11th October

Read pgs. 34-40 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 1.

12th October

Read pgs. 41-47 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

13th October

Read pgs. 48-51 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

14th October

Read pgs. 52-57 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

16th October

Read pgs. 58-62 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 2.

19th October

Read pgs. 63-68 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

21st October

Read pgs. 69-72 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

22nd October

Read pg. 73 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

23rd October

Read pgs. 74-76 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

24th October

Read pgs. 77-78 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

27th October

Read pgs. 79-82 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

28th October

Read pgs. 83-86 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 3.

29th October

Read pgs. 87-88 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

30th October

Read pgs. 88-93 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

31st October

Read pgs. 93-98 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

1st November

Read pgs. 99-104 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 4.

2nd November

Read pgs. 105-109 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

3rd November

Read pgs. 110-113 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

4th November

Read pgs. 114-118 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

5th November

Read pgs. 119-122 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 5.

6th November

Read pgs. 123-126 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1

7th November

Read pgs. 127-130 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1

8th November

Read pgs. 131-134 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1

10th November

Read pgs. 135-140 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 6.

11th November

Read pgs. 141-150 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

12th November

Read pgs. 151-155 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

13th November

Read pg. 156 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 7.

14th November

Read pgs. 157-161 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

15th November

Read pgs. 161-166 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

16th November

Read pgs. 167-169 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

17th November

Read pgs. 170-174 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1. End of chapter 8.

18th November

Read pgs. 175-179 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

19th November

Read pgs. 180-183 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

21st November

Read pgs. 184-185 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

23rd November

Read pgs. 186-188 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

26th November

Read pgs. 189-195 of Cheeky Angel Vol. 1.

Anisongs in kanji
  • 15th October
  • 17th October
  • 18th October
  • 20th October
  • 25th October
  • 26th October

オトメン(乙男) 1

27th November

Read pgs. 1-14.

28th November

Read pgs. 15-21.

29th November

Read pgs. 22-35.

30th November

Read pgs. 36-39.

6th December

Read pgs. 40-42.

7th December

Read pgs. 43-52.

8th December

Read pgs. 53-56. End of chapter 1.


10th December

Read pgs. 57-62.

11th December

Read pgs. 63-67.

12th December

Read pgs. 68-74.

13th December

Read pgs. 75-78.

14th December

Read pgs. 79-86.

15th December

Read pgs. 87-95.

16th December

Read pgs. 96-102.

17th December

Read pgs. 103-108. End of chapter 2.


18th December

Read pgs. 108-116.

19th December

Read pgs. 117-121.

20th December

Read pgs. 122-125.

21st December

Read pgs. 126-131.

22nd December

Read pgs. 132-136.

23rd December

Read pgs. 137-145.

24th December

Read pgs. 146-154.

25th December

Read pg. 155. End of chapter 3.


26th December

Read pgs. 156-163.

27th December

Read pgs. 164-168.

28th December

Read pgs. 169-172.

29th December

Read pgs. 173-178.

30th December

Read pgs. 179-185.

31st December

Read pgs. 186-194.



1st December

Read pgs. 1-7.

2nd December

Read pgs. 8-9.

3rd December

Read pgs. 10-13.

4th December

Read pgs. 14-17.

5th December

Read pgs. 18-21.

6th December

Read pgs. 22-24.

8th December

Read pg. 25.

9th December

Read pgs. 26-27.

25th December

Read pgs. 28-30.


Summary post

Day 38: October 8
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 2.5 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 10 min

A tiny read today, but a good one <3 I guess it doesn’t look that tiny time-wise, but that’s because I spent some time learning about swimming from Youtube during that time also xD

Literally these pages were just Makoto swimming backstroke, but :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: He’s so happy, you guys :sob: He’s not swimming like he’s trying to run away. The scary monster in the water’s suddenly not so scary anymore. He can see the sky :dove: And he can swim the way he was always meant to swim, feeling the water without fear <3 I’m so happy for him, this sweet baby angel

I also learned about S字プル today (which I awkwardly misread as S字プール at first :joy:). As this fine gentleman on Youtube demonstrates, it’s basically moving your arm in more of an S shape as you move through the stroke, instead of just keeping your arm straight (which is ストレートプル). It’s faster :swimming_man::dash: I feel like I actually knew this at one point but forgot…I did swim quite a bit as a kid, but I pretty much stopped some time in middle school

Good words
  • お負けに (おまけに) - to make matters worse; besides; what’s more; in addition; on top of that​
  • 束の間 (つかのま) - moment; brief space of time
  • 魔物 (まもの) - demon; devil; evil spirit; monster; goblin; apparition
  • 竦む (すくむ) - to cower; to shrink in on oneself​ (can also mean to freeze (from fear, etc.); to be unable to move (e.g. from surprise); to be paralyzed (with horror, etc.))
  • 海獣 (かいじゅう) - marine mammal
  • 充実感 (じゅうじつかん) - sense of fulfillment; sense of completeness; sense of accomplishment; sense of contentment
  • 満たす (みたす) - to satisfy (conditions, one’s appetite, etc.); to meet (e.g. demands); to fulfill; to gratify
  • 高揚 (こうよう) - elevation (of spirits); raising (of morale); uplift; upsurge

Me: immediately worried I used the word wrong
I think we’re ok wipes sweat from brow

Woohoo! Welcome, glad to have you join us :partying_face:



October 3 → 8
:maple_leaf: 33 → 38
total: 100/108 → 105/108

  • 授乳 (21 → 26 → 29 → 31 → 37 → 43% → 51%)

caught up with the book club!

:hugs: welcome!

and @Axazel welcome back!

Ahh, I could never remember what it means and was really proud to finally have the right suspicions :smiley: (but had to confirm anyway)


Welcome!! It’s amazing what a motivator putting that little tick in the box is.

As my reward to myself for managing every day in October, I bought a book called まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ and my intention is to read a page of it everyday next year. Each page is dated and tells you about seasonal produce, animals or japanese festivals and traditional activities. The illustrations are also really cute! I’m really excited! I may have bought some other things while I was on the site too…

I’m intending to keep going with novel reading as well as I’m definitely noticing myself getting quicker, but I thought this new book looked like an achievable way of setting a whole year challenge to myself. Also it’s an excuse to buy a cute calendar and put a sticker on every day that I manage to read because stationery, yes?



October 9
(I lost count which day)

Read three pages of Kiki in about half an hour, and just finished Chapter 4! Coincidentally that’s also Page 99, so I’ll have read more than 100 pages by tomorrow. Chapter 4 took me a looooong time haha


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 39

I read (thoroughly, not skimming) the text in animal crossing.

Not that I need an excuse for a relaxing day, but I have two! One, I read more than ever before yesterday, and I’ll be reading a lot tomorrow I guess (since I’m on a plane for 10 hours :flushed:). Two, today was my last day in Japan for a while! I’m soaking up every second I can <3

Waves eagerly back

Thanks for the welcome! (⌒▽⌒)

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