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

Summary

October 9 → 11
:maple_leaf: 39 → 41
total: 105/108 → 108/108 + :paw_prints:

  • カラフル
    text: 81 → 85 → 91 → 98 → 100%
    audiobook: 73% → 81% and dropped

Was nearly on time, I had to finish the last 1% of 解説 today, because the sentences stopped making sense yesterday evening. But I refused to add another day to my count, and used :paw_prints: instead :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

All in all, it was a nice book, and somehow it managed to be both surprisingly dark and overly sweet. :wink: But it tried to balance things, its solutions to problems just didn’t click with me in particular. :woman_shrugging:t2:
I think it’s also very refreshing to read something with just one volume, and not a part of a series with 30 volumes.

And I’m so proud of myself for being right about the ending from the beginning :grin: but it also took away some enjoyment I think, to guess the conclusion so early.

And, I only read smart 解説 so far about the deep meaning/symbolism, so this one was a surprise :stuck_out_tongue: The seiyuu who did the mother’s voice just babbled about her experiences with the book (like, when she first heard about it when she got the job offer and such).


And that concludes this challenge for me!
Thank you all for your ongoing support :heart: All those likes were always making me so happy.
And special thanks to @windupbird for setting up this thread :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:
and to @Redglare for the original idea. Your tiny updates are always so adorable :blush:


I’m still planning to read a few times a week, but I’ll be concentrating more on the other things now. And somehow I want to rest from the feeling of being hold accountable :upside_down_face:
Generally, I think I’m feeling too overstimulated by forums now, and I need a rest, so I’m planning to be less active for some time.
But I’m probably still gonna skim through this thread!

and fingers crossed that you won’t :crossed_fingers:t2:

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Congrats on reaching your goal, 108 days is amazing, you’ve now reached reading Nirvana!

I don’t know how I missed this earlier, but I very much approve of this :raccoon: :paw_prints:

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Day 41:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 20 and a bit of 魔王城でおやすみ.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ハイキュー.

中国語

中国語: I read 我是谁. I added 记住, 长大, 感动, and 宁愿.

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I’m actually super-happy to be responsible for that :rofl:

w00t! :tada: :tada:

So now I’m curious: Compared to your latest Graded Reader, how was the difficulty of these three pages? (I guess I need not ask about the entertainment level comparison :sweat_smile:)

Of course. I still remember very well when I struggled through my first books in English :rofl:

You can solve that problem once if you get there :wink:

Also if you have questions, feel free to ask! But maybe not here :wink: There is the Short Grammar Questions thread or even the 鬼滅の刃ーDemon Slayer Book Club (but it seems they kind of stopped before they even started…) - and if you are looking for a reading buddy, just shout (it’s not my genre at all, but the first few pages look nicer than I had expected :joy_cat:)

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yeah - second that offer! I am currently reading the series (I’m on vol. 7 but still have all the earlier vols) so if there’s anything you could do with discussing feel free to tag me in the 鬼滅の刃 thread that @NicoleRauch mentioned :slight_smile: Also if you just want to talk about what a lil sweetheart Tanjiro is I’m also up for that haha. No.1 good boy.

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:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 12
・Honzuki 6. (51% → 53%)


@Aislin Well done! :partying_face: I hope you’ll join us next round too :grin:

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Soooooo…today I finished reading それいけズッコケ三人組! I’m so happy that this group and the challenge has given me the motivation to make reading part of my every day study practices. I definitely noticed my reading speed increase as I went through the volume, down to about 20 minutes for 4 pages now. That’s also making it easier for me to follow Japanese subtitles on Netflix/YouTube too, which I’ve struggled with in the post.

I bought this book on eBay on a bit of a whim last year but it’s proved to be exactly right for where I am now. It came as a job lot with two other volumes from the series so I’m going to move onto them next. One of the volumes is ghost-themed so I think I shall start that in time for Halloween! :jack_o_lantern::ghost:

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Day 42: Only read 2 pages of よつば&!today because I am kind of sleep deprived and exhausted

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October 12th
Final Fantasy XIV

Random words
  • 壺 = つぼ pot, jar.
  • 中断 = ちゅうだん interruption, suspension, break.

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Day 42: October 12
What did I read?: 夜は猫といっしょ Vol 2
How much did I read?: 28 pages
How long did it take me?: 23 min

So tired for some reason today :sweat: Probably because the days have been short and overcast tbh, I hate darkness. I’m like a plant, I need the sun to function. BUT that means it’s kitty times :3 (this emoji is going to remind me of キュルガ forever now)

Today's accidental theme is "no-ears キュルガ"

キュルガ looks like a seal to me for some reason in this panel :joy:

Open for tiny cat paw


I want to touch the pawsie :pleading_face:

Good words

目線に立つ (めせんにたつ) - to consider another’s point of view; to put oneself in someone’s shoes
ちょっかいを出す (ちょっかいをだす) - to meddle; to poke one’s nose into; to interfere
While looking this up, I accidentally learned that ちょっかい can also mean extending a paw to drag something closer, which I thought was cute xD
図太い (ずぶとい) - bold; shameless; cheeky; brash; impudent
頭突き (ずつき) - head-butting; head-butt

:heart: Congrats on finishing your challenge! :clap: :clap: :blush:

Totally understand this :rofl: Enjoy a well-earned rest :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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It’s tanuki time! Actually my first read without furigana, but that just means checking up some more to confirm if I read it right afterwards. The chapters are pretty short and even funnier now that I know the context where these signs are used. I’m gonna take my time with reading this series. It is a nice read with a blanket and a cup of tea. I knew tanuki was cute and a beautiful dog already, but the characters also look so good in this art.

For tanuki owners, also take a look at the book cover (carefully remove the slipcover) for more cute tanuki.

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:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: :first_quarter_moon: :: TANUKIDATE 20211013 :: :first_quarter_moon: :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:


Day XLIII: この音とまれ! pg. 45-51 & 空き寺の大入道 :sweet_potato:

6 pages today!

And read today’s 百物語, about a monk and an Onyudo.

Today is also サツマイモの日 ! Sweet potato day!
I sure hope I have some sweet potatoes in for dinner. :sweet_potato: :sweet_potato:

There’s also a story here about sweet potatoes but I don’t have enough reading energy left for today.

~ New Words! ~
ほこり (埃) - Dust
鉄鍋 (てつなべ) - Iron pan / Iron pot
大入道 (おおにゅうどう) - Onyudo, giant yokai. Large bald monster (this specific one has three eyes and two teeth). Heard of this yokai before (thanks Nioh, you’ve taught me so much about Japanese monsters, folklore and history) but didn’t know the kanji behind it.
お経 (おきょう) - Sutra, Buddhist chant

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Started ズッコケ山賊修業中 today. It’s volume 10 in the series (I have volumes 1, 10 and 14 from eBay) but research suggested that once you’d read the first one where the characters were introduced, you could read the rest out of order.

Flushed with the success of finishing the first volume, I sat down to read a chapter, and this discovered that the first chapter was 13 pages long, where they’d previously been 4, or 6 with illustrations. So I stopped after 4 pages.

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Hi everyone, I’m back! I went to Texas, which involved 32 hours of travel (16 hours on the way out and 16 on the way back). Texas is mind-blowingly weird and beautiful, I learned!

So all I’ve done for studying Japanese is keeping up with my Wanikani reviews. This is probably the longest I’ve gone without serious Japanese study in at least a year! Maybe I’ll find that my Japanese knowledge has inexplicably improved, even though I did nothing. :stuck_out_tongue: Sometimes brains just need a little time to integrate information, right? haha

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Day 42:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 20.

中国語

中国語: I read 三岁. I added 变成.

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I was super busy the last few days, so I just read まがつき volume 3 a little bit every day. I finally finished it today. By the way all vocabulary is from that manga.

抜け駆け ぬけがけ getting a head start; secretly acting before others
お詫び おわび apology
敬う おやまう to show respect for, to honor; to worship N2
狡い ずるい sly; cunning; sneaky N2
水族館 すいぞくかん aquarium
とっぽい cocky; affected; pretentious
目一杯 めいっぱい as much as possible; with all one’s might

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Day 43: Today I read 4 pages of よつば&!

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:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 13
・Honzuki 6. (53% → 54%)

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October 13th
Final Fantasy XIV

Random words
  • 短縮 = たんしゅく shortening, contraction, reduction.
  • 修得 = しゅうとく learning, acquisition (of a skill, knowledge, etc).

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Day 43: October 13
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 4 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 11 min

Haru's off wandering in his thoughts again - he's a contemplative one, our boy

He’s running alone for the first time in a while and thinking about how he never meant to get mixed up in all this relay team business. The relay seems important to so many people around him, but he doesn’t really get why. He doesn’t see what’s so special about the relay specifically. His take is basically, swimming is an individual sport anyway - once you dive in, you’re alone. (Why does this statement feel so…significant? Bittersweet? I don’t know) You just swim to the best of your ability, and that’s that. (Weirdly, that’s what I always liked about swimming vs. team sports, too…why deal with people when you can just do things under your own power xD I was chronically terrible at all team sports tbh - didn’t like them, didn’t want them, didn’t get them not that I was very good at any sport, but…y’know lol. Anyway.).

When he gets to practice, he finds himself alone with Nagisa for the day, which makes him feel awkward - he still doesn’t really know how to “be” toward Nagisa, because although he’s not this open, friendly person, he also doesn’t have the heart to push Nagisa away like he does pretty much everyone else :joy: But when they move into practice, he starts thinking about what Nagisa’s goals in swimming are (namely, swim fast, win relay). And he wonders whether everyone on the team has to have the same goal. Probably, right? That’s what teamwork is, working toward a common goal. But if that’s the case, then the meaning of swimming just becomes lost for him. Which seems…sad. Being a part of something or being with people always seems to mean giving up a part of himself. :frowning_face:

You know what’s interesting, I just realized that there’s like…literally no coach for this swim team :joy: I mean, the structure of the practices is mentioned juuust enough to give the impression that someone must be organizing things somehow, but not once has a coach shown up or been mentioned at all. This is interesting to me because they definitely have a former elementary school swim coach in the anime :thinking: Where is he? Where are any adults tbh, I don’t think one’s shown up once :joy: These elementary school kids are mature enough to run themselves, apparently. It does have sort of a nice effect, though, having it all be about the kids and the way they deal with things within their own self-contained “society.”

Good words

絡み付く (からみつく) - to pester; to hassle
いまだに - still; even now; to this day​
だからと言って - while it may be true that; just because; nevertheless; not necessarily
協調性 (きょうちょうせい) - cooperativeness; spirit of cooperation​
不協和音 (ふきょうわおん) - discord; dissonance; cacophony; disharmony
言い表す (いいあらわす) - to express (in words)
ゼンマイ - spring (not, as I first thought, royal fern :joy: thanks for that extremely confusing moment, Jisho)
錆びつく (さびつく) - become rusted together; to become rusted shut​; to rust; to become (completely) rusty; to be covered with rust
理解し難い (りかいしがたい) - hard to understand
蒔く (まく) - to sow; to plant; to seed​
ありのまま - the truth; fact; as it is; as you are; frank; bare plain
へたり込む (へたりこむ) - to sit down hard; to sink down to the floor

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