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

Today I read 5 pages of よつば&!

I’m reading volume 4! I went through the first three pretty quickly, then stalled at the beginning of the fourth volume. Maybe that’s when I started reading 魔女犬ボンボン. Anyway, excited to be back. :blush:


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October 17th
Final Fantasy XIV
Stardew Valley

Random words
  • 意志 = いし will, intention, determination.
  • 閉じこもる = とじこもる to seclude oneself, to shut oneself away.
  • 作物 = さくもつ crops, produce, farm products.
  • 柵 = さく fence.
  • 採取 = さいしゅ picking, collecting, harvesting.


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Day 47: October 17
What did I read?: ハイ☆スピード!
How much did I read?: 11 pages
How long did it take me?: 2 hours 32 min (I wish I had more stamina to keep going)

Wow, this...a lot is happening right now, please excuse my emotions

I literally knew this was coming from so long ago, so why is it still making me emotional as heck :sob: Rin finally dropped the bombshell - he’s going to Australia, the day after the swim meet. To study swimming abroad, to become an Olympic swimmer. (Honestly, doesn’t this sound like the most ロマンチスト Rin thing ever, like this really makes me think of the Rin who wanted to launch a satellite into space for their 6th grade class project)

Ughhh, just the way that it got brought up :sob: Makoto, sweet Makoto, being like…you didn’t come to the informational meeting about middle school yesterday. :sob: :sob: :sob: Goodbye my heart. As soon as he said it, I knew we were here, and I just :sob:

And then Makoto’s reaction, like why didn’t you say anything? :sob: Rin’s been planning it for a long time, before he transferred to Iwatobi even, but he finally just got his acceptance confirmed yesterday. And Haru is pissed off, like why did you come here just to mess everything up and then leave two seconds later, how freaking dare you. And he wants to run away to the water, to escape all these feelings. And in that moment, he realizes that he really is escaping into the water, running away from the world and hiding his feelings that way. That he’s dependent on the water to deal with…life, basically. And that brings up a whole other set of feelings that idk how he’ll deal with yet because my brain ran out of steam right here. Ugh. This chapter is a lot so far.
Every time I think of Rin going to Australia I cannot. Breaking everyone’s hearts over here
Haru does not want to feel his feelings and I can relate

Big read today = many good words
  • 競い合う (きそいあう) - to compete with; to vie for
  • 前屈 (ぜんくつ) - bend forward
  • あいまい - vague; ambiguous; unclear
  • 気が引ける (きがひける) - to feel awkward; to feel ashamed; to feel inferior; to feel shy (about doing something)
  • あやふや - uncertain; vague; ambiguous​
  • ポツリポツリ - intermittently; bit by bit; little by little; by ones and twos​ (what a cute little word)
  • 苦笑い (にがわらい) - bitter smile; wry smile; forced smile; strained laugh
  • 浮かべる (うかべる) - to show on one’s face (smile, sadness, etc.)
  • やたら - indiscriminately; blindly; at random; recklessly; thoughtlessly; excessively; profusely (the kanji for this are 矢鱈 (arrow + codfish) which seems…randomly chosen xD Now envisioning someone senselessly shooting fish in the water with arrows)
  • 読み取る (よみとる) - to sense from external cues; to read (someone’s) mind
  • 木漏れ日 (こもれび) - sunlight filtering through trees (I have heard this word but it is a pretty word and it makes me happy so I’m putting it here)
  • 肝心 (かんじん) - essential; important; crucial; vital; main (the kanji for this are just chef’s kiss liver and heart)
  • 行き交う (ゆきかう) - to come and go; to go back and forth
  • 引っ掻き回す (ひっかきまわす) - to throw into confusion; to disrupt; to upset; to meddle in
  • 抑えきれない (おさえきれない) - uncontainable; irrepressible; uncontrollable
  • 奥歯 (おくば) - molars; back teeth
  • 対峙 (たいじ) - standing facing each other (e.g. mountains, buildings); standing opposite each other - can also mean confrontation; squaring off against (adversaries, armies, forces); standing off against; holding one’s own with (again - loving these kanji - opposing towers)
  • やり場 (やりば) - outlet (for one’s anger, etc.); place (to turn one’s eyes, to vent one’s dissatisfaction, etc.)​
  • 封じ込む (ふうじこむ) - to entrap
  • 衝動 (しょうどう) - impulse; impetus; urge
  • こめかみ - temple (side of head) (kanji for this are 顳顬, which I just think are cool-looking)
  • のしかかる - to weigh on one; to bear (heavily) on one; to lie on one

Oh absolutely! I really liked how popular he seemed to be among the villagers and how he tried to help everybody. That’s a welcome change from Fruits Basket with its constant fighting and shouting and cursing and demolishing the house :wink:

Oct 16th (take two): Just had to continue a bit more before falling asleep - finished Demon Slayer chapter 1 and started chapter 2.

Oct 17th: The chapters are much shorter now, so I finished chapter 2 and read chapter 3.


:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: :waxing_gibbous_moon: :: TANUKIDATE 20211018 :: :waxing_gibbous_moon: :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:

Day XLVIII: この音とまれ! pg.79-85 & ドライバーの日 :oncoming_automobile:

The page has been updated, it is now free until the 31st! (by the looks of it they’ve added two more volumes to the freeness, so now the first 5 are free). Read 6 pages today.

Today is Driver’s day… ドライバーの日! Which is a day to thank all the public service drivers like taxis, buses and truckers. There’s a comic with this one too!

It’s also フラフープの日 - hula hoop day - though it’s probably best not to do both at the same time.

~ New Words! ~
職業紹介 (しょくぎょうしょうかい) - Employment Agency
風靡 (ふうび) - Overwhelming. Don’t think I’ve seen that last kanji before either.
木造住宅 (もくぞうじゅうたく) - Wooden house / wood-framed house


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Been a while since I made a summary post. I have been reading some more tanuki lately. It is a funny, comfy and a light read. Just what I wanted. There’s no stress, only tanuki.

Likely I’ll finish reading through volume 1 this week and then continue with volume 2. :raccoon:


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October 18th
Stardew Valley

Random words
  • 余裕 = よゆう surplus, margin, leeway.
  • 改築 = かいちく structural alteration of a building, remodelation.
  • 食材 = しょくざい cooking ingredients, foodstuff.
  • 延べ棒 = のべぼう metal bar.
  • 燃料 = ねんりょう fuel.
  • 去る = さる to leave, to go away.
  • 革 = かわ leather.
  • 掘る = ほる to dig, to excavate.

I’ve been noticing that I’m getting much better at reading katakana. I’m grateful that video games are full of it and I have to read katakana words constantly; my recognition and speed have improved a lot.


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Day 47:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 20.


中国語: I read 礼物.


:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 18
・Honzuki 6. (60% → 61%)


Today I read 9 pages of よつば&!, and 4 pages of 月刊少女野崎くん from the sample on bookwalker. I also checked out the sales and read a few pages here and there from the free mangas, just to make sure I was getting ones I might actually read.

I guess it’s pretty obvious that I make a lot of resolutions I don’t keep. :see_no_evil: But I don’t always make good resolutions, so I can’t keep them all!


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Day 48: October 18
What did I read?: コウペンちゃん :penguin:
How much did I read?: 30 pages
How long did it take me?: 34 min

Oh my god, you guys :rofl:
Honestly, I was so not feeling it today, so I was just looking for something easy to read, but it turned out to be the best decision ever xD This book is…kind of picture book-ish in style, I guess. The first few pages are basically an adorable baby penguin saying “you’re doing amazing, sweetie” for completing basic life tasks, which is something I needed in my life right now xD And then it introduces some other characters - from the descriptions, I love them all already. But none more than よこしまエナガ

Please meet this lord of darkness

so smol :pleading_face: tiny lord of darkness <3

And then please enjoy these シマエナガ, they will make your day happy

what is thiiiiiissssss :sob:
is this real life :sob:







Good words:

  • どこにでもいる - commonplace (of people or animals); ordinary; typical; ubiquitous; run-of-the-mill; found around every corner
  • 目つき (めつき) - look (in someone’s eyes); expression (of the eyes); eyes
  • 気性 (きしょう) - disposition; temperament; temper; nature
  • せっかち - hasty; impatient; restless; rash​
  • 物知り (ものしり) - well-informed person; walking dictionary; extensive knowledge
  • 独自 (どくじ) - independent; one’s own; personal; original; unique; distinctive; characteristic; peculiar
  • 世界観 (せかいかん) - world view; outlook on the world; Weltanschauung (philosophy)
  • かっこうつける - to affect a stylish air; to try to look good; to show off
  • くだらぬ - stupid; nonsensical; absurd; foolish; silly​; trivial; trifling; insignificant; not worth bothering with; worthless; useless; good-for-nothing​
  • 支配者 (しはいしゃ) - governor; leader; ruler

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Day 48: Today I read 4 pages of よつば&!and read aloud one chapter of ハイキュー!!


I’m still hanging in here but mostly just reading a few pages of こぐまのケーキ屋さん before bed each night, just to get the tick in the box. I’m working hybrid at the moment and the days in the office it’s actually a lot easier to fit in japanese study because I have 2 hours on the train. The days at home I’m trying to fit in exercising and feeding the cat and doing the laundry, and I end up doing the bare minimum of japanese. Trying to use this time to work out what’s going to be a realistic schedule for my studies over the next few months though. Trying to find a balance between SRS which is boring but good for me, and immersion, which is more fun but probably not massively effective without the SRS.


:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: :waxing_gibbous_moon: :: TANUKIDATE 20211019 :: :waxing_gibbous_moon: :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:

Day XLIX: この音とまれ! pg. 85-89 & ガラクタお化け :closed_umbrella:

4 pages today!

And today’s 百物語 story about a priest staying a night in a temple (seems a lot of the folktales start this way) only to be awakened by the discarded items singing.
(The narrator guy’s singing is the best :rofl:)

I’ve always liked the idea of old things once used coming to life at night.

~ New Words ~
ボロボロ - Worn out, ragged, crumbling, tattered, scruffy
七輪 (しちりん) - A charcoal brazier
ひしゃく (柄杓) - A ladle / scoop
ガラクタ (我楽多) - Junk, rubbish, odds and ends
ちゃがま (茶釜) - Teakettle that’s used in tea ceremonies.

You’ve found another one!! :grinning:

I never knew that darkness incarnate would be such a cute little bird
My day has been vastly improved :bird:


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Day 48:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 20 (and finished it) plus some of パノラマ島綺譚.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ハイキュー.


中国語: I read 退货.


Oct 18th: Read Demon Slayer chapter 4 and 5.

Oct 19th: Read chapter 6 and 7, which means I finished vol. 1.

It was indeed a nice read! I think there is a fine balance between a story being told too curtly and being dragged out too much, and it hit that balance almost perfectly.
For the statistics: Altogether I found 187 words that I didn’t know before or that I didn’t recognize (i.e. didn’t know well enough) or that I recognized in context but wanted to practice a bit more. Added them to the big pile that is my Anki stack :joy_cat:

Now I just wonder how @chrisosaurus is doing in terms of wrist pain and in terms of reading struggles…


Sorry I didn’t have time to post but I read every day. I finished the second volume of 聲の形 which was free on bookwalker and started エデンの檻 volume 1 also free on bookwalker. Unfortunately I don’t have time to make a vocabulary list today.


:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 19 aaaah, I don’t have any time to read. One more week, and I’ll probably lose Regular status too
・Honzuki 6. (61% → 62%)


:house_with_garden: home post

What did I read:

:heavy_check_mark: Day 38 (10月 16日) :sparkles:
暁のヨナ 、chapter 41, once alone, looking up vocabulary and then once at the bookclub read-aloud… it was such a funny session
:heavy_check_mark: Day 39 (10月 17日) :sparkles:
新完全マスター読解、 4 passages, 1hour
:heavy_check_mark: Day 40 (10月 18日) :sparkles:
暁のヨナ, chapter 42, vocabulary lookup, only did half of the chapter, because too sleepy…
this explanatory article on the expression 奇異の目にさらされる
:heavy_check_mark: Day 41 (10月 19日) :sparkles:
暁のヨナ, chapter 42, rest of the chapter, and continued with the words…

here's some interesting words:

目をそらす めをそらす=to look away; to avert one’s eyes
妄想 もうそう =wild idea;delusion
駆使する くしする =using freely;making full use of;
幼気な いたいけな =young and sweet;adorable;cute;tender
晒す さらす to expose;to sentence someone to public humiliation
奇異の目にさらされる きいのめにさらされる
=to attract curious gazes; to be exposed to people’s curious gazes etc
目くるめく =to dazzle; to blind

on a side note, I caught a cold, I’ve been feeling terribly today and yesterday, reading was the last thing on my mind tbh


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Day 49: October 19
What did I read?: コウペンちゃん :penguin:
How much did I read?: 38 pages
How long did it take me?: 15 min

I’ve been in such a meh mood these past couple days D: Don’t know why…and I better get over it fast, I have so much I need to do but my apathy about it has reached new heights
This book is going fast though haha - it’s a pretty breezy read, which is what I need right now. And it’s very cute, of course :3

コウペンちゃん's reaction to 邪エナガ is so wholesome xD

There was a Cinderella retelling and コウペンちゃん in a dress was too precious

Good words:

  • 落ち込む (おちこむ) - to feel down; to feel sad; to be depressed; to be in low spirits
  • 儚い (はかない) - empty (dream, etc.); mere (hope); faint (possibility); fleeting; transient; short-lived; momentary; ephemeral; fickle; vain
  • 暗黒 (あんこく) - darkness
  • めでたしめでたし - and they all lived happily ever after​ (SO CUTE)

Oh nooo don’t leave me D: