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

It’s the same penguin as in these futon and summer songs, I think:
打首獄門同好会 (Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai) - I don' t wanna get out of futon - YouTube
打首獄門同好会「なつのうた」 - YouTube


My little cat friend got sick and passed away recently and work has been hell :fire::fire::fire::fire: so I’ve not had the energy for daily updates, though I think I’ve only actually not read anything maybe two days. I have still enjoyed hearing what others are reading though :slight_smile:

Buuut I needed to stop in to say that this has arrived!!!

Reading the v cute updates from @windupbird meant that I just had to get it. Very excited to start reading! I’m almost at the end of NO.6 so should give me the added push to power through the end of that so I can read about adorable swimming boys :smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts::smiling_face_with_three_hearts: that said, I’ve also recently got back into playing ace attorney again and I’m once again addicted…


So sorry to hear that you lost your cat friend :cry:
I hope the manga can cheer you up a little…


So sorry to hear about your cat, that absolutely sucks.


Thanks :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I knew she was a little old lady cat when I adopted her and she got to have a comfy last few years but always sad to lose a pet. Appreciate the well wishes :slight_smile:


:fallen_leaf: :raccoon: :full_moon: :: TANUKIDATE 20211020 :: :full_moon: :raccoon: :fallen_leaf:

Day L: この音とまれ! pg.89-93 & 亡霊の恩返し :sake:

4 pages today!

Read today’s world-folktale, which this time is from China, about the ghost of a river. I kept getting confused with the use of “許” here but it turns out that’s the guy’s name, “Xu” (in Mandarin, at least, that’s what my searching tells me).

Today is also リサイクルの日, recycling day!

~ New Words ~
山東省 (さんとうしょう) - Shandong Province, China
さかずき (杯) - Sake cup
川岸 (かわぎし) - Riverbank
身代わり (みがわり) - Substitution (for someone else); Scapegoat; Sacrifice
守り神 (まもりがみ) - Guardian Deity

I hope you get better soon and get some time to rest!

Those lingering moods are always the worst, I hope you feel better soon!

I’m so sorry to hear this! :crying_cat_face:
Though it sounds like her last few years were very happy ones!

It’s sad to hear many of you have it rough lately, all the best to you all! :raccoon:

OH NO they’re all so pudgy!!


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Day 49:

日本語: I read some of パノラマ島綺譚, a bit of それでも歩は寄せてくる, and a bit of 魔王城でおやすみ.


中国語: I read 计谋.


:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 20 re: no time, even the teachers are saying “the total workload for your courses is greater than that of a full-time job” :skull_and_crossbones:
・Honzuki 6. (62% → 63%).

Good thing I read a bit just before sleep and after waking up. Feels kinda weird. I’m too stubborn to take a break, definitely not recommended. Get yo sleep, I say, while not getting enough sleep


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What did I read:

:heavy_check_mark: Day 42(10月 20日) :sparkles:
暁のヨナ , chapter 42, read-aloud with bookclub.
歴史366, 3 stories, ~20min


thank you so much, you’re so kind…;; i tried, today I was better, but the past few hour, not so much again…

I can’t believe it… the cutest penguin has made it here asdjsakdj

I hope you feel better soon!

the futon song is my jaaaaam, it’s an everyday mood


Just 30 more pages of エデンの檻. Still very busy so no vocabulary list today.


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Day 50: October 20
What did I read?: コウペンちゃん :penguin:
How much did I read?: 25 pages
How long did it take me?: 9 min

I need this on my wall tbh, by my desk

My favorite word today is さておき - setting aside; leaving to one side​. This is why

Polar bear to penguin: Did you know that polar bears live in the north pole and penguins live in the south pole?
Penguin: Ohhh, I see :o Then where are we now?
Polar bear: …
それはさておき, did you know that Venus has really fast wind

On another note, I’ve made a decision, and that decision is that I’m going to pause my challenge streak for the next few days. I have family coming to visit and I may or may not have time to read, but I don’t want to be stressing about it either. I’m feeling a little stressed out and overwhelmed by work other stuff anyway. So I’m going to pause intentionally from Thursday to Sunday, and add those 4 days back on at the end. As long as I resume something on Monday, I’m considering my streak not broken. I am making up my own rules now xD But intentional/predefined pauses are ok, I think. It’s the undefined ones that turn into permanent breaks lol

Thanks :heart: I think I will feel a little better when I take a few days away from work with my family. …I hope

Thanks and same to you! :heart:

Omg, that manga looks so cute, definitely going in the shopping cart (I was just thinking of placing another order for more books haha, what good timing)

Oh nooooo it’s so cute D: D: D:
I wanna snuggle that smol fluffy bird so bad, omg
Do I, a quote “adult,” need more cute fluffy things in my apartment…no. …But also yes :rofl: I definitely didn’t already just buy a squishy red panda last week - absolutely no regrets, he’s so soft and I love him so much
…Omg, there’s a mug. And a hand towel. And a phone case

Omg, I think it is :joy: how cute

:frowning: Sorry to hear that!

Yay yay yay!! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I hope you love it (and that my spoilery updates/commentary didn’t/don’t ruin the experience for you :rofl:)


I find that when I read anisongs, I can actually sort of parse the meaning when they use kanji that I know and they don’t sing too fast. It means that I am slowly and steadily inching towards my goal: the ability to read manga in its original language with fluent comprehension.


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October 20th
Final Fantasy XIV

Random words
  • 済み = ずみ arranged, taken care of, settled, completed, finished. (suffix)

Same vibes as yesterday: proper and long practice, but didn’t feel like adding many words today. Also I have cancelled my Satori Reader subscription for now, because I saw that the bill was coming tomorrow and I haven’t been using it frequently this last month, and it doesn’t look like I will in the short term. So now that makes video games my main resource for studying, which I’m hyped about, but I need to mix it with other resources to avoid speaking like a fictional character. I’ve been thinking for some time already about studying lyrics of songs that I like, might be a good idea with the audio reinforcement and the repetition every time I listen to them. Other than that perhaps some blogs or sites with everyday vocabulary would be great, but they need to be about something I’m genuinely interested in or it will be boring and futile. I’ll look into it. Also unrelated to reading but I’d like to find some cool podcasts too, and hopefully start writing somewhere. I need to apply somehow the stuff that I’m learning.

I’m so sorry to hear, that’s unfortunate :pensive: . Such is the cycle of life, I hope that you are able to recover soon and remember your little fluffy friend with a smile on your face :slight_smile: .


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Day 50: Today I read 4 pages of よつば&!and 2 pages of ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle


I, also allegedly an adult, am firmly in the ‘yes’ camp here and I think perhaps I need one too.

I have managed another couple of days of ズッコケ山賊修業中 thanks to being in the office, which gives me a bit more time to study. It was finally too cold to sit and read in the park before work today though.

As I’m reading, I add words that I don’t know to a list on my JP dictionary app (Takoboto) and then export them into my flashcards at the end after sorting them into various different categories. I added 595 words from the first volume that I began this challenge with! Now I’ve started on a second volume by the same author, I’ve noticed that the words I’m looking up are often the same as the words I looked up in the first volume, so there’s a chance I might learn them naturally through repetition in these books before I get round to them in my flashcards (where I still have a backlog of 764 words from the novel I read in the summer…)

Although the first story has already thrown up some new words like わら頭巾 :

which is this type of hat

Where the last volume had A LOT of different words for clusters of trees, this story has a lot of words for caves. Words that I’d previously thought they were synonyms but now I realise they signify different type of caves since the story described a 空洞 as being like a 洞窟 so I guess I’ve got some fun times ahead of me trying to determine the difference between them.


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Day LI: この音とまれ!pg.93-95 & 京河さま :snake:

Just 2 pages today, these past few pages have been rather dialogue heavy.

Read today’s Japanese folktale, from Gifu prefecture, about the snake god of a pond.

A huge, snake god unexpectedly rises from a little pond, it says that the villagers are surprised but their reaction is this:
「だっ、大蛇だー!」 :laughing:
(the audio is very much more enthusiastic but I just found the literal exclamation amusing)

~ New Words ~
ムカデ (百足) - Centipede - also 蜈蚣, same reading.
来る日も来る日も (くるひもくるひも) - Day after day
雨乞い (あまごい) - Praying for rain / Rainmaking ritual - don’t think I’ve ever seen that kanji before (乞)
大蛇 (だいじゃ) - Big snake, but can also be read おろち which is a giant snake of legends.
ポツリポツリ - Bit by bit, but also meaning “in drops” as in rain.


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Day 50:

日本語: I read a bit of パノラマ島綺譚 and a fair amount of 伯爵と妖精 21.
Read-aloud: We read three chapters of 7SEEDS (with one having very few words).


中国語: I read 新朋友.


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Day 51: I read 4 pages of よつば&! and 4 pages of ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle.


:jack_o_lantern: My tiny summary post :ghost:

October 21 Yep, my strategy will be to read before falling asleep
・Honzuki 6. (63% → 65%).

Will try to maintain badge :3

ohh, I see. I guess for me it is because I unfollowed a bunch of threads. And also because I just don’t have time to forum much. So the answer will be to follow a bunch of threads again:D But not the poll tread. shakes head