📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

Pretty sure my local Japanese library has a copy of the book so if you all start reading at the same time I might be able to join…

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Well, I’ve only recently started reading in Japanese so there’s only one book that I put aside but that’s because it was too kanji-dense and frustrating for me to read. (It was Maid sama vol. 1.) I don’t know what I will do when I feel confident enough to tackle it again, though. After all, I know the story. I’ve read it in English and watched the anime. So I don’t have to restart it because I’m not sure of the story but I might want to restart it to see if it’s easier to go through the kanji the second time around.

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:bookmark: :books: windupbird’s summary post :books: :bookmark:

:sparkles: Challenge Progress and Links to Daily Posts :sparkles:

Apr
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May
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30 :heavy_multiplication_x: 31 :heavy_multiplication_x:
Goals (if you can really call them that lol)

I’ve been trying to think about this for the past couple days and I’m sort of coming up empty, tbh. (Besides reading every day, of course - that’s always the main goal ^^)

I was reading 2 daily entry books in the last challenge, but I haven’t read from either of them since the last challenge ended, and I don’t feel a huge urge to pick them up again right now. I feel like they did take up kind of a lot of time, and I’d sort of rather focus more on something more story-like this round. So in the spirit of that long post I wrote in the Winter Challenge thread about choosing what I do with my time, I’m going to let those go for right now. But nothing else is particularly calling my name at the moment, either…I feel like I’m just going to look around my shelves on April 1st and see what I want to pick in that moment xD I wish I had the third tanuki book, but I’ve been spending so much money lately (like, ungodly amounts of money) so I’m trying not to order anything more right now. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of things to read already in my home xD

I’ll just have to peruse my stacks on the 1st and see what I find~

Previous challenge summary posts:
Summer 2021 Challenge :beach_umbrella:
Fall 2021 Challenge :maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf: :raccoon:
Winter 2022 Challenge :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:
Also, here’s my Bookmeter, in case anyone’s interested! ^^

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Could do the reading equivalent of snacking/grazing and just peruse the first couple pages of something random each day. If it snares you in and you end up reading it - great! If not…keep grazing, guilt free cause you’re getting in daily reading anyhow. I’ve read the first few pages of most of the books on my shelves just from “snack reading” to see what catches my interest in the moment.

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What, what? As in cute, mischievous little tanuki? Tell me more! :grin:

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I haven’t read it, so I’m sure @windupbird will tell you more… but I’m the meantime, I found their original post mentioning The Tanuki! :raccoon: :sparkles: Check it out for a short intro and cute picture!

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I’ll probably be able to start 三毛猫ホームズ this weekend. But I don’t think I’ll be able to read it very quickly, especially at the beginning.

I visited NYC bookstores today. I got a couple of 東野圭吾 books at Book Off.(ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟 and 容疑者Xの献身) They’re going to sit on the shelf for now. Flipping through them quickly, I think ナミヤ雑貨店 looks like it’s probably easier.

Kinokuniya was disappointing. I wanted a fashion magazine but

today they didn’t have any of the ones for middle-aged ladies. :frowning: The whole fashion magazine section has been halved, and only a few titles were there. Just college and starter OL magazines like Zipper, ViVi, CanCam, and 美人百科. (edit: I liked those magazines when I was younger but it’s time to move on) And a few makeup magazines. What happened to Classy, Marisol, Story, and all the others? Now that I think about it, that’s a good question, and I should have asked the store staff instead of going home and griping here.

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Hurray! :smiley:
I’m done with my book club reading for next week, so today and tomorrow I’ll probably go over the part I’ve already read to refresh my memory. I do remember most details, but it will be worth taking note of names and such. I’m also curious if it flows a little easier now I’ve read several more things in the meantime.

Quickly? I wish I could . Did I mention I’m following three book clubs? :sweat_smile:
(not to mention I still need to look up a dozen words per page or so, plus a grammar point or two)

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O my goodness, that is VERY cute! And I see that’s where the ‘Tanuki for official mascot’ thing came from :grin:

Actually, when I look at @windupbird’s Bookmeter, I see a lot of Tanuki :joy:

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Finishing up some books this week for a ‘fresh start’ in April. I still have a couple books I’m in the middle of, but only one japanese non-bookclub book. I want to make it a bit easier on myself to make time for french reading regularly and haven’t opened my french book in like 5 days thanks to that. xD

The other day I went by the local bookstore and picked up some easy graded readers at A1 and A2 level for low effort days. Also getting an audiobook of a youth fantasy novel to ‘read alongside’. It’s definitely above my level so I’m not hoping to actually understand it. The idea is to get used to French pronunciation, since reading won’t teach me that. :sweat_smile: And maybe going back to the book in like a year and actually understand stuff would be cool. (Still going to count it as french reading time since I’ll be looking at words, haha.)

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Nice! I’m reading digitally so can start whenever. I’m also reading way too many things so happy to just follow the pace that others set with this one :+1:

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What’s the title? :eyes:

If you have questions about anything French, well, I’m a native speaker so I know nothing, but I can be confidently wrong about it.

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There’s Book Off in NYC? Goddammit, I want to have one in my country as well :sob: The money I spent there when I was in Japan…

And 三毛猫ホームズ is also on my TBR for someday. Because, you know, cat and mystery novels :heart_eyes_cat:

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La quête d’ewilan: d’un monde à l’autre.
Thanks!
I’m always open to level appropriate all kinds of recommendations. :slight_smile:

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!!!?!?!?! I read that series when I was a teenager! I loved it! I read volume 2 in a single seating! (Edit: there are 9 books published in the same universe past the point where I stopped reading)
If you like the story, there are a bunch of similar series I was reading at the time. Hopefully I can remember their titles.

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I’ve seen a bunch of people throw around bookmeter links; how do you guys like the site? Is it easy to use? Easy to find your books to add to your page?

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finding the books can actually sometimes be a pain since it likes to suggest the kindle ver, but you can just search by isbn or whatever so its not a problem. Theres just no better site that I’ve come across so theres no reason to use anything different ime.

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It’s pretty convenient to keep track of stuff I read, yes. It’s also fun to see the numbers go up over time (I feel like it means I’m accumulating XP and my level is increasing… although, considering I’m usually reading garbage… it doesn’t mean much). I also like seeing what others are reading and get (indirectly) recommendations.

It’s easy enough to use. Sometimes, there will be a bunch of weird versions of a book showing up when I want to add something, but I can then just click on the author’s name to get everything they wrote, or use the ISBN if I’m really not finding it.

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I know you probably aren’t learning a whole lot language wise from your books, but have you thought of specifically training your speed? Its something you can do while reading those garbage books that will give you an extra benefit and more speed will obviously have practical benefit, but I haven’t seen you really talk about it despite you (and valkow perhaps) be the two other people it seems pretty relevant to.

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At some point. But I’m usually fine with my reading speed. Also, one of my favorite things about reading is subvocalizing, which is the number one thing they tell you to stop doing to read faster. That kinda killed any interest I had in learning speed reading.

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