📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

Book 14 of Set 0, Volumn 3. It’s Christmas and Officer Ryou is out again looking for a gift. He sees a Santa with a HUGE bag and offers to help. But Santa runs off as Ryou tries to help carry the bag, and Ryou tears the sleeve off Santa’s jacket. He decides then that Santa is a thief and not a Santa at all.

Above is my favorite picture so far.


April 27th (Calendar Post)

私の拳をうけとめて! => 58 pages (84 minutes)

A couple fun panels from today:


Didn’t run into any particularly interesting vocabulary this time.


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Day 26:

日本語: I read some of 冷たい密室と博士たち.

中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 骑士幻想夜, and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.


Day 27 :heavy_check_mark: :milk_glass: :japanese_goblin:

告白 ~ 2% to 5%
ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 27 pages

I’m feeling 告白 is harder than, for example, 三毛猫ホームズの推理 I just read, although Natively suggests otherwise (31 for the former, 33 for the latter). The difficulty is not so much in the language. It’s in the continuous wall of text, but more importantly, in that the text seems to be a continuous stream of consciousness, jumping from one thing to another, from milk and its effect on growing bodies to how the narrator came to be a teacher, to her decision to quit, to a famous teacher at another school and his life before that, to the sacredness of a teacher’s job, to malicious pranks played by some students, etc etc. This constant change of subject means I have to be constantly alert because she may be referring to something else than I what I thought she was, and the fact that I haven’t still figured out whether she is speaking to someone in particular (to her students maybe?) or just thinking in her head doesn’t help either. Sentences in quotes are interjected here and there, as if someone is answering or asking her something in relation to what she’s saying, but this may still be in her head, or it may not. It’s not clear to me yet.
All that said, I’m liking how there’s already a slightly uncomfortable feeling as this stream of consciousness progresses. It starts innocently enough, then you are gradually starting to get the sense that there’s more to this story than just a teacher thinking aloud on the joys and grievances of the job.

Also read 27 pages of ゲゲゲの鬼太郎. This is easy enough that I can casually read before bed when I’m already tired, but because of that, I tend to get sleepy before I can finish a chapter. This one started with a market seller selling a cactus to someone who subsequently disappears. Of course, youkai are involved, and 鬼太郎 with his eyeball-for-a-father are called by a bug to investigate. Fun, and @MissDagger might be relieved to know that the gore is virtually non-existent in this chapter (at least if you ignore the -honestly rather cute- ever present eyeball/father figure).

Cute eyeball shenanigans


The innocent cactus seller


the most disturbing panel for me (not that bad at all, really)

(I just hope it’s not a cockroach. It is, isn’t it?)

Edit: Forgot to add interesting vocab from 告白:

呼び捨てにする - to address someone without using a title suffix (like -san)
ため口 - casual speech, peer language, informal language
性同一性障害 - gender dysphoria
情緒不安定 - emotional instability
Spoilered because it may be sensitive: おかま - male homosexual (among other meanings) - I don’t know how sensitive/derogatory this word may be, from (minimal) context it’s probably derogatory but not too bad?

Edit 2: I keep forgetting stuff… I’m not sure what I’m looking at here. Any ideas? For context, 鬼太郎 enters a house, sees this, and comments there’s no one there.

panel in question


Who what where when


:tulip: Day 27 :tulip: :house:
Read: ジャックジャンヌー夏劇ー
Time: 50 minutes
Finished:18 pages
Finished Mitsuki’s short story 巣立ち。I struggled a lot with the beginning of this story but reading the rest felt really smooth today, I’m not sure if it was just more vocab I know or if I just got more sucked into the story. I liked this one a lot, but it was pretty sad for a lot of it. This is the first story that actually had a scene that was in the game as well, but from Mitsuki’s perspective and it gave a lot of background into his home situation. Poor Mitsuki :sob:

New Vocab

緻密 (ちみつ)minute; fine; delicate; accurate; precise; elaborate
億劫 (おっくう)troublesome; bothersome; tiresome; annoying
追い抜く (おいぬく)to surpass; to outstrip; to outdistance; to outsail​
否応なく (いやおうなく)whether one wants to or not; without choice
躍起 (やっき)desperate; frantic; excited; worked up; heated; eager
報復 (ほうふく)retaliation; revenge; reprisal; retribution
貶す (けなす)to speak ill of; to disparage​
尊厳 (そんげん)dignity; majesty; sanctity
粉々 (こなごな)in very small pieces
たりとも (not) even; (not) any
薄紅 (うすべに)light pink; light crimson


How in-depth are these historical explanations, out of curiosity?


I usually post in the 多読 thread instead of here, but since we talked about LGBT related seinen manga here, I think it’s more relevant :sweat_smile:
So, today I read おかえりアリス 1. It was free to keep recently (something I noticed thanks to the freebie thread while looking for the “LGBT themes” tag), and when I checked it out, the blurb said it was by the same author as ハピネス. I don’t know anything about ハピネス either, but it has a book club here, so I thought why not.
Weeeeeeelllll, if I had to describe おかえりアリス in a few words, I guess I’d go for grimdark 不可解なぼくのすべてを.
We get a fem presenting non-binary character (Kei) and the MC (Youhei) is your average cis-het high school boy. (Well, the equivalent isn’t quite average in 不可解なぼくのすべてを, but anyway).

And that's where things go south (spoilers)

Kei, Youhei, and the girl Youhei likes are all childhood friends, but Kei had to move away for a few years, and came back after transition. The thing is that Kei acts super creepy, all the time, sexually harassing both MC and the girl MC is in love with, and uses their old friendship to get away with it.
I think the worst part was when Kei invited Youhei to their place to help unpacking, as they had just moved back in. I had a horrible feeling about and sure enough Kei “jokingly” makes a sexual assault attempt on Youhei. Then they go
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The hand position is because (you probably don’t want to know) they tried to grab his groin.

Now, Youhei is also creepy in his own way. I don’t know if that’s supposed to make it better? Or maybe it’s the fact that his body reacts positively to Kei’s “advances” (that’s absolutely not equivalent to enthusiastic consent in my book and, in fact, Youhei definitely doesn’t look enthusiastic).

I’m not sure how I feel about this series. It does have the (negatively) fascinating aspect of watching a train wreck in slow motion. Also, maybe everyone somehow ends up happy in the end? At the same time, I feel like I am probably better off not reading any further.
If there’s anyone reading ハピネス (or even better おかえりアリス), what do you think of the author’s style? Is there any chance things do get better?


I’ve only read the first volume of ハピネス and things develop very slowly indeed, so I don’t think I can have a rounded opinion on the author’s style yet, but I don’t think he goes for wholesome, and I wouldn’t expect things to get better (although I couldn’t guess how much worse they’d get either.) So far we have had (ハピネス volume 1 spoilers and possible triggers?) a masturbation scene triggered by a panty shot, unrelated to anything in the plot so far, an assault that looked very much sexual (although it was actually triggered by thirst for blood) which was waved off by the almost-victim as something normal and maybe even welcome, and vampiric instincts being awakened by period blood. Also bullying, and some physical violence. And friendships that seem about to go sour. All in all, anything but “happiness”.


Well, I guess I am starting to see a pattern here :sweat_smile:
I guess it’s wiser for me to drop it for now.


It looks like an old, disheveled kamado… Is my only guess!


28th of April
Day 28

Read pages 38 and 39 of かがみの孤城. Again, fairly straightforward and easy to follow. I guess it was all the flashing back and forth between past and present that messed me up so much.
Seems like page 40 is where things get interesting/sad. I’m very tired and want to wake up early tomorrow to try flying my new camera drone!! so I’ll end it here for today and hopefully read a few more pages tomorrow.


Thank you, yes, I can (sort of) see it now!


:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220428 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XXVIII: 橿原神宮について :shinto_shrine:

I had planned to read some of the origin story about Emperor Jimmu「神武天皇」 today, but ended up reading about the shrine where he was said to have ascended the throne: Kashihara Shrine「橿原神宮」.

Which leads into two problems I’ve been having with reading (well, not really problems, just inconveniences).

  • First is trying to Google for things in Japanese. The results page are mostly Chinese, maybe there is some magic secret way to filter Japanese only, but I’m too lazy to find it.
  • Second is, while I love reading about all the history stuff, it’s pretty much always too hard for my current level, the stories on Hukumusume on the other hand are a little easy now. I’m in that awkward stage of trying to find some middle-ground material to read.

Anyway, Emperor Jimmu is Japan’s legendary first emperor, while his existence is historically debateable (I mean it’s claimed he lived to 126/127), I always like these origin stories and find them interesting. I suppose it’s a bit like the King Arthur legends, he probably existed as a person at some point and in some form, but his exploits got exaggerated and altered over the years.

Kashihara shrine, located in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, is the place where Emperor Jimmu supposedly ascended the throne in 660BCE.

:seedling: Japanese found in the tall grass :seedling:

New Things

絶する「ぜっする」ー To exceed by a lot; to surpass greatly
苦難「くなん」ー Hardship; suffering
天孫「てんそん」ー Descendant of a god
聖徳「せいとく」ー Holy virtue; heavenly virtue

橿原「かしはら」ー Kashihara, Nara prefecture
畝傍山「うねびやま」ー Mt. Unebi

瓊瓊杵尊「ににぎのもこと」ー Grandson of Amaterasu and great grandfather of Emperor Jimmu

(there were a lot more historical names in this article, but I got pretty lost with them all)


The cheap easy way is to just throw が or something at the end :joy: usually works pretty well!


Thank you! Knew that there must a simple magic trick to it :laughing:

Will try this next time :+1:


Summary post :bookmark:

April 28th :seedling:

・薬屋のひとりごと (64% → 71%)

Finished chapter 23 & 24. Which means I’ve caught up with the book club schedule :eyes: :sparkles: I’ll probably just keep reading at my own pace like I’ve done until now.

One thing tho. I feel like reading is taking too much of my focus when I should be focusing on studying for exams. Entering this challenge I said I’d do it Tiny Challenge Mode which was supposed to mean “low-effort, any however tiny amount of reading is good”, but I still feel pressure to read more. And this making me stay up longer than I intend to. So, what to do?

I haven’t decided yet, but being aware of it is a good first step.


I’d say why not read after you’re done studying for your exams for the day? You could go for any amount you feel like and since you’re not neglecting your studies you probably won’t feel guilty, while still allowing you to keep up with Japanese. [edit: rereading your post, you might already do this, woops!] I’d probably also stop new SRS words for a bit if you use SRS.

At the same time, nothing wrong with stopping the challenge if you feel like it’s taking a mental slot that you need right now. At the end of the day it’s an artificial thing to work in your favour; you can stop it when it’s no longer useful, and resume it when it is. You could also forget about the “every day” and go for whatever frequency works.

Just some ideas :slight_smile:


Same. Let me know once you’ve figured something out yotsubaNLT


I was feeling like this too!

I’m thinking of switching to manga I’ve already read or something else like picture books, the next time I feel burned out or pressed for time.

Basically anything fun and purposefully short, only to check the box :thinking: