📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

June 4th.

I read this weeks BBC chapter of Yoru Cafe.
It took me about an hour and a half to read this chapter, so it wasn’t quite as tiring as last weeks chapter! I think its because I recognised more of the vocabulary than I did last week as there weren’t lots of specific terms about cooking!
I also had a call with my tutor today and we did the 読解 section of a JLPT paper as preparation for the exam next month.

(Home Post)

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First of all, grats on getting married!

As for tips, I’d just recommend reading whatever you feel like reading, that always works most natural to me. To guide it you can set yourself a limit like wanting to finish it in a certain period of time (day, week, two weeks, a month) and additionally set aside a small amount of time each day (15min, 30min, 1hour) to try to do that without having any distractions around you. I typically like to read books before bed, while manga I’m okay with throughout the day, games and anime I like to pick evenings. It gets easier when you’re more used to it and give yourself a break when you need it.

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I read recently about the idea of developing a “rhythm” rather than a “habit” or “routine”, and I think this is a great way to look at it. A rhythm can skip a single beat, yet continue without that detracting in any way from the rhythm as a whole. A rhythm can also be disrupted by unusual events or travel or big life changes without that being a bad thing. (In fact, I think our daily rhythms probably should be disrupted from time to time.)

I’ve been thinking about reading every day in this way for a while (although I didn’t have such a good metaphor for it until recently haha). It really changes the focus. When I don’t read for a day, instead of thinking “ugh, I didn’t do the thing I want to do every day” I think “ah, my rhythm is totally disrupted today because ______, but it will go back to normal on Monday”. For example. And often the disruption is a positive thing that just took a lot of time or energy.

My tip is mainly the one above, about thinking in terms of rhythms rather than habits or streaks. Cause … it’s awesome that you got married! (Congratulations!) And it totally makes sense and is maybe even a good thing that that disrupted your regular rhythms for a while.

My other tip is, if you are a caffeine drinker, making a habit (or rhythm) of doing a certain thing while you drink your coffee or tea is a pretty effective way of making it happen every day. I love doing my WK reviews over my first cup of coffee every morning, and I get sad when I can’t do that haha. Hopefully someday I’ll finish with WK and then I can use that spot for reading. :slight_smile:

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June 4 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

I’m gonna be busy later so early post today; I played some more AI: The Somnium Files and finished 応太(おうた)'s route! :tada: It was an emotional ride; all the stuff with まゆみ was really sad, I hope she gets good things. But then イリス taking the flower knife with her (which makes sense actually, it definitely doesn’t mean she actually did everything but it certainly seems like she had some sense something was going to happen) and more than that, 硝子(しょうこ)'s eye being in 沖浦(おきうら)'s intestines?? Um?? Concerning to say the least, not sure what to make of that but it explains why we haven’t found any of the eyes so far… yikes :sweat_smile:

Anyway it’s still all good reading-wise! There’s definitely more like modern slang than I’ve encountered in other things which is fun. I look forward to seeing more of what’s going on :eyes:

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Also @softlyraining (ご結婚おめでとうございます!, nonetheless) – Although I don’t know the exact answer to time management, I believe it is half of SMART goal setting, and half of DRIVE, and might be another half of ever-changing prioritization matrix (Eisenhower Decision Matrix).

Lifestyle of my own, is pretty much of – can be disturbed at any time, for extensible periods. Still, I do have not-so-little free time. So, I prefer goal setting, rather than ensuring ultimate daily consistency. (I believe daily schedule can be done, but just varied everyday, and I need more diligence.)


Jun 4, Sat :cherry_blossom: calendar post

Week 10 of Spring 2022’s summary

Reading

  • I read JoJo to finish Part 2 Vol 2, and a little of Vol 3.
  • Also, I read ahead Death Note Vol 3 a little.
  • However, I still have problem reading Night Cafe - unable to focus, perhaps?
  • I am interested in 人間失格 so far (and try reading on Bookwalker), but I can’t really tell if I will really be able to consistently read it until the end… Not yet interested enough in 糞尿譚, though.

Listening

  • Even though I watched Yuru Camp S01E02, I find forcing myself to understand every sentence bothersome.
  • Listening along with reading is possible – tried a little with Death Note; so SPY x FAMILY should also be possible.
    • But I still need to be much much better… to make it useful at all!
  • Get some games (on Windows PC), believing I should be able to try it and survive well.
    • Haven’t updated Genshin Impact for a long time, but now it says data file is broken - but I can’t fix it, and forcing verification is always successful, anyway.

Grammar

  • Sentence breakdown continues. However, probably gains lessen, and I don’t want to take my time outside native materials and grammar texts.
    • I will try to finish all of Level 3, nonetheless. Ideally, I want to finish up to Level 10, as this is more of Kana chalenge (rather than Kanji without Furigana challenge.)
  • I tried reading Japanese grammar on Wikipedia. Indeed, I do need to know grammar terms in Japanese to be able to use JJ dictionaries well.
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:tiger2: :books: The June Tanuki Den: Date 20220604 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

No Longer Tanuki Progress: 0.05%

There’s some very long sentences to start part one off, I am very thankful for the comma usage, if there were no commas I’d probably hide in the corner and cry.


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

Learnthings

停車場「ていしゃじょう」ー Stopping place (for trains), like junctions, stations, railyards.
構内「こうない」ー Premises; grounds
遊戯場「ゆうぎじょう」ー Amusement centre (like an arcade)
ハイカラ ー High collar; stylish; smart
設備「せつび」ー Equipment; facilities
垢抜け「あかぬけ」ー Refinement; Style; Sophistication
頗る「すこぶる」ー Extremely; very much
病弱「びょうじゃく」ー Sickly; feeble; weak; poor health
寝込む「ねこむ」ー To fall fast asleep; to be confined to bed
敷布「しきふ」ー Sheeting; sheet
掛蒲団「かけぶとん」ー Duvet; bed cover; futon cover (more common to see as: 掛け布団)


Congrats!! :tada:

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I’m not reading at the moment so I can start training my new shelter dog. She has NO manners and NO training, so this is going to be a big challenge. But she does want to please, so maybe it won’t be beyond doing. Then, back to reading for the Summer Challenge, if not before.

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Aww best of luck! They can be a lot of work sometimes, but totally worth it. Is a new dog picture sometime too much to hope for? :blush:

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I would love to get a picture up. I will if she isn’t afraid of the camera, but she is afraid of everything at the moment: air from the fan, going outside and downstairs, toys, dog blankets, etc. Think of a hound dog and you’ll have an idea of what she looks like!

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Aww that sounds so cute!


By the way, it umm, occurred to me it’ll take some planning time to get this going, so I actually went ahead and made a thread for the idea of doing a visual novel club to discuss some details and gauge interest.

So uhh yeah, come join us/me if you want! :sweat_smile: Over here!

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Oh by the way now that you mention your new book club thread (yay :tada:)
I think everybody noticed it by now but anyways:

I’ve set up a reading thread for 糞尿譚 💩 (Miscellaneous Book Club - unscheduled) (and some of us started reading a bit already :innocent:) so if anybody would like to join in, please feel free!

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Not to derail this conversation, but here is a picture of my new beast:

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I’m very glad I asked for that picture. So cute! Looks a lot like a dog I used to have :heart_eyes:

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Thanks! Think of any story about starved, abused dogs, and this is it. She’s very skinny and gets excited about eating, but is loving the attention.

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She looks adorable! Her face is remarkably similar to my own dog, who was also scared of everything and everyone when I first found her. She won’t necessarily get over all her fears completely, but love and time will make an amazing difference. She’s very lucky to have found you! :heart:

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@dunlewy Your new dog is so cute. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


June 4

Read non-fiction early. The things I’m reading first are newsletters and blog posts that I’ve slowly accumulated without reading. And it is so nice to slowly make a dent in that.

Then in the afternoon I read the second half of chapter 23 of Sailor Moon. And then I read chapter 24, and 25 and 26: finishing off the current story arc! :tada:

That also means I read more than 154 pages (since chapter 24-26 are that many pages and chapter 23 was about 40, so probably covered 20 of that today). My total number of pages was probably around 175.

I think that is the most I’ve ever read in one day. Even Yotsuba&, I’ve only so far read 1,5 chapters in one go. Although not saying I couldn’t have read that much of Yotsuba&, I totally could. Finishing off a longer story arc have its own momentum though.

Sailor Moon, kanzenban, volume 4 still have two short stories in it, so not finished with the volume yet.


I think my plan is: finished the current volume of Sailor Moon and Yotsuba&, and then decide what longer/bigger thing to tackle next. Going by my poll, next pick would have to be Zenitendou or next arc of Sailor Moon or Orange.

Even when I finish the current volume of Sailor Moon, there are six more volumes, each with (I think) about 7 chapters of 40-50 pages, so there is a laaaaarge chunk of Sailor Moon left (3 separate arcs apparently!).

Obviously, I’ll have Yotsuba& for any day when I want something easy and hilarious. So I’ll have that for a side read whenever I feel like it.

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Thanks! She is already not quite as nervous, and has decided she can try to get into the food bag whenever she wants. I had to move it onto a higher shelf. She’s eaten four times already today.

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Summary post :bookmark:

June 4th :seedling:

・ かがみの孤城(下) (2% → 17%)

I decided to pick up this book again. It has been a couple of months since I put this book away, so I figured it’d be better to start from the beginning instead of picking it up from around the 33% mark.

Has been a bit busy with moving to a new place and stuff since the challenge officially ended, so haven’t really read anything during the last few days, partially because I didn’t know what to pick next in addition to busy busy. I kind of dreaded picking up this book again, knowing how some of the main themes are stuff I’m sensitive to, but actually reading it now isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I’d rather read something light-hearted and funny, but another part of me wants to finish what I’ve started :fire:

I guess I’ll postpone writing the post-challenge summary post until I feel like wrapping up later at some point :eyes:

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Checking in to simply say I read 6,500 characters, and haven’t quite finished the route, but I’m getting there. Might find more time later but I’m already moving slow because my sleep got interrupted, and I’m taking time to plan the upcoming VN club, plus I want to get out soon for what are becoming my daily walks. Good read though, went pretty smoothly.

Simply as it is, this is remarkable for being basically the only instance of bad weather in this game.

Off to go fit in responses to a lot of things in the aforementioned thread…

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:tiger2: :books: The June Tanuki Den: Date 20220605 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

No Longer Tanuki Progress: 0.06%

I was gonna say closing in on the first 1%… but that’s not a 1%, that’s 0.1% of a percent.

I’m keeping track of how many characters I’ve been reading (roughly) and it has increased slightly.


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

Learnthings

空腹「くうふく」ー Empty stomach; hunger. Additionally, 空腹感「くうふくかん」is the feeling of your stomach being empty / being very hungry.
衣食住「いしょくじゅう」ー Clothing & food & lodging; necessities of life
甘納豆「あまなっとう」ー Sugared red beans
カステラ ー Castella cake
おべっか ー Flattery
苦痛「くつう」ー Pain; bitterness; agony
末っ子「すえっこ」ー Youngest child
黙々「もくもく」ー Silent; mute
肌寒い「はださむい」ー Chilly; unpleasantly cold
昔気質「むかしかたぎ」ー Old-fashioned
末席「まっせき」ー Lowest seat, as in the seat furthest away from the head (of the household/company etc.); lowest rank; that seat that’s awkwardly right next to the door where your back is all exposed and no one wants to sit in it in case ninjas come in and stab you.
運び「はこび」ー progress; pace; step; stage
難解「なんかい」ー Difficult to understand; unintelligible
晦渋「かいじゅう」ー Ambiguous; obscure
営み「いとなみ」ー Activity; performance; action; occupation; since it means “to do activity” it can also mean to have sex
夜々「よよ」ー Every night
輾転「てんてん」ー Rolling about; tossing and turning (in bed for example)
呻吟「しんぎん」ー Moaning; groaning (all these words following each other is starting to give off the wrong impression… :thinking: it’s not that kind of novel :laughing: )
仕合せ者「しあわせもの」ー Lucky person (more common to see it as: 幸せ者)

Kanji Form
勿論 「もちろん」ー Of course; certainly
「いく」ー Some; several; how many/much

Uses
Can use 々 twice if you want to repeat a two kanji word. Here it’s: 三度々々 「さんどさんど」to emphasise that it is three times every day. Doesn’t seem to be all that common anymore though.

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