📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

Hmm you have 両田 - りょうた but this is a different kanji - 岡田. For me he shows up first as “同僚の岡田の顔がいささかかすんで見える” Third sentence of 第一章.


Oof, I started to realize a second before you posted this. Corrected, and I need to add 両 and 岡 to my “easy to confuse kanji” list… :flushed:


The cover is totally what drew me to it first, they’re all so pretty it makes me want to order all of the other volumes lol. Sounds like you’ve read some other sea creature books, have any recommendations?


April 2nd (Home Link)

Caturday, a.k.a bookclub day 2, going for the more complicated ones this time.


  • Shimeji Simulation: 12 pages (40 min reading time)
  • Yuru-camp: 26 pages (35 min)
  • 極主夫道: 32 pages (48 min)

Total Manga pages read: 70 pages

Light Novels

  • 夜カフェ: 9 pages (45 min)

I also managed to read a bit of my main non-bookclub book

  • 三日間の幸福: 3 pages (50 min)

Total LN pages read: 12 pages

It’s somewhat disturbing that I can read the triple number of pages of 夜カフェ in the same time as 三日間の幸福 =._.= 夜カフェ’s sentences feel concise and direct, while 三日間の幸福’s author just loves these sentences that have a lot of sub-clauses filled with analogies that take me a while to untangle.

A couple outstanding panels from manga today:

:iphone: :arrow_down: :zzz:

As usual 極主夫道 has some really hilarious situations.



As expected, I ended up doing eenie meenie miney mo to pick which manga I’d read next, which got me GREEN~農家のヨメになりたい~. I read Seed 1 today. I’m enjoying it so far. Our protagonist Wako-chan is a Tōkyōite born and raised, but ever since living in the countryside for a year during 5th grade, she’s had a sort of fascination with rural life. She falls in love at first sight with Makoto, the son of a farming family who’s training to take over his grandparents’ farm, and starts helping out when the guy who usually does so can’t make it for a week. Despite her ulterior motives of wanting to spend time with Makoto, she does genuinely want to learn to help out around the farm and do the job well, but she’s… bad at it. Which it seems will be the main source of conflict (and humor?) for the series.

I happened upon all 4 volumes last time I stopped at Half Price Books, and I’m glad I did. It was difficult to stop with just one chapter today, and I might not have, except I had a novel in English (Inkheart by Cornelia Funke) that I’ve been (re)reading for a while and I wanted to finish that too. I probably won’t read in English every day, but I have been wanting to read more again in general because I’ve got a lot of books that I still haven’t read as well as a bunch I haven’t read since middle or high school and who knows if I’ll still like them anymore, and now that I’m buying books in Japanese, too… Well, my unread-book situation was already out of hand before this.

I read 6 pages of 2.43, up to the first break in ch 1-2, putting me at pg 34 of 281. It’s actually fewer than 257 pages that I gotta read this challenge. These books don’t have pictures aside from on the 目次 (unfortunately; Yamakawa Aiji-sensei’s art is very pretty), but each chapter has a cover page, and one chapter ends only a couple lines into a page, so it’s more like 254 pages, probably. That’s still an average of 4 pages needed per day, though.

1-2 starts in the same place that ep 6 does, with Fukuhou failing to advance past the 3rd round at Inter-High, which is about as far as they ever get in national-level tournaments. They’ve represented Fukui at Nationals for 8 straight years, but they’ve never won. The title SETBACK could refer to their loss yet again here, especially as this is their second-to-last chance to win at nationals, but also the very first word of the next section is 怪我, so I think we’re still getting Ochi’s injury. I mean yeah, Subaru’s injured both his knees too, but it makes sense to get Ochi’s background here not just because this chapter’s from his POV but also to explain why he’s their manager and not a player.

Some vocab of note:

苦虫を噛み潰したよう (にがむしをかみつぶしたよう) [expression, な-adjective] sour (expression); as if having swallowed a bitter bug
駒を進める (こまをすすめる) [expression, 一] to advance to the next stage (e.g. in a tournament)


April 2 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

So much VLR today, we love the weekend :tada: Still so much going on, there are so many things being hinted at and I have truly no idea where some of them are going :joy: tons of fun!

VLR stuff!

Oh there were some challenges today, I ended up in the bio lab and it was basically just like I got dropped in a science class with some instruction handouts :joy: I was dissecting things, preparing samples for microscopes under very specific instructions, all kinds of stuff. I haven’t thought about biology in like six years and it’s having me sort out DNA bases? I think seeing the letters G C A and T on little colored shapes in rows dealt psychic damage lmao. I survived though, didn’t take too long, despite everything! :joy:

It was also fun since I was with 四葉(よつば) and ディオ and that is a combination oh man, you know 四葉(よつば) and シグマ are on some nonsense when ディオ is having to reign them in :joy: So lots of good goofs, especially dumb wordplay:

Love 四葉(よつば) :joy: and yeah for most of it ディオ is the “rational” one, but he’s also like this:

Just… yeah lmao, don’t know what to do with him huh. And that’s not even accounting for plot things… ディオ definitely has some complicated stuff going on, I’m very unclear what his motivations are but they’re obviously really important. He’s really putting クォーク’s life on the line (maybe? the reality of this whole virus thing is unclear at best) to force シグマ to pick 協力(きょうりょく), so like I might die??? And maybe I’m お(ひと)よし as ファイ keeps saying, but I don’t feel like he’d do these things without a specific reason, I don’t get that sense from him. Idk :man_shrugging:

Anyway I have a lot of feelings, and I’m very curious to see how things continue :eyes:

Ah funny you mention that, I like just learned it at this school business manners workshop thing and she also was like “you know spinach?? not that” :joy:

Yessss, love understanding wordplay, it’s very validating!


Day 3 - April 3

  • 美少年探偵団 1 - 5,59% → 6,37%

Today I read about the other two characters in the club! One of the characters seems to be the head of the school since he was 12? Not sure if it’s the head of the school or the head of the parent organisation of the school but still really impressive! This character seemed most boring to me when I looked at the opening from the anime but now I’m kind of interested to hear him speak :eyes:


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Day 3 / Calendar

The day might not be over yet, we’ll see, just did some morning reading because I’m not sure if I’ll be free later tonight.
I’ve read 4 pages of 夜カフェ sofar. This feat took me 1 hours and 11 minutes, so around 18 minutes a page. Considering the wall of text aspect of it, I think this is acceptable for now. For reference, the recommended amount for this week comes out to about 15 pages, which I would be able to achieve at this rate in about 4 days


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Day 1:

日本語: I read a fair amount of ミニスカ宇宙海賊, a bit of からかい上手の高木さん 17 (and finished it), and a bit of ヨコハマ買い出し紀行.

中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, two pages of some random 漫画 (apparently called 骑士幻想夜), and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.

01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
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25 26 27 28 29 30
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22
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30 31

You complete those checkmarks by putting an X in the middle by the way

[X ] (without the space) turns into .


:tulip: April 2 :tulip: :house:
Fixed up my Bookmeter
Read: 夜カフェ
Finished first 1/2 of Chapter 2 (8 pages)
Time:16 minutes
Read this week’s part for the Beginner’s book club. This (and the Jack Jeanne light novel) are my first times reading Japanese novels so I’m not really used to reading vertically. I still occasionally lose my spot or accidentally reread a line but it feels like I’m starting to adjust the more I read.

New Vocab

a lot of onomatopoeias
もたもた dawdling; tardily
どっかり flumping (into a chair)
ぐったり wearily; listlessly
引き出し drawer
押しのける to push aside


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Yesterday I went to the sauna again (after quite the break, for various reasons) and read a nice chunk of The Little Prince. Afterwards I convinced @Myria to read this week’s assignment of 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん to me while I was cutting some vegetables. This way we could both read the section AND get food at the same time! The nicest thing was that I could not only make her rewind and replay sentences just by voice control, she also has a built-in dictionary functionality that I could access to get explanations of unknown words. 5/5 would definitely use this service again :grin:


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I read 三毛猫ホームズ🐈 chapter 1, part 2. It was 20 pages and since it’s the beginning of the book, and we’re establishing the setting with new vocab, and I’m not used to the style yet, that felt like a lot. I’m glad the next section will be shorter.

I used to live in Tokyo, so I notice place details when a story is set there. There are a lot of parts of the city I never had occasion to go to, so I don’t always recognize everything. But the places mentioned so far have been on the train lines I often took.


It really was a lot! I had to break it into two parts, even if I had already read the first part before.

I’d be very interested in your comments if you notice anything that may go over the head of a reader with absolutely no local knowledge (like me) then. :slight_smile:


Here’s my contribution to this challenge.

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04 05 06 07 08 09 10
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18 19 20 21 22 23 24
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02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
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I’m a little late to the party, but I’d love to join this challenge with all of you! I’m planning a trip and starting a new job very soon, but learning Japanese is still a big priority for me. It’s been a goal of mine to read more (and learn more grammar) this year, so this is right up my alley. I won’t maintain a home post with a calendar, but I’ll pop in and write updates occasionally :smiling_face: :smiling_face: It’s also really entertaining to see what everyone else is reading!

Right now I’m reading ハピネス volume 1 with the book club, articles on NHK News Easy, and also working my way through the Ace Attorney trilogy on my 3DS!