I would like to say that I read Japanese on this last day of the off month for the spring challenge, but unless I suddenly feel a lot more awake, it isn’t likely. I did play some Aterlier Sophie, so got some listening practice done in any case.
I’m still posting today because LAST DAY!
With today, I will have missed one day, and (see next post) I decided to take a break for 3 days during June. Feels right to take a break during the off month, and just a few days fit perfectly for me.
I wanted to once again thank everyone for their updates, encouragements, grammar help! and the interesting discussions we’ve had here.
It is due to this thread that I’m leading a book club. And I think without this, I wouldn’t have considered joining the VN club starting up July 15, but I will.
I’m so much more enthusiastic about reading which feels a bit weird to say from a self-proclaimed bookworm, but true nonetheless. I also feel more confident that I will eventually see the end of my current collection… well, in a couple of years perhaps.
I’ve had a great time, and I’m looking forward to starting the summer challenge with you all tomorrow!
Well, got less tired and decided to peek at one of my new purchases and ended up reading the whole first chapter of ホテル・メッツァペウラへようこそ. I only meant to check out a couple of pages but before I knew it the chapter ended.
I did no look ups partly because no furigana and I was only gonna check the first few pages anyway. Probably won’t keep reading it right now since I have enough on my plate but it was a lot of fun.
It’s not just you, I think using the word “bias” like that would sound weird to the majority of native English speakers too
A discussion on the k-pop fandom lexicon that literally no one asked for xD
I think this particular usage of “bias” has to have originated in the k-pop fandom, because I’ve never heard “bias” being used like that in really any other context, but I don’t think that Korean uses “bias” in the same way, I think it must have come from non-Korean k-pop fans somehow? xD I got curious and I learned (from Google) that the corresponding Korean word seems to be 최애 (choi-ae), which stands for a longer phrase that basically means “the one I love the most.” So nothing really to do with the term “bias” per se. I think the use of the term “bias” in the English-speaking part of the fandom probably comes from the idea that you’re “biased” toward that person because you like them the most. So you’re [member name]-biased. That person is your bias. You bias them. [Group name] is your bias group. “Oh you like that group too? Who’s your bias?” “Definitely X, I love him so much lsdhflsdhjkflsdlkfhjlskn” It sounds really natural to me now in a k-pop context (maybe because I’m in too deep ) but it does sound supremely weird outside of that context imo Like I don’t think I would ever use it toward a member of a Western group, and I doubt that any English speaker who isn’t tuned into k-pop (or I guess maybe j-pop) would ever use “bias” like that. (Hence why “Bob is my bias” sounds extra funny to me lmao, like is there any name that a k-pop idol is less likely to have than Bob? Bob is an elderly/middle-aged white man living in Nebraska who’s never heard the word ‘k-pop’ in all his life ) If I’m talking to non-kpoppers, I’ll usually just say “oh, he’s my favorite” or something. It’s sort of an in-group only slang kind of thing imo.
Sorry, idk if this is even interesting for anyone else to read but I’m having fun rambling about biases
Meanwhile I just realized that I forgot to ever do a summary post for this challenge, whoops
My priorities are obviously in order
I just found out about this. I’m excited for the idea of reading the novel in time for the movie to come out in November.
I wonder if anyone would be interested in joining me in this challenge! It’s a little longer than I expected at 384pages though … It might be a little tricky to finish in time. (384pages/80days = 5pages/day = 34pages/week)
I really need to improve my reading speed.
I didn’t have a lot of time to read today, so I just read a bit of the next manga in my backlog, やがて君になる. I’m enjoying it so far! And with that it’s officially onto the summer challenge; hopefully I’ll have more time tomorrow to get off to a good start
I just glanced at the poll and was like, why do all the books have such weird titles? Then I read the text above it…
I think you somehow infected me with your summer-ghost-story-reading, and so I bought 宮部みゆきの江戸怪談散歩 which is 50% discounted right now on Bookwalker, and to my huge surprise it contains lots of connections to today’s Tokyo, even with pictures and maps of where the stories took place
I think I might be able to slip one or two of these short stories into my reading list for the summer challenge
I don’t think that’s weird at all because if reading is (still) too hard for you, then it can quickly become demotivating. If it’s only one book out of a bunch, it doesn’t matter too much as you can always read something else. But if your level is still so low that basically every book feels too hard and draining, then of course you will not be very motivated. It was really great to watch you jump that chasm and take on more difficult books! Just keep going, and you will keep learning faster than you think
Which is to say, the Spring Challenge is over! Thank you very much to all your contributions, it was great fun reading them Here is what I read during the challenge - quite a mixed bag actually. Finished three books:
Oh good, my evil scheme is starting to work then!
I hope you enjoy it! Let us know how it goes! I had looked at that book too, but actually the pictures and maps put me off a little. I like my ghost stories to not be connected to reality too much!
From what I can see it’s not 50% discounted, but 50% coins back, no? It amounts to the same thing in the long run, just making sure.
Methinks that your vote was not entirely based on the opening sentence alone… Surely it must have reminded you of something?
確かに, it reminded me of something How’d you know? I’m still not sure whether that’s actually the opening sentence of what I have in mind (I thought they mentioned the move a tad later) but even so I still think it’s a great first sentence, because (a) it indicates that there are normal grown-up people in the book and (b) it feels so innocent-naive, and at the same time something dark is looming overhead. But yeah, if it’s really the first sentence of 穴, then I should probably change my vote because I said I’m not sure whether I’d recommend it.
It is, but don’t change it! It’s obvious you really were evaluating the first sentence only, so you played by the rules
By the way, poll maths are funny. Maybe the poll itself has an opinion on what I should read? Because otherwise I don’t see why 3 people out of 9 count as 33%, but another group of 3 people out of 9 count as 34% (sure, rounding up, but why those 3 specifically? )
June was really productive for me! I also managed to experience the “reading 100 pages of a braindead book/light novel a day”, which is a new daily record for me. I started reading ifの悲劇 and it’s been very whack so far, but somehow very easy to read. I read 40% of the book yesterday, which pushed my daily average for June above 20 pages a day!
For me the “read x pages of braindead book” moment was with がばいばあちゃん I mean, it’s a bit unfair since the pages contain so little text, but otoh the publisher decided to release it that way, so there’s nothing I could do about it
I wasn’t really thinking about motivation. More excitement and anticipation about reading. And in many ways, I think it is because it proved less hard than I thought it would be to read.
Well, Zenitendou is perhaps a bit of an outlier, because while the language hasn’t proven too hard (although switching to narrative text again did take a bit to getting used to), I seem to have very little stamina for reading it. When I can easily gobble up a 50-page chapter of manga but 3 pages of a book (that isn’t that hard) is tiring, that seems to be some kind of stamina problem.
So anyway, being enthusiastic more about diving into more reading and trying new mediums, and being willing to lead a book club, and so on. All that stuff. ^^
I passed out yesterday before I could even think about posting lol. I was finally able to do the first coat of paint on my shelves, and it’s more exhausting than I thought, even with a roller brush, and even with being able to use it with either my right or left hand.
I read 4 pages of 明日をくれた君に, leaving off on pg 51. I’m almost done with ch 1!
I kinda miss how in 2.43, each chapter is further divided into subchapters. Granted, the chapters are about twice as long as in this, and yeah, there are still sections demarcated by asterisks and/or a blank line, but the satisfaction of coming to the end of a subchapter is only a little less than that of coming to the end of a chapter, a.k.a. way more than coming to an asterisk or a white line break, or whatever the hell those are called. Need me the serotonin.
Some vocab of nore:
錯覚 (さっかく) [noun, する verb] optical illusion; hallucination
靄がかかる (もやがかかる) [expression, ラ五] to be hazy; to be misty. Usually used as 靄がかかって or 靄がかかった.
全方位 (ぜんほうい) [noun] every direction
何食わぬ顔 (なにくわぬかお) [expression, noun] innocent look; nonchalant look; look of innocence; air of innocence
This challenge really got me to increase my abilities and read more than before. I think it’s helped me to be able to potentially reach my goal of reading 50 books/volumes this year as well.
It’s been a pretty challenging year for me and I’m realizing that I’m not one of those people who can fall back on routine when I’m not doing well. I need time to process and recover. That’s super clear when you look at my data in graph form.
Mid to late May held several health problems in store for me and I just didn’t have energy to do much. Then you can see I was getting back on track while trying to also catch up with work and something happened. Physically I’m alright and nothing happened to me, but it’s something that I’m still working on processing.
Other than that, I wanted to finish strong last night, but I ended up pulling an all-nighter for work I got the work done at least.
Without the days where I didn’t read (6), my graph would look like…
Okay yesterday got a little rushed but I do wanna do a final summary thing lmao:
A lot happened this challenge! By the official end I’d finished two games and started AI: The Somnium Files, and I’ve since finished that and gotten a good bit into バディミッションBOND, which is pretty cool! The prospect of finishing multiple narrative games in a few months is pretty wild honestly, it’s not a point I would’ve ever expected to be at now if you asked me in like January
I’m 40% into 海辺のカフカ which is definitely the furthest I’ve gotten in a novel; keeping up with book club pace has been really encouraging too. Other than that, I read some random bits of 風つよ and other things, and ended up finishing 6 manga as well (5 of which were in two days lmao, chaos as always).
Overall this challenge was a great experience! As always I’m so grateful to these threads and everyone in them; they’ve truly been life-changing I look forward to seeing you all again in the summer challenge!
Was camping and didn’t keep good track of what I read when, so it’s approximate. Seems that with the last update the calendars broke, idk what happened there. Anyway I added the readings of June to the list. Finished reading through YKK volume 3 and Spy x Family Novel, also started Flying Witch volume 1, which I’ll finish tomorrow. YKK was pretty comfy to read, whereas Spy x Family Novel definitely took more effort. Flying Witch has been a good light read as well and I’ll take that with to the summer challenge.
Regarding Persona 4 Golden, I’ll make a separate post in the next thread. I was able to beat the first dungeon and there’s some free time to fill in when I get back to it again. I didn’t bring the steam deck with me, so no progress this week and next week.
I was able to read everything I had planned to read, so it has been a succesful challenge again. Read 3 books and 12 manga volumes. I’m also on schedule with my yearly goals and gonna break my streak of consecutive reading soon. Of course I had brought way more books with the plan of reading through all that, but yeah was a bit too much. I also couldn’t really decide what to read, so in the end I brought back most of it home and left Zenitendo vol 2 for next week/challenge.