📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

I dabbled the first time this challenge happened last summer. For at least a month, I read every other day. And now I’m back, hoping for at least that much. :joy:

I set a very modest yearly goal for my Japanese reading, basically a volume/book a month and I’m already 3 behind… Oops? Well, I was starting from nothing, so no surprise.

And seeing everyone else work on extra languages is awesome. I’m not doing that, but my normal reading habit has been dead for a while now. Escaping into fiction have been a hard sell for the past couple of years. But I’m mostly past that now.

So I might make this challenge also be about my regular reading, or getting back to regular reading, which will be in English, which is my second language but I’ve been fluent for over a decade so not a study language for me anymore. (I honestly haven’t read regularly in my native language (Swedish) since I stopped going to school.) But I’m not sure I want something that formal for it. Hopefully I can just start picking it up. :crossed_fingers:

= read Japanese
= also read in English/regular reading

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What I'm reading/have been read:

My bookmeter for anyone interested.

Currently reading:
ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂1

Finished reading:
May
レベル別日本語多読ライブラリー にほんごよむよむ文庫 レベル4 vol.2
レベル別日本語多読ライブラリー にほんごよむよむ文庫 レベル4 vol.3
よつばと!1

June
美少女戦士セーラームーン 完全版4
よつばと!2 (3/7 chapters finished in May)
渡瀬悠宇The Best Selection 2 by 渡瀬 悠宇


June reading

For June, I’ve decided to track three different reading things, so I’m not gonna be super strict with myself about reading each one every day, but I want a lot of those boxes ticked for all three.

JP = Japanese reading so what this challenge have been about

EN = English fiction, aka something I managed to do for the first fourth of the challenge

NF = Non-fiction, I have some work related blog posts, newsletters, etc. that I need to read as well as many non-fiction books, so this is gonna be about reading a bit of this every day

June
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June
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This will be my first challenge joined! I have been trying to read every day before this, though there were often times where I wouldn’t read anything for a day or two in a row, so I’m hoping for a full 61-day streak with this! Edit: Make that 91, as I’m extending this through June, until the next challenge starts.

I’m aiming to read at least one chapter of manga per day and to keep up with the 夜カフェ book club, as well as the SPYxFAMILY book club once it’s started. My original main, concrete goal was to finish 2.43 清陰高校男子バレー部 代表決定戦編① (which may currently be above my reading level but I’m obsessed with this series and it’s currently my main motivator for learning Japanese. I can also understand at least the gist of most of it, which is exciting!) by the end of May; however, it became clear relatively early on that that was not going to happen. Now, as long as I at least read something every day, I’m happy.

bookmeter

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読んだ本

漫画:
・舞台に咲け!② - 春園ショウ
・GREEN~農家のヨメになりたい~① - 二ノ宮知子
・GREEN~農家のヨメになりたい~② - 二ノ宮知子
・GREEN~農家のヨメになりたい~③ - 二ノ宮知子
・GREEN~農家のヨメになりたい~④ - 二ノ宮知子
・星だけが知ってる - 古矢渚
*クールドジ男子① - 那多ここね
*クールドジ男子② - 那多ここね
*クールドジ男子③ - 那多ここね
*ハイキュー!!① - 古舘春一
*ハイキュー!!② - 古舘春一
◎ボーイミーツマリア - PEYO
◎晴れのち四季部 - ひのた
◎その恋、自販機で買えますか? - 吉井ハルアキ
◎その恋、自販機で買えますか?② - 吉井ハルアキ
◎恋の仕方がわからない - まちお郁
◎SとN - 古矢渚
◎青年ドリーミー - もふもふ枝子

小説/LNs:
*夜カフェ① - 倉橋燿子

Satori Reader:
・コナの大冒険
・壁の穴

英語で:
・Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
*Café con Lychee - Emery Lee
*The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
◎Meet Cute Diary - Emery Lee
◎The Love Hypothesis - Ali Hazelwood

その他:
・Colloquial Kansai Japanese - DC Palter and Kaoru Horiuchi Slotsve

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I had this same experience. I still can’t really motivate myself to read a book in English. It’s awkward because I’m a bookseller. I’ve had to tell a few customers “I haven’t been reading a lot of new fiction lately …” But we did just get the English translation of Yotubato! in, so at least I can recommend that with a clear conscience! :sweat_smile:

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So I’m back home from work and finally had time to build my home thread: 📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱 - #14 by downtimes

You guys are nuts. Previously it was only a placeholder but still got the Nice Reply award :joy:

Regarding my Strategy this time around I also put in some thought already. I divided my reading materials into Basic, Main Material and Extended.

The basics are a fallback if I’m not feeling up to something hard or don’t have the time for lookups that day. Most days I should at least be able to fit a chapter of Slam Dunk in (which I started in the last challange and continue to read; 5/20 already down) or Happiness. When worse comes to worst at least a News Web Easy article from Todai mobile app.

The main material should be the bulk of what I read during the challange. The two bookclubs are perfect for that. The beginner will probably only last me for the weekends and also the intermediate Baachan probably wont last me the whole week. So whenever I feel like doing some work and have caught up with the clubs I will put effort into finishing Tobira (8/15). I also started Tobira in the last challange and even though I basically know 99% of it already I still haven’t read the articles and find the practice/review of the grammar pretty useful.
Plus since I’m swabian I just can’t not use a book I bought…

The extended material then is for times when the main material runs out or I have a bunch of unexpected time on my hands.

I really don’t expect this happening though since this time around there’s easter and also the wedding of one of my very close friends so I’ll probably rather struggle to keep the streak up this time around.
Last challenge had the added benefit of a 2 week vacation and the slow start of the new year to make it much easier. Let’s see how many days I can handle this time!

Also really already looking forward to all the lovely daily updates of the light novel and manga kind. With all the pretty pictures and explanations for them. Definitely a hightlight for me in this thread.
I on the other hand will be sticking to posting a review update every week and just reading on the other days.

Good luck to everyone!

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It’s the minimersion server! A discord server that focusses on learning by immersion in a few different languages. The community is really positive and friendly and once in a while they do immersion weekends in which movies are streamed and other fun stuff happens :blush:

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:seedling::tulip: meagstudies’ summary post :tulip::seedling:
← winter | summer →

During the winter challenge I bit off more than I could chew and tried to read too many things at once that were too high above my level. I need to make sure I don’t do that again, especially with finals coming up. But I will try my best to read every day!!

april

may

june

:cherry_blossom: natively + bookmeter :cherry_blossom:
(i am brand new to bookmeter so i’m still trying to figure it out)

Daily Updates

note: I’m not planning on writing an update every day but if I do write something I’ll link it here

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What I'm Reading + Progress

Going to try and get through more Satori Reader stories since I want to finish them all by August. This spring I want to finish the intermediate stories or at least be done with most of them.

I’d also like to keep up with the 極主夫道 book club because I adore that series, it might be one of my favorite manga now. Right now I’m also really getting into 神々のトライフォース (the manga not the game) b/c I’m a big Zelda fan so I’ll be reading that too

NOTE: See updated goals for June in my June 9 post! (and here are my goals for May in my April 30 post)

Currently Reading

Book Type Progress Apr 1
:strawberry: ジャム屋さん Satori 100%*
:train2: 恋人 Satori 42%
:coffee: 夜カフェ1 Book 67%
:national_park: 奥日光 Satori 32%
:dragon: 極主夫道5 Manga 21%

*caught up (still releasing)

Finished

Book Type Completed Apr 1 ★ rating
:cat2: コナの大冒険 Satori Apr 13 91% ★★★☆☆
:dragon: 極主夫道3 Manga Apr 17 20% ★★★★☆
:red_car: 三途の川 Satori April 30 ★★★★☆
:door: 隣人 Satori May 2 42% ★★★☆☆
:broom: ふらいんぐうぃっち1 Manga May 16 25% ★★★☆☆
:dragon: 極主夫道4 Manga June 15 ★★★★★
:snowflake: ゆびさきと恋々1 Manga June 20 ★★★☆☆
🛆 神々のトライフォース Manga June 21 23% ★★★☆☆
:snowflake: 少女終末旅行 Manga June 30 ★★★★★
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:shamrock: :blossom: :seedling: sumsum’s Home Thread :seedling: :sheep: :shamrock:

Here we go again! At the end of last challenge I was getting a bit drained out, but I think with a month break, it should be fine :heart: I still have to decide what I’ll read. I’m currently roughly following what the Book Clubs do (ABBC and BBC) , but I don’t think that will be enough for reading every day. I also still haven’t finished reading kuro majo san ga tooru vol 4… and I might have accidentally skipped vol 3, so I probably should check that and those are strong candidates.

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Reading during the challenge:

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         🌱🌸🏡 Axazel’s Home Thread 🏡🌸🌱

My Bookmeter!

My Books:

:on: 透明カメレオン
:on: 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん

Short Background

I’ve been studying Japanese for 4 years, lived in Japan for 3, and passed the N3 last year.
The previous challenges here really helped me be able to read, and I was able to find some peers here on the forum. I’m excited to further all of that here again!

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Previous Challenges: Summer :beach_umbrella::sunny:, Fall :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:

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Natalie’s Home Post! :cherry_blossom:

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Oh boy we’re back!! :tada: Not that I had the self-control to stop ever, but I’m super excited to see everyone’s progress again! Love the camaraderie :grin:

Background

Ahh I’m excited to be back!! The winter challenge was a truly transformative journey, I really owe a lot of my progress to these threads :blush: The daily updates have been so effective at keeping me accountable to actually keep reading consistently, so hey whatever works! Reading feels far more doable than it did back at the beginning of the winter challenge, but I still think my biggest weakness is just sheer numbers with vocabulary, so exposure is the best medicine for sure.

What I'm Reading / Goals!

I didn’t really set specific goals last time which was fine, but now I feel like I have a better grasp of my capabilities so! I think my goal for this challenge is to finish the Zero Escape trilogy :grin: I’m a bit into the second game now, and it’s not like I’m gonna be able to make myself not play it so I’ll lean into it. I think it’s doable considering my general pace now, so I’ll give it my best shot!

Of course I still have various other things I’m in the middle of which I might pick up from time to time, but Zero Escape has been such a perfect balance of difficulty/interest/challenge/etc. that I’m gonna focus on it, I think. My VLR chaos continues :joy:

Progress

Natively

Currently Reading:
海辺(うみべ)のカフカ
バディミッションBOND

Secondary Reading:
風が強く吹いている
錆喰いビスコ

Finished:
ヴァニタスの手記(カルテ)
俺物語!!①
俺物語!!②
俺物語!!③
高校デビュー
私がモテてどうすんだ
AI: The Somnium Files
Zero Escape: VLR
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

Previous Challenges: :snowflake:

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Ooh, I finished the English translation of the first volume not too long ago; besides any book-specific terminology, I bet this would be a really fun one to read in Japanese. :eyes:

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I think the strangest thing is because I used fiction as escape as a teenager when I had problems all around me, but I guess you can’t expect yourself to react in the same way each time, eh?

I think my biggest problem with it is that while it is easy to pick up a short story (and I have a lot of great anthologies and collections filled with good stories), I just don’t get quite the same experience. But I find diving into novels right now… well I just haven’t been doing it, have I? :sweat_smile:

Well, hopefully getting some Japanese reading regularly will also help with the other reading. Here is to hoping!

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I love this! This thread came at the perfect time. For my other languages:

  • I’m trying to keep up my Spanish by reading a few Spanish webtoons every day.
  • For Japanese I’ll work on getting through my Tadoku Graded Readers (early levels) and the first volume of Yotsuba.
  • I’m also trying to refresh my German but it’ll be some time before I can read any native language materials.
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:cherry_blossom: :tulip: Spring 2022 Reading Challenge :tulip: :cherry_blossom:

Apr
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Status: Completed
Completion: 51 / 61 days (83.6%)

Daily division
April

April 1
Final Fantasy VII

April 2
Final Fantasy VII

April 3
Final Fantasy VII

April 4
Final Fantasy VII

April 5
Final Fantasy VII

April 6
Final Fantasy VII

April 7
Final Fantasy VII

April 8
Final Fantasy VII

April 9
Final Fantasy VII

April 10
Final Fantasy VII

April 11
Final Fantasy VII

April 12
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 13
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 14
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 15
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 16
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 17
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 18
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 19
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 20
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 21
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 22
Final Fantasy VII

April 23
Final Fantasy VII

April 24
Final Fantasy VII

April 25
Final Fantasy VII

April 26
Final Fantasy VII

April 27
Final Fantasy VII

April 28
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 29
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

April 30
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

May

May 1
Final Fantasy VII

May 2
Final Fantasy VII

May 3
Final Fantasy VII

May 4
Final Fantasy VII

May 5
Final Fantasy VII

May 6
Final Fantasy VII

May 7
Final Fantasy VII

May 8
Final Fantasy VII

May 9
Final Fantasy VII

May 10
Final Fantasy VII

May 11
Final Fantasy VII

May 12
Final Fantasy VII

May 13
Final Fantasy VII

May 14
Final Fantasy VII

May 16
Final Fantasy VII

May 19
Final Fantasy VII

May 20
Final Fantasy VII

May 27
Final Fantasy VII

May 29
Final Fantasy VII

May 30
Final Fantasy VII

May 31
Final Fantasy VII

June

June 1
Final Fantasy VII

June 2
Final Fantasy VII

June 5 - 7
Final Fantasy VII

June 10
Final Fantasy VII

June 11
Final Fantasy VII

Previous Challenges

2021:

2022:


Thank you once more @windupbird for hosting the thread! c:

Looking forward to having fun with you all again <3 .

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I’m so excited to be back in the challenge again! This is my favourite corner of wanikani, cause all the people and books are so great here :raccoon: :sparkles: And my bookmeter will finally be happy :sob:

Thank you @windupbird for organising it all!

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Yes, I’m joining too this time! I’m usually reading every day anyway, so I might as well hold myself accountable. And I really enjoy reading all the comments about what everyone is reading! (So many good tips for what to add to my list.) Good luck everyone!

What I’m going to be reading:

Games:

  • 第2次スーパーロボット大戦OG :robot: 2nd Super Robot Wars OG (on PS3)
  • トライアングルストラテジー :crossed_swords: Triangle Strategy (on Switch)

And maybe if I have time left:

Apr
01 :older_woman::dragon: 02 :mirror: 03 :mirror:
04 :mirror: 05 :mirror: 06 :motor_scooter: 07 :mirror: 08 :mirror: 09 :mirror: 10 :dragon:
11 :motor_scooter: 12 :motor_scooter: 13 :older_woman: 14 :older_woman: 15 :older_woman: 16 :older_woman: 17 :notebook:
18 :notebook: 19 :notebook: 20 :robot::motor_scooter: 21 :mirror: 22 :mirror: 23 :mirror: 24 :mirror:
25 :mirror: 26 :notebook: 27 :notebook: 28 :older_woman: 29 :older_woman: 30 :notebook:
May
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02 :crossed_swords: 03 :older_woman: 04 :crossed_swords: 05 :motor_scooter: 06 :crossed_swords: 07 :notebook: 08 :notebook::mirror:
09 :mirror: 10 :mirror: 11 :motor_scooter: 12 :older_woman: 13 :older_woman: 14 :older_woman::mirror: 15 :mirror:
16 :mirror: 17 :mirror: 18 :robot: 19 :motor_scooter: 20 :mirror: 21 :mirror: 22 :mirror:
23 :crossed_swords: 24 :mirror: 25 :mirror: 26 :motor_scooter: 27 :face_with_thermometer: 28 :notebook: 29 :notebook:
30 :notebook: 31 :motor_scooter:

:face_with_thermometer: = didn’t read because I was sick :confounded:

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i’m happy to find another otome fan in here (: (my initial reason for learning my Japanese to begin with lol). I’m playing VariBari too (in English, alas) but I try to think of it as good listening practice anyway ;;

is VariBari your first otome in JP or are there others you’ve read too?

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You might think I’d do the obvious logical thing like that, but that’s too easy. Instead I found myself scrolling back up for the link in my last post every time, but I have a bug where too much scrolling seems to make this site start skipping replies, so occasionally it was a minor annoyance haha.

You know, with how much I read other visual novels, I’ve been thinking I should check out some otome some day. At this rate it’ll be a while before I could get to one, but I’m not too picky about exact content if it’s a well written work. Taking a quick tour through the higher rated ones on VNDB, so many look extremely appealing aesthetically too…

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Another challenge is waiting around the corner :eyes: @Windupbird, thank you for posting~ :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I’ll be joining in TINY CHALLENGE mode this time, just like during the :books::books: Autumn challenge :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:. No crazy plans or expectations or anything (I should focus on uni and exams), so as long as I read however tiny amount and check off a box ( ) every day, I’m happy.

My plan is to finish Honzuki 9 and then read along with two book clubs: Kusuriya no Hitorigoto and Kagami no Kojou. Both are scheduled to finish around the end of May/start of June, so that’s tiptop :ok_hand:

Happy reading, everyone! :durtle_the_explorer:

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:bookmark: :books: :cherry_blossom: Redglare’s tiny summary post :cherry_blossom: :books: :bookmark:

Calendar

Apr
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
May
Week 17
Week 18
Week 19
Week 20
Week 21
Week 22
June
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26

:books: Bookmeter profile :books:


Tiny goals

Hopefully tiny enough. If too tiny, I’ll most likely continue my progress through the Honzuki series.

Books:

  • 本好きの下剋上 book 9 (75% → 100%) Finished: April 5th 2022

Read with the book clubs:


Link to tiny updates

I like having the links to my daily updates separate from my box calendar :durtle:

April                 01, 02, 03,
04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,
18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24,
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

May                             01,
02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08,
09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15,
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,
30, 31.

June    01, 02, 03, 04, 05,
06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12,
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19,
20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,
27, 28, 29, 30.


Previous summary posts

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Hey! I started learning in order to play untranslated JRPGs but these days it seems they all get translated so more niche genres like this one really have my interest.
I actually decided to play VariBari motivated by the fact that the English version was coming out. I’m getting through it reeeeally slowly but having fun so far!

Other Otome I’ve tried in Japanese are トリコリティアイズ (I’ve read 4 routes out of 9, it has pretty simple daily life vocab, taking a break from it at the moment) and アムネシア (only one route, also on the easier side, I intend to pick it back up soon-ish). VariBari feels on a higher level of difficulty but not too much, plus the MC being voiced really helps. I’m hoping to slowly crawl my way towards more difficult games…one day.

This is my weakness… I live in fear that I will pick up an extremely aesthetically pleasing game only to find out the story is boring and the characters bland.

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