I’m all in! Can’t wait, thanks once again for hosting this. It was annoying to find my homepost at times in the past when it was hundreds down, so I’m excited to be claiming a top spot too haha.
What I’m planning: I’m partway through the visual novel Summer Pockets (2 routes finished, working my way through a 3rd currently) and will be trying to read and mine from that every day. It’s probably long enough with my reading speed that I’ll be doing it for the whole challenge, but we’ll see. I’ve been setting sort of a soft goal of 5000 characters per day, so I’m thinking of making my own sort of double tracker for any reading vs hitting that goal, or something like that.
Along the way I’ve usually had a secondary reading material to slot in when I have a little time, but this thread went up literally about an hour after I finished my current book, Otsuichi’s Zoo 2. So I’ll have to pick something else if I want to do that. Perhaps Goth, as one more Otsuichi book? Stay tuned to find out, I guess!
Also, thanks for being such a welcoming, nice community, to everyone involved in the last challenge.
Great to see a spring version up and thanks for continuing the challenge again! My goal is essentially the same as the winter version - just make sure I read every day, which might be a little more challenging this time around because work will be finally starting up in the next week or two.
I’ll be focusing on the two books from Beginner Book Club (now reading) and the Intermediate Book Club (coming up). If I read any manga in between, that’s fine. But ideally, I’d like to use this challenge to make sure I’m reading a little bit every day for each book. I should have no problem completing 夜カフェ, but I’d like to at least get halfway through 佐賀のがばいおばあちゃん by the end of the challenge, and maybe complete a manga or two in between.
@windupbird Thanks for the calendars and for making the thread!
I shamelessly copied my calendar from last time as well and hope I adjusted the days correctly:
I said at the end of the last challenge I would be reading about business and politics to shore up my vocab there. That was a (unintentional) lie. I will probably just be reading articles again and maybe giving rambles about whatever else I’m reading.
I’m excited to join another one of these! I didn’t think the last one I tried was making much of a difference in my daily reading habits, but then I immediately started slacking as soon as February ended, so I guess it was more motivating than I thought .
= Japanese and Spanish
This time, I’m going to try to read in Spanish every single day as well! I have a pretty easy YA book, Wonder (La lección de August) by R. J. Palacio, which I just checked out of the library. It’s written with a fair amount of first person present tense, with very everyday vocabulary and very short chapters, so it shouldn’t be too hard for me to read at least a few pages every day.
As far as Japanese goes, my main priority is translating the Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling recaps (and other post-match comments and press conferences and other stuff). This kept me so busy in March, I ended up falling pretty far behind with the 大海原と大海原 volume 3 book club .
So that’s my other goal! I would love to catch up more on the book club. I don’t think it’s possible for me to finish the book in time, but I can hopefully at least make up some ground.
I typically post about my reading in my study log and the pro wrestling thread and not here, though these challenge threads are far more popular than either of those, haha!
Exciting! I’ve been eyeing this up the past few weeks! Will join this round for sure
I have a bunch of manga lying around (among which my pride and joy: the complete 50 volume set of the original Crayon Shinchan lol) and I am hoping to polish off a lot of them. Plus my regular book club reading of course!
EDIT: Welp! It was going well enough until corona hit. After that I spent a few weeks catching up on my SRSs and other duties. It’s quite surprising how bloody tired corona makes you, even when you don’t feel too ill otherwise.
Very excited to join this time! I have collected several manga from the Bookwalker freebies, and I also may have bought a few too many books than I could possibly find time to read (I have started and had to pause at least two), so I’m looking forward to lowering my 積ん読 pile a little (who am I kidding? I’m sure to buy/get more in the meantime). Also participating in two (soon to be three) book clubs here, but I’ll try to make this thread about reading outside of book clubs if possible.
片山義太郎 - かたやま・よしたろう the police detective and main character
片山晴美 - かたやま・はるみ the main character’s sister
栗原由美子 - くりはら・ゆみこ student, the victim in the prologue
三崎寛子 - みさき・ひろこ student, the victim’s friend who lent her the apartment
岡田 - おかだ some police colleague
三田村繁 - みたむら・しげる the superintendent
羽衣幸吉 - はごろも・こうきち the founder of the university
森崎智雄 - もりさき・としお the dean（文学部長）
大島ーおおしま the dean’s secretary
阿部俊三 - あべ・しゅんぞう the university president (学長）
吉塚雪子 - よしづか・ゆきこ student, the pale beauty
小峰 - こみね manager of the student dormitories
大中兼一 - おおなか・けんいち English literature professor
林則彦 - はやし・のりひこ police colleague, Katayama’s senpai
梨江ちゃん - りえちゃん Hayashi’s 3-year old daughter
児島光枝 - こじま・みつえ Katayama’s aunt
小柳さん - こやなぎさん aunt’s friend
今井広三ーいまい ・こうぞう construction site manager
石垣ーいしがき university guard
佐々木和美ーささき・ かずみ student, murder victim
富田和生ーとみた・かずお PE teacher
富田麻子ーとみた・まこ Tomita’s wife
林晃子ーはやし・あきこ Hayashi’s wife
柳原ーやなぎはら person in charge of Y Construction
秋吉ーあきよし Chemistry and Physics professor
金子ーかねこ university nurse
横沢幾子ーよこざわ・ いくこ single woman from the お見合い
波多野靖子ーはたの ・やすこ student, 雪子’s next door neighbour
list of place names in 三毛猫ホームズの推理
(shamelessly copied from basilsauce 's posts - thank you!)
東中野（ひがしなかの） where the Katayamas live
府中市（ふちゅうし） where 羽衣女子大学 is located
調布市（ちょうふし） the city next to 府中
甲州街道（こうしゅうかいどう）a major road running east/west through Tokyo
世田谷（せたがや）A nice suburban part of Tokyo, not far from the crowded Yamanote area
赤坂（あかさか）a district in the main/central area of Tokyo.
trying to get into a consistent reading routine since 2017
Engaging into action
I’m definitely joining. I’ve been trying to increase my input lately so having buddies and public obligation will help a ton.
Also, I’ve entered lots of book clubs yet fallen behind schedule in every single one of them so I have plenty of stuff to read and catch up to. I guess this will be my main objective.
My first big boy read without furigana. There are only 5 volumes, so I’m extra motivated to read it all since the end is nigh even though I just started. Really into the book so far. Some more thorough impressions
A BOOK, well it’s a 青い鳥文庫の説明 аt that nonetheless still lotsa scary text. It’s fun to scan through yet it is so high above my level that I’m mostly skipping stuff.
Really demanding manga that coincidentally also has a mockingly small typefont, the smallest out of all of my books. Going through the first volume agonizingly slowly, definitely above my skill level so I’m in increased insufficient comprehension tolerance™ mode. Dropped it for a moment.
Objectively the best read I ever had. Lighthearted and incredibly fun. I can manage it without frequent dictionary lookups just by the skin of my teeth.
Books I read on a schedule a few chapters every weekend.
My first manga ever. I had plans to start reading it the last summer however it never came true. Incidentally caught up to the book club during this challenge and am now on schedule.
I’ll join the spring challenge too. I didn’t post much in the winter challenge, but I read every day. I’ve been reading every day since then too, although there was one day when it was late and I was tired so I only did a single page.
I finished ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 volume 1, which I read using the Tsubasa Bunko version with furigana. I borrowed the light novel edition of volume 2 from the library, figuring if I wasn’t comfortable without furigana I’d just give it back. But it’s been fine, and I’m just past the halfway point now. I have a few things sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finish this.
During the break I read three and a half volumes of からかい上手高木. Bringing me up to where the book club is at.
Still playing Animal Crossing a little everyday. Just purchased the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion pass for the additional Mario Kart tracks, which means Animal Crossing DLC as well.
I see it’s time to jump back on the reading challenge train! With the completion of my last assignment for the term last night and only forty pages of 銭天堂 left to go, I’m nearly ready for a fresh start with a new book.
Books I’m reading this time
銭天堂 (finished 8th of April)
君ノ声 (finished 17th of April)
世界から猫が消えたなら？(if I ever feel like finishing a shorter book)
I’m joining in again! I always love these challenges but am also always terrible at actually updating my home post so we will see how this one goes
I’m going to be moving job pretty soon & expect to be pretty busy with that so not going to go wild with the goals this time. I’m currently half way through reading すべてがｆになる which I’m enjoying so I will probably read the next volumes in that series once I’m done (not sure if I can catch up to the bookclub here by the time they get to vol 4 but will see! ). Will also be playing more games and reading more manga on the side!
Count me in
Currently I’m reading 夜カフェ. Planned on reading it with the book club, but I read a bit ahead already. After finishing volume 1 I’ll either buy the second volume or I will read the second volume of ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 I think. Anyways, I have more than enough books and light novels lying around. May as well work on decreasing that pile a little (so that I can buy more books).