📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

I haven’t added any lessons yet, but will do when reviews have calmed down a bit. Did 18 on the first day, then 36 yesterday, and 24 today, I think. Too many for one single day imo, but I can’t help but wanting to do all of them.

I think the first kanji supposed to be (edge) instead of (green). I can never tell them apart, wouldn’t have noticed if not for yomichan xD


@rikaiwisdom As per the original post, video games totally count in this challenge, so keep on adding these to your posts! Would love to read about the words you learned from FFXIV. :slight_smile: When it comes to learning vocabulary from videogames I’m certain I’ll never forget 悲鳴( ひめい; shriek, scream) after watching the FF7 remake in Japanese. :sweat_smile:

Since we’re already on the topic of videogames, @cineebon, reading about you playing はーとふる彼氏 always brings a smile to my face. :bird::sparkling_heart: I guess I can add this game to my “I want to play this in Japanese one day” list.

Aaand now for my reading update:

June 15
The first time I decided to time myself was of course the moment where there was zero dialogue in the book - only long descriptive passages of the interior of a mansion, its’ garden, narrow corridors, the basement etc. Six pages ended up taking 1h and 15 minutes. I took a small break after that. :upside_down_face: Read 15 pages of 名探偵コナン total in the end though.

June 16
Read 12 pages of 名探偵コナン. 96 pages read out of 222. So close to being half way through. :fire: Won’t read anything else before I finish this so need to push myself to read 10+ pages every day.


Sure! Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll start logging them from now on ^^

Some of the words I learned are mostly related to classes and jobs. I’m going to suppose you or anybody else don’t know anything of the game so bear with me if you do :slight_smile: :

  • 呪術士じゅじゅつし: Translated as Thaumaturge, later on becomes 黒魔導士くろまどうし , good old Black Mage. I like that 呪術 is a word itself but the kanji pretty much give away its meaning so it’s intuitive to understand: curse + arts + specialist (ish). Many other classes with 術士, like 槍術士そうじゅつし (lancer), 弓術士きゅうじゅつし (archer), etc. All of these are probably not very useful words but it has taught me why they would choose the kanji 士 over something like 師 or 者; according to Kanjipedia’s second meaning, it also can mean samurai or soldier, so it makes sense when all of these classes are directly related to war. It also made me think about the difference in martial arts of じゅつ and どう, where for example 剣術けんじゅつ refers to the techniques of the sword, in opposition to 剣道けんどう that refers not only to the techniques but to the spiritual and moral development of oneself through the study of the sword. Same for 弓術きゅうじゅつ and 弓道きゅうどう ; 柔術じゅうじゅつ and 柔道じゅうどう ; and so on and on.

  • 格闘士かくとうし: Translated as Puglist.This one taught me that 格闘 is something like, as jisho puts it, hand-to-hand combat. Becomes a モンク, good old Monk. A quick YouTube search showed me that this one is apparently also used for MMA fighters and the like, and the word used for martial arts / combat sports is apparently 格闘技かくとうぎ.

  • I learned 採集さいしゅう (gathering/recollection) and also 採掘さいくつ (mining).

  • I also learned other kanji for 1, 2 and 3 that apparently are used in documents but I learned them because the monk katas in FFXIV are divided into three. Those are 壱 , 弐 and 参 respectively (the last one I already knew but not for that meaning). I learned 洞窟どうくつ (cavern) from FF III and the second kanji too which was new for me.

Nothing else comes to mind at this moment but I’m sure there’s more. I learned 旅立つ(たびだつ)from FF III as well, which means to begin a trip / set out on a journey. I’m sure there are more words but I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with a longer post!


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June 16

・Honzuki 5 (21% → 26%)
・Subete ga F ni Naru (88% → 90%) I think I read 2 subchapters, so now I have 3 left of this chapter. Soon ready to check out book club thread.
・Finished Yagate Kimi ni Naru 5. Good volume :fish: :eyes: :sparkles:

Looking at my goals, I wonder if I can read all of the books before Aug 1. I feel like I’m focusing on Honzuki a lot, and probably won’t get around to Re:Zero for another while. A clash between continuing a series I’ve started and enjoy VS starting a new series that I’ve already watched the entire anime adaptation of and enjoyed. It’s conflicting for me because I’ve been wanting to read Re:Zero for over a year and just couldn’t find the right time to start reading it. …Well, I’ll get around to it eventually even if it takes me another year xD I hope that won’t be the case, though! Could take a break from reading SAO after book 8 and switch to Re:Zero :eyes: …ah, かんがえすぎ xD

Almost forgot that I’m planning to read Ningen Shikkaku with the advanced book club, and also the next in the series of Subete ga F ni Naru with the offshoot club (both at the same time!), but I haven’t added those to my goals… やばい :durtle_durtverted_lvl1:


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Day 16 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: Kiki-Mimi Radio, Episodes 21 and 22.

I was only going to read one episode but it got quite interesting and I had to read the next one. Happens.


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Day 16: June 16th
What did I read?: サメーズ -サメとアザラシ- :shark:
How much did I read?: 21 pages - finished the manga
How long did it take me?: 31 min

I’ve felt low-key like crap all day today :pensive: I’ve had this weird sinusy headache all day, and I frequently feel cold even though I’m not running a fever whatsoever (I checked)? Idk man. Anyway, this headache is really not very conducive to reading, so I finished off the sharks today instead of doing the 囀る鳥 reading for the week like I’d originally planned. Today we met the ノコギリザメ, aka saw shark, who goes together well with my favorite shark シュモク :heart:

Look at how cute they are

Also learned a fun expression: てやんでい - what the hell are you saying!? :joy:


Hope you feel better soon! :pleading_face: I’m really impressed you put time into reading, even though you aren’t feeling well. By the way, the sharks are always so cute.


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June 16th からかい上手の高木さん chapter 4 page 7.
June 17th からかい上手の高木さん chapter 4 started page 8, only a few panels as it was one of those mornings.

Tomorrow I’ll be going in for surgery on my dominant arm and I think I’m not meant to use it much for a few days, so I might not be up for much reading.


You have completely sold me on カラフル, although my Japanese isn’t yet up to the task, so I’ve added it to my hopeful backlog. I kind of want to watch the anime movie as it might help me with reading, but OTOH it will most likely spoil the book =/


June 16. Time: 30 min. Manga Pages: 4
What: Manga からかい上手の高木さん (Volume 1), current pick of ABBC. Chapter 8, Page 1-4.
Get to it too late, very tired. An important thing better be done the first thing in the morning, why there are other important things besides reading japanese books


Can’t wait for you to get to read it too! Sooner than later, I’m sure you will :notes:
I didn’t even think to check if there was a movie :0 I first tried to read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe in Japanese, since I was already familiar with the story. While it made reading easier, it did take away the intrigue and I eventually put the book down and never went back. Because of that, I now lean towards book first, then movie :sweat_smile: But everyone and every book/movie is different. Lemme know if you check out the anime, and if it’s good!!


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June 16 Update

Today’s reading was a lot lighter, just five actual pages from 進撃の巨人’s last chapter. The vocabulary is a little simpler since I’ve encountered a lot of fighting-related words, so that makes the narrative move faster.


Today I’ve read:

  • Today’s NHK Easy News.
  • Some more はたらく細胞 light novel. Reached page 55.

:ballot_box_with_check: Day 17

Finished カラフル chapter 8 today! It made me tear up, which is giving me “this song hits different when you know the lyrics” vibes haha

Today's words:
  • 華奢きゃしゃ = dainty, delicate, slender (奢 not on WK, means luxurious)
  • 自問自答じもんじとう = soliloquizing, asking and answering to oneself
  • 優越感ゆうえつかん = superiority complex
  • わらにもすがる = to grasp at straws
  • コンクール = contest

I saw you posted one link to this shark manga on Bookmeter, and I seem to remember you saying this was the last one? Does that mean you’ve already read this: 『サメーズ』|感想・レビュー・試し読み - 読書メーター? Or is it different? You’ve made it sound so cute I want to try it!


I mostly read bookclub stuff , but made sure to get in some あせとせっけん before bed.

Finished the chapter I started of あせとせつけん and a chapter and a half of 妖怪の子預かります as well as more bookclub stuff. Late shift is not conducive to a good reading mood somehow. This week as well as next is mostly late shift. D:

Today so far I read a chapter and a half of 妖怪の子預かります and I don’t think I’ll read more before work.


I wanted to ask this too, after reading the post by @windupbird I was curious as OMFG those sharks are so cute!

I found BOOK|サメーズ公式サイト|アリムラモハ
It looks like there are 3 books by the same author
サメーズ (2015)
いつでもサメーズ (2016)
サメーズ -サメとアザラシ- (2017)

Does anyone know if these are a related series or reprints of the same book?


Ah yes! I have that one also, haven’t read the full thing yet (so I do still have some sharks in my future :grin:) but it’s definitely a little different in terms of format. The one I just finished was all 4-koma format and stories that spanned multiple pages/multiple 4-koma. The サメーズ one you linked (and this other one, いつでもサメーズ) are more like…picture books, I guess would be the best descriptor? There are some 4-koma sprinkled in, but they’re just stand-alone one-pagers rather than multi-page stories. Each page has a different “theme.”

Some pictures to illustrate what the heck I'm talking about (please excuse the quality, taking pictures of book pages is hard)

This is from the one I just finished, サメーズ -サメとアザラシ-

This is from サメーズ (and いつでもサメーズ follows a similar format, but is more themed on holidays throughout the year!) - majority of pages seem more like the page on the right

Will tag @chrisosaurus too!

I highly recommend the sharks to anyone who enjoys cute sharks :grin:

Thank you for your kind words <3 I am feeling a bit better today - more of an “aftermath of being sick” feeling instead of an “actively sick” feeling hahaha



I went out for curry with friends tonight so only had a little bit of time for birds. I’m getting close to the end of this sad library bird’s story and I find that I’m reading more with a lot less look-up time. Also though this game is an experiment in “I didn’t know they had a kanji for that word! Wow! Thanks!”

I’m really unsure how hard this game is in terms of comprehension, but even I who like birds and work at a Japanese school so I actually know a lot of the vocab already which has been a nice surprise, I’ve had to look up a lot a lot of kanji and words. The grammar is also at least N3 if not N2 level and the protagonist speaks in a very cute casual style.

I fear doing the doctor bird, actual bird bird, and hallucinogenic bird routes because I feel like the complicated word usage will take a steep climb, but I’ll continue on and do a full update when I get there.


Me: Today, I go on a diet!

Book: :notes: Food is good, food is neat
and fried food can’t be beat
stuff your face, all you can eat :notes:

Me: Tomorrow, I go on a diet.