June 17 Update
Today, I finished up the last chapter of 進撃の巨人, and man was that a tough one. While there was a decent amount of action in this chapter, I still ended up with about 141 new words. It took about 3.5 hours to read, and there were some really dense places (in particular, when they started explaining the biology of the 巨人 and how to kill them – this was really technically dense, and I probably encountered almost half of the new words from that part alone. Like I said when I finished the last chapter, it’s like reading ハイキュー！！'s first chapter all over again: very difficult and slow going, but also very interesting. I have a lot more stamina than I did back then so it’s not nearly as exhausting, and pushing through is significantly easier. I honestly only meant to read 10 pages today, but then the technical jargon started (love me some technical jargon) and then people were being eaten and then the chapter ended so…
Anyway, that’s the fourth book I’ve finished with this challenge, and that’s super motivating. It’s officially time for me to select new books to read (since the only two I originally chose that I still have left are book club books). I didn’t expect to finish these four so quickly, so I guess that means I can be a bit more ambitious with the next few.
I hope most of these are simpler than the last two chapters of 進撃の巨人 have been or I’ll have very little chance of actually finishing these within a reasonable time…