📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

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I’ve started playing Super Mario Odyssey in Japanese, so going to kind-of count that as reading (since I am trying to dissect lots/most of the sentences).

  • June 24th 高木さん chapter 4 page 10 panel 4 and ~30-60 minutes of Super Mario Odyssey in Japanese
  • June 25th 高木さん chapter 4 page 10 panel 5 and ~30-60 minutes of Super Mario Odyssey in Japanese
  • June 26th 高木さん chapter 4 page 11 panels 1 and 2 and ~30-60 minutes of Super Mario Odyssey in Japanese

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Finished reading volume 9 of Yotsuba over the weekend. These were all very good chapters, making it into one of favorite volumes.

chapter 60

Here the Ayase sisters finally visits Yotsuba’s house. She does a proper job showing all the good spots.

They can’t help but clean up the place which makes the dad suspicious about what yotsuba did. Fuuka finally gets her coffee, also she can’t come to the hot air balloon race. Poor Fuuka, but at least she made a neat dinosaur.

chapter 61

Way too early for this, which makes for some good comedy material.

I love panels like these. They show off the goofy side of their characters. At the site yotsuba already forgot what they came for. There is a lot to do there, so it makes sense. There’s some beautiful spreads here with the balloons, definitely worth a look.

chapter 62

Continues straight from the last chapter, where they get to ride in the hot air balloon for a bit. Duralumin acrobatics are very good here. Remaining part of the chapter is just more fun wholesome stuff.


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 27

I read half of chapter 14 in カラフル! I still have no idea how this mystery will end. What a fantastic book. I can hardly wait to have the full day to read tomorrow.

I’ll finish カラフル this week, so I have to line up my next book (don’t want to miss a day :grimacing::laughing:) I think I may 've already made my choice. We’ll see!


I feel like I may have missed a day…??

Soo I started a new manga available on unlimited yesterday, 珈琲が冷めない距離, which is about a young woman working at a coffee shop and one of their regular customers, a deaf man working at a 和菓子屋 nearby. I found it very cute (the art style is a bit unusual, but it’s charming, and all color :heart:), and so relaxing I only stopped reading when my kindle shut down on its own because I had forgotten to charge it. Good thing too, I needed to sleep. :laughing:

I finished volume 1 of 珈琲が冷めない距離. The 2nd one is also available on unlimited so I read that too. :heart: I also read some more of the after story of あせとせっけん. Only 40 pages left… :’(
On the non manga side of things, book club stuff.~


Finished BBC’s Nichijou. Going to take a good nap and watch マイクラ借金返済物語


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It’s been a while since I last posted, and that’s mainly because I’ve been drowning under job interviews and work, so I mostly didn’t read this week. Skipped Tuesday through Friday, but finally managed to read something yesterday and today.

June 26 Update
Honestly, I only really read this day because I had the Haikyuu read aloud and I didn’t want to go in without preparation. One chapter only took about 25 min (which feels great???). I wanted to keep reading but was also too tired to do so.

June 27 Update
Today’s the first sort of “free” day I’ve had in a while, and I decided to spend some of that time reading in Japanese. I started out by catching up with this week’s 日常. This is the last week of the book club, so I finished out the book. It’s at least a fun read, but it’s mostly not my style, so I’m kind of glad it’s over. Still, it resulted in several giggles, and it’s not a bad story by any stretch of the imagination.

Next was 明日、私は誰かのカノジョ. I only had about 40 pages left for this one, so I finished it out as well. Glad to know the story’s resolution, but also sad to be done with this main character. I’m not entirely sure how much I like the character that’s going to be the star of the next volume, but I think I’m likely to pick it up next time I buy more books from Japan.

After finishing these two, I still felt like reading some more, so I decided to get started on トニカクカワイイ. I’ve watched the anime for this on Crunchyroll and thought it was entertaining and cute, so I decided to pick it up. I just read the first chapter, and it wasn’t particularly difficult (man, having furigana simplifies lookup so much), and I’ll probably read some more tonight, time permitting. The main character is entertaining in his intensity.

In total, read for about an hour and a half, and realized I really missed reading every day. Hopefully, this upcoming week will be a little less busy and I can keep up with reading a bit more.


:heavy_check_mark: Day 1
June 26

  • 魔界戦記ディスガイア6 (12-1 → 12-4)

:heavy_check_mark: Day 2
June 27

  • 魔界戦記ディスガイア6 (12-4 → 13-4)

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June 27

・Read some SAO 8. (p150 → 172)
・Read some Honzuki 5. (60% → 64%)


I finished あさこ manga vol.1 today. Of course there is a cliffhanger at the end of the manga and I wonder what will happen next. But I don’t have the second volume yet. I will have to read something else tomorrow.

During this challenge I finished reading three manga volumes already.


I’m still reading everyday to continue my streak, but I’ve become too lazy to update write updates :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:


Got 250 pages donezoes today along with all my other srs stuff. The books have been pretty interesting too so it really didn’t take much effort to get myself to read. The books being カノうわ 4 and 妹さえいればいい 4

During the week I’m only able to get in like 25 pages a day on top of my srs and 20 words a day so its nice to be able to catch up on the weekend.


June 27 Read a bunch more 鬼滅の刃 2, 5 chapters I think (100 pages). I have only two chapters left and more than 2 hours on public transport tomorrow so expect I’ll finish this volume tomorrow.


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Day 27 :ballot_box_with_check:
IBC: コーヒーが冷めないうちに , 5 pages.

Wanted to do some Satori Reader too but I don’t want to feel burnt out so this will be all for today.


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Day 27: June 27th
What did I read?: いつでもサメーズ
How much did I read?: 13 pages
How long did it take me?: 28 min

Sorry, this is a boring update. I’m tired, I’ve been doing work stuff like all weekend :disappointed:

But please enjoy this picture of the sharks doing their summer homework

イタチ (top right) looks like he’s having a lot of fun, honestly :laughing: Of course, シュモク is the studious one :heart: And ホオジロ just looks panicked xD


June 27. Time: 1 hour. Manga Pages: 4
What: Manga からかい上手の高木さん (Volume 1), current pick of ABBC. Chapter 9, Pages 1-4.


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  • June 27th 高木さん chapter 4 page 11 panel 3 and ~30 minutes of working through Super Mario Odyssey screenshots I took during play over the other days.

Even though my surgery still means I can’t use my right hand much, I am finding that reading is getting easier over time, which is honestly just super exciting and way beyond what I was expecting this “early” into my Japanese journey.

A pleasant surprise:
On Friday I got a phone notification from Bookwalker in Japanese

Notification contents

[期間限定7/2まで] 全商品対象の80%OFF クーポンをあなただけにプレゼント

Notification readings

[きかんげんてい7/2まで ] ぜんしょうひんたいしょうの80%OFF クーポンをあなただけにプレゼント

My first instinct was to dismiss it as “I wouldn’t be able to understand it”. But at the last second I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try. It turns out that of the 9 Kanji I knew the readings for 8 of them =O. With a few quick Jisho lookups, I was done.

Then I wanted more, so I opened Bookwalker and poked around the online store (in Japanese).
To my pleasant surprise I was able to make decent progress, I downloading a bunch of free books, and bought チーズスイートホーム.

I was impressed with how much I could infer by combining context with the fragments I understood. I still relied on Jisho.org & Ichi.moe, but it was much less painful that it used to be. The fact I could read any of it was amazing!

What reading has helped teach me:
Brains are lazy.
Even now I still find my brain automatically skipping over Japanese text, either assuming I can’t read it, or trying to find an easier way.
It takes active intention to force my brain to go through the process, but when I do, it has improved so much!

So far

:ballot_box_with_check: June 01: かがみの孤城 上 (63 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 02: かがみの孤城 上 (20 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 03: かがみの孤城 上 (90 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 04: かがみの孤城 上 (40 pages) + 日の鳥1 (10 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 05: かがみの孤城 上 (112 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 06: かがみの孤城 上 (69 pages) ~ Finished
:ballot_box_with_check: June 07: かがみの孤城 下 (170 pages) ~ 48%
:ballot_box_with_check: June 08: かがみの孤城 下 (81 pages) ~ 68%
:ballot_box_with_check: June 09: かがみの孤城 下 (116 pages) ~ Finished
:ballot_box_with_check: June 10: がばいばあちゃんの幸せのトランク (136 pages) ~ 50% + 日の鳥1(17 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 11: がばいばあちゃんの幸せのトランク (53 pages) ~ 69%
:ballot_box_with_check: June 12: がばいばあちゃんの幸せのトランク (85 pages) ~ Finished
:ballot_box_with_check: June 13: きよしこ (16 pages) ~ 5%
:ballot_box_with_check: June 14: 風立ちぬ (5 pages ~ 25%) + きよしこ (29 pages ~ 15%)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 15: 風立ちぬ (36 pages ~ 56%) + きよしこ (56 pages ~ 35%)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 16: きよしこ (30 pages) ~ 45% + やさしさいっぱいの土の上で (manga, 1 chapter)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 17: きよしこ (68 pages) ~ 68% + やさしさいっぱいの土の上で (4 chapters ~ Finished)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 18: きよしこ (44 pages) ~ 83%
:ballot_box_with_check: June 19: きよしこ (48 pages) ~ Finished + とつくにの少女 Vol. 2+3
:ballot_box_with_check: June 20: 風立ちぬ (8 pages) + とつくにの少女 Vol. 4
:ballot_box_with_check: June 21: 風立ちぬ (26 pages)

:ballot_box_with_check: June 22: 風立ちぬ (16 pages ~ Finished) + とつくにの少女5 (62%) + 無限島上 + ムーンライト・シャドー (12 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 23: ムーンライト・シャドー (13 pages)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 24: ムーンライト・シャドー (12 pages) + とつくにの少女 Vol. 5-6 (5 chapters) + 無限島下 (1 chapter)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 25: とつくにの少女 Vol. 6 (1/2 chapter)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 26: とつくにの少女 Vol. 6 (1,5 chapters ~ Finished)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 27: とつくにの少女 Vol. 7 (1 chapter)
:ballot_box_with_check: June 28: ムーンライト・シャドー (23 pages ~ Finished)

I was busy and/or meeting family and friends over the weekend, so I almost broke my streak. I managed to read half a chapter of manga Friday night at 2 AM, though, so ぎりぎりセーフ, I guess.

I’m done with ムーンライト・シャドー as of today, another story by Yoshimoto Banana that deals with overcoming grief. I quite liked it, especially how it ended. The afterword was very interesting.

I’ve read two more volumes of とつくにの少女 and still love it. I’ll probably have to read vol. 8-11 digitally since they weren’t out yet when I left Japan in 2019.


I’ve also read the first volume of 無限島, an incredibly beautiful manga in full-color that… wasn’t printed in color. I only found out the digital version was fully colored later, so I’m reading volume 2 on my Kindle right now.

This will probably be another slow week for reading. I’ll be getting a new laptop which will require a few hours to set up, in addition to work and other RL stuff to take care of. I’ll continue to read a couple of volumes of manga and maybe start 世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド. But damn, are Murakami’s books long! A few of them, anyway. Will probably occupy much of my July schedule.

Speaking of which, I’m planning to make a breakdown for my June reading activity and set new July goals on June 30th / July 1st.


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Haven’t read anything on last weekend, but restarting now. Today I’ve read:

  • Read 4 pages of IBC’s coffee. Plan is to go 4 pages/day to finish at thursday.

  • Forbidden Scrollery: around 10 pages, 102/153(66%). This page is blessed. It marks two thirds overall, it ends the chapter and on top of that in original order of pages it’s a page number 100.

By the way, is anyone aware of Japanese sites equivalent to vndb/mangaupdates?



Since I finished 乙女ゲーム 2 I needed to figure out what to read next. I’d been eyeing ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 for a while now but it always seemed too difficult. Now that I had read through コナン though it seemed much more doable so decided to purchase volume 1. Also purchased volume 2 of やがて君になる for days when I want to read something easy.

June 27
Read 11 pages of ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 1 and 19 pages of やがて君になる 2.

June 28
Read 4 pages of ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 1 and 61 pages of やがて君になる 2. I’m almost halfway through やがて君になる and it’s only the second day I’ve been reading it - guess I need to start thinking of the next manga to read. :sweat_smile: