📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

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July 11

・Finished Kono Oto Tomare vol 16 + 17 That’s all the free ones! :sparkles:

Will read book club stuff tomorrow - totally neglected those during binge :caught_durtling:


Well… went on a bit of a binge read this weekend - you know, for my level of Japanese reading - nothing like the ones I can do in English, but still pretty good. I read about 1.5 volumes of Love so Life over the last 2 days. Haven’t read that much in a while - there were a few chapters that were more direct continuations of the previous ones, vs more stand alone episodes, and I got hooked. Had to stop about halfway into volume 7 because my brain was getting sleepy. Things were cute, then ridiculous - I did a lot of complaining that characters were being stupid, which is pretty much par for the course of me enjoying something with any kind of romantic plot, because inevitably the characters are being a little dumb.

I also read the ABBC pick chapter for the week - haven’t followed along with a book club since my aborted attempt with Shirokuma Cafe a while (I think a couple years?) ago when grad school exams hit (though I have taken advantage of old threads when reading on my own) - I think it’ll be easier to stick with this one because I’m used to reading more now.

Following everyone’s progress is fun - I love finding out what other people are reading!


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Day 41 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: The River Sanzu, Episode 15.


That chart is beautiful, what is generating that?and what is that left axis?

Update: oops, they’re labelled and my brain just skipped over it. Pages read ?!? =O


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Day 41: July 11th
What did I read?: レンタルおにいちゃん Vol. 2 (finished) and Vol. 3
How much did I read?: 109 pages (3 chapters)
How long did it take me?: 1.25 hours

Poor Kanami, the last chapter of Vol 2 was rough. But now the tables have turned and Makoto’s “renting” her, which leads to an incredibly adorable chapter where Kanami asks Makoto what he wants to do instead of the other way around. Such sweet sibling energy between them, I love it :heart: Hoping I might be able to finish this series before my long weekend is over I really do need to clean my apartment at some point, too, though :grimacing: But I freaking hate cleaning ugh


That’s bookmeter.com where you can keep track of all the books :slight_smile:

If you sign up and link to your account here and/or in the tadoku thread, people can connect to you (and you can find their accounts and connect as well).


Thanks! Funnily enough the green from the charts made me think of Bookmeter, although pretty much all I knew about it was that people here seem to use it (and that it used a lot of green) :sweat_smile:

I have been kind of using Goodreads to track reading, but it isn’t particularly good, so I’ll try check Bookmeter out. I’ve emailed myself a reminder to checkout of Bookmeter, for when I’m less exhausted AKA more capable of actually reading the Japanese on the website =P

and since I’m here… Update time! Home post

July 11th からかい上手の高木さん Chapter 6 1 difficult panel and a few trivial ones.


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 41

Finished chapter 4 in ぼくはイエローでホワイトでちょっとブルー、and read just a little bit of ふしぎ駄菓子屋銭天堂 volume 2, chapter 1. :sparkles:


5 more pages of Forbidden Scrollery(2).


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:heavy_check_mark: Day 14
July 9

  • 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…4 (79% → 86%)

:heavy_check_mark: Day 15
July 10

  • 地縛少年花子くん1 (9% → 14%) (finished this week’s bbc portion)

:heavy_check_mark: Day 16
July 11

  • 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…4 (86% → 91%)
  • ルーンファクトリー5 (年1 冬3-4)

:heavy_check_mark: Day 17
July 12

  • 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…4 (91% → 96%)
  • ルーンファクトリー5 (年1 冬5; around 13/15 of the main story)

So far Hanako-kun doesn’t look like my thing, but - it’s only the beginning.
It does mark 3rd series I’m currently doing where protagonist has something to do with farming:

farming compilation - pictures below


Today I read 5 pages of ひげを剃る。そして女子高生を拾う。:tada: Still not through the first chapter, but already seeing a lot of progress in known words and known grammar points from studying that makes reading manga a lot easier :blush:



July 8
Read 2/3 of 花のみぞ知る 3.

July 9
Read remaining 1/3 of 花のみぞ知る 3. In the end I still decided to sell the books - the art is lovely but the story just didn’t resonate with me. I still have 3 volumes of other stuff by her that I can admire/re-read in the future, so not as heartbroken as I thought I would be.

July 10-11
Was super busy for two days straight and as such fell off the reading challenge (and WaniKani) waggon. :weary:

July 12
I had kind of already accepted that I’m still too tired to read anything today, but then late in the evening I thought I might as well read ONE page… and then I read 2. And then another. Ended up reading 12 pages of ふしぎ駄菓子屋 銭天堂 1.

This challenge is magical, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who post updates about your progress - peer pressure is the only reason I managed to read anything at all today. :sweat_smile:


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July 12

Didn’t get much reading done today. Gave Ningen Shikkaku a try, but wasn’t exactly what I needed to read right now, being a bit of a droopy plant the last few days, so to speak. Instead, re-read a bit of (つめ)たい密室(みっしつ)博士(はかせ)たち - Doctors in Isolated Room, chapter 1 part 6. Has been a while since last time, after all. Was all I managed today.

Long title, how to abbreviate… :thinking: (つめ)たい密室(みっしつ) :eyes: yeah


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Not done an update in a while! Last week was a real struggle, had so little motivation to do anything at all. However - I only missed one day, which is disappointing after I hadn’t missed one so far but a lot better than it could have been. The days I did read, I generally managed one chapter a day, which is less than I was reading for most of last month but still something I would have seen as really impressive before this challenge so I’ll take it :slight_smile: Feel like today I’ve finally got over my setback and feel pretty much back to normal. I celebrated by reading 3 chapters of 鬼滅の刃4 - It was a true shonen manga experience where the first chapter took maybe 40 minutes, then the next two chapters were mostly fighting so only took 15 mins each. Still, was really nice to get back into the flow of reading again. Oh also, in my last update I said that I was going to aim to be starting the 鬼滅の刃 light novels next month…I’ve since looked up reviews and it appears that they are real bad hahaha. So back to the drawing board! I do still quite fancy the idea of a light novel of something I’ve read the manga of so perhaps ハイキュー!! :thinking:


Read for… longer than planned today. Need to stop having mini cliffhangers between chapters of this manga. I finished another volume today and am just opening the new one, since the last one ended on some big fun drama!

Read 1 chapter with my fewest look-ups ever because I was lazy and had something else running on my phone that I didn’t want to swap away from…Only looked up 17 words, when I was really bewildered. It was fun just going with the story and I was more okay with missing a few details than usual. I think it helped that there were relatively few wall-of-text segments in that chapter.

Going to try to reduce my look-ups as I continue through - I’m realizing that I get more of it than I think I do.

As a side victory, there was a text message in one of the panels (so no furigana) and I could actually read all of it - it was not difficult, but still exciting! (Okay, I screwed up on the person’s name at the top of the message, but to be fair, they never use his last name so I didn’t really remember what it was, and it contained some of the same kanji as another character’s name - context made it extremely clear that I was reading it wrong very quickly)

Did I mean to spend a large chunk of today reading? No… no I did not.
Am I glad I did? Heck yes!


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Day 42 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: The River Sanzu, Episode 16.


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Day 42: July 12th
What did I read?: レンタルおにいちゃん Vol. 3 (finished the volume)
How much did I read?: 113 pages (3 chapters)
How long did it take me?: 1.25 hours

That last chapter…my emotions :cry: I’m sort of nervous about what the next volume’s going to bring… I’m happy for Kanami finally deciding to get out of that house with her brother, and for Makoto being the sweetheart he is wanting to take her in, but why do I feel like a BIG confrontation between Makoto and Kazutaka is coming…I’ve been sort of waiting for that to happen ever since the first volume and I feel like it’s going to get even uglier now that Kanami’s actually running away to live with Makoto. Definitely going to have to start the next volume tomorrow.
I still didn’t clean my apartment…tomorrow for sure.


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July 12th からかい上手の高木さん 2 difficult / non-trivial panels from Chapter 6.

Still haven’t recovered from the move, and there are more tasks still to do including sorting out problems with our internet connection, so it’ll be a slow crawl for me for a while still.


How about つめたち? :eyes: I think the japanese way to abbreviate is until you can’t recognize it anymore unless you already know about it. :joy:

I read 2 chapters of 青の王 as well as 2 chapters plus side stories of 異世界妹, finishing 電子版2. From time to time the art and concept/characters really do remind me of disgaea. I haven’t felt like playing games in general lately but maybe this will spark that again. ^^

I read volume 2 of からかい上手の高木さん. I wasn’t planning to continue this series, but the first 4 volumes are free to read on Amazon kindle (and probably other platforms) right now, so why not.
Then I got busy with work and finishing a drawing, but I managed to read one more chapter of 青の王 in the evening. Things are drawing to a close! I was wondering when it seemed to be the endgame at 80% already, but it seems they’re wrapping up all the loose ends.


Hahaha So true! I was thinking I need to abbreviate ぼくはイエローでホワイトでちょっとブルー、but had no idea how to go about it. By your logic maybe I should try ぼくブルー :durtle_megane: