📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

:ballot_box_with_check: Day 43

I finished my reading early today! Finished chapter 5 of 僕はブルー (haha thanks @Belerith :laughing::sparkles:).

We’re getting deep enough in the story that I started tearing up. This doesn’t mean the book is actually sad tho–Did I mention to you guys that I’m capable of crying during a heartfelt commercial??
Oh! And I have a couple of words/readings I can share this time :notes:

Today's words:
  • Unusual readings:
    強張こわばる = To stiffen (an expression or posture)
    かす = to season, to enliven. In the book they used it to describe a heater “enlivening” the stench of unbathed/urine soaked people. :grimacing:
  • Phrase:
    かたしから = Absolutely every bit, everything from A to Z.
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Forbidden Scrollery (2), 9 more pages, 16%
Just when heroes thought they’ve discovered who steals sake from villagers, story gets a little more complicated.

Phrase of the day:

似ても似つかない 【にてもにつかない】

  1. [adj-i,exp] quite unlike; not bearing the slightest resemblance

Also I’ve noticed that reading Forbidden Scrollery(1) turned to be productive. When 煙 came up in WK’s reviews, I recognized it much faster than other kanji.

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July 14 Eh, I figure the title is short enough as it is. IME got it saved already too, so xD

・Read ch. 2, part 1 of 冷たい密室と博士たち. Am two weeks behind book club schedule, but I’m sure I’ll manage. Today was mostly chill. Feeling ready to read more tomorrow :eyes: :books:

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July 14 3 more chapters of 鬼滅の刃. These were mainly fight scenes so pretty easy reading, took about 50 mins. I read some of ねこねこ日本史…last night and will probs read more tonight but unsure how to record as reading very unhurriedly in 2 page sections. Guess will just record whenever I finish a chapter (if there are even chapters? not sure)

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Day 44 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: The River Sanzu, Episode 18.

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Day 44: July 14th
What did I read?: しまなみ誰そ彼 Vol. 1
How much did I read?: 32 pages (1 chapter)
How long did it take me?: 51 min

Wanted to try out this series, since I heard it features an ace character. I was a little confused by this first chapter, but I think some of that was maybe intentional? (One day I will get better at distinguishing between confusion due to poor language skills and confusion due to the author being intentionally confusing/vague lol). But I like 誰かさん already.

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Home post - July 14th からかい上手の高木さん 3 pages from chapter 6.

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1Q84 Book 2: 24 Pages, 1hr 25mins total. Boy, chapter 20 was damn difficult. Took me so long to read through the portion of 平家物語 that ふかえり was reciting. Was my first experience trying to read old-ass archaic Japanese and boy it hurt the ol’ brain.

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Yesterday I started volume 1 of 聲の形. I read around 20 pages no idea what this manga is about but it seems there is an anime movie. The manga must be really popular.

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@Aislin How do you like Rune Factory 5? I think I got a bit spoiled on those kinds of games by trying some of the lower quality ones and then playing Stardew Valley a lot. But I do enjoy playing them when well done.

@kimera You are reading probably my favorite manga, ありす19th. Well I might now have read enough full manga series to really claim a favorite, but anyway. I love it. I hope you enjoy it.

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 44

I only read a bit in my book, but instead actually spent much more time reading through the terms and conditions of registering for my vaccine. I was afraid to miss something :sweat_smile:

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Yay! Congrats on getting the vaccine (or being about to!) :slight_smile:

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:heavy_check_mark: Day 18
July 13

  • 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 (96% → 100%)
  • ルーンファクトリー5 (年1 冬6-7)

:heavy_check_mark: Day 19
July 14

  • 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…5 (0% → 4%)
  • ルーンファクトリー5 (年1 冬8-10)

Hmm, I might be the wrong person to ask then, because I am a rare case that didn’t like Stardew. I tried two times already and I consider a 3rd because of the internet pressure, but wasn’t hooked on so far.
Meanwhile, I usually enjoy 牧場物語 entries…
So which farming games do you consider lower quality and which do you consider well done?

As for Rune Factory 5 itself, I think it’s nice. Very similar to the 4th entry, although I played 4th a long time ago, so I might forgot some details already. Dungeons are a little too simplistic, sometimes it’s basically a straight line. Characters are fine. Plot is straightforward, but it makes for a nice excuse to do all this fighting and plowing, and the gameplay itself is very fun and addictive. I’m close to 100 hours already, so… :sweat_smile: Oh, but the fps drops are awful. There are actually two modes, one with “dynamic graphics”, where the graphics gets uglier when the Switch can’t keep up with the “action” (where the said action is sometimes just walking around). (And I use the pretty one :wink:)


In other news, I finished 4th HameFura! I mentioned it already in the extensive thread, but it worryingly started to really slow down. There is some one bigger event which gets solved within a volume and all the relationships are nearly frozen in the status quo. :slightly_frowning_face: (there are some changes, but it doesn’t really change anything in the end)
But I already bought all the volumes published on the sale and I’m not stopping. And it’s my iyashikei anyway.

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13 pages of Forbidden Scrollery(2) complete, 24% of total volume is done. I planned to read less, but this chapter resolved the mystery of who stole the sake.

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Today I didn’t have any other evening plans for the first time in a while so it was a bumper reading day! Read 6 chapters of 鬼滅の刃5 to finish off this volume - this volume was pretty much entirely a massive fight scene so hence the quick and easy read. Then, in my characteristic way of contemplating decisions for ages and then going for something pretty much on a whim - I decided to start reading NO. 6.

The anime was on this list: Queer Anime Recommendations - Anime Feminist which recommended it but said that the pacing was a bit off as they had to fit a lot of light novels into few episodes. Which was enough for my brain to go “well, guess I’m reading the light novels then!”

Actually getting through a novel/light novel has been my next goal since reading manga started to feel less of a struggle and I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to make sure I went into something with as little new vocab as possible etc etc. And then on a whim I have decided to start reading a Sci-fi light novel which doesn’t follow any of plans I’d been considering to make things easier haha. I read 5% of it today (kind of annoying not having page numbers on kindle) and tbh, while there is a lot of unknown vocab…it’s kind of easier to read than Kiki’s somehow? The prose is a lot more direct and less descriptive so far, and while I’m sure I’m not getting 100% even with vocab lookups, I feel less lost than I have with Kikis at times. Granted, I think half of my struggle with Kikis is that I’m reading it on a bookclub schedule and don’t want to get ahead…which makes it hard to build momentum and get used to the writing style. Anyway - I’m looking forward to getting stuck into gay scifi adventures!

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July 15 Finally managed to sit and focus on reading for a while

・Read 冷たい密室と博士たち, ch.2 part 2-4. (10% → 14%) Starting to get interesting :eyes: Was going to read more but time was suddenly super late and sleepyglare couldn’t focus anymore :zzz:

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Well the intermediate book club has read this before so there’s a discussion thread and a vocab list for it - just in case you weren’t aware yet :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: Might make things a little easier.
I’m also wondering whether the kindle version is always just 99 yen or if that’s just the current price, because I’m tempted :thinking: :thinking:

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While movie is incredible, but as usual it had to cut some things from manga, so manga is better (I read in it English).

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ace! yeah I didn’t expect it to have a book club to be honest - it will certainly come in handy I think! Planning to do the same as I’ve done with kikis so far and stop in to take a look after I’ve finished a chapter to find out how wrong I was haha :sweat_smile:

And yeah, Im not sure if it’s always 99yen either but it was enough to give me that final push to get it. That and the fact that a sci-fi story with queer characters is something I’d be interested in even in English so seems worth a shot :crossed_fingers:

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Oh hey it’s me, these are my two modes. Spending way too long deciding which of my many books to read (/ video games to play), and then at another time buying a new book to start reading (/ video game to start playing) right away.

Ohh thanks for the link, I don’t think I’ve heard of the Anime Feminist, will defs. be reading more.

and since I’m here, update time.

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July 15th からかい上手の高木さん 2 pages from chapter 6.

I’m making pretty good progress, my plan is to try finish as much of volume 1 as I can before the volume 2 offshoot club starts, I think I’m on track to finish chapter 7 (out of 9) in time as long as I can keep a pace just slightly above 2 pages a day (2.3 pages IIRC?).

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