📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

July 10. Time: 1 hour. Manga Pages: 8
What: Manga それでも歩は寄せてくる (Volume 1), current pick of ABBC. Chapter 1, the first read thru, without much lookups, not done with it.

And I missed 12 days of this challenge for no good reason! Why do I keep loosing good habits so easily :frowning_face:


I haven’t posted an update here since June 17, so I’ll avoid the list of pages read per day or it will take forever - plus I don’t even remember it!

Updated road map

Since the beginning of June I’ve finished Vol. 1 of からかい上手の高木さん, 日常 and started reading それでも歩は寄せてくる and 地縛少年花子くん. I’ll try to keep this pace until the end of summer, while making my way through TRY! N4.



Some more of 青の王! I really like the illustrations in this book, they’re very elaborate and quite unique.
I also read half a chapter of 赤毛のアン.

Finished that chapter of 赤毛のアン! It’s been over a year now since I started it… Eventually I’ll be done, haha. Also read 2 more chapters of 青の王. ⅔ done!

Another 2 chapters of 青の王, as well as 8 pages of 使ってはいけない日本語.

At some point I also read a chapter of 異世界妹 volume 2, a manga, but I’m not sure what day that was.

My goal of concentrating on non bookclub books is going well. So well, in fact, that I got quite behind with 1Q84. :upside_down_face:


I don’t usually read on the weekends but I did read the a bit of the appendices of A Dictionary of Intermediate Grammar, does that count?


Read 4 more pages of Forbidden Scrollery(2) now at 14/185 pages 7.5%.

I think it’s second day I’ve skipped IBC. However I’ve asked myself do I really miss it? is there a character whom I find interesting, and the answer after 3 weeks of reading is “no”.

Anyway my vacation is ending today, and IBC already cut time that I might spent on Touhou.


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July 10th phraw, but sadly not for reading. Posting from end of day July 11th, because moving houses so behind on my updates.

July 10th からかい上手の高木さん 2 panels from page 5 of chapter 6.


Finished vol 5 of 蜘蛛ですが、なにか? yesterday. I read over 60 pages almost in one sitting for the first time (in Japanese). The story escalated quite a bit in the last chapter, so felt compelled to keep going :smiley: Besides, the last page was getting so close :wink:

Took me 30 days to finish this LN (325 pages). My average pace was ~10 pages/day. Pretty much the same as when reading 氷菓 but the pages are bit larger in the LN, so I think the pace was a bit faster.

I looked up 516 words/expressions. This seems to amount to less than 2 words per page but in fact it’s much more. I just have to look up the same word over and over again. I’m too lazy to SRS it :sweat_smile:

Now on to Vol 6 :wink: I need to find out what’s up with all the *spoilers*


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Just finished reading the last chapters of Polar Bear Café volume 1. I think it went pretty well, read 4 chapters per day. The start was a bit rough as the author also had to find the right balance with dosing the puns and events. It’s also a cute manga and it shows with the cover and the fontstyle. I would say it is beginner friendly with horizontal text (might be one of the few manga that has it), furigana and short chapters. Then again I found myself looking at a dictionary faster as the amount of vocab used was more varied and you gotta want to know them puns. As it’s a size smaller than regular manga volumes, the text is also smaller. In most cases that wasn’t an issue, only one panel was very hard to decipher. I really liked reading it more as I got further along, particularly the longer chapters have the better conversations.

Tomorrow I’ll start reading volume 2, trying to keep this good pace going.


:ballot_box_with_check: Day 40

My new strategy of only looking up totally necessary words is working! I’m enjoying reading this book much, much more.

Today I read two-thirds of chapter 4 in ぼくはイエローでホワイトでちょっとブルー!


Hello, do you have space for one more in the reading room? I don’t have any page goals, just trying to do something every day.

Current book: ありす 19th vol 1 (wikipedia: ja en)
(using an English translation to catch story nuances after reading the Japanese … and trying hard not to read ahead in it :sweat_smile:)

Reading List


  • :snail:

Possible future reading:

  • ありす 19th (wikipedia: ja en)
  • 火の鳥 - 鳳凰編 (wikipedia en )
    • which is technically vol.5 but for some reason it says no.4 on the cover)

Daily Log

(Page # is where I left off…)

JULY 2020:
8: p9
9: p26
10: pg 28 :sweat:
11: pg 37 (thanks insomnia!)
12: pg 40
13: -
14: pg 50
15: -
16: pg 57
17: pg 62


We’ve been waiting for you already! :upside_down_face:

Excellent! Welcome aboard :blush:


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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).