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.
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 Besides, the last page was getting so close
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
Now on to Vol 6 I need to find out what’s up with all the ＊spoilers＊
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.
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!
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 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 But I freaking hate cleaning ugh
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)
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