📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

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Another week has passed, just finished reading through Polar Bear Café volume 3. This had a variety of chapters. Quite a few on Misaki’s apprenticeship making good coffee. Some with panda mama. But most importantly the continuation of the penguin cards and sentai show. Volume even comes with all the penguin cards in the back of the book. The difficulty and length kinda varies per chapter, but was able to read 3 chapters every day (helps 21 is divisible by 7) without too much trouble. One of things I noticed while reading is that as you go along you pick up on character traits in their speech. For instance all the penguins use different pronouns. Another example is characters using different sentence enders. It’s not only helpful, but also makes it more fun to read their lines.

I got volume 4 waiting for me tomorrow, so I can keep up the pace of one volume per week.


I finished the first volume of もっと半熟女子 today. I will once again have to decide what to read tomorrow. The challenge is super awesome I already finished eight manga volumes.

What’s wrong with that dude? He always tells Tanaka how cute she is, but doesn’t ask her for a date. Major disappointment.

Soon I will order some books from amazon. Yeah I plan to read my first book in japanese pretty soon. But I may cheat a little bit and ask my teacher for help if I encounter some complicated sentences I don’t understand.


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July 25

・Read 冷たい密室と博士たち, ch. 8 + 9 (60% → 73%) Couldn’t stop reading :caught_durtling: Another Japanese book where stuff happens at around 33% and 66%. I’ve seen people compare to Western books where stuff usually happens at around 25%, 50% and 75%? But not sure, I don’t really read much literature in general.

・Read Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活1(6% → 11%) Hmm, lots of whitespace, light novel being “light” as in “page not densely packed with text” and all that. Wait, I forgot to check out book club threads… Will do tomorrow !!


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Day 55 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: Secret, Episode 9.

Vacation starting tomorrow so I’m not sure if i will keep updating or if I’ll do once I’m back :wink: We’ll see (depends if I end up reading or not, too).


Ohh? Do you mean physical cards or pictures of them?
I got my copies second hand and quickly skimming I didn’t see any of these cards at the back, but it might differ by version too?

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Day 55: July 25th
What did I read?: 君には届かない Vol. 1
How much did I read?: 117 pages (finished the volume)
How long did it take me?: 3 hours 27 min

This manga is pretty cute. (Should I spoiler this? Should I not? Idk) Kakeru constantly trying to “market” his introverted bff to everyone else is kind of adorable. As is his bff. But my goodness, these two. You guys are so close but so far omg. Why do I feel like this series is just going to be one long string of brushed-off “misunderstandings” and not-quite confessions xD (I mean, I don’t know what else I expected, with that title lmao) I’m sure that’s how the next volume’s going to start - if it doesn’t and they actually manage to get on the same page, I might die of shock. Is this going to get old if it goes on for 4 volumes, possibly, but hopefully something will progress :crossed_fingers: I don’t actually have the rest of the volumes right now, but they are coming in the gigantic Amazon order I just placed this afternoon :eyes:


Pages with the cards and their descriptions. They’re drawn just like in the story.

The author changed publishers and made a new series called Polar Bear Café today’s special. And they published the older series in a revised edition, which is the version I’m reading. It is called Polar Bear Café bis.

Edit: added in a picture.


Yeah, you got it!

Detailed response to Aislin (spoilers)

If he were to try for the public school, he’d have to actually try and pass the next exam. But choosing private school would mean he doesn’t have to care. Just apply as is, and have his parents pay from there.

There was a point where his guidance counselor mentioned something about the school ゆとり教育 curriculum style playing a role in students like our main character choosing the “easy way”. The topic is covered in Tobira chapter 9 and at the time I learned that, this part of カラフル came up. I’ve been geeking about it since and it’s fun to finally talk with you about it. Haha


:ballot_box_with_check: Days 52, 53, 54, 55

It feels like forever since I updated here! I came down with a mean stomach bug.

I read half of Chapter 10 on my own on day 52. Then, when I was bed ridden, my husband read to me for two days the rest of Chapter 10 and the start of Chapter 11. I read the smaaaaallest amount of Chapter 11 on my own today.


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July 26th chapter 6 of チーズスイートホーム (1), and 1 page of からかい上手の高木さん (2).


I finished volumes 1 and 2 of One Piece and started volume 3.

I finished volumes 3 and 4, started volume 5.

I didn’t have anything much going on on Sunday, so I read a bunch of One Piece, finishing volumes 5 to 10. The I remembered that I wanted to read a chapter of 1Q84 over the weekend. :woman_facepalming: I read half a chapter before bed and left the rest for today.


The next manga I started is 虫籠のカガステル. I don’t like bugs therefore it’s not that fun reading a manga about giant bugs. But I will endure somehow.


In last two days I’ve finished about 12-14 pages of Forbidden Scrollery(2). Can’t say for certain, as Bookwalker is being nasty with bookmarks. I’m pretty sure it silently deleted my fresh bookmarks at some point as the most recent lead to page which I definitely read. Chapter of abstract dancing is complete and so is 68% of the volume.


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July 26

・Read Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活1(11% → 15%)


Last week was rough. Mental health not so great - having lots of feelings. Not particularly motivated during the week, so I picked up volume 8 of Chi’s Sweet Home to put in at least a chapter or two before bed each night. It wasn’t much reading, but at least I kept going (and Chi is always adorable). I’m so glad that I have some ‘light’ reading available to keep things moving forward.

Yesterday I was curious enough to pick up a light novel (パパのいうことを聞きなさい) that I bought a few years ago after enjoying the anime and see where I was at as far as being able to read it. It was still a slog, but my grammar and kanji have clearly improved, since I could get the gist of most sentences. and looking up the kanji was definitely less painful than in the past (I know more of them - although I still have mixed feelings about the very limited furigana - it’s nice for practicing my recall and a bit of a confidence boost when I see and know characters, but pain in the butt for unknown kanji). Reading is very slow, 2-3 pages yesterday and another 2-3 today.

I know I’m missing things, and having moments where I recognize all the grammar but can’t seem to make it into a coherent whole, but it was very satisfying. Not sure if I’m in the right place yet to really take on reading the whole thing, but it did help get me out of my slump and into some focused studying/learning, so I’ll take it.


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Day 56: July 26th
What did I read?: シメジ シミュレーション Vol. 2
How much did I read?: 20 pages (2 chapters)
How long did it take me?: 1 hour

Sooo this manga was definitely on my to-do list at the beginning of this challenge but I 100% forgot that I had planned to read it until just now. This is another one that I fully intended to read with the book club but then I just…didn’t xD Hoping I can mayyyybe squeeze in the rest of this volume before the official end of the challenge? I love these first 2 chapters, especially chapter 12. I want the murder cactus to be my new best friend lol


Home post. July 27th Chapter 7 of チーズスイートホーム (1). Too exhausted to do anything else.


7 more pages of Forbidden Scrollery(2). In the new chapter books are moving on their own. Who would you call? A ghost buster? Nah, just place a rock on books. What can possibly go wrong. Also I’m somewhat busy with my pet programming project, so I probably will reduce pace significantly.


I have not done an update in a while as moved into a new job and been overwhelmingly busy. But I have read something everyday! Satori reader has saved me on some days, and I only managed about a page of NO. 6 yesterday before getting too sleepy but still, I’m glad to still keep doing a little bit at least :slight_smile:


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July 27

・Read Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活1(15% → 20%)

Started another book too but it doesn’t count :caught_durtling: And an English one as well