📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

You might want to mark it as a spoiler because we don’t get to this point until about 40% in :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

So far they had 3 mysteries. And while the first one was ok (how come Chitanda got locked in the classroom?) the next one about girls borrowing a book every Friday was so anticlimactic. But even that wanes in comparison to the mundane situation: “senpai didn’t want others to know he was smoking”. So it all wentdownhill. I don’t care what the uncle told little Chitanda that made her cry…

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Oopsy. You’re right. I edited my post.

Actually the one about smoking was the only one that felt like a big deal to me, since he would be expelled for that and, since high school isn’t mandatory in Japan, good luck finding a new one and passing the university entrance exams. That could break that guy’s life. Not that I personally care about it (since, meh, it’s his fault), but it’s still a big deal (for him).

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Now the spoiler is in your quote :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:.

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Yeah, I know, fixed it :ok_hand:

I didn’t think about it this way. Where I’m from half of the boys in class where doing it since middle school anyway.

Not sure how strict Japan is regarding it but the situation itself felt so common in real life that I couldn’t care reading about it in a novel.

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It’s illegal for people under 20 to smoke, so it will depends if the police gets involved or not. If they do, the parents and the teacher in charge may be heavily fined and even go to jail. If possible, the school will keep things quiet though.
The minimum would be to exclude him for one or two weeks, assuming he would not do it again. That being said, he has implemented an elaborate plan to not be found out, which is an aggravating factor, so it could be a month or more (again, depending on the school). In any case, the teacher in charge of the club is probably in troubles if it’s found out.

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:ballot_box_with_check: Day 4

Started chapter 1 of カラフル!I felt like I read a lot, but then realized it had only been like 5 pages haha. Taking a break, but will read more later to get to my goal – which is half a chapter everyday. 16 chapters total means a little over a months worth of reading.

Today's Interesting Words/Phrases

金切り声 = shrill voice, piercing cry
肩をいからせ = to square off one’s sholders
スカする = to act indifferent, cocky
睡魔 = drowsiness (an external force)

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Extremely new here, but this sounds like a great first thread to be a part of! I’m still in the early stages on WaniKani (though I have lived in Japan so recognise quite a lot without knowing the exact readings etc.) so I’ll just be doing NHK News Easy and some graded readers!

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I updated the summary table and added the links to the summary posts I found in the thread:

I think it could be nice place to find all of them.

Now I need to create a summary post for myself too :wink:

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Goal

Read Japanese novels every day during the summer (June 1 - Aug 31) to:

  • develop a reading habit
  • improve reading speed
  • pick up new vocabulary
  • practice kanji recognition

Progress Calendar

June

Completed days: 30 / 30

週番号
22 1 2 3 4 5 6
23 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
24 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
25 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
26 28 29 30

July

Completed days: 4 / 31

週番号
26 1 2 3 4
27 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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August 2021

August

週番号
30 1
31 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
32 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
33 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
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Reading List

This list only includes books that I plan to read in advance. Online articles and random manga I read on a whim doesn’t count.

(Light) Novels

氷菓

  • finished
  • 214 / 214 pages

蜘蛛ですが、なにか? Vol 5

  • reading now (329 pages)

蜘蛛ですが、なにか? Vol 6
蜘蛛ですが、なにか? Vol 7

Manga

メイドインアビス Vol 7

  • finished but need to re-read the last chapter

メイドインアビス Vol 8

  • want to read before Vol 10 comes out

メイドインアビス Vol 9

  • want to read before Vol 10 comes out

メイドインアビス Vol 10

  • not out yet but should be coming out this summer
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Holy, that seems so excessive :neutral_face:. Sasuga Japan.

On topic:
I have a 60 day streak going on Bookmeter, so this thread is a good motivator to keep that streak going for the summer! I’m aiming to read at least 20 pages a day: that way I should be able to read an average-length LN in two weeks. I’ll probably read more, but keep this as the bare minimum in order to not get too stressed out on days I’m not feeling it.

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And yet it’s the country where smoking is still widespread and socially acceptable!

I heard that last year some new laws are now restricting smoking in public spaces. That’s a relief :slight_smile:

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I’m pretty sensitive to cigarette smoke, so I’ll take any law that restricts it :sweat_smile:. Having to smoke at specifed places seems reasonable for me (which I think it’s how it is in Japan now?). Just that punishable by jail seems a bit too much. But I guess underage smoking and general smoking laws are a bit of a different topic altogether.

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Just to clarify, it’s not the smoking itself, it’s willingly allowing underage smoking (by providing or selling cigarettes for instance).

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Thank you! That’s a very nice touch. I completely forgot about keeping track of that post :relaxed:

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Alright, gotcha. I would think it’s rarely the teachers or parents who do that; usually some older hoodlums :P.

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In the case of the teacher, he is supposed to prevent the kid from smoking (and generally make sure the club room is used probably). That’s not illegal if he didn’t know (he was just incompetent and will have to face the consequences).
I was thinking about the case where the kid was stealing cigarettes from his parents. You are supposed to check that, so that’s still falls under your responsibility. Probably not jail, but you’ll get a fine at least.
Still, some older acquaintance is probably more likely indeed.
Anyway, it’s fiction, so who knows.

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Summer Reading Plan

Daily goals:

  • half chapter of manga - よつばと (102 chapters)
  • two pages of light novel - 氷菓 (374 pages)
  • *1 free day/week to catch up on reading / wk / JLPT

Calendar:

June
Week 1 - -
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
July
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

Progress:

Week 1 (June 1-6)

goals: Y ch1-3 H pg12

Week 2 (June 7-13

goals: Y ch4-6 H pg24

Week 3 (June 14-20)

goals: Y ch7-9 H pg36

Week 4 (June 21-27)

goals: Y ch10-12 H pg48

Week 5

x

Week 6

x

Week 7

x

Week 8

x

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Omg whaat, how did I miss this thread! I’m doing a lot of reading now for JLPT, but I plan to also continue reading manga when I have time and energy /o/

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Main post

Some thoughts I didn’t really get to yesterday. I read chapter 38 yesterday and just finished reading chapter 39 of Yotsuba today.

Yotsuba ch 38

Was a funny chapter. Made some screenshots of some great moments:

The serious face of the dad kills it for me here.

Yotsuba ch 39

I like how this chapter flows naturally in the next chapter, where I read ahead a bit in anticipation. They all addicted to the milk. Guessed correctly that 低脂肪乳 meant low-fat milk. Those are the small victories.

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