softlyraining’s Summer Bungalow (in other words, Main Hub)
Ah, the reading challenge has come full circle, both in general and for me! I started late the first time around, and each successive one has had its ups and downs. Since it’s an anniversary challenge for me, I have decided to take things back to basics and make this season’s a tiny reading challenge (inspired by @Redglare). July, in particular, is looking to be busy for me, and I want to simply get back in the habit of reading and participating in the community: no grand designs to finish a certain number of books, no crazy scheduling to play catch-up on all of the novels I’ve put on hold. Just. Read. If I can get in a page or short article for the day, then I’m all good. If I end up doing more, then those are like extra scoops of ice cream: a welcome treat.
Yay, it’s that time again! These challenges have been so fun and so rewarding, I’m excited to read with you all again
I’m not really sure what my goal is this challenge; I’ve somehow ended up with a lot of ongoing/about to start projects Unless I magically finish in the next few days (impossible) I’ll still be playing バディミッションBOND, plus 海辺のカフカ for the book club, and then the VN club will be starting up soon, and I’m trying to do the listening challenge concurrently as well We’re out here!
I’ll almost certainly keep playing VNs and the like; I think my next one will probably be Stein’s Gate? I’m in chaos mode constantly so who really knows, but I’ve been meaning to watch the anime forever so VN instead! I think I’d also like to work on my manga pile I have lmao, I have so many that I just have not touched at all so working through that’d be good. Plus they’re definitely faster to finish than any of the other nonsense I’m up to, and we love a sense of progress More than anything I just want to keep having fun reading stuff in Japanese, I’m excited to see how it all goes!
I’d like to join in again, but this time I won’t use a calendar for my reading. I started “read something in Japanese every day” as a personal challenge in February 2021 and after a year and a half the habit is firmly established even if I miss a day sometimes.
Aside from continuing to read, my big goal is to finish all the lessons in the So-Matome N1 grammar book by the end of July. It’s hard to make myself do it, but whenever I do push through and study, I see immediate payoffs in my reading comprehension. I’m currently somewhere in the “intermediate plateau” where it’s hard to see perceptible differences, so seeing the instant impact of a few grammar lessons is really rewarding and motivating. There isn’t much left in the book, I just gotta get it done.
暁のヨナ manga (20 more volumes lol)
SPY x FAMILY manga (vol 2 and 3)
彩雲国物語 light novel (vol 2)
plus assorted other, but this is what I’m most interested in now
I’ve really wanted to read the Saiunkoku Monogatari books for a long time, because the light novels continue on after the anime series ended. But every time I tried reading a sample, the difficulty level (kanji, grammar) was above my “nope” threshold. I think I’ve finally reached the point where I have enough of a grasp of general Japanese to try this. There’s still clearly a lot in these books that I don’t know, but I feel like what’s left is story-specific enough that using other material as graded reading won’t help, and it’s time to just dive in. I already know the parts of the story covered in these first two volumes so no matter how hard it is I won’t be totally lost. But I bet I’ll want to take a break after volume 1.
東京タラレバ娘 (manga) vol 1, 2
暁のヨナ (manga) vol 10, 11, 12
薬屋のひとりごと manga vol. 1
天使なんかじゃない manga vol. 1
彩雲国物語 light novel vol. 1
ガリガリ君ができるまで (children’s book about making ice cream)
バンギャルの日常 (manga / comic essay)
夢から醒めた夢 (short children’s book)
I’ve been reading very little over the past month 'cause I’ve been trying to focus more on listening so it’ll be nice to get back into things At least a little - not gonna do the calendar thing since I have exams coming up and knowing me that wouldn’t work out that well anyway
Oooh I like the idea of rolling this into a challenge. I also have some JLPT prep books for grammar that are collecting dust because I hate actual studying, but likewise see the payoffs when I do. Probably not summer for me, but fall/winter when social activities calm down I can devote time to something like that.
= read today
= listened today
= read and listened today
= missed day
Approach for this challenge
So, I am going to try to do the Listen Every Day challenge simultaneously with this challenge, because my listening is bad and I would like to work on that. BUT I don’t have enough time or stamina to do both every day (based on past experiences, I think that’s a recipe for burnout) so what I’m going to do is try to alternate - one day I will read something, the next day I will listen to something. I might not follow this pattern exactly, but my aim is to do something every day, and end up with a roughly equal number of days spent on reading and listening. We’ll see how that goes!
Unfortunately, I feel like I might be rather busy/low-energy during this challenge period because of work stuff that will be happening for most of it, but I will do my best Because it is the summer, I would love to finish the Free! light novel (finally), but I may end up just reading a bunch of the cute manga I bought instead A couple of book clubs (Orange and Flying Witch) will also be starting soon, and I’m going to try and follow along with those as well.
I checked out some book from my library called ミラクルちゅーんず！ which is some like… nickelodeon-esque kid idol popstar group trying to save the world??? Don’t judge me my library’s Japanese book section is severely lacking in the everything-besides-children’s-books department
However I’m probably gonna try to get more Japanese manga this summer
Today I played a demo of Dai Gyakuten Saiban (大逆転裁判) on my 3DS for about an hour, give or take; I understood a little bit but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw 記事 in there, I learned that today!
This is my fourth challenge and I am running out of things to write here. See previous challenges for my methods. Oh, I just remembered something! After this challenge is over, it will be my birthday- 2nd September. I’ll be 31! This year, I wouldn’t have to go to work on my birthday because I’ve got the whole July/August vacation off this year. Due to the pandemic, vacation leave has accumulated beyond the amount allowed, so workers in my organisation were asked to take their vacation days or lose it by the end of the year.
First time doing this challenge, thanks to those who organized this! I am a relatively new learner, just reached level 2. I can read hiragana and katakana, however my kanji is severely lacking, is it recommended to find something that is only written in those two scripts or should I find something that includes kanji as well?
I am currently reading よつばと! I am not very good at updating this post but I am reading every day!
As long as it has furigana (that’s the kana reading over the kanji) you’ll be fine. Kanji make reading easier actually, because you can clearly see which word out of the several homonyms is intended. How is your grammar knowledge though? It’s grammar that will be your main obstacle in understanding what you read.
Ooh good question
So far I really only want to get more of the Japanese Hunter x Hunter manga since I know for certain that I’ll enjoy the series, but maybe Death Note too? I have all of the English Black Edition volumes so I think it’d be interesting to read the series all over again… (it’s been a good year since I’ve last read it and those books are on my shelf quite literally gathering dust lol)
Um, definitely no Demon Slayer though, it’s a great series and I definitely recommend it but one box set is enough, I don’t need another 23 volumes of the same series but in Japanese
Do you have any titles you enjoyed/recommend? I’d like to discover some new series so anything helps
Finally updated my home thread with some goals I have in mind for this challenge. I’m going to try to work on a lot of different mediums: VNs, books and manga, so it’s pretty exciting.
In the past three challenges I’ve done I haven’t posted too much but I’ve loved reading everyone’s daily updates so this time I’ll try to do daily updates too (famous last words?) even if I do them the day after (I tend to read before bed) or skip a few.
I am going to give this a try! I’m a bit intimidated by the calendar and mystified by how to edit the wiki, so for now I might just post my progress occasionally if that’s all right. Yesterday I finished reading しろくまカフェ Vol 1, my first ever Japanese book; I posted here about celebrating such small milestones: Small Wins – Classroom as Microcosm. Today I began よつばと! and plan to read every day through July at least. I look forward to hearing what others are reading about so I can start compiling a list of things to tackle as my skills improve!
You have good taste! I particularly love Hunter x Hunter so much (though I haven’t read or seen it in years ). And I can sympathise with you over not wanting stacks of duplicate series. I dream of having floor to ceiling, built-in bookshelf’s one day to I can buy books to my hearts content~
I don’t know if the series will suit you, but 海獣の子供 (Children of the Sea), Pluto, and おやすみプンプン are all on my bookshelf so I feel confident in recommending them! The latter is actually still on my to-read list… hope I can get to it sooner than later