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
Thank you, I’ll be (incoming sea pun) shore to check those books out
xD but I’ll definitely give them a look! I’ve heard of Children of the Sea and おやすみプンプン but おやすみプンプン is definitely going to stay on my “read-when-i’m-much-much-older” manga list because I’ve heard it covers some rather heavy themes and I’d rather not read that quite yet… T-T
But regardless I’ll give the other two a go and see what they’re about :3
Technically this challenge starts tomorrow for me, but I’m marking my place as it were since I now know where I’m starting from.
I have 121 pages left in 硝子の塔の殺人, or ~4 hrs since I’m reading along with a (sped up) audiobook. Hoping to wrap it up this weekend if I can.
I have neglected 糞尿譚 and should probably get back to it
I plan to start volume one of 本好き, for which I also have an audiobook cause why not. It’s quite short so I imagine <2 weeks for that.
I don’t know what to read after that. I have so many books. Here are a scattering that I own and would be willing to start after 本好き so if you have feelings (want my review, love the author, whatever) lemme know. Can’t guarantee I’ll pick it, but could sway me!
First update! Read page 60 to page 63 (16 – 17%) of かがみの孤城. This challenge I’ll be keeping my summaries short as I’ll soon be very short on time. Along the way I may also decide to only post either once a week, or when I’ve reached some checkpoint/milestone.
I track my reading in my study log (as well as progress in all other areas of Japanese and academic study), so feel free to drop in!
Today: 5 pages of よつばと! My reading practice is: I read a volume cover to cover without looking anything up, to get a gist and also to monitor how much I’ve progressed. I then go back and work page by page, looking up all unfamiliar vocab and some grammatical constructions. I’m in the first stage with this book, having just finished Vol. 1 of しろくまカフェ a couple of days ago. I’ve definitely gotten a bit better - I can understand some stuff! - and Ayase-san’s chatter about 燃えるゴミand 燃えないゴミ is bringing back memories of a school picnic when I was teaching in Japan, when the students kept running back and forth to ask their teacher which garbage bin to put each piece of trash into. I am finding this book very cute so far.
I’ll be continuing reading No Longer Human, I’ll have to go on a hunt to find what I want to read next, but that’s probably a way aways yet.
Japanese found in the sand
綴糸「とじいと」ー Binding thread (more common as: 綴じ糸) 芝居「しばい」ー Play; drama 啜る「すする」ー To slurp or sip loudly; to sniff 都会人「とかいじん」ー City dweller 狼狽「ろうばい」ー Dismay; confusion (unfortunately it doesn’t mean Wolf-Wolf) 奴凧「やっこだこ」ー Kite shaped like an Edo-period man アブサン ー Absinthe
Today I finished 夜カフェ - This is the first novel I’ve ever finished in Japanese so I’m really happy!
Although it was still pretty difficult for me to read by the end, I could really feel the difference between my ability when I read the first chapter, and my ability now. I’m looking forward to being able to read more novels in the future now that I’ve (mostly) gotten over being intimidated by large blocks of text!
Alright, I’ve just decided that my goal is to read one manga chapter every day! I’ve recently started One Piece and I’m at volume 17 right now but I own the first 45 volumes, so there’s more than enough content for the next two months, no matter how fast I may go
July 1st: One Piece chapters 154, 155 (finished volume 17)
July 2nd: OP chapter 156
July 3rd: OP chapter 157 + some Judgment (PS5)
July 4th: OP chapter 158
July 5th: Persona 5 (Manga) 第1話, 第2話
July 6th: Persona 5 第3話
July 7th: OP chapter 159, 160
July 8th: OP chapter 161
July 9th: OP chapter 162
July 10th: OP chapter 163
July 11th: OP chapter 164
July 12th: OP chapter 165
July 13th: OP chapter 166
July 14th: Playing some Judgment (PS5)
July 15th: OP chapter 166, 167 (yup, had to re-read a chapter lol)
July 16th: OP chapter 168
July 17th: OP chapter 169
JULY 18TH: SHAME
July 19th: OP chapter 170
July 20th: OP chapter 171
July 21st: OP chapter 172
July 22nd: JUDGE EYES (aka judgment)
July 23rd - July 27th: 十三機兵防衛圏
July 28th: another shame day…
July 29th: 十三機兵防衛圏
Phew, this week has been a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get ready for the challenge, but here I am! I’m WK happy too because I just leveled up to 37
Anyway, today’s reading was fairly light. I read 10 pages of ピーチガール volume 1. I’d forgotten how ridiculous this manga was. Like, the main character decides she’s going to confess to her crush when she’s gotten rid of her tan…? It’s also kinda hard to understand the girls sometimes because they use a lot of slang.