📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 🏖 ☀

:spiral_calendar: Day 1: July 1st :ocean::beach_umbrella:

I'm starting the challenge off with a decent number of series I'm either already reading or will be starting.

Rather than tracking pages read (which would make me want to consciously not count pages with little to no text), I’m going based on percentage progress within the volume.

Since my boss had the day off, and my boss’s boss had the day off, and things were slow at work, I made it a short work day. That means more time for reading than normal for me on a Friday.

Today’s reading:

🔍 名探偵コナン Volume 10 (6% ➨ 11%)

My current Conan reading is right at the end of a case, where the “how it was done” is explained. For anyone who hasn’t read Conan, this typically looks like:

It’s not uncommon for me to read 65 pages of a case portion in one or two sittings, then get through 14 pages of the solution portion in another two to three sittings. (For this case, it was two sittings within one day.)

Looked-up vocabulary words:

  • 予測: prediction
  • よす: to cease, to desist, to cut it out, to lay off (an activity), to drop (a subject)
  • 殺る: to do someone in, to bump someone off
  • 証言: evidence, testimony
  • 溜める: to amass, to accumulate
  • 蛇口: faucet
  • 切り替わる: to switch to
  • 固定: fixation
  • 幼稚: childish, infantile
  • 大胆: bold, daring (I should know this one by now…)
  • どっぷり: totally (immersed in something, e.g. liquid, work)
  • 問い詰める: to press a question, to cross-examine

spacer :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: からかい上手の高木さん Volume 7 (26% ➨ 36%)

spacer :tangerine: orange Volume 1 (1% ➨ 10%)

🥷🏻 くノ一ツバキの胸の内 Volume 1 (21% ➨ 36%)

I started this series yesterday.

This mangaka certainly comes up with a variety of eye styles. In 「それでも歩は寄せてくる」, there’s Maki, Sakurako, and Rin who all have different eye styles. For 「くノ一ツバキの胸の内」, the primary one is Sazanka:


Tsubaki has a really nice design for her eyes:


Asagao’s eye design is nice, too:


Well, when they’re open:

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Looked-up vocabulary words:

  • å ª(こた)える: to endure
  • 実習: practice, training
  • しばし: for a short while
  • 警戒心: wariness
  • お達っし: notice or order handed down from above
  • 鋭い: perceptive, keen
  • 気分転換: change of pace, change of mood
  • 押し通す: to persist
  • 解く: to untie

That’s almost as many lookups as with Conan, but across a whole lot more pages.

spacer :rabbit2: ご注文はうさぎですか? Complete Blend Volume 1 (38% ➨ 40%)

👧 からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 4 (85% ➨ 91%)

Not much to say here. This is one of those “quick and easy read” series for me, which is nice after going through a couple of pages from a no-furigana 4koma (or a heavy read like the solution portion of Conan).


Looked-up vocabulary words:

  • 積み木: building blocks (In hindsight, I should have gotten this one.)
  • 重心: center of gravity

spacer :broom: ふらいんぐうぃっち Volume 11 (0% ➨ 4%)

🌳 ちいさな森のオオカミちゃん Volume 2 (57% ➨ 62%)

This is one of those series that most learners of Japanese likely wouldn’t find interesting enough to include in their tadoku. For first-time readers, where just being able to understand something makes even simplistic content interesting, I think it’s probably a great pick. It’s among the easiest manga I’ve come across without being targetted at little kids. Definitely one I’d like to nominate for ABBC, but not until my book club duties subside in November.

The premise is simple: it’s a slice-of-life about forest critters of various degrees of anthropomorphic design. The series is centered around the titular wolf, whose duty is to scare away any humans who wander into the woods.

Looked-up vocabulary words:

  • 肌寒い: chilly, unpleasantly cold

spacer :male_detective:t3: SPY×FAMILY Volume 1 (35% ➨ 42%)

spacer :camera: にじいろフォトグラフ Volume 1 (35% ➨ 39%)