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I think Flying Witch is roughly the same difficulty wise as well as in tone. It’s very light hearted slice of life with a bit of magic thrown in for fun. There’s a bookclub on here that read pretty much all of it, so you’d have a place to ask questions if need be.

There’s one character with a strong dialect but the main character also doesn’t understand it… so it’s fine. :eyes:


:flushed: Thanks. :flushed:

It helps going to a life coach/therapist for a few years. I think this was probably the first time I managed this completely on my own. Recognizing what was happening and deciding to see if I could change things.

And I will definitely still see my brother later, but I also hope that postponing it might mean I get to see my niece, nephew and their mother (aka my brother’s partner). Because it was starting to look like only my brother would come. I was not the only one who had a summer go not to plan.

:blush: Thanks! I’m already feeling more energetic today. Ready to take on the world. Isn’t that funny? Yesterday, I felt like the world was crushing me, and only reshuffling a little, and I’m back to feeling like I can handle it.


Is it fiction or non-fiction? I only skimmed it: it looked like non-fiction but was it one of those “story in the style of a non-fiction article” stories?


That jump from “the world is crushing me” to “life is difficult but I can handle it” is the most precious message a therapist can teach, I think. Once we figure that out (and figure it out again, and again…) a lot of things fall into place. Still working on it myself. Glad you’re feeling better!


Wait, you’re been reading this too? xD I thought you didn’t continue after the first volume. I feel like I’ve been running a marathon by myself and out of nowhere you’re running beside me. A wild Nafu appeared: “yo! :durtle_hello:

As for this volume, I kinda expected that the 異能心教 plotline would be taken care of by the end of the book, so I was a bit disappointed. This enemy is powerful, so stronk. I liked that Miyo made friends with Kaoruko, but yeah I have mixed feelings about how it all played out. I do hope they continue to be friends, though, now that there’s no ill feelings. One thing that bugged me (haha) was… why did the one guy’s name have to be mukadeyama :bug: :sob:

I dunno, maybe just me, but I feel like this volume was more もやもや than the previous ones. It’s entirely possible I’m stressed about other stuff that could be influencing how I’m feeling about this book :caught_durtling: Will keep you updated on volume 5!


Thank you for posting your updates as you read through our manga! We just found your posts, and it’s been so cool to read through them all! Can’t wait for the next update! :blush:


I was reading them last year to reach 100 books. So it’s more like I was running ahead and decided to take a nap. And now you are going to pass me :durtle_hello:


There was no plot and presumably it was all based on personal experience so I’d call it an essay. Nonfiction I suppose.


29th of July

Read pages 125 to 127 (35 – 36%) of かがみの孤城 today. Finally the weekend… maybe I’ll have a little more time to read tomorrow and on Sunday.


Yeah, I think the important thing for me is to remember all the techniques she’s taught me. When all overwhelmed and stressed, it is hard to remember them.

And sometimes it isn’t even something huge that has to happen to change stress and overwhelmed to “I have a lot to do but I can handle it”.

Remembering to treat myself kindly and recognize that it is okay to say “this isn’t working for me”, now that is the big task. One I’ve been chipping away at for a few years now, as mentioned. ^^


Today: p. 122-126 of よつば&!

Newish stuff

先っちょ (さきっちょ): tip, end, point
じっと: motionlessly, firmly
幅 (はば): width
計る (はかる): to measure
しゅるしゅる: slithering sound
鳴る (なる): to sound, to ring
合図 (あいず): signal, cue
丸出し (まるだし): exposed, on full display
回覧板 (かいらんばん): circular, distributed notice
怒る (おこる): to get mad, to scold
余る (あまる): to be in excess, to be left over


:tiger2: :books: The Tanuki Beach Resort: Date 20220729 :beach_umbrella: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll of じょうぎ座ガンマ2星 :star:

Random article - about the Gamma2 Normae star.
(I can’t remember how to do the ^2 so my 2 is floating off into the cosmos instead)

Also learned the Japanese name for the Milky Way - 銀河「ぎんが」
Silver river sounds pretty cool.

:beach_umbrella: Japanese found in the sand :beach_umbrella:


視等級「しとうきゅう」ー Apparent magnitude (star brightness measurement) 等 is used as the unit of measurement, here the star’s apparent magnitude is: 4.02等.
肉眼「にくがん」ー Naked eye [MEAT EYEBALL]
年周視差「ねんしゅうしさ」ー Annual parallax; heliocentric parallax; stellar parallax
視線速度「しせんそくど」ー Radial velocity; line-of-sight velocity
スペクトル分類「すぺくとるぶんるい」ー Stellar classification; star classification
橙色巨星「だいだいいろきょせい」ー Orange Giant (star)
星間雲「せいかんうん」ー Interstellar cloud
核融合反応「かくゆうごうはんのう」ー Nuclear fusion reaction
有効温度「ゆうこうおんど」ー Effective temperature
宇宙望遠鏡「うちゅうぼうえんきょう」ー Space telescope/observatory
固有運動「こゆううんどう」ー Proper motion (of a star)
黄色超巨星「きいろいちょうきょせい」ー Yellow super giant (star)


Home post :bookmark: July 29th :sunny:

・ わたしの幸せな結婚 5 (0% → 17%)

Fifth Kekkon start. Thoughts so far: It is New Years, so they’re going to visit the shrine. Miyo is trying to identify what she’s feeling for Kiyoka, but at the same time, she’s afraid of facing and naming whatever that feeling is. :eyes: It will probably happen sooner or later, but I sure hope it happens in this volume. Also, people from the 異能心教 cult approaching people on the street and putting the other 異能者 (the army) in a bad light. Not a bad plan, really. Just don’t get arrested, maybe? xD

・Loopers :infinity: part 03 of youtube series. Book VN club reading.

Pro: there’s voice acting
Con: but no furigana
Pro: can just listen to what they’re saying
Con: my ears seem to have problems discerning certain sounds TuT


:tangerine: :books: July 29 :books: :tangerine:
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Orange :tangerine: page 115 → 144 (30 pages)

In the nick of time I finished chapter 3 of Orange, right before the new book club week starts. And as usual, I’ve talked about it in the book club. But for realz… When I started this I wasn’t expecting what this is. SF twist where someone gets letters from their future self. That was about all I knew.

And apparently, I knew nothing. :joy: :sob:

Will probably tackle chapter 4 tomorrow, hopefully all of it. And then I’ll have an almost 2 week break from Orange, since the club is taking a week off between volumes. It’ll give me heart time to grow strong from all the pummeling.


Same, same. Especially annoying when it is a word I want to look up and I hoped I wouldn’t have to draw the kanji. :woman_facepalming:

PS. Changed my pfp since that seems all the rage lately. Loopers represented! Hilda for bestie!


I started 裏世界ピクニック :durtle: After my last book was very slice of life-ish I was really in the mood for some monsters and other unrealistic speculative fiction stuff :eyes: I missed that!! This series also has audiobooks for each volume which is great and means I’m for once not ignoring my self imposed temporary ban of books that don’t have them :joy:

I also read a bit of 十角館の殺人, for the natively mystery book club that’s about to start. I usually prefer not to read ahead, but I wanted to

  • give myself a bit of a head start since I’m 99% sure I’ll fall behind very early on, since I’m somewhat busy with exams and other stuff aaand
  • gauge the difficulty to check if I even have the slightest chance at keeping up or at least catching up once I have more time

… honestly I’m still not sure :joy: So far this feels a good bit harder than I would have expected based on the natively level 30, I swear 裏世界 (lvl 33) is a lot easier than this??
Seems like a fun book though and pretty much perfect for a book club from a ‘room to speculate’ perspective so I do want to try. I shall attempt to keep up :running_woman: (might definitely hopelessly fail though.)


:sunny: :beach_umbrella: Memoria’s Summer Readin’ :beach: :sunny:

Day 29:

…30 minutes left of the day, but I squeezed in a NHK news article just barely. I was at work all day and then immediately went to the apartment and spent the evening painting. I’m so sore and tired, but I had a really great time with my sister. Now I’m going to sleep for 12 hours and hopefully get some actual reading done in the morning.

Speaking as someone who’s spent many, manyyyy years in therapy trying to learn the same thing: this is a big deal. Well done! I’m so happy you were able to do this for yourself.


Today I read 3 pages in the Kanzen Master Reading N2 book and played Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for Nintendo Switch in japanese. Actually I only played the intro which is pretty long. To play the game in japanese the system language of the switch needs to be changed to japanese.

I would have read more but I tried a N3 mock exam in an app which didn’t even work properly two hours wasted. :sob:


July 29th!

Today I read chapter 15 of Happiness, which finished Volume 3. There were a few pages of concept art after the end of the chapter which I really liked seeing. I’m really enjoying the art from this series.

I also read the next chapter of Teasing Master Takagi-san, it was a very sweet story this week.

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@Belerith - Flying Witch is one of the books I was considering so its great to have it recommended. I also went to check how much it was on Bookwalker today discovered that I picked it up when it was free a while back! So my mind is definitely made up now. Thank you for your help :slight_smile:


I read a bit more of 本好き 1 (I just finished the scene where her dad is mad at her for liking オットー and she helps him with math) to give an idea of progress.

I also picked up 遅刻してきた幽霊 (short story collection) after a long break because I just wanted to read a physical book again. I planned to read ~20 pages but the story was such a breeze I read the whole thing (51 pages). The twist was a bit weak, but it was nice enough I suppose. There’s only one short story left in the book and it’s 80 pages, wondering if I can likewise finish it off in a day. 赤川次郎 is such great couch reading.

I haven’t peeked at all but it could just be the case of opening scenes / initial setup being the hardest part of most books. Also don’t worry about falling behind - you can always post a bit late! Especially if others are doing the same you might fall into a good pace with them. :slight_smile:


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Week 5

July 29

Just did a tiny, very tiny bit today. I was waiting until night to play this because I really enjoy the mood at night, it’s generally the moment of the day I enjoy the most because it’s so quiet and peaceful and I don’t have to deal with anything or anybody at all. But today was one of those nights, apparently, when there’s just constant, annoying noise and distractions everywhere. It kept pulling me out of the mood and it was irritating me more and more so I just decided to close the game and call it a day, because I don’t want to do something fun in that state of mind.

It is what it is, I suppose. Hopefully tomorrow. :sleepy: