📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 🏖 ☀

5th of August

Missed another day yesterday. I told myself I would take a short nap at 8:30pm and ended up waking up four hours later at 12:30am :grimacing: stayed awake for half an hour then went back to sleep lol.
Today I only read page 143 (40%) of かがみの孤城.


Read half of この素晴 today. I’m not trying to rush. I just genuinely enjoy it that much. I am looking forward to returning to 青ブタ on Monday or Tuesday though. 双葉’s arc is calling me!


:tiger2: :books: The Tanuki Beach Resort: Date 20220805 :beach_umbrella: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll of NGC 4013 :milky_way:

Random article - about the galaxy NGC 4013

:beach_umbrella: Japanese found in the sand :beach_umbrella:


棒渦巻銀河「ぼううずまきぎんが」ー Barred spiral galaxy
長時間露光(写真)「ちょうじかんろこう(しゃしん)」ー Long-exposure (photograph)
銀河円盤「ぎんがえんばん」ー Disc (galaxy); galactic disc
超新星「ちょうしんせい」ー Supernova
赤方偏移「せきほうへんい」ー Redshift

Whoaa, so many books, impressive haul! :books:
Good luck getting through them all!


Today: p. 180-186 of よつば&!

Newish or forgotten but now remembered stuff:

プロ級 (ぷろきゅう): professional rank
略して (りゃくして): for short
途中 (とちゅう): on the way
金持ち (かねもち): rich person
一走り (ひとっぱしり): short run, short ride
発進 (はっしん ): takeoff, start (of a car)
何だか (なんだか): somehow
逃げる (にげる): to escape
捕まえる (つかまえる): to catch

As we move into August for real, and the end of my summer vacation looms, I wanted to mention how inspiring this thread has been for me. Seeing the reading activities of people who were surely at my very basic level at some point in the past but are now able to fluently read texts that I can only dream about is really motivating. And the accountability means that so far I haven’t skipped a day even when I’ve been a bit tempted to. So thank you all, especially @windupbird for starting the challenge! It’s been a major part of my summer study success.


:star2: Home :star2:


136 - 164

I wanted to finish off the but my eyelids conspired against me :joy: maybe I’ll finish tonight?


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REDC 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
Week 6

Chrono Trigger

I keep posting these lazy half updates because it’s either too late and I’m too sleepy or like today I have to update early and leave :joy: . I also don’t have anything interesting to add lately worthy of discussion that isn’t just spoiling the story and I generally don’t like spoiling things unless it’s a common discussion place like a book club. Also not sure if anyone is interested in Chrono Trigger or has played it before :eyes: . I’ll make sure to write a spoiler-free review once I finish it though.

But anyways, here we keep exploring this sea of Japanese :sailboat: . Endless sea of pain and suffering, when does it end, there’s no end in sight please help. Lovely sea of fun and rainbows :slight_smile: .

I’m just kidding it’s great fun. Mostly.


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

August 5th:

10 pages of 好きっていいなよ today. I’m feeling a bit feverish, so turning in early. This is hopefully the last night in my old room. I just hope I can stay healthy a little while longer. :melting_face: why is this my favorite emoji


:infinity: :star2: August 4-5 :star2: :infinity:
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Super Mario Odyssey :star2:
Loopers :infinity: 17% → 23% (6%)

Didn’t end up with an update yesterday, didn’t really have anything to say. I just played some SMO. Turned out that reading the tourist pamphlet for the desert kingdom was harder than the story related dialog. But I guess that isn’t surprising. The most interesting Japanese thing is to read the name of the moons I pick up, because they can be funny but also they only show for a short time. So it is training me to read fast and maybe figure out anything a little confusing after I’ve taken it all in. There are ways to check it after it has disappeared, but honestly the challenge is fun and so far I’ve caught more or less all moon titles. ^^

Today, I started the new chapter of Loopers, chapter 4. And to see how many look ups I do for this chapter I made a new folder to save the words too. (I use Midori as my dictionary app.) I do not however add these kinds of words: looked up just to check the reading, words looked up to double check the meaning (unless it turns out I was wrong), and I can’t really note when I look up something a second time for the same chapter.

However, I should still have an idea of vocabulary I had trouble with (or didn’t know at all).

And once again I can’t record % as I go through because it only shows % when I finish a chapter, but I’ll guess how much I read today whenever I finish the chapter. So far today I only read the very first section, and as soon as I finish this message I’m planing to keep reading for a bit.

Edit: Ended up finishing the chapter (Loopers) so added % above.


I read your summery of the plot and I agree. A horror story that could have ended with the protagonist’s horrible death by ants, and instead he doesn’t die at all but miraculously walks away? Doesn’t sound like horror to me either.

I agree. It is so very inspiring and motivating. And honestly, just knowing the difference in my own reading flow from April this year to now. I can’t imagine picking up some things to casually to read. I can however imagine all the hard parts. :joy:

I relate hard to this. :joy:


Home post :bookmark: Aug 5th :beach_umbrella:

・ わたしの幸せな結婚 6 (86% → 100%)

This book… points at book. yes! It good book. nods in satisfied

Blurbed summary

So, one thing about the ending (fun language thing, but spoilery!), our favorite couple goes on a date, but not just any date! No no no, it’s a デヱト. :eyes: It’s fun because in the setting of the book, the kana ‘we’ ヱ is still not obsolete. I’d love to have this part unspoilered for everyone to see, but it’s too major of a turn of events. The word “date” is a spoiler 0: …or? :thinking: … :woman_shrugging:

So the reason book 5 and 6 should be read together is because, (spoilery plot stuff) with this volume, the Usui arc reached its final stage. The cult went down. It ended abruptly imo, but this is a story about happy marriage after all, not superpowers and world domination. It’s a bit mottainai that Miyo went through all that stress and suffering to awaken her highly-revered powers to then decide that she will basically never use it again after she’s done rescuing her mans Kiyoka. She doesn’t want to carry big responsibilities, she simply wants to enjoy her happy simple days in true slice-of-life fashion. As mentioned, this is happy marriage series, not superpower series. Ah, I hope someone will write an AU to explore that noble path xD But it is such a Miyo-like decision. And I like it.
At the end of date, Miyo finally called Kiyoka by his first name uwu :cherry_blossom: And apparently it is a bad omen to plant sakura tree in your garden as a momento? But sakura tree is special to Miyo, so they plan to do so anyway. Aaaah, so many good moments x3

Then there’s the next volume :eyes: There will be marriage :eyes: !! (most likely). いよいよ, I tell you.

Can’t wait for the next volume! Whenever that will be released! tanoshimiiii~


I’ve never seen that emoji before but now it’s my favourite too.


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I finished 鹿の王 volume 1.

Since I finished it I got to make my first entry in my クロミ 読書ノート。 I wrote it in Japanese. It looks like a 7 year old wrote it :joy: Fortunately, I got the reading journal aimed at 7 year olds so it’s fine. That was a smart choice. If it had an elegant design that looks like it’s calling for a sophisticated essay with beautiful penmanship I’d probably just completely nope out of trying to do it in Japanese. But the Kuromi journal isn’t asking for anything I can’t do. The comment sections are just the right size to write a simple phrase in large, wobbly characters. It was fun. I got to use one of the stickers too.


August 5th!

I read a passage from Quartet 1 with my tutor today. It was about Nobel Prize laureate 山中伸弥 and was quite interesting. I ended up reading a lot more about him later on Wikipedia (In english though!)

I also read the next chapter of Teasing Master Takagi-san. As always it was cute and fun.

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Are you also moving tomorrow? Best of luck! Hopefully everything will go smoothly. :slight_smile:


:sunflower: DAYS 33 - 35 :sunflower:

I finished chapters 19 and 20 in 海辺のカフカ - Kafka on the Shore :beach_umbrella: (Advanced Book Club)

ON :clap:
TIME :clap:

Sorry I’m yelling hah. It’s just that the advanced book club pace has been a real challenge for me, and I feel so accomplished.

The only downside to challenging myself is that I don’t feel I have enough time to read Tugumi with everyone. I really wanted to join that book club!


Summary Post

August 5th
What did I read?: Flying Witch Vol 11
How much did I read?: 27 pages
How long did it take me?: 27 min

Read again today! I was actually in the mood lol
Finished off the latest volume of Flying Witch - what a fun chapter! I guess I won’t say too much here and try to save it for the book club but a good way to end the volume.


:star2: Home :star2:


165 - 187 (end)

It’s interesting to see how neurotic Boingo and Hol Horse are. With Boingo, I can’t tell if his wanting to be hidden/unnoticed is PTSD from being beaten up with his brother in a previous chapter or if it’s a present trait that his brother helped him to navigate well. Hol Horse seems to be developing neurotic behavior based on how and how much he relies on Boingo’s ability. The spinoff Crazy Diamond’s Demonic Heartbreak implies that this sticks with him, even 10 years later.

I’m going to see if I can manage reading all of Vol 24 this weekend!


Aug 6, Sat of Week 6 of Summer :beach_umbrella: 2022

Finally finished JoJo Part 2 Vol 4/4 of monochrome edition.

I generally like the fight, but somehow, most people from protag survived and rather died of old age, except that general? (and that Caesar)

So it will now return to current times (of that the author was writing)? Actually, I already took a peek at Part 3 Stardust Crusaders, a while ago, when the first volume was free.

For that sequel part, even for monochrome edition, there are 10 volumes already. (And 60% more volumes in colored edition.) I do think the graphics is cool, however.

Some of the names and references

Somehow JoJo old man thinks kicking a Japanese people is OK.


August 5 :blossom: Home Post

Today was a bit chaotic :laughing: I peeked at few of the books I got to get a sense for difficulty and such, and then finally read the other 海辺(うみべ)のカフカ chapter for this week! That ended up being 26 pages in around 90 minutes which I’ll definitely take, I’m getting better :grin:

After that I felt like reading some クールドジ男子(だんし) as a treat and it was an absolute delight as expected, very relatable :sweat_smile: It’s so nicely put together too, all big full color spreads on like cardstock paper :flushed: It’s definitely a good one to throw in when I just wanna have a good time you know?

Then I just played a bit more バディミッションBOND. Nothing of particular note really; there was a character using some pretty heavy Kansai-ben which slowed me down a little but not too bad! I’ve been through the worst of it before :joy:


Oh totally, sometimes it really is just pointless fluff for a while :joy: I’m with @Daisoujou though, I’d be way too stressed about somehow missing some crucial detail somewhere to actually enjoy myself :sweat_smile: perfectionism runs deep I guess lmao

Thank you! :grin: Yeah I was wondering about that too; I opened it up today and it turns out it’s a whole second dust jacket? It’s like an obi but just a whole cover this time :flushed:

Thank you!! Definitely a long-term project haha, like I’m not drowning in things to read already :laughing:

Ahhh congrats, that’s awesome!! :tada: Powerful stuff :muscle:



I was tired after work today, which I should’ve expected, so I didn’t end up reading much. That said, I did finish キミに言えないことがある. That was a good one. Then I started my other もふもふ枝子 manga, 不器用な僕らの隙間. Looks like this one contains two stories, 不器用な僕らの隙間 and スイートクレイジーデイズ, plus a few bonus shorts for each. I read the first two (of three) parts of 不器用な僕ら. I like it so far, but not as much as キミに言えない or 青年ドリーミー.

Some vocab of note:

未練がましい (みれんがましい) [い-adj.] not knowing when to let go (give up, etc.); unwilling to resign; having lingering attachment; regretful
縛り付ける (しばりつける) [他一] to tie; to restrain; to confine; to bind
抑える (おさえる) [他一] to restrain (e.g. emotions); to control; to curb; to hold in check. This is one of those where I learned the reading from 2.43 (took me a while to get the difference between 抑える and 迎える, but I got it!) but I never did learn any of the meanings.
たまらない [い-adj.] (after て-form of verbs and adj.) cannot help doing; cannot but do; anxious to do
お人好し (おひとよし) [noun] good-natured person; credulous person; easy mark; simple soul; soft touch


:spiral_calendar: Day 36: August 5th :shark: :swimming_man:

spacer:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: からかい上手の高木さん Volume 7 (77% ➨ 89%)

spacer:ribbon: ふだつきのキョーコちゃん Volume 5 (50% ➨ 58%)

spacer:mag: 名探偵コナン Volume 11 (22% ➨ 25%)
spacerspacer (This current case is is practically 50% dialogue on every single page… It’s a bit exhausting!)

spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 5 (46% ➨ 56%)