📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 🏖 ☀

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While browsing the complete manga sets on the Book-Off website, I discovered a volleyball one, アタック!! so I read the preview for vol 1 on Bookwalker, and then, since that didn’t give me much of an idea of it, vol 2. Which meant I was totally confused of course lol but it seems good! So I’m definitely thinking of getting it. I also read the preview for リベロ革命(レボリューション)!! It was written 2 years after the libero became a thing officially in Japanese volleyball in 1998 and is about the 159-cm-tall Mikimoto Kaname who is a good spiker despite his height in MS but has all the makings of a good libero, and is scouted to a good HS as one (and, of course, as he loves spiking, is adamantly against it at first). Definitely want this one! (Also, TIL “libero” is another term for “sweeper” in soccer.)

I also read the preview for ギャルボーイ, which grew less interesting the further I got into the first chapter (a masc woman, who tbh seems perfectly happy being and acting masc even though she kinda wishes everyone didn’t always immediately peg her as a man and weren’t always so surprised to find out she’s not one, gets made into a model with the intent of making her super fem and making her femininely pretty rather than leaning into masculine prettiness or even going an androgynous route), and then afterward the one for おうちでごはん, which seems like a nice slice-of-life/cooking manga, plus the chapters are super short, though there’s zero furigana! Even for names! Anyway, this one’s going on my to-read list, though I’m steering way clear of the first. tbh I’d hoped it would be something similar to Otomen where it’s kinda queer-adjacent in that it goes against gender roles (and shows you don’t gotta be gay or genderqueer to throw them aside), but nope, it starts leaning hard into them. “You’re a woman, so you’ve gotta be feminine!” Oh, sod off.

I read ch 27 of ハイキュー!! and for the first time ever left off in the middle of a manga chapter (actually a little more than halfway through ch 28). I was reading during dinner and then got distracted doing other things (watching science tiktoks, mostly) for three hours and now suddenly it’s after midnight. I will be finishing it right after this lol

Some vocab of note:

仇討ち (あだうち) [noun] vengeance; revenge; retaliation
一夜漬け (いちやづけ) [noun, する verb] last-minute cramming; overnight cramming. Its original meaning referred to vegetables just salted overnight.
縁もゆかりもない (えんもゆかりもない) [expression, い-adj.] having no relationship with whatsoever; having nothing to do with
たまげる [自一] to be astonished; to be flabbergasted; to be startled; to be amazed
見世物 (みせもの) [noun] show; exhibition; spectacle
従来 (じゅうらい) [の-adj.] traditional; conventional; usual; existing
短大 (たんだい) [noun] junior college; vocationally oriented two- or three-year post-secondary education institution. An abbreviation of 短期大学.
汚名返上 (おめいへんじょう) [四字熟語, noun, する verb] clear one’s name; redeem oneself; clear/vindicate one’s honor/reputation. Like some 四字熟語, the first and last two pairs of kanji are words in their own right, but I don’t think this one is a combination of the two of them, as 返上 itself means “give up; relinquish; serve up; let loose,” and that’s not quite the right connotation. It’s more 汚名 + 返 + 上. “Return your sullied name to its former better (higher) state.” I dunno, just thought that was interesting, since the other 四字熟語 like that I’d come across before all seemed to be a combination of the two two-character words.
食えない (くえない) [expression, い-adj.] shrewd; smart; cunning; crafty

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Daily reading continues smoothly for me. Nearing the end of all of Azumanga Daioh! It definitely worked its hooks into me; this last volume is the best but I’m not sure if the quality is that significantly higher? I think I just have a really strong connection to these goofy girls at this point. Moments of it are rather emotionally resonant even though it gave off that frivolous impression. Glad I took the time.

Starting soon will be the generic starter novel, just a few too late, コンビニ人間. Looking forward to it!

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:spiral_calendar: Day 47: August 16th :dolphin: :desert_island:

spacer:ribbon: ふだつきのキョーコちゃん Volume 7 (58% ➨ 76%)

spacer:mag: 名探偵コナン Volume 11 (52% ➨ 61%)

spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 5 (63% ➨ 70%)


This one’s on my “to read eventually” list. I remember liking the anime well enough back when I saw it, and I wondered if the manga would be better. At the time, I was waiting for the series to finish before I considered reading it, but rather than that, the official English release never finished.

Based on what you’ve read so far, do you get the impression that the series has held up well (characters, story, pacing)? Or does it feel more like “it’s good only if you have nostalgia for the anime”? (Or can’t really tell?)

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:books: :video_game: :thong_sandal: :sunny: August 16

I think I’m getting faster at reading ビブリア, at least until I reach a new chapter, which should happen on the next session (42% → 48%).

I also read 3 chapters of 青のフラッグ and finished Volume 4. Halfway through the series!

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Feeling pretty burnt out today. Read things here and there but could only do one social link in P3P. I was really motivated for personal reasons but now the reason has come and gone. Might hop around the next couple of days until I land on something to get my motivation up.

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Finally started reading 青ブタ3 and got a little dopamine hit from it. But I’m not gonna rush into things because I like I said earlier I’m a little burnt out.

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:tiger2: :books: The Tanuki Beach Resort: Date 20220817 :beach_umbrella: :raccoon:

吾輩は狸である progress: 4.92% :snowflake:

Only time to read a paragraph today.

:beach_umbrella: Japanese found in the sand :beach_umbrella:

Meowords

御無沙汰「ごぶさた」ー Not writing or contacting for awhile; long silence
羽織「はおり」ー Haori; a type of formal coat
臆病「おくびょう」ー Cowardly; timid
令嬢「れいじょう」ー Your daughter; young woman
余所余所しい「よそよそしい」ー Distant; cold; formal
結城紬「ゆうきつむぎ」ー Silk products made near Yuuki
懐手「ふところで」ー Hands in pockets; idleness

Counters
挺「ちょう」ー Counter for violins (along with other long narrow things, like: spades and other such tools, other instruments like shamisen, guns, oars etc.) (also more likely to be seen as: 丁)

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i’m only 50 or so pages in, so can’t really say much about the story yet, or how it differs from the anime. though they sure turned up the darkness with the scene where Utena first meets the prince. i’m finding it pleasant to read. it’s been a while since i’ve read anything with more than the occasional furigana, and the grammar is quite straightforward. i’m looking forward to reading more of it!


all in all, my live got a lot more busy these last few weeks, and i failed to post updates on this post. but i did read at least a little almost every day, though it might have been only a few pages before i fell asleep. 9 hour hikes in rough terrain with intermittent climbing sections tend to tire one out.

i finished the 3 volumes of アネモネ, and i think that’s all that’s available of that so far. it was cute, they both got to say 大好き to each other, but it’s obviously unfinished. i’ll get back to it when my kindle tells me that a new volume is published, as it certainly will ^^

the やが君 LN continues to be a slog, though i’m getting close to finishing the second volume. difficulty-wise that’s pretty much at the edge of what i can manage, and when i’m tired, i just blank out on it.

i ought to have a few quiet days now, so hopefully i’ll get a bit more reading in ^^

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Almost forgot to read today, between school preparations, taking the cats to the dentist, and trying to find a contractor to do some rather urgent work on our house (no luck after several weeks, and my anxiety has spiked so I decided to stop drinking coffee today, so I am headachey and tired and foggy). Remembered at 3:00 p.m. that I hadn’t done today’s reading and was glad I did. The first pages of Chapter 9 of よつば& are much much funnier when you get all the dialogue. (Looked for an image of my favourite panel and found this, which tempted me, but besides the fact that I don’t wear t-shirts much, it isn’t NEARLY as funny in English.)

Some new words:

復讐 (ふくしゅう) revenge
きさま: you; you bastard
見通し (みとおし): unobstructed view
いいわけ: excuse
地獄 (じごく): hell
撃つ (うつ): to shoot
おのれ: angry interjection
いのち: life
殺る (やる): to bump someone off
殺す (ころす): to kill

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Home post :bookmark: Aug 17th :sunny:

・ 本好きの下剋上 10 (30% → 31%)

Just a tiny read. Was a fulfilling day :3


Wiii! :high_touch: I really liked the moment they had at the end of their デヱト. Exchanging gifts and special words with each other. Miyo finally on a first-name basis with her 旦那様! But in the back of my mind I was also like… how long were they standing outside in the cold? xD Didn’t seem like they entered the door. And good call on Kiyoka’s part for bringing her on a date after all that busy business finally settling down, beri naisu :+1:

Sounds good to me! :eyes: :sparkles: More tanoshimiii~

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

August 17th:

8 pages of 好きっていいなよ volume 2. I don’t know why, but I’m dragging my feet with both reviews and reading lately. I’m determined, so I’ll finish the challenge, but taking a break from the “must read every day no matter what!!!”- mindset will be good for me, I think. I want to do more Wanikani and grammar studies, but there’s only so many hours in a day :melting_face:

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August 17th!

Chapter 101 of Yotsuba today, only 3 chapters left now :sob:
Todays chapter was hilarious. Yotsuba decides to join Fuuka and Shimau while they study for a test, after discovering that they have snacks to eat while they study. This was my favourite chapter I’ve read for a while, the whole thing was adorable.

(Home Post)

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i just finished the first duel. and now i can say that i love it!

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:star2: Home :star2:

ジョジョの奇妙な冒険25

141 - 187 (end)

That’s a baseball!

Highlights:
So serious that he took the hat off


A personal favorite

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i just realised: i can finally read the title :smiley:

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お誕生日おめでとうございます!!

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ayyy, nice!

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どうもありがとう :smiley:

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So I started reading 天使の傷跡 which is a winner of the 江戸川乱歩賞 (which btw - is a thing?! Now I have so many other books to read…). I picked it up because someone told me the author writes trashy/pulpy crime books and that’s My Genre so of course I snagged it (it was in a pile of books being given away for free). I’m only ~15 pages in and it’s actually quite slow going for me right now because the author loves them some old kanji. So far I have collected:
曳金(note: read 引き金)、 総べて、筈、判る、積り、閑、委せて、成程、畠、and 矢鱈. Honorable mention to 云う instead of 言う but that one is relatively common.

Also can I just say that opening the first page and seeing this was a trip? :joy:

this

I do enjoy a bit of whimsy in writing styles though, so it’s all good, I’m having a blast.

Also honorable mention to an English book I started reading! I started on The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (just 7 deaths outside the US though, we’re quite extra, us Americans, so naturally we have an extra half death) and it’s so good. I’m 80ish pages in (on my phone so there’s 1000 pages total in that version :joy: ) and it’s just so fun. Loving the descriptions too. I actually saw it recommended by a Japanese mystery novel reviewing youtuber I watch :sweat_smile:

EDIT: Such a long post, unusual for me! Forgot to say I also started on 火車 because with 2 close read books I decided to go with the one where I’d be whipped along by the audiobook. And whipped I am, oof. It’s a hard one to read without pauses or lookups, at least the first chapter (all I’ve read so far).

Yay! I have 2 more volumes to go (how are there only 5?!) and it’s a lot of fun. Definitely takes a different path than the show, but I enjoy it all the same.
Also from one of the notes from the author (don’t recall which volume) I found out that みき is based on this guy?!
image
I can see it if…I really squint and give some artistic license. :joy:

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Summary Post

August 17th
What did I read?: 今日のさんぽんた Vol 1
How much did I read?: 12 pages
How long did it take me?: 8 min

Welp, bad mood is back :upside_down_face: I would so love it if people would communicate what they are planning to do before they make major changes that will affect and in some cases deeply inconvenience other people. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about today (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ✲゚。⋆

Just a tiny read today, but I learned a fun expression: 風上にも置けない (かざかみにもおけない) - a disgrace (to a whole group of people)

Also, in only vaguely book-related news, look at this :pleading_face:

Some of you may remember this little friend from a previous challenge thread - baby shark buddy comes from the most adorable manga in existence, おでかけ子ザメ. And now I could have a baby shark buddy of my very own. :pleading_face:

Look. Look at him :pleading_face:
…Someone please tell me no xD
Amazon sent this directly to my inbox as a suggestion lmao, it knows too much

Thank you :3 :heart: And congrats on your first novel! :tada:

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