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Week 8


  • Final Fantasy XIV

Just a small quest today. Tomorrow I don’t think I’ll be able to do anything as I’m spending the whole day out so it’s possible the day has come to let go of the streak and embrace fate.


I joined a bit late, but I think I might be (finally :sweat_smile:) getting into the reading everyday habit. I was very intermittent in July, but so I am now entering my third week of daily reading - yay! Just starting Ch6 of よつばと!
Biggest problem now is that I’m reading the print version and the text is very small (for me). I may go to ハピネス Vol2 after this, since I can read it on a tablet (and zoom in :rofl:)
Thank you for the challenge, it’s helped get me motivated :pray:


i dropped ハピネス after the 2nd volume, even though it was the most accessible reading i’ve found so far. it was very nice to be able to just read.

today i had a lazy day, so i decided to finally tackle the last bit of やがて君になる 佐伯沙弥香について volume 2. i’d tried continuing earlier, but had been too tired to work my way through what felt like walls of text. today, i sat outside, enjoying the cool and slightly damp air (we’ve had our first rain in many weeks), and managed to finish the book. almost 30 pages, i think the most i’ve managed in a single day.

this volume was sad (spoilers for Bloom into You/やがて君になる)

of course we know that Sayaka won’t come together with Touko, because Touko will fall in love with Koito. but for now, Sayaka and Touko are in first year, Koito will not make her appearance for another year, and Sayaka is dreadfully in love. she gets very close to confessing to Toukoa few times, but witnesses Touko’s reaction to several other people confessing to her. as they slowly grow closer, she learns that Touko will never accept a confession, because she can’t accept that she’s worthy of love.

so Sayaka resolves to become Touko’s reliable friend instead, her constant companion. even though that means denying her love for Touko, that they won’t share the closeness she yearns for. and with time, perhaps she can help Touko learn that she’s worthy of love, and maybe then Touko will accept her.

except that, as they enter their second year of high school, Koito enters the stage. and as we know, Touko turns from Sayaka to Koito. leaving Sayaka hurting and alone.

we know that Sayaka eventually finds her own way. that she and Koito become friends. and the cover for the third volume show the two, hand in hand and smiling. but at this point Sayaka’s gone through three horrible experiences with love, and i really hope that she will find love now.

now i need to decide which to continue first: やが君 or ウテナ? both really draw me to them…



Didn’t read much today, just ch 56-57 of HQ.

We’ve been getting a bit more by way of the mechanics of volleyball, like what a side out and break and stuff are, during this game. I got those two recently as well in 2.43 during the Fukuhou-Seiin practice match, but it’s nice to have the reinforcement. I got into HQ in 2016, and though I got really into it (on at least 3 separate occasions) and now 2.43 as well, I still don’t understand the rules of volleyball that well. Even though it’s one of my favorite sports when it comes to sports animanga!

Though, to be fair, I actually played soccer for a few years as a kid, and I barely remember/understand anything about the sport.
Aoashi: *mentions a soccer term*
Me: Uh, yeah, I definitely know what that is, yup! *sweats*

Some vocab of note:

巧者 (こうしゃ) [noun, な-adj.] cleverness; skill. clever person (in a particular field); skillful person.


:spiral_calendar: Day 50: August 19th :beach_umbrella: :coconut:

Small reading day today. Gotta get in extra over the weekend!

spacer:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: からかい上手の高木さん Volume 8 (0% ➨ 14%)

spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 5 (91% ➨ 100%)

spacer:ninja:t2: くノ一ツバキの胸の内 Volume 4 (66% ➨ 82%)


August 19 :blossom: Home Post

As expected I was mostly busy today, so I really had to force myself to read anything :joy: I read a chapter of クールドジ男子 and it was fun as always, but now I’m very sleepy lmao.


:star2: Home :star2:


15 - 20

got really sleepy suddenly and passed out. I should probably reread these pages


:tiger2: :books: The Tanuki Beach Resort: Date 20220820 :beach_umbrella: :raccoon:

吾輩は狸である progress: 6.26% :cat:

Only time for a short read today!

:beach_umbrella: Japanese found in the sand :beach_umbrella:


間断「かんだん」ー Break in time; interruption; pause
反駁「はんばく」ー Rebuttal; retort

極め = 決め「きめ」(Agreement; rule)


Once I started reading in Japanese I invested in a good magnifying glass; it really helps my old eyes with the furigana!


Yesterday was my first missed day of the challenge, and I felt pretty bummed about breaking my streak before classes have even begun! Today I read p. 55-62 of よつば& volume 2, but I spent so much time and energy trying to untangle Yotsuba’s garbled polite speech that I had to stop before reaching my usual quota of 10 new words. Tomorrow is the last day of my summer vacation and will also be a busy one, but I will try to get up a bit early so I have time to get some reading in before the day gets away from me…


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

August 20th:

Almost forgot to post! I read some more 好きっていいなよ earlier today. I’m tired so this is it for today’s update :melting_face:


Home post :bookmark: Aug 20th :beach_umbrella:

・ 夜が明けたら、いちばんに君に会いにいく 上

Today I randomly picked up this book and finished it. Once again, Bookwalker’s evil scheme getting the better of me. Buying the second half will help me fill the green circle.


The book was very easy to read: no complicated grammar that stood out to me, all kanji had furigana (very refreshing), common everyday vocab in a high school setting, kinda reminded me of Kagami no Kojou in a way (pages not always smack-full of text and MC feeling… 苦しい). The level of this book seems like a nice fit for the intermediate club, I think. Beginner club too maybe? Not sure about the level of these clubs anymore lol.

It was released today, both this and the second half. But two years ago it was published as one book by the same company as the one I read, but under a different label. From looking at the preview of the older version, it doesn’t seem to have any illustrations, but this one does. Also, the older version doesn’t have 100% furigana like this one.

Some of the illustrations are half-page like this:

Never seen it before, so that was cool.

As for the story, it was okay. They’re middle-schoolers (it says 中学 but the MC is 17 years old?? douiukoto). The MC somehow developed a mask dependency, so she can’t bear being around people without wearing one. The male lead is a KY (空気読めない) and is super honest about what he’s thinking no matter what. Reading this felt cathartic in a way.


August 20th!

Today I read Chapter 9 and 10 of Shadows House.
It pulls me in a little more with each chapter I read, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes.
I only needed to look up a single word to read Chapter 10, which felt pretty great!

I’ll definitely join on offshoot club is there is one, though I really need to stop joining every offshoot as well as each new club - my weekly bookclub commitment is getting bigger and bigger :rofl:

(Home Post)


Today I read the second short story in ボッコちゃん. I think from now on I should read one story every day. They are very short it shouldn’t take too much time and I will finish the book in two months.

I started the Shin Kanzen Master Reading N1 book and it’s way harder than the N2 one. Between the N2 and N3 ones I hardly noticed any increase in difficulty.


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Over the past few days, I’ve been reading Flesh&Blood vol. 3 (roughly one chapter per day). It’s very interesting, pretty action-packed, but there is still time to look back at some history and learn about past events in Europe and Japan. I think I’ve never before checked Wikipedia as much while reading any book (in any language) :sweat_smile:.
My original plan was to finish the 3rd volume before Spice&Wolf starts, but I’m not convinced that I will manage to achieve that as Kafka and TUGUMI are waiting for my attention as well :grin: Let’s see how it turns out.


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

That was so funny that I had to share it with my family. Somehow with all the reading I do, I’ve never thought of reading in the shower. Perhaps, it was just the thought of getting books wet but in any case, my shower can’t accommodate reading anyway. It’s a standalone shower room rather than an enclosed bathroom so there is no place to rest a book where it wouldn’t get wet.


:star2: Home :star2:


21 - 33

I didn’t end up rereading yesterday’s pages, but I have the feeling I’ll probably reread this volume sooner rather than later (or more like next year), so I think that it’ll be more worthwhile to see how much easier it is to read then. I was also really tired again (accidently stayed up until 3am), but I read more than I had expected to.


i had trouble falling asleep last night, so after tossing and turning for a bit, i grabbed my kindle and started reading the third volume of the やが君 LN.

it picks up quite a bit later, Sayaka’s in her second year of uni. so for the first time in this series we don’t actually know what’s going to happen. and she’s got a girlfriend! or at least there’s a girl she refers to as 彼女. which of course can also just be a 3rd person pronoun, but they’re in an animated conversation about feelings, with lots of gazing into each other’s eyes. and the girlfriend is all like 「だから沙弥香のことが大好き」and Sayaka is like: and half-way through the second year, i confessed my love to her.

but of course, this is just framing. we move back a bit, summer of her second year, she’s met this first-year student, ハル. though Sayaka is perhaps a little overly formal, and insists on using her surname. ハル has her own apartment and is super happy with it, which kind of stuns Sayaka, who totally wouldn’t want to leave the comfort of her home (a traditional japanese house). i think ハル is perhaps a bit of a manic pixie dream girl, not my favourite trope. in any case, ハル is definitely flirting with Sayaka, who’s perhaps being a little naive about it, in particular about ハル inviting her to her apartment…

but in any case, Sayaka seems to be happy, for pretty much the first time in the series. or in the manga. her voice feels much more lively.

it’s a strange thing, how on the one hand i’m really still struggling to read. 10 pages an hour is a good rate for me. but on the other hand, i can feel the emotions in the voice. fun times :smiley:



Went to Kinokuniya for an early birthday present and bought 11 books, so now I’m gonna have to be responsible and read even more before I buy more books. Though, granted, 3 of them are JJK LNs that I’m not gonna read for a while anyways, but still.


I actually found every volume I was missing of よつばと! except for vol 11! And I got lucky with JJK 0 actually being the novelization because uh I didn’t realize that until later (I forgot what the cover looked like and I’m blind and didn’t see the “ノベライズ”) and I forgot I’d ordered 0 through TOM with my bday coupon (still dunno whether they actually have it or not though, and if it takes like 6 months to even be shipped like last time, I am going. to die.), and even though I’d made a note of it in my book list, I didn’t see it. So yeah.

They did have Blue Period too, but not the first volume, and I was already buying quite a bit too, so I decided not to get any this time.

And I think buying this number of books wouldn’t have cost much more than ordering them on Amazon because shipping, so I guess the price markup isn’t that bad as long as you’re buying in-store. Dunno what their shipping is like on the US site, but I doubt I’ll be using it.

Update 08/22: Actually, I had recently ordered all 7 of the re-release volumes of リベロ革命(レボリューション) off Kinokuniya JP since Amazon JP doesn’t have most of them for international shipping and Kinokuniya only had 1 or 2 copies of each of them, and today they finished the process of verifying the stock and getting them together and shipping them, and the total was just under $60. I dunno what the shipping would’ve been on Amazon so I dunno which would’ve ended up being cheaper, but the books themselves were a little cheaper on Kinokuniya. But those 7 books + shipping cost about half of these 11 books, so, hm. Yeah, the markup’s a little…

Very tired today, so I only read ch 58 of HQ.


August 20 :blossom: Home Post

Not as tired as I was yesterday when I forgot to change the date :joy: but I still put off reading until pretty late so not a whole lot, but I still finished off the first volume of クールドジ男子! Seems to be my go-to when I don’t have brain energy for anything else :laughing: It’s very fun and cute, and all the art is just so nice to look at. Good times :grin: but hopefully tomorrow I can get some more substantial reading in!