日本語: I read a lot of 機動強襲型令嬢アリシア物語１(and finished it) and a bit of ミステリークロック.
中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.
日本語: I read a lot of 機動強襲型令嬢アリシア物語１(and finished it) and a bit of ミステリークロック.
中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.
Can’t believe it’s the last day of the challenge! I kind of feel like I didn’t read that much and then I look back and I’m like, oh yeah, I finished one book and a computer game, read a whole manga and just under half of a kids novel. None of which I could have done this time last year. I also looked back at the Autumn Read Every Day Challenge thread and it took me 6 weeks to read the first volume of それいけズッコケ三人組, whereas I’ve got 94 pages into this volume in only a fortnight. I can’t emphasise enough how much these threads have helped to improve my reading.
Plan is to finish this current novel, which should take around a fortnight, and then I bought a few more kids books off ebay recently that I want to get stuck into. Work should start to ease up after Easter and then maybe I’m going to tackle something aimed at grownups…
I go back and forth with this. I have a really limited amount of time each day and I’m never sure how best to spend it. Reading is definitely improving my Japanese but a lot of the words that I look up, I find I’ve looked up and added to my flashcards already. So I feel like I need the support of SRS to actually get them into my brain but any time I spend on flashcards is time I’m not reading… I’m going at a fairly slow pace on WK but then when I read a book aimed at adults last summer I was massively hampered by my lack of kanji knowledge so then I was like ‘maybe I should just step up the pace on the kanji???’. But then I really struggle to learn kanji out of context. It works best for me when I read a word, add it to my flashcards, learn the word, THEN one of its kanji comes up on WK and I learn it as a kanji and then I learn some more readings for the word. But it’s kind of hard to make things happen that neatly. For the last 3 years I have taken September-December off from doing lessons on WK because it’s my busy time at work and I don’t need that added stress and I can really recommend giving yourself a little holiday from it like that.
I decided to end with a meaning book article, so today was 「心置きなく」とは？意味や言い換え！例文と解釈 | Meaning-Book - nothing really special. Broadly the phrase means to do something with your heart at ease, without reservations, etc.
Here is my final calendar:
I knew I would miss a day, and frankly expected to miss more.
My original goal with this challenge was to get used to reading more explanatory, opinionated Japanese. I wanted to do this to improve my own Japanese writing and speech. I haven’t noticed any particular gains in that area unfortunately, but it’s also something that’s rather hard to track. If nothing else I expanded my vocabulary once more and hopefully somewhere in the recesses of my brain the speech patterns left a mark.
It was a delight reading everyone’s updates be they about the books you were reading (so many first novels! ), the manga you’re reading, the games you’re playing, or the fascinating articles you’re finding. Even if I didn’t reply to you directly at any point, I read everyone’s entries.
Hope to see everyone again in the spring!
Woohoo, summary post!
Especially since this is how I did in the last two challenges.
In terms of my reading speed, I couldn’t really see that much progress, but I definitely reached a few milestones and highs when finishing the last two chapters of Kiki. I’m now beginning Chapter 4 of 銭天堂, and I’ll continue steadily working through that in the coming weeks/months.
I started this challenge wanting to make reading in Japanese an enjoyable habit. I’m not quite there yet, but I have definitely improved a lot. My mental block towards picking up a Japanese book and starting to read is slowly but surely disappearing.
A big thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge! Everyone here is so positive and motivating, and I really appreciate that. I’ll definitely be joining again in the Spring challenge.
Haven’t been replying in a while, but I have been lurking and kept reading the whole week ^^ During this challenge, I read one novel, two manga volumes and a third another novel. Now that I’m working through キノの旅, I feel like my reading skills have increased quite a lot! Reading is more fun and I have the feeling that readings of words come much easier than in the beginning of this challenge!
Thanks to everyone for motivating others and showing your progress. I look forward to the Spring 2022 version of this challenge
Tanuki Scroll LIX: 猫絵十兵衛
Read today’s Hyakumonogatari, from Yamagata prefecture!
About a candy seller who’s also an artist (and specialises in drawing cats!) comes across an abandoned town with one sole survivor, a girl who says the entire town was eaten by a giant mouse. The artist draws a super realistic picture of some cats and waits for the giant mouse to appear, when it does the cats are released from the drawing ニャーン！
All the cats come racing at the giant mouse but it is too powerful and it eats the cats. So the artist draws more cats ニャン、ニャン、ニャーン！ and at last they defeat the big mouse of doom.
The girl is all like: “You saved me! お嫁にもらってください ”
十兵衛: [[いや、わたしには、可愛い妻も子もいます。]] Say in a super movie accent for additional effect
But to say thanks she buys all the candy he has and turns it into a huge oval-mountain of candy… annnnd it’s just a dream … oh
The girl’s described as having round cat like eyes, and she seems to have a fondness for round things… I think 十兵衛 be having dreams about catgirls
☆ Learnings ☆
カランコロン ー Clip-clop (of shoes, like geta) (onomatopoeia)
まん丸「まんまる also: 真ん丸」ー Perfect circle
オイオイ ー Can be like “oy oy, wait a minute”, but here it’s onomatopoeia for crying: waaa! or boohoo!
残った「のこった」ー Remaining; Leftover
くんくん ー Sniff sniff (onomatopoeia)
This sums it up perfectly!
Everyone’s done really well this challenge! There’s been a lot of successes this time, like first novels read, and it’s so great to see - congrats to everyone who has taken part!
It’s been fun reading everyone’s updates, and seeing the variety of media that everyone’s been reading. Looking forward to the spring thread, and seeing you all there
Thanks again @windupbird for hosting, and for sharing all the cute stuff so much cute stuff
So the challenge is done. Time for reflection.
I finished 51 days of reading at least a bit every day. That’s quite impressive. Except for my late start and 1 day missed because of the move of my parents I hit every day.
Overall I finished:
Looking back now the volume of reading material in these roughly 50 days was surprisingly high. Especially since I didn’t really do anything with Japanese for the last 1 ¹/₂ years.
Overall I’m very grateful for this thread and all the participants in it. You all gave me the motivation to pick Japanese up again and it is no understatement that I’m having a blast at the moment. I for sure plan to take part in the spring edition again. Though I’m not sure I can be as consistent then. I love the warmer weather and will try to spend much more time outside compared to now.
Anyway, see you all then.
Here is my reading calendar for these past two months:
I just love how colourful it looks, and the little stories it tells me, like when I started reading 大聖堂 () and how hard it was in the beginning, but then it got much easier, or when I speed-read Demon Slayer () to make sure I’d finish before chrisosaurus so they can make use of my vocab sheet, or when I wanted to read しあわせのパン () before the film festival ended so I could first read and then watch it (which was a very good decision), and, and, and …
I think I will continue my calendar for March as I will be reading anyways
Also, a big Thank You to all you others in this thread! I did not post much but I read all of your posts and enjoyed all the interesting details and the cuteness See you around in the Spring Challenge!
Finished reading What did you eat yesterday? vol 1. I was a bit frightened by the first chapter, the main character names everything that went into his dish last night and after he left work he starts thinking about what to cook and his entire process. It was just a lot of internal monologue. The main character really loves cooking. So it was lots of food stuff I had to look up. Found it gets better as it gets on. There’s still a focus on cooking but also shows different aspects of life. It’s sometimes a bit hard to follow as we move between scenes.
Today ends the winter challenge, but I’ll be continuing my own challenge for the next month. I’ll post updates as we go along. For tomorrow’s reading I picked pretty boys detective club. I know of the anime (not seen it) and I thought it is probably something nice to expand on. As I do wanna read some detective manga later on.
Update post for 24/1 - 28/2 & Reflections | Home post here!
Continued these last few days as I have done for some time, with a few pages of ハイキュー！！ and time spent playing Animal Crossing… and with that, challenge over! And I made it every day despite work getting so busy.
When I started this challenge I said that I just wanted to read a page of anything a day, and planned to read volume 2 of レンタルおにいちゃん, and then maybe continue with something else if I finished it. However, my pace ramped up significantly because of wanting to know what happened next in this series, so, here’s the full list of things I managed to complete during the challenge:
And the things I have started, but did not finish by the end of the challenge and will continue on with:
I’ve noticed my comfort level with reading for longer periods of time has improved, which has motivated me to go back to Tobira to get stuck into grammar study again (which is going well!). I’ve learnt a bunch of new words which I’m still in the process of adding to Anki, and reinforced a whole lot more words that I’ve learnt in the last six months.
Definitely going to join everyone for the Spring challenge. Until then, I’m going to spend most of my time with Tobira, try to finish vol.1 of ハイキュー！！, and think about maybe possibly using the Spring challenge to tackle my first proper novel if I feel ready?
Thank you to everyone for your regular updates, and well done to everyone who’s reached their own personal targets! I’ve really enjoyed seeing what everyone is reading, I’ve made note of a number of books and games to try in the future. Seeing everyone’s progress has been super motivational and I hope to see familiar faces in spring!
I missed yesterday because Putin decided to fuck with my head , but I read a page of よつばと！ today
Well, there you have it. I started a few weeks late, but I was always reading daily, and unless something really gets in the way, I’m going to do my best to continue. Will almost definitely be back for the next challenge. I’ve read close to every update since joining and I’ve loved seeing what you all have been up to.
I wanted to end on a high note, and while I didn’t quite reach lofty numbers I had in mind because I was reading a bit slowly (to be fair I’ve been a little distracted, still dealing with health things a little), I stopped at~7000 characters and ~660 lines, so definitely another new highest (took me two hours or so).
Today in Summer Pockets was great. Lots of the usual cute times hanging out and being extremely goofy. Have another pleasant CG:
Also, I think one reason I love VNs as a medium is because they are willing to write things that are… just ridiculous, hahaha. The large scale and default niche audience size means there’s freedom to take some risks. And on that note, I’m going to share some real spoilers from today:
Out of absolutely nowhere, in the protagonist’s grandmother’s storeroom, he discovered a very old photo of someone who looks like 紬, and started thinking “there’s no way to know this, and it’s impossible, but I have this absolutely certain feeling deep in my mind that this IS 紬 in a photo that is many decades old” lmao. On it’s own it’s nothing THAT wild but I had no expectations at all for this game to do such a thing, and it blindsided me with how sudden it was. Right now he’s hiding the photo’s existence, but I feel like I’m in for a fun ride.
Anyway, thank you all so much for hosting and contributing to this. I love the little community in this thread; y’all are the best. Above all else, my reading comfort has increased hugely in pure subjective feelings. It’s a lot less intimidating and more fun to do than when I started. Most of my actual progress has been kind of nebulously moving further through games, but finishing my first book was a major milestone! Hopefully in a month or so when the next thread starts; I’ll be already substantially better than how I’m ending here
Chapter 23 of Yotsuba today. This chapter was longer and more text heavy than usual, so it was nice to finish the challenge by reading it in one sitting - something I highly doubt I could have managed at the start of January!
In 2021, I managed to read 12 books. Two months into 2022, thanks to this challenge, I’ve already read 9. Feels amazing.
Thanks everybody for reading along, it’s been so much fun, and so motivating to read everybody’s updates!
Today I finished the fourth volume of あさこ 80 pages. That means I will need to wait for the next volume to be released to know what happens next.
Next I started Don’t Toy With Me Nagatoro vol. 1 I just read the first twenty pages. If anyone is searching for an easy to read manga try this one.
The challenge is already over time really flies by. I didn’t read as much as hoped I would only 18 manga volumes, the prelude in Demonbane, the first five chapters in Monobeno and the first third or so in the Kanzen Master N3 Reading book. But of course I will continue reading every day until I pass the JLPT N1.
Progress: 3% → 5%
Seeing how so many of you have been enjoying this challenge, it’s making me very happy x3 Thanks for participating! And thanks again, @windupbird, for hosting the thread
I think my daily routine is dependent on this challenge by now I’m not ready to let it go yet, so I haven’t prepared a summary post. I’ll stick around for a bit and continue posting.
I’m not very disciplined when it comes to doing something for myself “for no reason”, so having this challenge and all of you participating is contributing to my motivation. My fear is that when I’m not required to post, I’ll stop reading. If I stop reading, I’ll fall behind in the book club and I’d rather that not happen (I don’t have Honzuki to blame this time, lol).
So yeah, I’m kind of anxious about randomly feeling like I don’t want to read anymore, but I guess as always with my experience of anxiety - the feeling itself is probably worse than the actual outcome, haha.
Yay! Not just me who’s planning on sticking around
You know, I hadn’t intended to bring it up on my own, but since I see it’s a thing some people are doing… yeah, I’m probably going to keep posting too.
Happy I’ll still have updates to read!
February 28 update:
As I planned after yesterday’s reading, today I decided to re-read the whole eighth story of きまぐれロボット, which allowed me to catch up on some details that I missed when reading in in haste over the weekend. This is another fun, even if predictable story. Honestly, I’m still amazed that I can often predict the outcome of a short story in Japanese, even when I’m reading it with few to no lookups (meaning that I’m certainly not getting a lot of details, because not a single story so far wasn’t riddled with unfamiliar words, some of which weren’t even guessable from the context). Granted, these are stories written for kids
And, here it comes – the end of this challenge. I feel both slightly relieved and a bit sad. It’s been a great experience, which pushed me to read a novel (or maybe more like a novella? but still, my first!), three volumes of manga, and a quarter of a short story collection. Thanks to consistently reading I’m no longer intimidated by Japanese text, which was one of my goals for this challenge.
The other goal was building a habit of reading, which I consider only partially successful, because even though I read consistently, I had a hard time to carve out a part of the day to do it, often ending up reading late at night. This isn’t really sustainable in the long term, so I’ll have to think about ways to address it.
Yet, surprisingly, I haven’t missed a single day, even though I contemplated the idea on quite a few occasions!
Reading everyone’s updates was both fun and motivating, to which I attribute a large part of the above streak. So thanks to everyone for reading along with me and sharing your thoughts and achievements, and congratulations to those who met their goals or just read a bunch of things – you’re all doing awesome! And I’m grateful for all the advice and book recommendations, as well as the inspiring VN chat – I’m definitely going to try one myself at some point, hopefully, in the near future.
I’m definitely planning to keep going until the spring challenge, even though I might tone down on my updates until then. To be honest, writing updates was probably the most taxing part of all this for me, but it definitely allowed me to connect more with everyone else here and build up motivation, so they were definitely a significant thing.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all and your updates in the next challenge!
Haha, I guess this applies to me as well, although my routine of reading is less structured than that of posting
Thank you for the great challenge! In a way I’m happy it’s over but I’m also looking forward to the next one
I started a little late and thus I only collected 45 sheep:
One got lost (sadly) but I’m sure it’s found its way to one of you
Happy end of challenge day for everyone that is finishing up their challenge today Good reading everyone
As for me, it’s been kind of a fun thing that each challenge has had quite a different reading vibe for me.
The first (summer?) challenge I read a whole bunch of manga. The second challenge I read my first two novels. And this challenge unexpectedly became the challenge of playing games! According to my switch I played over 55 hours of ときめきメモリアルGS4, and I’m now about 14 hours into Persona 4. That’s a lot of hours lol. It’s been a lot of fun! ときめき in particular I think was really pretty much the perfect game to drill a lot of everyday vocab into my head in a way I didn’t mind at all cos it was so cute and fun. I fully intend to go back and play through another route at some point.
Aside from all the games, I read 8 volumes of 呪術廻戦 at the start of the challenge, 世界から猫が消えたなら (which while it was my 3rd novel in japanese, I think it was the first one where I got swept up in the story and properly loved reading it.) and I’m currently 72% through 鏡の孤城(上) which I’m also really loving. I also read bits and pieces of other things (Kikis, よつばと) and fell very behind on most bookclubs (ハイキュー、death note), woops. Too many things to read, too little time! A situation made even worse by all the very interesting manga, books, games shared by people throughout this thread, including all of the crime fiction reccs that were kindly provided when I requested some, which I have lined up for after かがみ。thanks all!
Day 59: February 28th
Time spent: 9 min
Today’s color: 二藍 (ふたあい) - deep purple; reddish indigo
I think this color is super pretty, but apparently it’s a color for ~old people~ D: Am I old? honestly…yes
I like how it’s named for how it’s made - first a bluer indigo dye, then a redder one dyed over it.
Time spent: 4 min
Today’s reading was about 鶯の初音 (うぐいすのはつね) - the first song of the Japanese nightingale in the spring :3
What else did I read?
Amount read: 18 pages
Time spent: 17 min
Finished this off today - the last chapter made me so emotional, what the heck, I was not expecting this kind of drama today Luckily everything turned out ok but my god, I am too attached to the small void kitty
On a less emotional note - here’s ナニカ with a watermelon on its head
Wow, I can’t believe this challenge is over already! Seems like it went by fast. I’ll make a summary post in a bit, but tonight, I need to prepare for something else that’s happening tomorrow
I’m glad so many people joined, because this challenge really would not be as effective (or as fun!) without all your participation! I enjoyed reading about what y’all are reading, and seeing all your successes Congratulations and good work to everyone who’s finishing up today, and 頑張って to everyone who’s continuing on ^^ I personally am ready for a break - I do plan to continue reading my daily books, but I probably won’t be posting about them. But I will definitely be here to cheer you guys on until the next challenge begins!