📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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Day 59: Hurrah, finished! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: :tada: Today we read aloud a chapter of ハイキュー!!
This was super fun, great work everyone! It was really nice to see everyone’s posts! I’m gonna continue on with daily reading, really enjoying よつば&!and ハイキュー!!- it’s definitely been helping me to make it a habit.


February 28 :snowflake: Home Post

Well guys, we’ve done it :tada: Today was a fairly minimal reading day for me so not a whole lot to say on that front, but that’s okay because I’ve got retrospectives to do!

I played some 999 to finish off the challenge bc of course I did, and that’s put me right around 50 hours in the game which is… a lot :joy: I looked and I started right around the beginning of the month so that’s a non-negligible amount for sure. I’d guess I’m around 2/3s of the way through a playthrough? So that’s honestly making pretty good time for me, I’d definitely be way faster in English (obviously) but that’s progress baby! Considering this is the first game I’m really committing to like this, I’ll call that a success.

Progress-wise, I finished 4 manga (ラストゲーム 1-3 and the first volume of アゲイン!!) and that’s all I actually completed because I’m a chaos gremlin lmao. I’m about 100 pages into both (かぜ)つよ and 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ (god that feels like forever ago, I miss them) as well for novels, which is pretty wild! I didn’t really expect to be able to read 100 pages of any novel at this point so that’s something for sure. Lastly, I’m also like 2/3s of the way through the first volume of ヴァニタスの手記(カルテ), so all in all lots of stuff!

It’s really wild looking back at some of my old posts. Like I know when I started this challenge I felt like this:

but it’s still just hard to fathom how far I’ve actually come in just a couple months. The magic of consistency :sparkles: Seriously, if you’d told January 1st me that I’d be midway through multiple novels and close to completing a playthrough of 999… I don’t know what I would’ve thought :joy: This challenge has been an incredible experience; seeing everyone else’s journeys and sharing my own has been so motivating, I really can’t imagine being where I am now without it. Genuinely, thank you to everyone here :blush:

This is… relatable :joy: I’m glad some of you guys are continuing, I definitely think I benefit a lot from having this structure and accountability! That said, I’ll probably be sticking around too :eyes: gotta keep you all updated on サンタ’s hijinks obviously

Some (not so final) words

不憫(ふびん) - poor, pitiful
境遇(きょうぐう) - one’s circumstances, environment
脈打(みゃくう)つ - to pound (eg. heart)
(みぎ)(おな)じ - like he said, same for me, ditto (at first I was like ??? why right, but it’s from like vertical text where stuff to the right is what came before, so it’s just like “above-mentioned,” very intuitive actually)
()てしない - endless, boundless
絶句(ぜっく) - lost for words
とてつもない - extravagant, absurd, enormous
(こころ)もとない - uneasy, unreliable


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Day 58:

日本語: I read some of ミステリークロック and a bit of 冷たい密室と博士たち.


中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.


Here is my summary. The end was pretty meak because I had a surgery, then fell ill with serious fever and after that… well, current geopolitical situation does not help, instead of reading I spend time on finding a way how to move to other place… Still, I think I done pretty well for the first time and if there will be a spring reading challenge, I intend to get 100% accountability there.
I got two nice books before the post closed, so I’ll start it soon (10分で読める伝記 2年生 and 10分で読める伝記 3年生)
結局, 丈夫な決心はとても大切ですよ。そして、あたし負けない。

Upd: I switched 失う to 負ける, cause in English there are two meanings to “lose”.


Update February 28 a little late

  • それでも歩は寄せてくる chapter 52
  • ~1hr reading moments on Hellotalk
  • Animal Crossing. ~2 hrs

The challenge was fun and motivating.
When does the Spring challenge start?


Summary post :bookmark:

March 1

Progress: 5% → 6%

Turns out the first two chapters were not that long! That means I’ve finished the reading assignment of the first week. I might reread a bit later, so many new words and comprehension needs some loading time. loading screen rolls in redglare’s brain

Otherwise, I will have to pick up something else to read in the meantime - I want to follow book club schedule this time.

Let’s go~! :eyes::sparkles::fire:

We’ll get there eventually! :joy:


Oh, no, it’s over already :fearful:
I’ve been enjoying reading in Japanese and seeing everyone’s updates so much that I’m kinda sad it’s over. I’ll still be checking whatever people post in here and maybe I’ll keep updating my progress…we’ll see.

For a little February recap:

  • Unfortunately I missed a bunch of days because (sad stuff) my 15 year old dog got a lot worse and after many visits to the vet and unsuccessful treatments we were advised to put her down so Japanese was not a priority during that time, but otherwise I’ve stablished a good habit of reading and I’ll probably keep it up for now.
  • I read 2 manga volumes
  • I’m almost done with かがみの孤城
  • I’ve put the first few hours into the VN バリアブルバリケード, which I’m planning on making my main reading resource for March

It’s perhaps not as much as I wanted but taking into account all the setbacks and how busy I’ve been, I’m pretty happy I’m still making some progress. And I’ve been inspired by how much some of the people posting have managed to do! Can’t wait for the next challenge, this has been fun.


:frowning: Totally understandable to take a break. There will be future challenges, take care of yourself first. :heart:



I guess I’m back, pretending it’s not over! Read another ~5000 characters and ~465 lines today. Kind of frustrated that seemed to take me about 2 hours? There are so many words I don’t know, such that it doesn’t really feel like they’re decreasing in frequency. Gonna have to make myself not think too short term somehow. All the same, fun times. There are more possible hints at something potentially upsetting brewing in the background? But it usually gets pushed away soon enough. If things go well, apparently we’re taking a day trip off the island, so that’s neat. Kinda didn’t expect the game to ever leave this island.

A couple faces of pure judgment, here.

Learning new kanji words on my own without WK has been ok so far, I guess? I’m burying myself in a few too many anki cards considering WK has only dropped review count a bit (my norm was roughly 160, it quickly dropped to around 120, tomorrow is my lowest day at 94), but I’m getting by. In the short term, I’m remembering these words. The only downside seems to be that I feel a bit more psychological pressure that I didn’t anticipate, my dumb brain feeling like I’m doing something I’m not ready for after deciding I might be ready. Going to have to see how this transfers to longer term memories and what I think about the experience of eventually encountering these kanji in different words.

A word that interests me today is 今日明日 (きょうあす), intuitively meaning “today and tomorrow” or “in a day or two / very soon.” Mostly that あす, which I’ve seen before… but the voice actor read it as きょうあした, and while that gets recognized by my IME, in a brief search, I didn’t see evidence of that being recognized as a correct reading? I’m out of my depths though :person_shrugging:


Day 60!
I was genuinely sad at the thought of not doing my nightly ritual of writing a little update and checking a box on my calendar - so if other people are planning to carry on through March then count me in!

Chapter 24 of Yotsuba today, page 78’s うんこしたいのか? …でちゃったのか? had me giggling like a child :smile:

(Home Post)


I can’t find anything at all suggesting きょうあした is an accepted reading and the Forvo pronunciation is also only きょうあす. I also noted that a plain search of the word got me mostly online dictionaries, Google matching on “今日・明日” and only two sites in the first two pages actually using it as a word. I think this might be one of those words that’s uncommonly used enough that you can probably just roll with not knowing it perfectly.


Congrats everyone on making it through the challenge!! I popped in to lurk once or twice, just to admire everyone’s progress :laughing::sparkles:

I wasnt able to join this time, since life imploded, but I fully intend to be around for the next one! :cherry_blossom::seedling: (That gives me about a month to find a book, right?)


(Slightly belated) happy end of challenge!! :snowman_with_snow: :confetti_ball:

Recap stuff:

January went a lot better for me than February did. I also missed 6 days overall :face_with_spiral_eyes: Gotta work on that consistency thing! :smile:
My goal was to be caught up with book clubs by now (地球星人/Death Note), I failed pretty spectacularly at that (oops :see_no_evil:), but at least made some progress towards it.
Anyway, I did still read a bunch: I read 2 full light novels (NO. 6 #2 / orange), around a third each of two other novels (地球星人 / NO. 6 #3) and a couple manga chapters (Death Note). That’s already more than I read over the entire last year, so I’m gonna call this a win :tada:

Was very fun to see what everyone else is reading and playing! Congrats to everyone who reached a goal or finished their first [insert thing here] etc etc :yellow_heart:
Also special mention to the cute manga pictures that got posted sometimes, always appreciate those :3
See you guys in April :muscle:


I’m sorry to have missed the last week or so. I only managed to read four pages of my Dragonball Manga. I spent the whole time studying so much grammar that I put off reading. I am really glad, however, because I learnt so much. I’m going to try and start reading my manga again, even if I can only manage a little each day. Thank you all for sharing your progress :slight_smile:


March 1 :snowflake: Home Post

Ah, it continues :blush: I’ve been a little under the weather so not a whole lot of reading energy, but I played a bit more 999 so all good! Hopefully I’ll have the energy for a heavy reading day soon, I wanna know what happens :joy:

(I’ve also been thinking that once I finish a playthrough of 999 I might slow down on it a bit and try picking up 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ again, I miss them)

((I also didn’t save any words today rip))


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Day 59:

日本語: I read some of ミステリークロック and some of 伯爵と妖精 32.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ハイキュー.


中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean and one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学.

oh right put the calendar here because the challenge is over!!!




I’m so grateful for this challenge. I’ve read にゃんにゃん探偵団, a book that I brought back from Japan many years ago and hadn’t even opened yet.
Thank you @windupbird!

I am astonished at what I can read. I remember slogging through しろくまカフェ (had fun reading it though). I dropped 魔女の宅急便, I found my bookmark at page 18… And now I’m reading 世界から猫が消えたなら.
Thank you @sycamore!


Week 52 :tokyo_tower: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 01 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 02 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 03 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :boom: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 04 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 05 :snowman_with_snow:
Week 05 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 06 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 07 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 08 :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow: :snowman_with_snow:
Week 09 :snowman_with_snow:

woohoo! I hope that you love reading it as much as I did!


Summary post :bookmark:

March 2

本好きの下剋上 9
Progress: 0% → 5%

I start another book :eyes: Seems like I’m still reading at a pace of 1% per 10 min. The prologue didn’t have that many words I didn’t know though. Not so many look-ups.

I’ll try regulating my Honzuki urges this time so it doesn’t end up like last time when I fell behind in the book club of other book I was reading :caught_durtling:


Read every day epilogue day 2:

Summer Pockets has been increasingly wild, which I’ll briefly cover in a spoiler section.

紬 spoilers

The game is really going all in with implying that stuff about her being from another time that I mentioned before. Half my reading today was the protagonist searching for her as she increasingly goes missing, and where I left off, she almost disappeared before his eyes. I expected nothing of the sort so I’m having fun. I guess I should’ve known better than to think it’d all be straightforward normal occurrences.

Still, the game made characters endearing enough that I kind of miss the fun times! Read ~6200 characters and 620 lines in, I dunno, a couple hours probably. I need to remind myself that I’m much more comfortable with Japanese sentence structure overall than I thought I even could be, despite just how regularly I get caught out by small bits I don’t properly notice, those little one hiragana bits that sometimes drastically change the meaning of everything before them. It’s an upward trend I’m sure. I just have to fight off that feeling of “Yomichan sure is good at Japanese” when every other sentence has words I don’t know, haha. I get that it’s hard to wrap your head around how big languages are, but the new words feel so inexhaustible. I’m having fun reading so it’s fine, but it’d make me happy if I needed a little less help than I do.

Much of today’s story was spent wandering around, with descriptive text and thought alone, but have a quick image of a nice moment with a スイカバー .