📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄


Day 9! Today I read pages 140-142 of Kiki. Not quite five pages, but better than nothing :sweat_smile:

I think I’ll keep aiming for five pages a day. My concentration wasn’t too good today, but I should be fine tomorrow.


That sounds pretty painful :scream: Hope they can figure out how to help you!

Awww :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I think the only thing I did was nudge you a little bit at the right moment in the right direction - and everything else was your own work! (You didn’t even ask a single language or grammar question, you know?)

:astonished: It is definitely really worthwhile!

The “different levels of furigana” is certainly a Japanese thing and applies to native books as well. Especially for children’s books one can usually find editions with many or all furigana, and editions with fewer furigana. The all-furigana books are often recognizable by a green border around the cover like this:


(totally unrelated, but this is a very heartwarming story about coming-of-age, with a beautiful anime)

Sometimes the all-furigana book is somewhat different from the “regular” edition (e.g. in Kino no Tabi they left out a full chapter iirc). Also of course the contents per page usually varies across different editions (which is a nightmare to keep track of in bookclubs :woozy_face:).
But having different phrasings indeed seems to indicate different translations. According to the book’s Wikipedia page 星の王子さま - Wikipedia there’s indeed a gazillion of them, but only very few audio recordings, as it seems.

Yes, the cover on mine looks identical.

I recently read a short story that is also available on Youtube where it is being read by a voice-actor. The story is about 40 pages and the video is about 50 minutes. :grimacing: He reads the story so fast that I cannot even follow with my eyes :tired_face: let alone read and understand anything… So, still way to go, for me as well.

I think I’m generally less affected by task switches than many other people I know. It even occasionally happens that I stop reading in the middle of a sentence (especially when reading harder books), and I can usually get back to it the next day without issues.

Also, for my sauna reading it turns out that I can read one of those 4-5 page chapters pretty much exactly in the 20 minutes that I usually take to rest between sauna rounds, so that’s a really good fit as well.


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Sunday update, have read 3 chapters of spy x family vol 5. After the more action focused part in the last volume, this one has bits and pieces of daily life. Nothing is boring with this trio tho.

I found the kids making an animal out of paper in the arts club to be the most fun of the the three chapters so far.


I’ll post a new update when I’m done with volume 5. Hopefully I know what to read next by then.


It’s definitely a challenge trying to keep perspective of what is which level of difficulty, especially when the majority of my books are either A) Super old Aozora books or B) Crime novels
And to your point on J-J dictionaries (in the review) - my default popup dictionary is J-J so I probably didn’t notice they were hard to find. :confused: I’ll try to be more mindful when grading anything in the 20s. I definitely don’t want to frustrate people by badly leveling them.


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January 9
君の名は , 8 pages.

Random words
  • 苛立つ = いらだつ to be irritated, to get annoyed.
  • 肘 = ひじ elbow (yes I still didn’t know this one lol).
  • 囁く = ささやく to whisper.
  • 陰口 = かげぐち speaking ill about someone that isn’t present (love this word).
  • 青ざめる = あおざめる to turn pale.
  • 別居 = べっきょ separated, living apart (e.g. a married couple).
  • 無駄遣い = むだづかい wasting money on things you don’t need.


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Read a Tadoku graded reader today, シュモーハウス, was actually a really good story about a man helping build houses in post bomb Hiroshima. Really glad I know about this guy now.

Link to the book here, its free to read, and most lvl’s should be able to read it.

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Does reading the twitter feed of Suzuka from 新しい学校 count for the day?


:tiger2: :books: Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220109 :books: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll IX: 寝ているだけの仕事 :zzz:

Pretty tired today, spent awhile just lazily clicking through pages with no idea what I was in the mood to read, then saw this:


My mood today perfectly summed up in one picture.

It was under a section of the site I’ve not really explored before (all stories for the zodiacs), but it says it’s a folktale from Wakayama Prefecture.

About a man who is lazy and wants to be paid to sleep and eat rice, conveniently a circus owner is looking for someone to do just that… but he has to wear the skin of a tiger and pretend to be one. (?)Their show tiger died, so… get a human to do it? (??) All is good, he gets paid to eat and sleep.

But then they want a tiger vs. lion braw. He gets put in a cage and the lion approaches him and whispers that he is also a guy wearing animal skin pretending to be a lion. (???)
I have so many questions about this story

The narrator is also hilarious, it sounds like he’s having so much fun :rofl:

☆ Learnings ☆

New Words

見せ物小屋「みせものごや」ー Circus / Freak show
とんでも無い「とんでもない」ー Unthinkable; Absurd (or my favourite: Preposterous!)
「おり」ー Cage, pen
インチキー Cheating; Fraud; Bogus; Trickery

These are such nice books, I love the art!


Today’s article was 「推しを嫌いになりたくない」と思った日のこと from p-dress. The title is more or less ‘About the day I thought “I don’t want to hate my fan crush”’

Some words I looked up

友達思い - valuing one’s friendships
貶める - to look down on
垣間 - a gap (like in a fence or doorway). There’s an implication you can see through when you shouldn’t
笑い飛ばす - to laugh off
まぎれもなく - means the same as 間違いなく or ‘doubtless/certain’
憤る - to be indignant/pissed off about something
則る - to conform (ex, to gender roles)
独りよがり - inflated ego
当たり障りのない - harmless (ex, conversation)
気圧される - to be mentally crushed (?) not sure if I’m explaining that right
下ネタ - dirty jokes or conversation
省みる - to reflect on oneself
傲慢 - thinking highly of yourself and less of the other person

This article kicked my butt. I spent close to an hour on it and there are still some vague parts for me. I’m going to bookmark it to read again at the end of this challenge to see if it’s any easier. Probably just not having to look up all those words will help a bit!


Okay this convinced me. I had to listen to the whole thing.

I don’t regret anything :joy: :joy: That was awesome, thank you so much. And so random.



Yesterday’s Reading Summary

  • Previously mentioned chapter of Yotsuba&!
  • それでも歩は寄せてくる chapters 40 and 41, 24 pgs. Just realized the bonus content is also part of this weeks assignment. Woops, guess I’ll wrap up the book today.
  • Bash scripting. Yes, I was writing in English, but my errors were in Japanese. I’ll take it.
  • Daily Animal Crossing: Missed a day yesterday. Pretty rare for me. Even missed a fishing tournament.

Today’s Goals

  • Finish それでも歩は寄せてくる (vol 3)
  • One or two chapters of Yotsuba&!
  • Stop procrastinating on starting Eastward!!!

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Day 2, read another two pages of よつばと!

Posted my attempt at parsing the text in my study log here:four_leaf_clover::upside_down_face::four_leaf_clover:



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January 9 update:
Read a page of 時をかける少女 again. This time I tried to only look up words I deemed necessary to get a general understanding of what’s going on (which was maybe 5-7 words for the page I read), and this made reading much more enjoyable. The intention was to compensate for this by reading more, but the page conveniently ended a chapter, and I was a bit short on time, so I decided to call it a day. Reading this way (this is what others seem to call “extensively” as opposed to “intensively”?) is much less onerous, so I feel like I can keep going for a long time – until I either finish the book or decide that I don’t want to finish it.


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Read 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ again today, I’m really getting invested now (despite my better judgment haha, it’s definitely a higher level than I have any business reading at this point but :man_shrugging:). It’s really a love-hate relationship, like every time I start I feel like “omg this is so dense, I’m never gonna get through this” but then I finish that section and get sucked into some nonsense or emotions and suddenly it’s three pages later - there’ve been multiple days where I’ve completely missed my normal wk review time wading through it without even realizing :joy:

A lot of the more complex sentences take me a bit to figure out, but I really do love the way they’re written. Working with the text so closely might even be amplifying it actually; I was getting pretty emotional while it was talking about ビスコ and ジャビ’s relationship, and ビスコ being so adamant that he won’t let ジャビ die and getting really upset when ジャビ tried to get him to accept it and just :cry: even though I’ve barely known these characters for like a chapter. The power of literature :sparkles:

But yeah I read four pages in basically one sitting which I think is the most I’ve read in a day so far? So as difficult as it may feel I am getting better! :grin:

Words of the day

親代(おやか)わり - (one acting as a) foster parent
(きた)()げる - to train well, to temper thoroughly
霊薬(れいやく) - miracle drug
(やわ)らぐ - to soften, calm down
()(あま)す - to be too much (to handle), to find unmanageable, to not know what to do with
(あし)()()る - to hold back (from achieving something), to stand in the way


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January 9
・かがみの孤城. I finished week 7. Now I’ve caught up with the book club as it is currently on week 8. I think I’ll continue reading at my own pace though. Slowing down now doesn’t make sense. Unless I become too busy, that is :eyes: :sweat_drops: …It’s already past bed time now tho, has been kinda busy today ehehe oopsies

Progress: (38% → 44%)

Spoilery plot stuff

Blurred for extra protecc :eyes: I know some of yall are reading this book too :3

Ah, I cried ;-; We finally get to know the last “piece of the puzzle” to as for why Kokoro started to stay home from school. The good part from today’s reading is that she seems to feel better around the other girls now and chances are she’ll get along with them from here on c:


We now have three in our mini よつばと! reading pals club! It’s a party! :smiley: :four_leaf_clover:

Read (or attempted) to read lots-o-Japanese today, and it’s slow going but lots of fun! Hoping to read more before bed tonight :sleeping_bed:


I will change the profile picture in one or two weeks once people are used to the name change.

夏葉 of course, it’s from a visual novel.

Speaking of visual novels there is still a sale on the japanese Nintendo e-shop which has some visual novels in it, if people here are interested in visual novels.


ドメスティックな彼女 volume 1
I read 15 pages it has lots of words or expressions I didn’t know, which I will put into my anki deck.

たった今 たったいま just now; a moment ago; this very minute
成り行き なりゆき development; outcome; result
馴れ初め なれそめ start of a romance; beginning of love
合意 ごうい consent; mutual understanding N1
何となく なんとなく for some reason or another; without knowing why​ N2
下種 げす low-life
井戸端会議 いどばたかいぎ idle gossip
チャラ男 チャラお shallow playboy; frivolous lad
給え たまえ please do N2 grammar point masu Stem + たまえ

Just one page I didn’t have time to read more of it.


Ooh, I might take a look at that, thanks! Though I feel like at this stage I have to have text hooking so it’s hard to move off the PC.

I’ve been curious about trying this game, so I’ll definitely be watching for your thoughts on it!

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Ace Attorney: An hour and 40 minutes today, almost finished the investigation phase, but not quite. A little over 2 days (at an average of ~90 minutes) to finish a segment like this isn’t so bad I think. Either way, I’m learning. There are a few sections dense with the sort of specialized words I wouldn’t know like oxygen deprivation, but overall, Ace Attorney is chill. Since I like to attach an image for fun, well, you just can’t do better than this line:

My favorite new word is definitely 月並み (つきなみ), which can mean “every month,” but has a secondary meaning of “trite; commonplace; conventional; hackneyed.” If Jisho can be trusted, this was " orig. used as an insult towards old-fashioned poets who would meet monthly to write poetry." I don’t have the knowledge needed to make any sense of that, but it’s amusing.

Zoo 1: I’ve read a few pages. Certain words are getting repeated so much that they’re drilling into my head, but as I mentioned before, it’s a story more loaded with descriptive words for environments and now actions, which is a little more challenging. I’m finding my book reading stamina really low, but I think I’m just tired these days. It’s so dark outside all day; winter is never fun. Hard to drag myself out of bed, and hard to feel like I’ve ever truly woken up after I do. Still, however much I manage, I’m still doing it.


Sure playing on pc is more convenient. I just mentioned it here because people on this forum sometimes ask, where to buy visual novels.