📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

I have read Norwegian wood and 1Q84 in english as well as one of his short stories (夜中の汽笛について…) in Japanese before and enjoyed them so I figured I’d give it a go.
You’re right it’s quite the jump up in difficulty from よつば but I like to have something more complicated to read to expand my vocabulary in addition to よつば which i can read more casually. I may be in a little bit over my head with this one though, if I find it’s too difficult to keep up with the story I may drop it for now and try again later.

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I modified the calendars that I used in the Fall reading challenge that I got from @chrisosaurus on this post.

My Fall Reading challenge

Summary

The Fall reading challenge was the first time I was doing something like this. My goal for learning Japanese is to read Japanese media in its original language. More than a decade has passed since I started learning Japanese and I am still a beginner when it comes to reading. So I decided to try reading how I learnt in my native language- reading every day by pronouncing the words. I learnt to read early. I inherited my bookworm tendencies from my parents. Both of them liked to read and there were always books in my house. (I don’t really remember when I learnt to read. I just know that by the time I was 7, I was a smooth reader and challenging books above my supposed level.)

For the Fall reading challenge, I started with manga that I’ve already read in English. I do not stop to look up words so for now I am only reading manga with furigana. It is my hope that eventually I will be able to take off the “training wheels” and read the kanji directly. I started with Cheeky Angel (天使な小生意気) and when I finished that, I started both オトメン(乙男) and 会長はメイド様!I got frustrated reading 会長はメイド様!There were too many words so I went back to オトメン(乙男). I am almost finished volume 1 so I will continue that for the Winter reading challenge.

I continued with the reading every day because I enjoyed setting streaks. However, it is also good practice because I have found myself recognising kanji and vocabulary that I’ve learnt on WaniKani. So I intend to continue with this challenge in some form or another for months to come.

In the Fall challenge, I alternated between shounen and shoujo manga. So I may do the same for this challenge.
What I have read:
オトメン(乙男) 1

1st January

Read pgs. 195-202. End of volume 1.

山田くんと7人の魔女 1

第1話 してみましょう。
2nd January

Read pgs. 1-11.

3rd January

Read pgs. 12-21.

4th January

Read pgs. 22-32.

5th January

Read pgs. 33-46.

6th January

Read pgs. 47-60.

7th January

Read pgs. 61-64. End of chapter 1.

第2話 俺にも見せろよー。
8th January

Read pgs. 65-72.

9th January

Read pgs. 73-89.

10th January

Read pgs. 90-94. End of chapter 2.

第3話 強い女 嫌いじゃねえよ。
11th January

Read pgs. 95-106.

12th January

Read pgs. 107-116. End of chapter 3.

第4話 Eだ。
13th January

Read pgs. 117-123.

14th January

Read pgs. 124-135.

15th January

Read pgs. 134-138. End of chapter 4.

第5話 一緒にやろうぜ!
16th January

Read pgs. 139-147.

17th January

Read pgs. 148-154.

18th January

Read pgs. 155-158. End of chapter 5.

第6話 俺は道具じゃねんだぞ....?
19th January

Read pgs. 159-167.

20th January

Read pgs. 168-173.

21st January

Read pgs. 174-178. End of chapter 6.

第7話 今のうちだ!!
22nd January

Read pgs. 179-185.

23rd January

Read pgs. 186-201. End of volume 1.

会長はメード様!1

24th January

Read pgs. 31-36. End of chapter 1.
I’m going to put aside this manga for now. It’s too wordy and that’s a bit discouraging so I will choose another shoujo manga to read from tomorrow.

カードキャプターさくら 1

第1話
25th January

Read pgs. 1-17.

26th January

Read pgs. 18-24.

27th January

Read pgs. 25-28.

28th January

Read pgs. 29-32.

29th January

Read pgs. 33-41.

30th January

Read pgs. 42-44.

31st January

Read pgs. 45-51. End of chapter 1.

第2話
1st February

Read pgs. 52-60.

2nd February

Read pgs. 61-67.

3rd February

Read pgs. 68-72.

4th February

Read pgs. 73-76.

5th February

Read pgs. 77-88.

6th February

Read pgs. 89- 93. End of chapter 2.

第3話
7th February

Read pgs. 94- 99.

8th February

Read pgs. 100- 103.

9th February

Read pgs. 103- 106.

10th February

Read pgs. 107- 113.

11th February

Read pgs. 112- 118.

12th February

Read pgs. 118- 127. End of chapter 3.

第4話
13th February

Read pgs. 128- 133.

14th February

Read pgs. 134- 139.

15th February

Read pgs. 140- 146.

17th February

Read pgs. 146- 149.

18th February

Read pgs. 150- 155.

19th February

Read pgs. 155- 161. End of chapter 4.

第5話
20th February

Read pgs. 162- 173.

21st February

Read pgs. 173- 176.

22nd February

Read pgs. 177- 182.

23rd February

Read pgs. 183- 192.

24th February

Read pgs. 193- 198. End of volume 1.

山田くんと7人の魔女2
(chapter 9) 竜巻滅殺脚たつまき めっさっきゃく
(chapter 14) 話 心技一休 しんぎいっきゅう

第8話 俺の白石さんがー。。
25th February

Read pgs. 1-8.

26th February

Read pgs. 9-15.

27th February

Read pgs. 16-21.

28th February

Read pgs. 22-24. End of chapter 8.

第9話 竜巻滅殺脚
1st March

Read pgs. 25-29.

2nd March

Read pgs. 30-31.

3rd March

Read pgs. 32-35.

4th March

Read pgs. 36-39.

5th March

Read pgs. 40-42.

6th March

Read pgs. 43-44. End of chapter 9.

第10話 顔がほてってやがるんだよ。。。?
7th March

Read pgs. 45-50.

8th March

Read pgs. 51-57.

9th March

Read pgs. 58-66. End of chapter 10.

第11話 ところで鈴木くん!
10th March

Read pgs. 67-72.

11th March

Read pgs. 73-75.

12th March

Read pgs. 76-79.

13th March

Read pg. 80.

14th March

Read pgs. 81-86. End of chapter 11.

第12話 それが愛です。
15th March

Read pgs. 87-91.

16th March

Read pgs. 92-96.

17th March

Read pgs. 97-99.

18th March

Read pgs. 100-103.

19th March

Read pgs. 104-106. End of chapter 12.

第13話 俺とキスしていただきたい!!
20th March

Read pgs. 107-111.

21st March

Read pgs. 112-117.

22nd March

Read pgs. 118-121.

23rd March

Read pgs. 121-126. End of chapter 13.

第14話 心技一休
24th March

Read pgs. 127-129.

25th March

Read pgs. 130-132.

26th March

Read pgs. 133-137.

27th March

Read pgs. 137-142.

28th March

Read pgs. 142- 146. End of chapter 14.

第15話 キャーキャーキャーツ!!
29th March

Read pgs. 146- 150.

30th March

Read pgs. 151- 153.

31st March

Read pgs. 153- 159.

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Hullo, I’m also joining again! I had a lot of fun with the Fall challenge, looking forward to doing this one with everyone :smiley: I’ll be reading 極主夫道, ハイキュー!!, よつば&!and ツバサ Reservoir Chronicle.

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Hi, joining this one! I joined the previous two challenges and failed at both — this time I’m really going to set the goal of reading every day without fail. I’m currently on holiday and will be until the end of January, and have slowed down on WaniKani as well, so no excuses for me! I’ll also update every day for accountability :slightly_smiling_face:

Right now I’m reading 魔女の宅急便 in paperback form and ふしぎ駄菓子屋銭天堂 on Bookwalker.

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Hello!
Ill be joining in and trying my best. Hoping I can keep this commitment up as the last time I joined a book club I lasted a week. lol. I’m hoping that the added flexibility will keep me motivated.

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key
= reading
:x:= no reading

what I'm reading

List of possible things I’ll read

  • yotsubato (manga)
  • breaking in to Japanese literature (novel)
  • yokai watch (game)
Future posts

Day 1-3
Day 4-9

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I did the fall challenge and only missed a day so it sure proved to be good motivation! I want to start the year strong with Japanese so I’m definitely joining this one as well.

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What I'll be reading

Books: かがみの孤城
VN: 逆転裁判1, バリアブルバリケード, …
Manga: オレンジ, …

Tentative goals

January:
Catch up to the かがみの孤城 bookclub and keep pace
Finish the first case in 逆転裁判1
Get through the common route of バリアブルバリケード
Read two volumes of オレンジ

February:
TBD

January Summary

Day 1: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 2 reading
Day 2: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 3 reading + played some 逆転裁判1
Day 3: Read かがみの孤城 until following break
Day 4: Read some more かがみの孤城
Day 5: Checked out the beginning of バリアブルバリケード without looking things up to test the waters
Day 6: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 4 reading
Day 7: Read some かがみの孤城
Day 8: Was really busy and forgot ;_;
Day 9: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 5 reading
Day 10: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 6 reading + ~10 min of 逆転裁判1
Day 11: Read some かがみの孤城
Day 12: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 7 reading → Officially caught up!
Day 13: Read some かがみの孤城’ + Finished 1st case of 逆転裁判1 !!
Day 14: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 8 reading
Day 15: Read an NHK easy article (a kind of backup since I was busy and got sick)
Day 16: Read an NHK easy article
Day 17: Played some トリコリティアイズ
Day 18: Read a little かがみの孤城
Day 19: Read a little かがみの孤城
Day 20: Read a little かがみの孤城 (Super busy right now so can’t afford to read more ;__; )
Day 21: Finished かがみの孤城’s Week 9 (current week) reading
Day 22: Finished a route of トリコリティアイズ (I didn’t have much left, had kinda abandoned it a while ago) + Started バリアブルバリケード (only played for like 10 min)
Day 23: Read the 1st chapter of よつばと! Vol.4 + some バリアブルバリケード ~1h
Day 24: Read a よつばと! chapter + Played some バリバリ ~ 30 min
Day 25: Read a よつばと! chapter + Played some バリバリ ~ 30 min
Day 26: Read a よつばと! chapter + Played some バリバリ ~ 45 min
Day 27: Played some バリバリ ~ 15 min
Day 28: Played some バリバリ ~ 15 min
Day 29: Read an NHK easy article
Day 30: Started reading オレンジ Vol.3
Day 31: Finished one chapter of オレンジ

February Summary

Day 1: Read 1 オレンジ chapter
Day 2: Read 1 オレンジ chapter + read some JP Wikipedia about 錬金術 which I just learned on WK
Day 3: Read 1 オレンジ chapter → Finished Vol. 3
Day 4: Read an NHK news article
Day 5: Road an NHK news article
Day 6: Too busy and forgot ):
Day 7: Read 2 chapters よつばと!
Day 8: Read a chapter of よつばと! → Finished Vol.4 + Read a little かがみの孤城
Day 9: Read some かがみの孤城
Day 10: Read some かがみの孤城
Days 11-14 + 16-19: Unfortunately sad events put Japanese very far away from my mind
Day 15: Read an NHK news article
Day 20: Read some かがみの孤城
Day 21: Read some かがみの孤城 → Finished Week 11
Day 22: Read some かがみの孤城
Day 23: Read some かがみの孤城 → Finished Week 12 + Played some バリバリ ~ 30 min
Day 24: Read some かがみの孤城 + Played some バリバリ ~1h
Day 25: Read some かがみの孤城 + Played some バリバリ ~30 min
Day 26: Read some かがみの孤城 → Finished Week 13 + Played some バリバリ ~30 min
Day 27: Read some かがみの孤城 + Played some バリバリ ~30 min
Day 28: Read some かがみの孤城

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Have you started the Yokai Watch game already? It’s on my list of things that I’d like to play in the future. I used to play the mobile game (in English) so have some familiarity with the franchise through that and I’ve seen several people suggest it as a fun game for japanese learners.

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Hi everyone,

I am starting right now with Japanese, and my level doesn’t allow me to read yet. Maybe I can join the challenge with a calender for beginner which I purchased a few weeks ago. That would be hard enough! がんばりますよ。

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This is exactly what I am ready to do (and kind of started already!) I am as new to Manga as you can get (and the Japanese language for that matter), but I have been working my way through a page or two of よつばと! each day, and I’m very proud of that! It’s already a part of my study log daily goals, but I’m excited about this thread to also encourage me for two months at the very least! Excited! :slight_smile:

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You might enjoy the Tadoku graded readers - they’re free and many of them have audio so you can practice listening along as well.

Series listing with user ranked levels from Natively
Aoi (青い) - this is an example base level reader

A calendar is also good practice, but you might find yourself unchallenged by it before the end of the challenge! :smiley:

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:bookmark: :books: windupbird’s summary post :books: :bookmark:

:sparkles: Challenge Progress and Links to Daily Posts :sparkles:

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Final Reflection Post

Goals

As usual, my primary goal is read something every day. I don’t want to get too ambitious this time of year, because work tends to take over my life during this time (although frankly, it’s been taking over my life on a much more consistent basis lately, so maybe this won’t really feel any different :upside_down_face:)

I feel like I don’t really have a specific focus for this challenge, either. There are a few things I’d like to read or work toward completing, but I’m also open to the idea of ditching all of those and doing something completely different xD I mainly just want to read what feels good to me in the moment.

Some ideas I have right now:

:snowflake: ハイ☆スピード!
I started this light novel in the Fall Challenge and got about two thirds of the way through - basically, it’s the light novel that Free! (the anime) is based on, which makes it special to me because that anime basically set me on the path to learning Japanese. I had a lot of fun reading it last challenge, but it’s also not something I want to rush or force myself to read if I’m in a bad mood. I want to enjoy ^^ And I may or may not be in the mindset to do that for most of this challenge, depending on work :sweat_smile:

:snowflake: 囀る鳥は羽ばたかない
I’m supposed to be reading this with the ongoing book club but :x I haven’t opened it for monthsss

:snowflake: 365日にっぽんのいろ図鑑 and まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ
I got these toward the end of the Fall Challenge - basically, they have short little blurbs each day talking about either a color or life in Japan. I’d like to read these entries daily ^^

:snowflake: MORE CUTE MANGA
I’m sure this will happen lol, I just found the cutest manga I need to buy as soon as it comes out in mid-January as if I don’t have enough cute manga already just kidding, there’s no such thing as too many cute manga

Previous challenge summary posts:
Summer 2021 Challenge :beach_umbrella:
Fall 2021 Challenge :maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf: :raccoon:
I keep typing tanuki instead of raccoon to make this emoji lmao, help me
Also, here’s my Bookmeter, in case anyone’s interested! ^^

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How are you all making these calendars?

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That’s a very nice goal!
I will try with you guys :+1:

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Book list:
Taishukan Readers lvl 3 (read or reread every story)
Magic tree house 1, first story ( マジック・ツリーハウス 1 恐竜の谷の大冒険)
Death note chapter 1
[/] 10分で読める物語 二年生
[/] ARIA (1)
Magic tree house 1, second story

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skatefriday> I have copied the model given by lucylavelle (thank you!!) here 📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄ - #24 by lucylavelle :slight_smile:

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Happy New Year, everyone! Hope 2022 treats us well.

January 1st:
Came across the phrase 日本人ハンター (Japanese Hunter) on a Monster Hunter subreddit.

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Hi there! May I ask if it’s alright to share your reading progress daily in this thread?

For January 1st, I managed to complete 1 065+ characters of また、同じ夢を見てた! Really very happy because I’ve been stuck on the 2nd paragraph for who knows how long :sweat_smile:

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hello fellow gamers

I’m not too far in my learning journey, but I’ve ordered the first 9 manga in the 世話やきキツネの仙子さん.

Super late, but I’m going to start working my way through it when it comes in!

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I started my reading journey a little bit earlier this week because of the holidays and managed to read quite a lot! I read three volumes of two different tropy high school romance manga and after that I started reading Kimi no na wa. I was really surprised how two full days of reading made reading a novel so much easier, I read 5 pages in less than an hour so I am really proud of what I achieved in the 4 days before this challenge ^^

Jan 1:

  • 君の名は。page 14-15
  • Maybe some manga later if I feel like it :blush:
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I wasn’t planning on participating in these challenge threads quite yet, but I realized I have a daily checkbox for reading in my planner, and I’ve been reading almost every day for months while trying to keep up with the 大海原と大海原 book club, and now I’m reading even more since I started a big translation project :sweat_smile:. So why not! At the very least, it’ll give me an idea of how often I manage to meet that daily goal.

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= Japanese
= Japanese and Spanish

I probably won’t be posting much about my daily reading in this thread, though, since usually that kind of thing ends up in my study log.

I might also be trying to read some in Spanish, depending on how much time I have. We’ll see!

What I'm planning on reading:
  • 大海原と大海原 volume 2 will probably keep me occupied throughout January, since I’m behind on the book club and still have quite a few chapters left to go.
  • I’ve been translating the DDT Pro-Wrestling official recaps after each show, since their former translator just left the company, and the show recaps are now my best hope of being able to understand some of what the characters are saying. There’s about one show a week, and usually it takes me at least a few days to translate the recap for it, though for bigger shows, it takes longer. Because these translations are time-sensitive (I want to get the last one done before the next show whenever possible), this is my priority over other reading.
  • After I finish Wadanohara, I’m probably not going to start another manga until I become a more proficient reader, since I want to have enough energy to keep up with DDT. But I might try translating at least a few tweets on days when I don’t have anything else to work on. It’d be a good opportunity to do more intensive reading than I usually have time for.
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