📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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。


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:


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:


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

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

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Final Reflection Post


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! ^^


How are you all making these calendars?


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


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


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.


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:


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!


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:

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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Feb 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
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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.

Hey everyone,

Just kinda started out reading. Very rough so far :blush: But reading children’s stories from “Learn Japanese with stories”, read the first 2 stories from the book today. Planning to continue reading and rereading these books,(I got 1 through 10) to work my way into being able to read NHK news and similar stuff by the end of this challenge.

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And so it begins… @rikaiwisdom, prepare yourself, the cuteness is upon us. :smile_cat:

Me too… me too :tanuki:

And happy new year everyone!! :tiger2: :tiger2:

Hope everyone is ready to read!


Honestly it was great fun, I put about 20 hours in to the game when I last played it around a year ago (Id probably restart if I where to play again). I Found a lot of the sentences where “knowledge + 1”. although I would get stumped at times with specifics of what characters where saying, I’d always know what to do to progress the game. I would say if you can read yotsubato you could play yokai watch. Id recommend looking up a few vids to see if the gameplay intrests you though as it is quite unique if i remember rightly. (im talking about the first one that came out on 3ds btw)
Do be aware though that for Japanese 3ds games you need a Japanese 3ds as they’re region locked. (sadly)

hope that helps!!

I just realised that a lot of the things I plan on reading are what you might consider rereads, I hope that’s not cheating. :sweat_smile: I did have a one year break from Japanese so I felt this was the way to get back on my feet. plus I probably forgot a bunch.


Another year, a new season of reading and a fresh start. I’ll be trying to give regular updates on what I read just like in previous threads. This post will be used to keep track of my goals, progress and serve as a collection of all the updates I did throughout the challenge. For those that care, you can also follow me on bookmeter, where I also track what I read. I still haven’t quite figured out how everything works, but you’ll have to forgive me for that…

Goals :dart:

  • Read a chapter per day
  • Read Look Back (one-shot)
  • Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today vol 1
  • Read Death Note vol 1
  • Read Kuma Miko vol 1
  • Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? vol 1
  • Read Pretty Boy Detective Club vol 1
  • Read Gal & Dinosaur vol 1
  • Read 雨と君と vol 3
  • Read Hero Avan vol 4
  • Read Spy x Family vol 4-7

Progress :paw_prints:

January :fireworks:

週 月 火 水 木 金 土 日

Days completed (31/31)

February :tiger:

週 月 火 水 木 金 土 日

Days completed (28/28)

March :seedling:

週 月 火 水 木 金 土 日

Days completed (31/31)

Reading List :books:






デキる猫は今日も憂鬱 1


デスノート 1


くまみこ 1




美少年探偵団 1


ギャルと恐竜 1


雨と君と 3

ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険 勇者アバンと獄炎の魔王

ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険 勇者アバンと獄炎の魔王 4

Updates :speech_balloon:


Mar 31 - Read Hero Avan ch16 (finished volume 4)
Mar 30 - Read Hero Avan ch15
Mar 29 - Read Hero Avan ch14
Mar 28 - Read Hero Avan ch13 (started volume 4)
Mar 27 - Read 雨と君と ch47 (finished volume 3)
Mar 26 - Read 雨と君と ch46 + 番外編 blanc
Mar 25 - Read 雨と君と ch45
Mar 24 - Read 雨と君と ch44
Mar 23 - Read 雨と君と ch41-43
Mar 22 - Read 雨と君と ch40
Mar 21 - Read 雨と君と ch38-39
Mar 20 - Read 雨と君と ch36-37
Mar 19 - Read 雨と君と ch35 (started volume 3)
Mar 18 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch15 (finished volume 1)
Mar 17 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch14
Mar 16 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch13
Mar 15 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch12
Mar 14 - Read Gal & Dinosau ch11
Mar 13 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch10
Mar 12 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch8-9
Mar 11 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch7
Mar 10 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch6
Mar 9 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch5
Mar 8 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch4
Mar 7 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch3
Mar 6 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch2
Mar 5 - Read Gal & Dinosaur ch1 (started volume 1)
Mar 4 - Read Pretty Boy Detective Club ch4 (finished volume 1)
Mar 3 - Read Pretty Boy Detective Club ch3
Mar 2 - Read Pretty Boy Detective Club ch2
Mar 1 - Read Pretty Boy Detective Club ch1 (started volume 1)


Feb 28 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch8 (finished volume 1)
Feb 27 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch7
Feb 26 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch6
Feb 25 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch5
Feb 24 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch4
Feb 23 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch3
Feb 22 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch2
Feb 21 - Read What Did You Eat Yesterday? ch1 (started volume 1)
Feb 20 - Read Kuma Miko ch6 (finished volume 1)
Feb 19 - Read Kuma Miko ch5
Feb 18 - Read Kuma Miko ch4
Feb 17 - Read Kuma Miko ch3
Feb 16 - Read Kuma Miko ch2
Feb 15 - Read Kuma Miko ch1 (started volume 1)
Feb 14 - Read Spy x Family ch44 + Short Mission 5 (finished volume 7)
Feb 13 - Read Spy x Family ch43
Feb 12 - Read Spy x Family ch42
Feb 11 - Read Spy x Family ch41
Feb 10 - Read Spy x Family ch40
Feb 9 - Read Spy x Family ch39
Feb 8 - Read Spy x Family ch38
Feb 7 - Read Spy x Family ch37 + Short Mission 4 (finished volume 6)
Feb 6 - Read Spy x Family ch36
Feb 5 - Read Spy x Family ch35
Feb 4 - Read Spy x Family ch34
Feb 3 - Read Spy x Family ch33
Feb 2 - Read Spy x Family ch32
Feb 1 - Read Spy x Family ch31 (started volume 6)


Jan 31 - Read Death Note ch7 (finished volume 1)
Jan 30 - Read Death Note ch6
Jan 29 - Read Death Note ch5
Jan 28 - Read Death Note ch4
Jan 27 - Read Death Note ch3
Jan 26 - Read Death Note ch2
Jan 25 - Read Death Note ch1 (started volume 1)
Jan 24 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch10-12 + ch0 (finished volume 1)
Jan 23 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch8-9
Jan 22 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch7
Jan 21 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch6
Jan 20 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch5
Jan 19 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch4
Jan 18 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch3
Jan 17 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch2
Jan 16 - Read My Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today ch1 (started volume 1)
Jan 15 - Read Look Back (one shot)
Jan 14 - Read Spy x Family Short Mission 3 (finished volume 5)
Jan 13 - Read Spy x Family ch30
Jan 12 - Read Spy x Family ch29
Jan 11 - Read Spy x Family ch28
Jan 10 - Read Spy x Family ch27
Jan 9 - Read Spy x Family ch26
Jan 8 - Read Spy x Family ch25
Jan 7 - Read Spy x Family ch24 (started volume 5)
Jan 6 - Read Spy x Family ch23 + Short Mission 1 & 2 (finished volume 4)
Jan 5 - Read Spy x Family ch22
Jan 4 - Read Spy x Family ch21
Jan 3 - Read Spy x Family ch20
Jan 2 - Read Spy x Family ch19
Jan 1 - Read Spy x Family ch18 (started volume 4)


1st January:
Finished Chapter 1 of 地球星人 in an attempt to catch up with the Intermediate Book Club.

Notable phrases:
家族水入らず family only, no outsider
逆鱗に触れる to incur the imperial wrath (or simply to anger your superior)


Happy new year from Onion Island! :fireworks:
Got a nice start today, completing the New Years countdown in Japanese at midnight, and learning 流星群 (meteor shower) from Isabelle when logging in this morning to check on everyone. Had a few quick chats with my islanders, and I’ll be logging back in later to go and view my meteor shower and speak to Celeste.

Started Vol.2 of レンタルおにいちゃん and despite saying I wanted to just read a page a day I ended up reading all 42 pages of chapter one. I’d forgotten how quickly this story pulls you in because you’re hoping for a happy ending. Word of note from this chapter was 凸凹 (でこぼこ), to indicate uneven shape on some homemade hamburgers - won’t be learning that one until level 59!


Natively.com - Shenmue
I began reading よつばと! :four_leaf_clover: over the past few days, and it’s my first manga ever! I’d be very appreciative of any kind soul that wants to stop by and join the fun in my Journal / Study “Lounge”. I always need guidance as I post what I’ve been attempting to read and accomplish each day. :slight_smile:

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03 :four_leaf_clover: 04 :four_leaf_clover: 05 :four_leaf_clover: 06 :four_leaf_clover: 07 :four_leaf_clover: 08 :four_leaf_clover: 09 :four_leaf_clover:
10 :four_leaf_clover: 11 :four_leaf_clover: 12 :four_leaf_clover: 13 :four_leaf_clover: 14 :four_leaf_clover: 15 :four_leaf_clover: 16 :four_leaf_clover:
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:tiger2: :books: Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220101 :books: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll I: 2022年は寅年! :tiger2:

Since today’s the first day of the new year I thought I’d read about the year of the tiger.

And right off the bat, new kanji! 寅 (とら), the same as 虎 but only used for the Zodiac.

This was quite a bit more difficult than what I’m used to so it took me awhile.

☆ Learnings ☆

New Words

寅 「とら」ーTiger (Zodiac only)
干支 「えと」ー Sexagenary cycle; 60-term cycle of 12 zodiac animals combined with 5 elements in the traditional Chinese calendar. [Shamelessly copied from Jisho because that is a rather specific meaning]
壬寅 「みずのえとら」ー Water Tiger (Zodiac). [Was not expecting that reading at all]
古代中国 「こだいちゅうごく」 ー Ancient China
五行 「ごぎょう」 ー The Avatar five elements (in Chinese philosophy: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water)
十干 「じっかん」 ー The 10 calendar signs
十二支 「じゅうにし」 ー 12 signs of the Zodiac
言及 「げんきゅう」 ー Reference / Allusion
結び 「むすび」 ー Ending, Conclusion / Join, union, connecting. [I don’t think the むす reading for 結 is on WaniKani]
イラスト ー Illustration, picture, sketch
キャラクター ー Character, personality
丑寅 「うしとら」 ー Northeast [Archaic Word]. [Also new kanji: 丑 (うし) - sign of the ox, which looks like it is only used in Japanese for Zodiac related words]

New Readings

陰陽 「いんよう」ー Cosmic Dual Forces or Yin and Yang. [I only knew of the おんみょう reading]

Forgotten Meanings

もともと 「元々」 ー Originally / from the start
発生 「はっせい」 ー Outbreak / Occurrence / Incidence
本来 「ほんらい」 ー Originally / Primarily. [Woops I forgot what this meant, this is a lv. 5 word]

Bonus Zodiac Names!

Because I think the Zodiac is really cool here’s a list of them:

子 「ね」 ー Rat :rat:
丑 「うし」 ー Ox :ox:
寅 「とら」 ー Tiger :tiger2:
卯 「う」 ー Rabbit :rabbit2:
辰 「たつ」 ー Dragon :dragon:
巳 「み」 ー Snake :snake:
午 「うま」 ー Horse :horse:
未 「ひつじ」 ー Goat :goat:
申 「さる」 ー Monkey :monkey:
酉 「とり」 ー Rooster :rooster:
戌 「いぬ」 ー Dog :dog2:
亥 「い」 ー Boar :boar:

I’m sorry that they’re not all in line perfectly