📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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January 27 update:
Read 4 pages of 時をかける少女 (finished chapter 19). This chapter finally fills in a few blank spaces that had been bothering me, and although the explanation is a bit cliché (maybe not by the standards of 1960s when the book was written?), everything makes sense now.

Also, just a couple chapters left, so it’s time to start thinking what to read next. This book was a bit of a stretch for me, so I’ll probably pick something easier this time to give myself some rest :weary:
Although I got my 君の名は and 天気の子, which I want to read so much! :sob: But the time hasn’t come, not yet.


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January 27

本好きの下剋上 8
Progress: (24% → 33%)


Thank you both! The white and gold is the health one. If you ever have the chance I’d love to see yours too, softlyraining, but no pressure!

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Another hour or more done? I’ll never think to actually time this properly haha. Had a nice time reading, too, it’s better landing in that zone where, yeah this is goofy and frivolous right now, but it’s not goofy and frivolous in a way I’m going to pretend to be too cool for. There’s a fine line for me sometimes with this stuff, but today, it was as charming as I was hoping for.

No history lessons or anything big today, but what I did learn is that おむすび is a more polite word for おにぎり🍙. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that such a word exists.

This game has a super wide vocabulary right now and isn’t nicely repeating words too often for me, but I suppose I’m still in a prolonged introduction to the cast phase (and I guess I’m about halfway on total number of main characters, who I assume have routes, encountered?). Can’t complain about learning words, though I did seem to pick up more odd readings or kanji not featured on WK than usual today, so Anki might be a pain in my near future.

My favorite new word is 隠し味 (かくしあじ), secret ingredient/“subtle seasoning that brings out the flavor” according to jisho. It’s hidden taste!

I feel like I’ve really been falling behind on being able to read and add Japanese definitions recently, which isn’t a huge deal, but I’m only getting a couple most days which can be a little bit of a drag. Too many words in those definitions that I don’t know.

On the subject of Japanese dictionaries, I just want to leave you all with a definition I came across for 二言 : "その場の都合で前に言ったことと別のことを言うこと。” – こと sure is a useful word. こと々々


I put it in my post under 写真 (which, in hindsight, I could have labeled a little more explicitly than that :sweat_smile:).


Oh! No you’re fine, it’s just a small enough bit of text sandwiched between some stuff that I totally missed it, sorry! I love those colors!


Day 27!
I finished Chapter 18 of レンタルおにいちゃん, another very emotional chapter!
Only two chapters left now… I’m going to be sad to finish it I think.

Also need to decide what to read next - I have the light novel of 君の名は which I’m excited about starting, but am also aware that I’m going to struggle with. So I’m thinking that I should pick something simpler to read too, so that I can switch to that if there are days that 君の名は feels like too much.
I’m thinking either よつばと! or しろくまカフェ at the moment.

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Day 20:

I read another three pages of よつばと! today. I struggled a bit, in part because I’m pretty tired (between Japanese and university I’ve spent the whole day studying pretty much).



Thank you!


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Day 27: January 27th

Time spent: 8 min
Today’s color: 消炭色 (けしずみいろ) - charcoal gray

Some good words
  • 起源 (きげん) - origin; beginning; source; rise
  • 炭火 (すみび) - charcoal fire
  • 消し炭 (けしずみ) - partly burned charcoal
  • 判明 (はんめい) - establishing; proving; ascertaining; identifying; confirming

まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ
Time spent: 13 min

Today's reading had a ton of different words describing snow, which I thought was quite fun
  • 銀世界 (ぎんせかい) - snowscape
  • 銀盤 (ぎんばん) - skating rink; ice surface
  • 細雪 (ささめゆき) - light snow fall; small snow flakes
  • 綿雪 (わたゆき) - large snowflakes
  • 牡丹雪 (ぼたんゆき) - large snowflakes (like the really big fluffy ones that are like big clumps)
  • 粉雪 (こなゆき) - powder snow; powdery snow
  • 雪化粧 (ゆきげしょう) - coating of snow; blanket of snow​
  • 綿帽子 (わたぼうし) - clumps of snow (on tree branches, stones, etc.) “cotton hat” you guys, that’s so cute

What else did I read?
お前、タヌキにならねーか? Vol 1
Amount read: 10 pages
Time spent: 36 min

Continuing to meet more of the tanuki! This one’s name is タヌキチ and he’s so in love, it’s super cute :3 He’s married to a human, and the way they met is like the sweetest thing <3 She’s living a fairytale and she doesn’t even know it lol

Good words
  • 良くある - to often be the case; to occur frequently; to be common; to be popular
  • れっきとした​ - accepted; fully-fledged; clear; respectable
  • 野犬 (やけん) - stray dog
  • 世話焼き (せわやき) - helpful person; person who likes looking after others​; overly helpful person; annoyingly helpful person
  • がっつく - to be greedy; to devour greedily​
  • おとぎ話 (おとぎばなし) - fairy tale; fairy story; nursery tale

My manga came!

The Haul

So this is the one I’ve been dying to get my hands on

why is this tiny shark so darn cute??? I keep squeaking when I look through it, it’s so cute >< I cannotttt D: It’s a little baby shark that goes on adventures, how can you not love it
The purchase even came with a free phone background. Just look at him, he drew you a picture ;_;

Anyway…yeah, I’m continuing on my tradition of cute shark manga :rofl:

Here are the other ones I bought along with it!
Hopefully they are good, I kind of semi-blind bought a lot of them based on the cover art and the google translated amazon blurbs (which always come out like 50% nonsense but I’m just lazy enough that I can’t be bothered with the Japanese blurbs xD It’s a bad habit)

…One of them is literally called “Sea creatures are too cute!” so uh…that’s a winner, obviously :rofl: they are too cute, I looked inside and I’m dying


peony snow! That’s so poetic and appropriate.

Also, ALL those books you just got look so good. I have such a craving to order new books now. :joy:


Update January 27

  • Animal Crossing. Chatted with my villagers for a while today. ~2hr
  • Watching Terrace House Aloha State with Japanese subtitles. I can almost read as fast as they are speaking some of the time. A noticeable improvement over the last attempt I made. Probably from all the reading I’ve been doing. Hooray!

Not interested in doing any heavy lifting, reading wise, today.

@Zakarius & @softlyraining Much appreciated. Some photos



January 27 :snowflake: Home Post

I didn’t have much time to read today, so just two pages of (かぜ)つよ :blush: They were some non-negligible pages though; very little dialogue and therefore dense, and also we’ve started talking about ハイジ’s knee which I am NOT ready for, not the angst pls so still a good read! I hope to do more over the weekend for sure :+1:

(One of the nice things about (かぜ)つよ is that it has a little ribbon bookmark built in, feels very fancy, very refined)

Some words

ぼんやり - absentmindedly, idly
片隅(かたすみ) - corner, nook
残滓(ざんし) - remnant, residue, dregs
くすぐったい - embarassing, ticklish
()きが()る - to get tired of, to lose interest in

Ooh very interesting :eyes: Not like I’m that great at wordle even in my native language lmao, but that’ll be a fun challenge each day, thanks for sharing!

Ohhhh those are all so pretty :heart_eyes: very good aesthetics, and the little shark bud?? Hello?? Definitely interested to see how those turn out!


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Day 26:

日本語: I read a fair amount of 伯爵と妖精 31.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of 7SEEDS.


中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学, and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事 (new story started!).


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Day 27: Today I read 3 pages of よつば&!


I will be reading Tenki no Ko when I’m finished with Kimi no Na wa (just 80 pages left) :eyes:


Today I translated the first half of a recipe from my 食戟のソーマ (Food Wars) Cook Book. The recipe is for a 三食丼 (tri-coloured donburi). (A どんぶり is a bowl of meat/fish/vegetable served over rice). I’m going to try and make it in a couple days. I learnt a lot of new vocabulary, including counters for measurements.

三食丼------さんしょくどん------tri-coloured donburi

杯------はい------counter for cupfuls (rice in this recipe)

本------ぼん or ぽん------counter for long cylindrical things (green onions in this recipe)


Sounds like a fun idea - give it a shot, you might surprise yourself!

OH NO return of the cute sharks!!
Really, how can the sharks be this cute??

Hope he enjoys his little shark adventures! :shark:

Thanks for sharing, I feel my single like is not enough for these, that photo of her looking out the window is such a nice photo!



Day 28. Again, was super busy, so I only read page 206 and 207 of Kiki. At least I’m making progress, and still reading a little every day.


I’m interested in the polar bear manga. :eyes:


For the last two days (January 27-28), I started the 2nd chapter of スローループ vol 1. It’s interesting that they use the kanji for bud 蕾 (つぼみ), which combines the radicals of flower and thunder. You know what April rain brings? May flowers and flowers come from buds. Also added a few vocabulary to the list.

Yesterday, I started Pokemon Legends Arceus, and it’s probably the first core games that have Furigana and no seperate Kanji/Kana option. I always play with Pokemon in Japanese with the Kanji option since I find it a bit easier as it’s a bit harder to get the context of everything in Kana. Only played a few minutes, but I will probably play more soon.