📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

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This week was a bit of an up and down, but in the end it turned out quite okay.
Finished Tuberose Age32 (welp, NOT my favourite book, sadly), continued a bit with 1Q84 (until Ch. 15) and started Flesh&Blood Vol. 11.

And! I reached the break-even with my yearly reading goal, i.e. if I read in each subsequent month as much as I have read in this month, then I will make it. (And in case you didn’t notice, there are still two days left in this month! :muscle:)
In other words, 834 pages down, 9,166 pages to go!

Plans for this week:

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29/1 2 pages おばちゃんたちのいるところ

30/1 2.5 pages おばちゃんたちのいるところ (finished story 15)

Going slow still. Just finished last week’s reading. And it’s Monday evening. And I’ve read nothing for the 5 book clubs this week :anguished:

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Read the rest of その着替え人形は恋をする 10. Tomorrow I’ll finish Blue Period 1 and start cramming the rest of Re:Zero 16.

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Jan 30, Mon of Week 6 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.6 Ch.33-34

Stress and concert, first half.

Words of the day
  • そしり = criticism; disparagement. A Kanji form is 謗(そし)り.
  • かけがえのない = irreplaceable. A Kanji form is 掛(か)け替(が)えのない.
  • フヌケ = coward. Kanji form is 腑抜(ふぬ)け, so it’s the guts that broke.
  • 怖気(おじけ)づく = to become nervous; to have cold feet = 怖(お)じ気付(けづ)く. Has Furigana in context.
  • 打(う)ち勝(か)つ = to overcome difficulties
  • 抑(よく)うつ = depression; dejection. Full Kanji is 抑鬱(よくうつ).
  • 萎縮(いしゅく) = atrophy; shriveling. Has Furigana.
  • 断裂(だんれつ) = snapping apart
  • 減退(げんたい) = declination. 性欲減退(せいよくげんたい) in context.
  • 渾身(こんしん) = using all one’s body. First Kanji seems to mean whole (body).
  • 微弱(びじゃく) = feeble; weak. First Kanji in 微妙(びみょう) or 微塵(みじん).
  • 副腎(ふくじん) = adrenal gland

From here I’ve found 読唇術(どくしんじゅつ) = lip-reading. Quite amazing how it sounds similar to 読心術(どくしんじゅつ) = mind-reading. Level 47, btw, but On reading not introduced.

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夜市 is at 66%, iirc.
Spirit Circle volume 1 done

I guess I failed the challenge big time. I fell into a deep hole and did nothing for a couple of days :smiling_face_with_tear:
But getting back to it now. Started volume 2 of Spirit Circle and continuing Yoichi.


It’s a nice book, one of my favorites. I also love the anime. Studio Colorido did a stellar job with it.

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:raccoon: :books: The Tanuki Kotatsu Reading Den :snowflake: :raccoon:

January 30th
新書太閣記 progress: 05.43% // Volume I: 63.01% :fire:

There’s been a few skirmishes so far, but today had the first large-scale battle happen.

Words found under the kotatsu

拙者「せっしゃ」ー I; me // (Humble & Archaic, mainly used by samurai)
諄々「じゅんじゅん」ー Earnestly; repeatedly; patiently
雑兵「ぞうひょう」ー Common soldier
空馬「からうま」ー Unburdened horse
旗本「またもと」ー Direct retainer of a shogun
苗代「なわしろ」ー Rice nursery; bed for rice seedlings
口達者「くちだっしゃ」ー Talkative; eloquent; fluent
猿楽「さるがく」ー Form of theatre popular from the 11C - 14C Japan

Character Name List

Probably some spoilers, but this is a historic novel, so can spoilers really exist for things that have (for the most part) actually happened :thinking:

Volume I: 1535 - 15??
(Currently 1554/5)
日吉「ひよし」- Hideyoshi (as child)
Nicknames: 猿「さる」/ 針売り「はりうり」

Family
木下弥右衛門「きのした やえもん」- Father
– – 乙若「おとわか」- Old friend
筑阿弥「ちくあみ」ー Step-father
大政所「おおまんどころ」// also お奈加「おなか」ー Mother
おつみ - Older sister
小竹「こちく」- Baby brother
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」// also 弾正「だんじょう」- Ojisan (only distantly related (before marriage))
– Married to: おえつ (sister of お奈加)

Friends & Acquaintances
仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」(Nickname - full name: 福太郎「ふくたろ」) // 楊景福「ようけいふく」(Chinese name/birth name) - Timid kid friend (older than Hideyoshi)
– 五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Chinese name) - Father
– 梨琴「りきん」- Mother
捨次郎「すてじろう」- Previous servant to 五郎, later the adoptive father of 於福, and owner of a tea ware shop - and employer of, and master to, Hideyoshi

Hachisuka Clan
蜂須賀小六「はちすか ころく」(also 正勝 「まさかつ」) - Head of the Hachisuka clan
– 七内「なない」- Younger brother
– Married to 松波「まつなみ」
– – 亀一「かめいち」- Son

Retainers:
– – 稲田大炊助「いなだ おおいのすけ]
– – 青山新七「あおやま しんしち」
– – 長井半之丞「ながい はんのじょう」
– – 松原内匠「まつばら たくみ」

– 国吉「くによし」- Gunsmith/blacksmith
– 渡辺天蔵「わたなべ てんぞう」- Deserter - Nobushi (Nephew to Koroku)
– 難波内記「なんば ないき」- Spy disguised as a Komuso
– 仁田彦十「にった ひこじゅう」- Subordinate

(蜂須賀正利「はちすか まさとし」- previous head of the Hachisuka clan)

Saito Clan
((questionable) Alliance with the Hachisuka clan)
斎藤 道三「さいとう どうさん」- Head of the Saito clan
– 斎藤義龍「さいとう よしたつ」(also: 高政「たかまさ」) - Son

明智 光秀「あけち みつひで」(common name: 十兵衛「じゅうべい」) - serves under Dosan
– 又市「またいち」- Underling / foot soldier

弥平治光春「やへいじ みつはら」- Retainer (cousin to Jyubei)
– 明智光安「あけち みつやす」- Father

Oda Clan
織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」- Daimyo
– 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」- Younger brother

Shiba Clan
斯波義統「しば よしむね」- Head of the Shiba clan, at Kiyosu castle

Imagawa Clan
Retainers:
松下之綱「まつした ゆきつな」(common name: 加兵衛「かへい」)
飯尾豊前「いのお ぶぜん」
多賀能八郎「たがのう はしろう」(nickname: 能八「のうはち」)

Others
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo

Historical People
  • 阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (700s)

  • 白楽天「はく きょい」ー Chinese poet (Bai Juyi / Bo Juyi) also known as: 白楽天「はく らくてん」in Japan. (Late 700s)

  • 道元「どうげん」(or 道元禅師「どうげん ぜんじ」ー Japanese Buddhist Priest, writer & poet (also known as 栄西禅師「えいさい ぜんじ」) (Early / mid 1200s)

  • 空海「くうかい」ー The one and only Kukai or Kobo Daishi - a Buddhist monk. Posthumously given the title of: 弘法大師「こうぼう だいし」born as: 佐伯 眞魚「さえき の まお」(late 700s / early 800s)

  • 源頼政「みなもと の よりまさ」ー Prominent poet and warrior (1100s)

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➳ January 30th.

What: ピーチガール2
Pages: 10
Time: 10 minutes.

Snooze… Monday… Tiny read today, but it counts!

Oh, I’ve actually bought it on Steam! So I don’t know how the Switch version plays. I find it really easy to check on Steam whether games can be played in Japanese or not. According to this site, it only supports English, French and Spanish, but I know people buy on the Japanese store without any issues. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience with doing that.

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January 30th

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Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Read up to page 143, finished chapter 24.
Today: Read up to page 158.

Ah, the return of mister ‘ore-sama’ – what kind of trouble has Akatsuki gotten himself into this time? :sweat_smile:


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Word or expression of the day:
干満 - (かんまん) - ebb and flow

Honourable mention(s):
買い占める - (かいしめる) - to buy up

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It took me 4 days (january 26, 27, 28 and 30) but I finally got through the first chapter of the とらドラ manga! It did take some time, but I can say I understood a good 90% of what was said so I’m pretty happy with it. It didn’t help that the image quality was pretty bad, which sometimes made the furigana unreadable, but overall it wasn’t too bad.

I was adding the new vocabulary/vocabulary I felt I needed to revise in a list as I went, and it slowly added up to 112 words :sweat_smile: I’ll probably study this list and reread the chapter in a bit to try and read it more fluidly, but for now I’m ready to start working on the second chapter :muscle:

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:bookmark: Home post // Jan 30 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 封印再度 (86% → 91%)

Almost finished chapter 9. It’s getting late, past sleep time already.

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:snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January :snowflake: :snowman_with_snow:
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NHK News :newspaper_roll: 一連の強盗事件 これまでに1都7県で14件 30数人を逮捕 警察庁

I thought this article was gonna be so interesting, to learn about a robbery gang that is so widespread and hit so many places, but nope. No info on that at all, only on the fact that a police task force or conference/meeting was gonna take place to figure some of this out. They seem sure there is a gang but don’t know the leader, I think.

My problem with NHK news is that I feel like I read the same thing repeated 2-3 times. At least when I read the regular version. I might have to look for another source of free news article reading. Geez, talk about being conceited, it is free after all. Not saying you can’t complain about the quality of free stuff, but if it is free, I can’t really expect the most amazing content/writing, can I? ^^


Before I go hiding under replies, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who answered my question about crime/mystery manga. I now have several interesting ones to check out when… when you know I’ve actually finished some of what I already own. I got a bit ahead of myself there. :sweat_smile:

Also want to say that if I mention that I’m not interested in a specific manga someone recommended, it isn’t personal. If I’m gonna read a manga, I have to like the art. And art is a very subjective thing. (For example I kinda like the 90s style of shoujo manga which I know a lot of people hate, not saying I love all of it, but I like the style in itself.) Beyond that, I’m going on sample, if the premise sounds interesting to me, if there are any anti-reader cookies* in reviews.

*anti-reader cookies are tropes, stereotypes, themes, settings, etc. that I/someone don’t like reading about. In the same way that reader cookies would be the tropes, stereotypes, themes I/someone love reading about.

So now that I’ve prefaced that, I’ll jump into my replies, which aren’t all about the amazing answers I got to my manga question.

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To those who read チュベローズで待ってる, like @NicoleIsEnough @Greti33 @pocketcat @omk3 (sorry for tagging so many of you, I wasn’t sure who to pick :sweat_smile:), does the first one stand alone? I’ve peeked enough at the reviews for the second one that I don’t think I wanna read that, but I saw everyone tearing through the first one and enjoying it, so I wondered if reading only that one would be a satisfying story. Thanks in advance!


While I suffer every time I pick up the VN I’m currently reading. :joy:


The premise and everything seems very interesting, but the art from the sample was a bit boring. Mostly heads talking to each other without setting. So I wondered, where did you watch the show? I’m hoping it is on Netflix, but I would need to know the English title or whatever I could search for it on, because with Japanese I found nothing. :joy:

Thanks!


I’ve looked through the sample, aka looked at the art, and seems interesting. I’m gonna find some time to actually read the sample. Thanks for the recommendation!


This is the exact reason I have a feeling I’d find Conan pretty frustrating. It is one of my anti-reader cookies. I think even more so when I as the reader know the person isn’t really a kid, but even when they are a kid, the trope often comes off as the adults being too stupid to listen when they should. I’m not saying Conan is like that, but it doesn’t inspire me to read it. Not to mention the whole teen to child thing feels me with the heebie-jeebies. Sounds like a horror movie. xD

Honestly, this is another negative factor for me; not the being sucked in part, but the length. :joy: I’m with @polv, unprogressing story lines always kills my interest after a while.

In this way, it is even better for me that Conan doesn’t really appeal to me. So much money saved and time for many different things to read. :joy: Although I suspect I’d probably enjoy several of the cases. Maybe if I get the change to borrow a copy at some point, or pick up a few really cheap ones, it wouldn’t be bad. ^^


I remember vaguely when you were reading this that it seemed interesting, and now that I’ve seen more of what the kind of chaos you like is like myself (bustafellows!), I’m totally on board trying this. I didn’t even feel like I needed to read the sample, I only checked the art, and some reviews and went: yep! Thanks!

Also, pretty boys may or may not be a selling point for me. ^_~


@pocketcat Thank you! You went above and beyond honestly!

I think I remember when you were reading this (the book I mean), and it made me put that on my to be read list. The manga looks pretty amazing actually, but I think I want to read the novel first? Sometimes it is annoying that I prefer to read the source material first, because honestly the manga just looks so amazing, both the art and storytelling. Just from looking through the sample.

I kinda hate that the art looks amazing for this, because this kind of memory loss trope is one of my anti-reader cookies, because it tends to lead to no overarching plot, and/or you know, the mc has a pretty harrowing life in front of them, since they would never be able to actually form any lasting relationships (from their own side, after all a lot of affection and relationship stuff is entirely based on shared memories…). So I do have a question that I did not manage to easily find the answer to… The manga is finished, so the story has some kind of finish/arc (it doesn’t seem to be abandoned), do you know how the memory stuff ends? Does she get cured or anything like that? (Obviously this would be a huge spoiler, but it is the kind of spoiler that would need spoiled to decide if I’d even enjoy the read in the first place, so I’m all for it, but I guess blur it for other people if you do know the answer. xD)

It went on my yes list because it looks really amazing and everything else with the premise seems super good. I just can’t imagine finishing reading it and knowing that for the rest of the mc’s life, she will never have any new memories. Because she’ll forget all at day’s end. (Maybe the memory loss isn’t that complete, but I wouldn’t know because I haven’t read it. ^^)

I was trying to figure out where to even start with this. :joy: The different manga adaptions seems to be more about them being separated into different sub-series, rather than actually adapting the same material or actually being separated. But I didn’t look into it deeply. I am planing to read the sample of one version I picked to potentially check out. ^^

I looked at the manga covers and they looked so horror-y. I’m so squeemish, I didn’t look any closer. :see_no_evil:

This list was really cool. Thanks for the nice find. I only looked through the top 10 so far, and found some more potential candidates like Ouroboros which I feel like I’ve seen mentioned at some point somewhere on the forum, so I should probably go looking to see what people have said about it. ^^

I do love a lot of that stuff. Sherlock Holmes (many different adaptions and spin-offs), Hercole Poirot, and so on. I tend to enjoy those that work more closely with the police more, which is why I think I leaned more towards mentioning that. Also because I was curious since I felt I hadn’t seen anyone read any police manga. ^^


Serves me right to forget how very good this community is at recommendations. Has anyone looked at my Bookmeter 積読 recently? I already have just below 200 manga (and a few books, but mostly manga) that I own and need to read. I don’t need more. :joy: :joy: :joy:

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January 30 :heavy_check_mark: :flashlight:

半落ち , 30-39%

Read this week’s 半落ち, finishing chapter 2. This section was a little longer than the previous ones, and it felt harder too. Not so hard that it hinders enjoyment (I really like the book), but hard enough that I probably need to stop trying to fit the whole reading in one day. There’s really no earthly reason to do so, only there’s so much else I want to read too and there are only so many hours in a week. :upside_down_face:

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I do agree with this, I actually tried to read the manga at some point (ages ago), but the art didn’t pull me in and I just ended up quitting before giving it a fair chance. You can watch the show on Viki for free. Don’t Call it Mystery | Japan | Drama | Watch with English Subtitles & More :heavy_check_mark:

Oh, and yes, the first volume of チュベローズで待ってる definitely stands alone. The second one… erm, it doesn’t stand much at all. :rofl:

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January 29th & 30th (Days 29 & 30) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

So I may or may not have picked up book 1 part 1 of 1Q84 and read the first chapter :eyes: Feels like a slightly harder read than チュベローズで待ってる, but I am liking it so far :3

Also, so much music (in a typical Murakami fashion) that just flies over my head.


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This is such a great idea - I think I need me a Wall of Defeat, too. Having a list of unfinished Japanese books to look at may just irritate me enough to boost my motivation. I mean, those books cannot go unread forever, right? :sweat_smile:

I really liked Kafka on the Shore when I first read it, so this one should be a blast then. You convinced me. I’m in :3

I’d say so :3 I think it tied up nicely enough to be a stand alone story, very much recommend.

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Much obliged!

I’m glad the first one stands alone. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

I honestly was looking forward to reading that and then hearing all the disappointment about the second one made me go, but but but… :pleading_face:

Now I can read it without regret. Well… like in a year or two when my reading schedule opens up. :crazy_face:

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Noice! Welcome to the club :blush:
Oh, speaking of which, please feel free to post in the club threads if you like! Reading Murakami Haruki's 1Q84 (Intermediate/Advanced Book)

Good to hear! The difficulty varies a bit depending on the chapter, but I guess you are used to that already. (It never gets as hard as the interviews at the start of Kafka, though.)

My thinking exactly :laughing: One day…

I think you really need to put 博士の愛した数式 - The Housekeeper and the Professor 🎓🧮 (Intermediate Book Club) on your reading list. Memory loss with a super heartwarming story. You know, I’m not that easily moved to tears by a book, but this one hit all my buttons :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Did you miss that I called it an anti-reader cookie? Meaning I really hate these kinds of memory tropes in general. xD

When they are done well, they are devastating emotionally (which has its charm… sometimes), and when they’re done poorly they’re just annoying.

Sounds like this one is done super well. I’m not sure I’m up for that kind of emotional rollercoaster of the :sob: variety. :sweat_smile: But I will keep it in mind. :slight_smile:

Although you called it heartwarming, so maybe it isn’t as sad as I imagine it will be? (To me, romance plus regular memory loss sounds like constant heartbreak to the one who remembers. Spoiler based on what genre the book seems to be and my interpretation of what that will mean for the story.)

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Day 29
I continued reading Kindaichi Shounen vol.1. Finally got back to reading the Monobeno visual novel and finished chapter 16 which was pretty much only filler.

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to read when you have a huge backlog.

2358 pages read 17642 to go

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6 pages remaining of Chapter 3 of Re:Zero 16. T-T I swear I will finish this, but omg this is definitely made for high schoolers, which I am not. I think I am finally ready to grow up now xD

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What I wanted to say, this book can show you that there can be a different side to these stories, i.e. no “no overarching story” and no “their life is so hard” tropes are anywhere to be seen.

No, it was not devastating, it was very satisfying and fulfilling.

No, it’s absolutely not sad, I only cried once, promise!

Please somebody correct me in case I misremember (or misinterpret), but I did not perceive it as “romance” at all. I don’t want to accidentally spoiler you, so I better shut up here, unless you explicitly ask me for more information. :blush:

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Weird, because I literally saw that in the description of the story. xD But whoever said publishers know what books they are publishing. (I’m not joking, honestly sometimes descriptions are so off, you wonder if the person who wrote it read another book entirely…)

Huh. Well, maybe I will consider it then. The premise just sounds so heartbreaking to me. Like can you imagine never remembering stuff for more than 80 minutes… I guess someone who lives with that just kinda have to accept it if they want to in any way enjoy their life, but dang…

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