📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: February 2

My plan for reading more manga was to take it easy and read like a chapter a day but it turns out that doesn’t work for manga where things are getting intense and the endings of chapters are super cliffhangery. What I’m trying to say is that I finished Vol.8 of 青のフラッグ and with that the entire series. I loved the series but have some conflicting feelings about the ending.

Super spoilery ending thoughts on 青のフラッグ manga
Like srsly, don't read this if you want to read the series at some point

The whole reason I started this in the first place was that it was supposed to have a good portrayal of LGBT characters, and I’d say it did that, but up to the second to last chapter it seemed that the hetero relation was the cannon one, which was a bit disappointing but it was a nice relationship too so it was fine and it made sense. But then in the last chapter they decide to do a full 180 and just tell you that they broke up for no particular reason AND THEN it’s implied (they won’t even show it outright) that the two boys end up together. Which would have been a great ending if they’d shown how that relationship developed at all, but they didn’t, and you have to wonder if this was just terrible decision making of if in spite of the message of the manga they were not allowed or didn’t dare actually show a homosexual relationship. Wasted opportunity in my opinion.
And then there’s the somehow more worrying bit that the character written very much as a lesbian ended up with a husband!?!? I’m always rooting for more bisexual characters but this was not it, I think she showed some very specifically lesbian struggles and it just seemed like a last minute cop-out. Idk.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still loved the series and the characters but I think it could have been handled so much better if they really wanted that ending for them.

That took up all my reading time for the day, so nothing else was read.

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Don’t think I posted yesterday, sorry if I did.

2/2 5 pages Spy Family
3/2 6 pages Spy Family (finished mission), 2 pages 夜カフェ

I’m not reading as much as I should and am now behind in most clubs. I’ve got plenty of time off but I think it’s because I’m using that time to sort my house out in the 2 weeks I’m home. It is looking neater. Current house sitter leaves tomorrow morning, next arrives in the evening. Hoping the cat likes him.

I suspect I’ll ironically read more once I’m away from home. Which is from Sunday morning.

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:spiral_calendar: Day 33: February 2nd :snowman:

spacer:baby_chick: ひよ恋 Volume 1 (28% ➨ 37%)

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2 月 3 日
コナの大冒険 第 38 話 :black_cat:

Kona becomes a hero!

Vocab
  • ズルズル slowly slipping or drawing back; slithering
  • 擦れる [すれる] to be rubbed
  • å·£ [す] nest
  • 狙う [ねらう] to aim at
  • 気付いた時には [きづいたときには] by the time I realized what was happening
  • 飛び掛かる [とびかかる] to spring at; to leap upon; to swoop down on; to throw oneself upon
  • 無我夢中 [むがむちゅう] being absorbed in; losing oneself in; in a trance; feverishly
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3rd feb

forgot i had some stuff to do today that i should really have done earlier so even though i started my day earlier i still managed exactly the same amount of reading as normal. ah well. with that volume 4 of 蟲師 has finished! (except the 後書…) the previous two chapters were clearly written in an easier style to deceive me, cos this last one was rough (joke). loved the relationship between the two main characters though, it’s rare to spend this much amount of time with the same couple of characters. relationships were a big theme in this volume in general actually, or at least a consistency. this chapter also had more kid ginko which is always welcome!

words that stuck out: 五月雨 (さみだれ, early summer rain. had heard this word before but only just today realised what it was), 滝 (たき, waterfall), 近いうちに (ちかいうちに, before long)

also found some unexpected (separate) paper advertisements from 2003 which i had no idea were in the book even tho i’ve been reading it for a week, so that’s fun. somehow i don’t think they’ll let me mail order those full colour volumes of akira anymore :joy:

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Feb 3, Fri of Week 6 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.8 Ch.45-46

Tomorrow! Today is just busy.

Words of the day
  • 補(おぎな)う = to compensate for; to supplement. 補(おぎな)い合(あ)う = to complement. Single Kanji with longer Kana just takes time to recall…
  • まかり通(とお)る = to go unpunished; to force one’s way through. Full Kanji is ç½·(まか)り通(とお)る
  • 悪習(あくしゅう) = bad custom
  • 制御(せいぎょ) = governing; regulating
  • 僭越(せんえつ) = audacity; arrogance. In context as 僭越(せんえつ)ながら
  • 屈強(くっきょう) = brawny; sturdy
  • 装填(そうてん) = loading (a cannon; a gun)
  • 分化(ぶんか) = specialization; differentiation
  • 併発(へいはつ) = concurrence; coincidence / complication on top of a disease
  • 欠陥(けっかん) = a defect
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:raccoon: :books: The Tanuki Kotatsu Reading Den :snowflake: :raccoon:

February 3rd
新書太閣記 progress: 06.61% // Volume I: 76.65% :horse:

Lots of dense, descriptive sentences today, took quite awhile to get through them.

Words found under the kotatsu

抹香「まっこう」ー Incense powder; incense
沁々「しみじみ」ー Keenly; deeply; earnestly // (also: 沁み沁み)
隊伍「たいご」ー Rank/line of troops; formation; array; procession
螺鈿「らでん」ー Mother of pearl
駿馬「しゅんめ」ー Swift horse
萌黄「もえぎ」ー Colour of a freshly sprouted onion; light green-yellow // (also: 萌葱)
金襴「きんらん」ー Gold brocade

Kanji
耳朶 = 耳たぶ (earlobes)

Forms
寔に = 誠に「まことに」(indeed; really; absolutely)
聟 = 婿「むこ」(Husband; groom; son-in-law)

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 (serves under 織田)
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」

Others:
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
– 織田 信長「おだ のぶなが」- Son (Successor to the Oda clan)
(Married to the daughter of Saito Dosan)

Retainers (Under Nobuhide rule):
平手 政秀「ひらて まさひで」
林 秀貞「はやし ひでさだ」(common name: 新五郎「しんごろ」)
青山 信昌「あおやま のぶまさ」(common name: 与三右衛門「よそうえもん」)
内藤 勝介「ないとう しょうすけ / かつすけ」

Others:
市川大介「いちかわ だいすけ」- Archery master/instructor
平田三位「ひらた さんみ」- Master of military strategy

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

Imagawa Clan
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo

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」)

Takeda Clan
太郎義信「たけだ よしのぶ」- Commander
(Married to the daughter of Imagawa Yoshimoto to tie the clans)

Non-affiliated
上泉 信綱「かみいずみ のぶつな」(also: 上泉 伊勢守「かみいずみ いせのかみ」) - Founder of the 新陰流「しんかげりゅう」school of Kenjutsu
– 疋田小伯「ひきた しょうはく」- Disciple
– 神後五六郎「かんご ごろくろう」- Disciple

塚原 卜伝「つかはら ぼくでん」- Kensei; legendary swordsman

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)

  • å¹³ 重盛「たいら の しげもり」ー Military commander and court noble, claimed to be an ancestor of Oda Nobunaga (Mid-1100s)

  • 桓武(天皇)「かんむ(てんのう)」ー 50th Emperor of Japan, claimed to be an ancestor of Taira no Shigemori, thus ancestor to Oda Nobunaga (Mid-Late 700s)

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February 3rd

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Read up to page 186.
Today: Read up to page 214, finished chapter 26.

The rest of this chapter didn’t have lots of dialogue, so next to the characters getting to enjoy a relaxing time at the beach, I also had a mostly relaxing reading session. There were even a couple of words in this chapter I just recently learned in Wanikani which is always satisfying when I encounter them ‘in the wild’ so soon.
While this chapter was less on the amusing and more on a comfy side, I still got a laugh from the panel where Akari and the president climbed down the cliff instead of jumping down from it and into the water like Aika and Akira a few seconds ago. :laughing:


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Word or expression of the day:
言うまでもなく - (いうまでもなく) - obviously, as we all know, needless to say, of course, it goes without saying​

Honourable mention(s):
一行 - (いっこう) - party, group, troop, company
無人島 - (むじんとう) - unpopulated island​

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:snowflake: Day 34, 3rd of February :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

Another page of the Tile World Chronicles today. Apparently the person they met on the road is an old man. I think they also mention the name of the princess: Arin? At least they answer affirmatively when they are asked if they were searching for this person/place(?).

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:bookmark: Home post // Feb 3 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・薬屋のひとりごと3 (3% → 6%)

This series has an interesting use of words ft. furigana. For example 卓子(テーブル).
Also a bunch of characters I can’t remember. Would have been better with a neat list of characters at the beginning of the book. I’m spoiled from reading Honzuki and Saikawa&Moe series.

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Tracking how much you read may be pointless. I’m doing it only for the purpose to trick myself into reading more. There are too many things in my backlog. Sometimes instead of actually reading I waste too much time deciding what to read next. :sweat_smile:

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Sounds like it has a point to me! My meaning was that the details of how you track don’t matter a ton so long as you’re looking at what matters to you. For you, it’s whittling down the 積読 pile. For me, it’s ensuring I meet some handwavey minimum to maintain literacy in Japanese (especially important for me as I’m hoping to start learning a new language later this year). For omk3, it could be something else entirely. Maybe even just to make the pretty graphs/charts :stuck_out_tongue:

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:chocolate_bar: :love_letter: 2月3日 :love_letter: :chocolate_bar: (Home Post Link)

I’m surprised at how fast the kanken game is helping me remember how to write kanji/kana, i’ve just been doing a little bit when I wake up and a little bit before bed but I think I know pretty much all the kana automatically and most of the 10級 kanji already. It helps that the way it does detection relies on stroke order, not really ocr, so if you do something like a 十 backwards it just wont recognize it at all :sweat_smile: there’s some term for that specific style of behavior reinforcement… but I can’t remember what it is

Read:

  • ホリミヤ ch 119, 120, 121 - the next chapter is the “last page” and then there’s 3 extra chapters, I know I have been saying that I was ready for it to be over, but that was a lie :sob:
  • ホリミヤ ch 122, extra 1, 2, 3; it’s done done - I sat back down to finish it because i knew i had to just bite the bullet and knock it out while I had the momentum

Word of the Day
四面楚歌「しめんそか」ー being surrounded by enemies on all sides, being betrayed/forsaken by everyone

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Day 3 :evergreen_tree:

Finished the first of twelve chapters of クマのプーさん。I forgot how silly the writing is haha. I’m going to end up learning a good amount of onomatopoeia.

vocab
  • ぶらぶら
  • カシの木
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February 3rd!

Today I read Chapter 42 of Happiness and Chapter 57 of Mitsuboshi Colors.
It was slightly weird reading one and then the other because they are vastly different types of story :grin:

(Home Post)

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:performing_arts: Home :it:

February 3rd

ジョジョの奇妙な冒険8
84 - 162

Lisa Lisa is such a cool badass :weary: I love that she even tells Joseph that she’s not training him to help him live, she’s training him to kill the Pillarmen. Take his egocentric butt down a few notches :ok_hand:

I was getting tired of reading Joseph’s, Caesar’s, and the Narrator’s unvoiced monologues, so I tapped out for the night.

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Summary post

Day 34: February 3rd
What did I read?: ペンギン・ハイウェイ
How much did I read?: 7.5 pages
How long did it take me?: 54 minutes

I love how the penguins just kind of casually come and go :joy: Like, they’re just chillin’. Just vibin’, wandering around. Popping up occasionally. I want to live in a place where that happens? :penguin: :penguin: :penguin:
So far my speed is remarkably consistent :joy: I feel like this is very slow though :upside_down_face: Like spending an hour on a book only to read 8 pages seems…not that much. Like 2% of the book per day. Then again, I’m almost on page 40 and it’s only been a few days of reading, which feels like a pretty decent amount of progress? Idk, I don’t know how to feel lmao :joy: At least it doesn’t feel like a big struggle to get through a page, like it’s maybe a little more effort than manga but not as much as I would have expected. I actually feel like I can enjoy the story, which is nice :slight_smile:

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February 3 :snowflake: Home Post

Read a little more 山猫, but mostly I played more Steins;Gate. Today was a day of puzzling out pop culture references from like 15 years ago and also physics :joy: so all is as expected really. It continues to generally be a bit slower going than anything else I’m reading, but I’m enjoying it so it’s all good!

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February 3rd :heavy_check_mark: :fox_face:

狐火の辻, 30-38%

I had a hard time concentrating yesterday, nothing to do with the book itself. It’s one of the reasons I don’t want to track time: I don’t even know how long I just stared at the page taking nothing in because I was thinking of something else entirely. Even though I wanted to read. Some days are like that. Oh well, I did manage to read a decent amount in the end, but not as much as I could have.

This a 100% :joy:

(Okay, also I’ve never had so many books going on at the same time, and it’s also nice to be able to see at a glance how much I’ve progressed from say, half a year ago. But basically, pretty graphs!)

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:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: February 3

Busy day so I just snuck in like 30 min of BU$TAFELLOWS even though I probably should have been sleeping. Oh, well.

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