📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

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Oh, I did not yet report on last week’s reading!

Here goes:


Read and finished Flesh&Blood Vol. 11, and started the new ABC pick この本を盗む者は. The start was a bit slow for me, and I was super busy over the weekend, so I did not get very far yet.

Plans for this week:

  • Continue to read この本を盗む者は (2nd half of Ch. 1)
  • Continue to read 1Q84 (did not start Ch. 16 yet)
  • Start reading the new Compulsive Readers pick ユートロニカのこちら側
  • Flesh&Blood: Read some of the bonus material (mainly side stories written by the same author)

My page count as of Sunday night: 1060 pages down, 8940 pages to go!


So the last couple weeks I have been going through a book above my level little by little and doing word lookups afterwards, then reading manga “on the side” (even though its been my primary reading for the last 3 weeks). I want to basically do this until I finish a manga series and get comfortable enough with the book (study the first chapter/first 100 pages) and then when those conditions are met give 100% focus to the book. Seems like a way to avoid burnout on reading but maintain a consistent amount of reading daily.


February 7th!

Today I read Chapter 7 of God Bless the Mistaken.
This chapters bug was a fun one, I enjoyed reading it.

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:performing_arts: Home :it:

February 7th

16 - 29

I sense overtime at work in my future :upside_down_face:


:chocolate_bar: :love_letter: 2月7日 :love_letter: :chocolate_bar: (Home Post Link)

had a hard time focusing today, so didn’t want to do too much intensive stuff. Just played some pokemon and kanken practice + my chapter for the day


  • 三ツ星カラーズ ch 4

Word of the Day
すれちがい (すれ違い) ー generally: missing (meeting) each other; passing each other. Here, specifically: the street-pass function of the nintendo 3DS. Remember when that was a thing?


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Somewhat busy today, but I still got in a decent amount of 山猫 and Steins;Gate so yay! But now I am very sleepy :joy:


February 7th
What did I read?: 魔女と猫の話
How much did I read?: 5 pages
(Continued 3rd Story )
How long did it take me?: 57 min

Even though Chise is supposed to be a witch, so far the methods she’s used for curing the woman’s insomnia have been things even I could do! :sweat_smile: (Herbal teas, aromatic candles, music, etc.) But I guess the idea is that it’s better to start off with something more straightforward before getting magic involved.


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2 月 8 日
コナの大冒険 第 39 話 :black_cat:

And I’m back to reading about Kona’s adventures. After only 4 days of reading with furigana, it took me quite a while to adjust to having no furigana on Satorireader for kanji I had already learned. In this chapter, I could count with two hands the number of kanji that had furigana so I had to figure out the readings for the rest of them myself. And failed miserably at some… :face_with_spiral_eyes: using the wrong reading for a few of them. Strange how only a few days of having furigana can have such an effect. I didn’t realize how much I used furigana as a crutch until now. And also how much Satorireader is actually able to help me with exercising my recall!

New vocab:
  • 気がする(きがする) to have a hunch, to have a feeling
  • ひょっとすると perhaps, possibly, maybe
  • かもしれない may, might, possibly
  • 駆け下りる(かけおりる) to run down
  • はぐれる to lose sight of, to stray from
  • 帰り道 (かえりみち) way home

Just curious, what are the numbers measuring? I can’t figure it out :thinking:


Oh, sorry, that is pages per day (the corresponding date is above the number). The line starting with “Februar” can be ignored though :sweat_smile:


:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: February 7

Read some more この本を盗む者は, but I’m still going pretty slowly. Played nearly 2.5h of BU$TAFELLOWS and finished chapter 4! Which is supposedly the end of the common route so can’t wait to find out what’s next.


Ah I see, it’s very precise :stuck_out_tongue:


In most cases it’s recalculated from ebook pages, that’s why the numbers are so weird… probably one digit would be enough though, I agree :laughing:


And for recording the time, are you using Toggl? I seem to recognize the interface. Very cool to have all those stats, now you can also make a speed graph with page / min, and compare how it evolves in time or per book :stuck_out_tongue:
And very inspiring stats too, I hope to get there one day! (Still working my way through my grammar books so far, combined with Bunpro, Satori Reader, WK and listening practice, it’s steadily going forward!)


The service is called clockify: https://app.clockify.me

You mean…

like this?

These are all the books I finished in May - Dec. 2022 (May is when I started recording).

For those who can’t read German: the columns are:
Year finished / title / start / end / days read / avg. pages per hour / avg. pages per reading day / physical pages / total time.


February 8th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Read up to page 197.
Today: Finished chapter 28 and continued up to page 320.

Chapter 28 was nice as we got to learn about those Sylphs. The ending to this chapter seemed amusing too, though I’m not sure I fully understood it – something along the lines of a an Undine riding an airbike being at fault for making Aika’s underpants show with Akari being almost a bit too shocked and embarrassed as a result…almost as if she and Woody(?) may have been at fault for that… :thinking: :smiling_face_with_tear:

Also, Woody making Akari use the president as a blindfold to not ruin the surprise he had in mind for her – while they were driving to somewhere – was quite the imaginative idea…not to mention dangerous. ‘No Marsian cats were harmed in this chapter, I swear!’ – Kozue Amano 200X, probably.
Poor Aria. :joy:


Word or expression of the day:
古き良き - (ふるきよき) - good old, good old-fashioned​

Honourable mention(s)
白昼堂々 - (はくちゅうどうどう) - openly (unashamedly) in broad daylight​


Ah thanks, didn’t know about Clockify, looks like it’s pretty similar to Toggle.
Waw so much stats :heart_eyes: Very cool to see the reading speed ramping up!

I had made something similar when I was reading a Polish book, don’t think I’ll keep it up for Japanese though, I’m getting lazy with tracking data now :sweat_smile:

book reading stats

I was highlighting and looking up each new words and tracking that too


:spiral_calendar: Day 38: February 7th :scarf:

spacer:bust_in_silhouette: シャドーハウス Volume 5 (15% ➨ 17%)

spacer:baby_chick: ひよ恋 Volume 1 (37% ➨ 50%)

「ひよ恋」 was kind of a random pick to start reading, and I wasn’t certain what to expect. It started out a bit so-so, and I didn’t care much for the male lead character. But I think it’s getting a bit better.

Not Aika’s, Akari’s. Look back on the flying scenes and you can imagine how that worked out for her.


Had the day off today (mostly) so caught up a bit on reading. I’m still behind, mostly.

8/2 15 pages Cells at Work (finished volume), 10 pages Spy Family, 15 pages Orange, 2 pages 夜カフェ


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8th feb

today was a better day (mostly) and have now finished shimanami tasogare vol 3! props to this volume for having a character genuinely piss me off (not that vol 2 didn’t have that, but that was more ‘what are you doing’ compared to just outright rage), 10/10 recommend.

words that stood out: 修繕 (しゅうぜん, repair, mending), 開放感 (かいほうかん, sense of space/openness), 相まって (あいまって, coupled with, together), plus 絶叫マシン (ぜっきょうマシン, thrill ride (at an amusement park)) just cos that’s a really fun word