📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

Let me see, I have not updated in March at all, have I? Here we go:

March 1st :heavy_check_mark: :cityscape: :flashlight:

ユートロニカのこちら側 , 59-62%
半落ち , 70-72%

March 2-4 :heavy_check_mark: :flashlight:

半落ち , 72-100%

I read a little more of ユートロニカのこちら側 to finish a very strong chapter, then devoted the rest of my time to 半落ち, to finish a very strong book! (and the first book to finish in March)

In the next few days I’ll continue with ユートロニカのこちら側, but I also need to pick at least one more book to read on the side. I used to like devoting my attention to one book at a time, but the overlapping book clubs have taught me that variety can be fun too. And I have no active book clubs (other than the informal one) until April, so…


Mar 4, Sat of Week 10 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • うたわれるもの

I find seeing 五月蝿(うるさ)い repeatedly amusing. Having a feel of May flies (but not mayflies), seriously? Well, there are also others, like 非道(ひど)い.

  • 夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口 Ch.2 first half

  • ふしぎの国のバード Vol.9 Ch.41-43 (start volume)

In the time of calamities.

I also read a chapter of Yurucamp. It seems that now I can read manga without that much effort, and optional looking-up. However I still want to read faster and still have a good understanding. Also, not every material is story-type.

Words of the day
  • ふんだん(.) = plentiful
  • こんもり(.) = (on-mim) dense; luxuriant
  • ひとしきり = for a little while = 一頻(ひとしき)り. Perhaps easier if thinking of é »(しき)りに first. (Although used differently.)
  • へべれけ(.) = dead drunk
  • ろれつが回(まわ)らない = slurred speaking. 呂律(ろれつ) is articulation (though the word sounds like slurring itself :stuck_out_tongue:).
  • 空耳(そらみみ) = mishearing
  • 背徳(はいとく) = corruption; immorality
  • 難色(なんしょく) = reluctant to accept; disapproval
  • 感銘(かんめい) = deep impression
  • 丸太(まるた) = a log of a tree. Not that 対数(たいすう).
  • 息災(そくさい) = (wishing for) no illness and disaster
  • 大時化(おおしけ) = very stormy weather at sea. Also, 時化(しけ). Has Furigana.
  • 艀(はしけ) = baggage boat. Has Furigana.
  • 艤装(ぎそう) = outfitting of a ship; preparing a ship for journey. Has Furigana. Sounds like 偽装(ぎそう) and 擬装(ぎそう) (= fake / in disguise, perhaps both are different too as also shown in IME).
  • 凶作(きょうさく) = bad harvest
  • 備蓄(びちく) = stockpile
  • 備荒(びこう) = emergency stock
  • 迫害(はくがい) = oppression
  • 福音(ふくいん) = good news; the gospel. 福音伝道(ふくいんでんどう) is evangelism.
  • 復旧(ふっきゅう) = restoration. Somewhat similar to 復興(ふっこう)?
  • 容姿(ようし) = physical appearances; face and figure
  • 大(だい)の字(じ) = like the shape of 大(だい) Kanji = (lying, sleeping) with arms and legs spread wide
  • 不可視(ふかし) = invisibility
  • 片割(かたわ)れ = one of a group of people / broken fragment
  • 折(お)り返(かえ)し = replying back promptly / heading back / a flap
  • 初対面(しょたいめん) = first meeting
  • 相席(あいせき) = sharing a table with someone you don’t know (e.g. at a restaurant)
  • 走馬燈(そうまとう) = ever-changing scenes; revolving lantern = 走馬灯(そうまとう). For the last Kanji, I have seen both being used interchangeably in other words too, even if some words don’t exist in Jisho.
  • 誘導尋問(ゆうどうじんもん) = leading questions
  • 美辞麗句(びじれいく) = flowery words
  • 仏頂面(ぶっちょうづら) = pout; sour look = 仏頂(ぶっちょう)な顔(かお).     仏頂(ぶっちょう) is the top of Buddha’s head.
  • 剣呑(けんのん) = risky; dangerous. Well, drinking a sword.
  • 目処(めど)が立(た)つ = bright prospects ahead. First half (目処(めど)) has Furigana.

:snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: March 4 :snowflake: :snowman_with_snow:
Home Post

Orange :tangerine:

I ended up reading the last three chapters of the story today. There is a crossover chapter with another series by the same mangaka, so I haven’t finished the volume yet, but I don’t think that chapter will have any bearing on the overall Orange story. Probably just a fun goof.

This is my first finished manga series in Japanese where I have not previous experienced the story before in English or another form. And that feels pretty significant to me. :slight_smile:

I look forward to in a couple of years time, rereading the whole thing over a weekend. I could have finished Orange quicker if I was reading it by myself, so saying it took 8 months is kinda misleading. Although, maybe if I had been reading it by myself, I would have taken pauses from the series, so who knows? :woman_shrugging:

In any case, very happy with this accomplishment, and Orange was such a great story so makes it even better. Highly recommend this series. And yes, while the main story is technically finished in volume 5, the additional volumes (6+7) fleshes out stuff and takes care of dangling threads, totally worth reading. Without them, I wouldn’t have been as happy about the series because I felt like one question was unanswered, but 6-7 answered it. ^^


March 4th

Properly read and took vocab notes on the first chapter of よつばと!

I bought volume 1 years ago and have read it multiple times since then but it still cracks me up every time. I finally went and bought a whole 15 volume set despite having bought a few odd volumes over the years. I was hoping for it to be released as a ebook but that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon. Can’t wait to finally progress in the story!

Gonna see if I can maybe finish the 15 volumes in time for よつばと! Volume 1’s 20 year anniversary this August :four_leaf_clover:


Congrats! :tada: This is a great achievement :blush:

Now on to your first finished Light Novel series :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


March 2nd - 4th (Days 61-63) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

02/03/23: 1Q84 Book 1 後編 (33 - 37%) Completed chapter 16!
03/03/23: 1Q84 Book 1 後編 (37 - 38%)
04/03/23: 1Q84 Book 1 後編 (38 - 41%)

I’ve been planning to finish this weeks 1Q84 reading by today, but I’ve been a little busy with sorting out travel arrangements these past few days. Will finish chapter 17 tomorrow though :3



Considering I’ve only read two light novels so far (since Yoru cafe seems to count), I don’t see it happening anytime soon since it won’t with that series unfortunately. First book was so good too, but I can’t recommend reading anymore than that one. :sweat_smile:

But I’m sure it’ll happen eventually. ^^

My next achievement should be finishing my first VN. :smiley: In a couple of months. ^^


:bookmark: Home post // March 4

・この本を盗む者は (13% → 14%)

Just a super tiny read :sleeping:


That’s an unfortunate feat of series in general, I fear :cold_sweat:

I‘m sure about that as well! :blush:

That’s where you’re getting ahead of me :laughing:


Maybe, and maybe with my WK level, but you’re definitely my senpai. :bowing_woman:

Did that get too anime? I feel weird. xD


forgot to reply, but let me know when you get around to sakura, saku! With your speed I’m sure it’ll be in no time :grin: I’m gonna try to read 1 or 2 volumes / month but I’m not really in a rush since it’s still ongoing afterall


March 4th!

Today I read Chapter 61 of Shadows House. Only one more chapter left in this volume :slight_smile:
This volume has felt very text dense to me compared to previous volumes, and I’ve been finding it a bit tough - but the story is really interesting!

(Home Post)


I barely read last week and it showed in my class as my proficiency dropped significantly (plus I have been up since 2 am watching kdramas and my classes were 12 pm and 1 pm soo).

Suffice it to say that I plan to read 30 minutes per day this week even if I cannot understand the content.



Very tired today, so I didn’t have the energy to read much.

  • 2 pages of 2.43, leaving off on pg 195. Did a tiny bit of translating, too. Today I came across 濃度, recently learned on WK, in the wild for the first time!
  • 極主夫道 ch 95-96
Some vocab of note:

臨戦態勢 (りんせんたいせい) [四字熟語, n.] war preparation


Busy day, read a tiny bit of 半落ち and I’m ready for bed.

Jealous, I hope to do this tomorrow!

夜警 was on sale I think? I usually binge Aozora when I’m feeling indecisive, but you have to really lean into the chaotic energy of not knowing what you’re going to get.

Although I hear 漱石 is a solid choice (こころ、坊っちゃん and the like) - I’ve only ever read a random one of his essays and it wasn’t exactly thrilling, but I’ve heard his fiction is great. I plan to read こころ eventually, maybe later this year.

I have adored every 太宰 short story I’ve read as well. His writing is such a delight.


March 4 :snowflake: Home Post

Pretty busy/tiring day today so not much to report, just counting some Japanese homework :man_shrugging:


Oh yes good suggestion actually! We could read the 10 dreams together @omk3 if you like (as I’m doing that anyways for the literature circle I signed up for), the stories are short (~3 pages each) but make for good discussion (at least the first two did). Maybe we can rope in @Myria as well? :wink:


:cloud_with_lightning_and_rain: :four_leaf_clover: 3月4日 :four_leaf_clover: :cloud_with_lightning_and_rain: (Home Post Link)


  • ルリドラゴン rest of ch1 - I forgot to check the page numbers for the club and just ended up finishing the chapter whoops
  • 新完全マスター pg 22 → 24 - chippin away
  • 古見さんはコミュ症です ch 6 ,7 - more cute chs

Word of the Day:
寛容「かんよう」ー tolerance, open-mindedness


:performing_arts: Home :switzerland:

March 4th


不可解(ふかかい)なぼくのすべてを 1


囀(さえず)る鳥(とり)は羽(は)ばたかない 8
5 pages in chapter 45 - 1st page of chapter 47
estimating that’s p40 - 103

According to 3/5 in let’s enjoy the seasons, the reason frog and snake have 虫 in their kanji is because a long time ago 虫 meant more like creatures that “open the door” in spring ie come out of the earth. Til!

Oh boy, Saezuru. Saezuru, Saezuru, Saezuru. Ignoring how awful Japan is with consent and how both of these characters would be so much better off getting therapy, I love that Yashiro has given up pretending that he doesn’t know Domeki. I can’t wait to see him become more and more honest. I’m a bit torn about Domeki’s actions. On one hand: creepy. On the other hand: it feels like he’s playing Yashiro’s games, which is interesting. Is that supposed to be a sign of intelligent or emotional growth or that he’s still just playing at being yakuza?


Thanks for the recommendations once again! For now I decided I’d like to read 水たまりで息をする, a probably stranger story (a man starts avoiding tap water and stops taking baths) written by the author of おいしいごはん。I’ve even set up a thread in case anyone is interested to join, now or later (the book is on the expensive side, but hopefully there will be some coin-back sale soon for those interested).

I had a quick look, and it’s short and free (déjà vu) and hopefully not as hard as 糞尿譚, so why not? :grin: