📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

Long reply—you surprised? Itsa me!

I’m quite bad at not looking up a word if I’m not super sure of it. It usually means very slow reading, but rarely so slow that it annoys me. However, I’m working on not looking up words I’m fairly sure of and words I can guess from context. Because I have to look up enough words that I have no idea about that always looking up the unsure ones adds a lot to my reading time.

Especially since I tend to read on paper/Switch, meaning no instant look ups.

Personally, I have not to so far started adding words to an SRS that I find while reading. For one, I only recently finished WK and once I clear most of the reviews of the last few levels I look forward to some SRS free time.

What I do though, is that in the app I mostly use for look ups, I tend to bookmark what I look up for different things I’m reading. For example, I’m looking up so much for Loopers (visual novel) that I actually put them in folders according to chapters, meaning I can actually see if I’ve looked up a word in Loopers before when I go to look it up the second/third/etc. time.

I also have a folder where I add terms I recognize I have looked up many times that still doesn’t seem to be sticking. It usually means I’ve looked them up at least 5 times probably more like 10+ before I consider adding it to this special folder. If I ever start SRSing stuff I find while I read, this is the folder I would pull from. Words I’ve looked up multiple times across different books and games. Obviously words that would be useful for me to know, whether they are generally common or not. (Considering they seem to be common in what I read.)

The main point though, is to keep looking to your enjoyment.

  • Are you getting bored/annoyed/losing interest because you are looking up so much and it feels so slow? Consider either looking up less (and accept more ambiguity) or SRS words that show up in what you read (others have mentioned methods from finding word lists for specific books and such at koohi/jpdb, or making your own deck, etc.)
  • Are you getting bored/annoyed/losing interest because you don’t understand enough? Consider: looking up more and/or SRS words that will show up in the thing you are reading ahead of time.

There are probably more questions/situations, but you get the point. There will be days when you have no patience for lookups and maybe that day only you only look up what you absolutely need. (One method for that is to not look up a word and instead keep reading, if the word proved critical to what followed and you couldn’t figure it out, go ahead and look it up, otherwise continue on.) And there will be days where you’ll have all the patience in the world. Same goes for enjoyment/bored and so on.

I hope my little essay helped. I’m bad at being concise. xD


January 4th!

Today I read chapter 21 of Flying Witch. I haven’t read this in a while since I’ve overloaded myself a bit with bookclubs at the moment!
It was nice to get back to it.
It was a fairly straight forward chapter other than there being a character who spoke with a dialect I didn’t understand, but the other characters also didn’t understand and that was the point, so I didn’t spend too much time trying to decipher it :grin:

Happy belated birthdays to @Cathm2, @Hantsuki, and @nyxqueenofshadows.
I’m an early January birthday too! Mine is tomorrow.

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January 4 :heavy_check_mark: :zzz:

死体は眠らない, start - 13%

I decided I’m not in a particularly spooky mood right now, and since the 山の霊異記 book consists of standalone short stories, there is no harm in setting it aside for now. Instead, I started my new 赤川次郎, which is exactly as I imagined it: a black comedy of errors. It’s a light read (if you don’t mind a dead body or four), both in substance and in text - I don’t think I’ve seen so much dialogue outside of a manga before! All characters are unlikeable (I mean, the first chapter literally starts with the protagonist not being able to answer the door because he’s busy strangling his wife) which makes all their mishaps all the more enjoyable. If you thought that getting rid of one dead body might be problematic, wait till they start accumulating, while the phone and doorbell never stop ringing. :rofl: Downloaded @pocketcat’s bingo card to fill out as I read too. :grin:

Happy (belated?) birthdays to @Cathm2 , @Hantsuki and @nyxqueenofshadows! And happy birthday to @lucylavelle too! (here it’s tomorrow already :grin:)


Happy Birthday! :birthday::tada::gift:

(am I too early? :thinking: Then please read it again later ok? :grin:)


Jan 1-4 update
Home Post :house_with_garden:
:orange_book: :teacher: :heavy_multiplication_x:
First few days going well, except from Tuesday that I missed a day because… I fell asleep too early :sweat_smile:
I also had to think of what reading material to go through, and luckily enough, I have quite a few sitting on my shelves. Thought I’d start the challenge with a simple graded reader, to ease back into a rhythm… I’m also still carrying on with a 366 I started last spring.

  • 1/1: 10分で読める伝記、13min. :orange_book:
  • 2/1: missed… :heavy_multiplication_x:
  • 3/1: 教養366, 26min. :teacher:
  • 4/1: 教養366, 12min | 10分で読める伝記, 36min :teacher: :orange_book:
new vocab and words that caught my fancy


  • 脂肪 |しぼう|fat; grease
  • タンパク質 | たんぱくしつ |protein
  • 基礎医学 |きそいがく|basic medicine
  • 帝政 |ていせい|imperial government;monarchical rule
  • 燃え盛る |もえさかる|to blaze; to burn brightly
  • 彷徨う |さまよう | to roam about
  • 途方に暮れる |[spoiler]
  • とほうにくれる|to be at a loss;
  • to be puzzled
  • [/spoiler]
  • 奮い立つ |ふるいたつ|to cheer up;to be encouraged (by)
  • 舞い込む |まいこむ|to drop in unexpectedly
  • 語り継ぐ |かたりつぐ|to pass down ( a story) from generation to generation

Summary post

Day 4: January 4th
What did I read?: 夜の名前を呼んで Vol 3
How much did I read?: 33 pages
How long did it take me?: 30 min

This chapter was so sweet, I am going to cry :face_holding_back_tears: First, can we just set the mood with this darling chapter cover page because it’s beautiful and I love it

Also the phrase そばにいるよ (which is the chapter title) makes me so soft for no real reason, the sentiment just sounds so sweet in Japanese to me, idk, it’s one of my favorites, I love it :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Capri really shines in this chapter, but both he and Rei are just so gosh darn sweet and supportive to Mira, I can’t :sob: At the very end of the previous chapter, Capri noticed that there was a サイン会 happening in town for Mira’s favorite author (the one who wrote the book that they were discussing all last chapter). In this chapter, the three of them are trying to see if Mira can get herself into town to attend it. Rei and Capri are like walking with her down the path, encouraging her as she goes the way Rei is like holding her hand and leading her gently down the road is so soft :pleading_face: In the end, Mira’s anxiety is too bad and she can’t get all the way to town, but Capri goes to the サイン会 and gets a copy of her favorite book signed in her name, and the author writes her a really sweet note, and I just-, everyone is so sweet :face_holding_back_tears:


day 4 :dragon:
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Read: Yotsubato!

Progress: 35/224-> 50/224 (finished chapter 1)

Thoughts: I enjoyed the ending of chapter 1! Amusing, simple to read, but also good practice for me. The final ordeal was quite entertaining and I didn’t have to look up many words, so I could enjoy just reading it. not sure how to spoiler things here, so can’t mention what it was

I look forward to starting chapter 2 tomorrow~


:sparkling_heart: Day 2 - January 4th :sparkling_heart:

  • 二度目の初恋 page 014-019

Yesterday I left the book at home, so I couldn’t read it. :sweat_smile: I did read a lot about how to write 履歴書 and 自己PR, though… does it count? Hahaha :joy:

Today I read a little and stopped just right after the MC decided to give up on her first love. Honestly, this story is so trope-y and cliche, but I like it just fine. Give me the ドキs :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

New words
  • 担任=homeroom teacher
  • 転校生=transfer student
  • 噛み殺す=to stifle a smile; to hold back a yawn
  • ぼんやり=dimly; faintly; absentmindedly
  • ぼんやりする顔=blank face
  • 記憶=memory
  • さかのぼる=to go back; to trace back
  • 教卓=teacher’s desk
  • 眠気=sleepiness; drowsiness
  • 吹き飛ぶ=to vanish; to disappear
  • 叫ぶ=to shout; to cry; to scream;
  • どよめく=to resound; to make a stir
  • 横=side-to-side; beside; next to
  • 生徒=student
  • 表情=facial expression
  • やがて=before long; soon; finally
  • 直後=immediately following
  • 絶叫=scream; shriek; shout; exclamation
  • 案の定=just as one thought; sure enough
  • まばたき=blink (of eyes); wink
  • 自覚=self-consciousness; self-awareness

(Home Post)


I started to read ふゆから、くるる recently and its a pretty wild story so far. I haven’t gotten deep into the actual plot yet (its supposed to be a murder mystery) but the world building has been interesting. I’m loving the music and art in this one too.

Anyways, during my reading they were talking about chess and I came across what has to be the largest word compound I’ve seen so far 「二人零和有限確定完全情報ゲーム」 :joy:


:spiral_calendar: Day 4: January 4th :umbrella:

spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 10 (10% ➨ 17%)
spacer:crossed_swords: ポケットモンスタースペシャル Volume 7 (0% ➨ 6%)

Small reading day today as I took out the time to learn all the new things in the HTML standard from the last 20 years. (As it turns out, it’s a lot less than I expected!) Between that and updating one of my projects to utilize a custom element in HTML+Javascript, I was left with little time for manga.


January 4th
What did I read?: にわにはににん
How much did I read?: 18 pages
(Finished 2nd Story: ユーレカの庭 )
How long did it take me?: 2 hours 5 min

I have now finished the second story! :tada:


Happy birthday to a surprisingly large group of people! I’m a bit behind so afraid to tag names and miss anyone, but :cake: happy birthday(s) all the same!

I didn’t read yesterday and only read half the ユージニア assignment today. I’ve been very tired and busy this week so it’s not working out well for my reading goals. Here’s hoping tomorrow goes better.



I read 5 volumes of HQ today, all the way through vol 43! There are only 2 volumes left, *sobs*

Some vocab of note:

仰々しい (ぎょうぎょうしい) [い-adj.] exaggerated; bombastic; highly colored
頭が高い (ずがたかい) [expression, い-adj.] haughty; holding one’s head high
惜敗 (せきはい) [noun, する verb (自)] regrettable defeat; defeat by a narrow margin. As opposed to 完敗 (かんぱい) “utter defeat; annihilation.”
引く手数多 (ひくてあまた) [noun] being very popular; being in great demand
天秤にかける (てんびんにかける) [expression, 一] to compare and contrast (two alternatives); to weigh the relative merits (of two options); to weigh (one’s options)
呉越同舟 (ごえつどうしゅう) [四字熟語, noun] bitter enemies in the same boat; rivals finding themselves together by chance


:books: :snowflake: softlyraining’s snowy book stack :snowboarder: :open_book:

January 4th

:red_square: ラストで君は「まさか!」と言う 冬の物語 (28% → 32%)

Finished another story! This one, 「氷のジジイ」, is about a group of kids who walk through an empty lot on their way to school. They usually mess around a bit while they’re there. One of the kids, however, is afraid of the old man who lives next to it, while the other children aren’t terribly concerned. I thought this story might venture off into the spooky, but the author went for a more heartwarming ending. I think I mentioned this in the advent calendar thread, but because of the 3 minute limitation, these stories all run into the problem of needing to do a substantial bit of telling one way or another. I’m sure it’s not easy to write something amazing under this limitation. Still, there’s only been one spooky winter tale so far, so it was kind of a letdown that this wasn’t another.

Many birthday wishes to @Cathm2, @Hantsuki, @lucylavelle, and @nyxqueenofshadows! :tada: :birthday:


January 4 :snowflake: Home Post

Even more 山猫 today; I read 52 pages which I think is the most I’ve read of a novel in a day by a pretty large margin so… yay!! :tada: It was spread over a few sittings but still some really solid progress. Story-wise, things sure are getting interesting :eyes: the book’s namesake has arrived in full force and oh he is as much of a character as I anticipated, any character who will unironically say この俺様 is bound to be a good time :joy: so it’s been a lot of fun hearing more from him directly and watching 勝村 suffer trying to deal with him lmao. Also in retrospect I can’t believe I wasn’t even a little bit suspicious about a character named 山根虎 just happening to meet 勝村 and bond with him about 今井, like wow that should’ve raised some flags :laughing: But also mysteries upon mysteries :eyes: what’s the deal with the necklace? Also just with 今井 in general? How many people are somehow connected to it all? Very curious :eyes:

Also happy birthday to like half the people in this challenge apparently?? I hope you’ve all had a wonderful time! :grin::tada:


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Day 4 Progress:
お隣の天使様 五冊 - 64.24% → 66.97%

Another subpar reading day and quick post before I go to bed for work tomorrow. I definitely feel like I’ve been becoming pretty lax with my JP studies lately… spending more of that time playing games with friends. Not having much to do outside for work is definitely affecting that mentality lol.

As a side note though I’m really enjoying just doing little Twitter webcomic translations for friends. It’s a nice way to feel like my efforts haven’t been going to waste and weirdly enough actually doing pretty well in the motivating department.

Word of the Day: 魔法瓶まほうびん - thermos bottle or vacuum flask. I didn’t realize Japan was so fascinated with heat-retention properties LOL.

Hilariously enough my own state (Massachusetts) placed sixth in that same video. Was not expecting that name to come up, lol.


:face_with_peeking_eye::face_with_peeking_eye::face_with_peeking_eye::face_with_peeking_eye::face_with_peeking_eye: is there any chance you could put this stuff under spoiler tags? You’re very far ahead of me with ハイキュー , think there’s a few other people in this thread too who are in the ハイキュー reading club which is on vol 11 right now. Nice to be able to have the option avoid potential spoilers as you’re at the end.

In other news, after a big reading slump (which may or may not have coincided with me downloading the game ‘Obey Me’ on my phone, but hey, it’s in japanese so it kind of counts??) I’ve got back into reading everyday! Currently enjoying BUSTAFELLOWS and Who Inside with their respective book clubs. Also read 今夜、世界からこの恋が消えても this week which I would recommend to people who like romance stories that make you cry lots, but I actually listened to the audiobook so probably doesn’t count for this challenge!


There are two ways and they are both hiding under the cogwheel in the configure row at the top of the reply window.

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Typically I use blur for short spoilers or part of a sentence spoilers. Detail tag is good if you want to spoiler a lot. Or if you want to hide a super long reply like I did recently. xD

Happy birthday to @lucylavelle!! :partying_face:


:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 4

Finally had a solid block of reading time so I could finish chapter 2 of ユージニア (13% → 16%). As expected that was a better experience than reading in little chunks so I’ll try to see if I can read full chapters in the future… I’m probably two slow for that now so maybe just half… we’ll see.

Also played like 15 min of BU$TAFELLOWS. I’m just starting chapter 2 so I better up my playing time if I’m to keep up with the club.

So the good news is I’m really enjoying everything I’m reading right now, the bad news is it’s very hard to find solid blocks of time to dedicate to them.


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1 月 5 日
コナの大冒険 第19話 from Satorireader

Same series today but will change it up over the weekend!

New words:
泥棒 (どろぼう) thief, theft
犯人 (はんにん) offender, perpetrator


Thanks for the words of encouragement @ChristopherFritz ! Will definitely be joining the next ABBC and I’m excited for the results to come out this coming Saturday!

A few of my other concerns in reading outside of Satorireader was also covered by @emiri_learns_jp (the many pauses in reading to look up stuff and whether to create additional set of flash cards for new vocab encountered when reading). The responses to that were useful too so thanks for sharing!