📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

January 6 :snowflake: Home Post

Some more 山猫 today! Again not as big of a read because I got distracted by Slime Rancher other things, but still like 6% of the book so nothing to scoff at. I think my lowkey goal is to finish it before the next BU$TAFELLOWS assignment starts on the 13th which should be feasible if I’m reasonably consistent, so we’ll see if I can do it! :muscle:

Oh don’t worry, you’ll get used to those :laughing:

Congrats, always a great accomplishment!! :tada: :tada: :tada:

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Day 6 Progress:
お隣の天使様 五冊 - 72.28% → 75.57%

Wasn’t feeling too well all day today so I didn’t read too much unfortunately. Starting off the challenge with multiple days of below-average reading has not been a great feeling so far.

Word of the Day: 水難すいなん - drowning, flood, shipwreck. I like how a multitude of water-related disasters have simply been filed under ‘water difficulty’.

Thanks to the posters above who helped me puzzle out where 大味 might have come from… still quite a strange word but I think I sort of get it now.

Congrats! It feels great having that first book under your belt so all your studies feel like they’ve actually borne fruit!

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:snowflake: :snowman: Home Post :snowman: :snowflake:

➳ January 7th.

What: ハイキュー!! volume 1
Pages: 27
Time: 30 minutes.

I’ve got about 50 pages left… Hopefully I can read 'em all tomorrow. I’m thinking of playing some more Ni no Kuni after this. I’m just happy it’s the weeeekeeeeend.

Congrats! That’s a huge milestone :tada:

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:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 5

Read a little ユージニア (16% → 17%).

:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 6

Played BU$TAFELLOWS for 1h and read ユージニア for the longest I’ve read it so far (17% → 21%). I got pretty into it but had to stop since it was really late and had to do things in the morning.

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1 月 7 日
からかい上手の高木さん Volume 1 Chapter 1 :smiling_imp:

Mixed it up today and decided to start my first manga! Well technically, I started this in November after making an impulse buy at Book Off, but didn’t get to finish a full chapter because I was too intimidated and felt like I didn’t have enough energy and time. This time around, I’m feeling a bit more motivated and well, this reading challenge has really given me the push! I’m using the ABBC book club to help me out and I’m incredibly grateful for all the questions and responses posted by everyone in the thread. I learned so much in one day, but I don’t know how much of it will stick with me… :flushed:

Also just wanted to say how confusing that title is as already mentioned by a few people on the Chapter 1 thread… Of all things, how could you get the translation of the title wrong… :cold_sweat:

Anyway, I hope this will be a good warm up to the ABBC book club I’ll be joining for the first time scheduled in Feb!

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My first reading challange

Despite the challenge going on for some time, I’d be happy to join you all while slightly being late.

As I have just restarted with learning the language after a fairly long break I think this is a great opportunity to pick up the pace again. I’m going to progress just about 15-30 mins daily while also revising in the meantime. Planning to read よつばと! - Vol.1, bought the physical copy back in Japan but didn’t get to read it until now so it’s about time. :smiley: Not sure if I’m going to be able to finish it during this challange, however, I’ll try my best to progress as much as I can while also learning grammar and vocabulary.

Jan
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Feb
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28
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Jan 7

かがみの孤城 17% → 22%

Didn’t manage to read as much as I’d hoped today, but that’s okay.

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7th january

it’s the weekend which means it’s time for an easier read! after a bit of deliberation i picked 彼女とカメラと彼女の季節 which is a yuri manga about, well, the title says it all really asdfghjkl surprisingly easy to follow, managed a whole chapter!

some words of note, based on what i looked up: プリ, short for print(ing), printed copy, etc.; ピロティ, pillar, building raised on columns, from the french pilotis apparently; and my personal favourite 恋煩い, lovesickness, tho it was written as 恋わずらい in the manga

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:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月7日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)

Read:

  • ホリミヤ ch 58
  • マジーク・ツリーハウス pg 41 → 72 - I realized I was actually pretty close to finishing the first story today (The e-book is actually the first 2 books combined into one volume), so I decided to push a little bit harder on this to finish it today! That means I have technically finished my first book in japanese! I definitely didn’t understand everything, and (like @NicoleIsEnough mentioned a while back) even in a kids book like this there’s a surprising amount of pretty difficult grammar. But! 100% perfect comprehension was never my goal here; I understood enough of what was happening to read through and enjoy it, and I picked up some neat vocab and grammar stuff along the way! Now we just rinse and repeat :smile:
Good Words

ホリミヤ
フラれる = 振られる ー to be turned down (Weird katakana usage here but 2 different people say it like this)
お似合い 「おにあい」ー well matched (of a couple)
誤解「ごかい」ー misunderstanding
誘う「さそう」ー to invite someone
唇「くちびる」ー lips

マジーク・ツリーハウス
危うい「あやうい」ー dangerous, in danger
悲鳴「ひめい」ー shriek
カモノハシ ー platypus
吠える「ほえる」ー to bark, to roar
脱出「だっしゅう」ー escape
包丁「ほうちょう」ー kitchen knife
しゃがみ込む「しゃがみこむ」ー to crouch down (completely, face looking through knees)
鋭い「するどい」ー sharp, perceptive, keen
たどり着く「たどりつく」ー to finally arrive
街灯「がいとう」ー street light

:tada: :tada: congrats!

The english title is frustratingly ambiguous, and I think more people read it incorrectly than correctly (myself included :sweat_smile:) The english titles of many series are, frankly, pretty bad, but sounds like you’re well on your way to understanding the japanese titles for yourself now!

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January 7th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: (Card Captor Sakura) Continued up to page 189, finished chapter 22 and volume 5
Today: Began reading volume 3 of Aria: the masterpiece, read up to page 16.

The person on the cover confused me for a second but it turns out that it is Aika who at one point apparently gets a haircut and thus, short hair. Problem solved! :ballot_box_with_check:

I was relieved that I wasn’t once again greeted with several pages of world building which would have made me go back to the volume 1 word list yet again. :sweat_smile:
Instead, the chapter started like many others with Akari’s diary/letter(?) entries. Turns out that it is spring again and that Akari has officially spent one whole year on Aqua – time sure flies (despite having 24 months over there), huh.
I’ll simply feed on the scenery in this volume as it may take a while before spring arrives in my err vicinity…sigh, I don’t like winter, especially when snow is scarce and everything is just barren and grey. :persevere:


@emiri_learns_jp

I can only second @sddsdd : being able to finally read even one book or volume of beginner friendly manga is satisfying and motivating. I hope that this will motivate you to read much more for a while to finish more volumes and eventually a whole series. 頑張って。 :smiley:

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Word or expression of the day:
再び - (ふたたび) - again, once more, a second time

Honourable mention(s):
骨の折れる - (ほねのおれる) - to require much effort, to be hard to do, to be bone-breakingly hard​

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:house: :books: home post

Skipped a few days, but that’s okay. I’m squeezing in work on a family holiday and have to prioritize how to use unexpected bits of down-time. TBH sometimes catching up on sleep takes top priority.

Satori is easier to pick up when I have a few minutes here or there so going to focus on them. (PS they’re having a sale right now!) Currently reading the one about the jam maker :strawberry: and the one about the mouse :mouse:

These are adorable! Adding them to my list right now!

Some people read a lot and some of us are just trying to do a paragraph a day. It’s all good.

If you get to that one please let us know how it is? Really curious about it.

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There was a book club here for it I believe, and I and some others have read it outside of that. It’s a heart warming and calming book. The writing style is really nothing special, though, and perhaps the pacing could be better. I greatly enjoyed the audiobook and I’ve heard other people loved the movie - and IIRC it was actually based on a stage play.

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:snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 7 :snowflake: :snowman_with_snow:
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BU$TAFELLOWS :moneybag:

Finally had a chance to get back to Bustafellows, in the middle of a very long scene I stopped in before because I got fatigued on figuring stuff out. After quite some more talking it finally ended. :sweat_smile:

The end of chapter one nowhere in sight yet. I haven’t even gotten to all the choice points in chapter 1 yet, and I seem to remember people talking about there being quite a bit after them too.

I knew I’d fall behind on the VN clubs (I haven’t even had a chance to start 9-nine- yet…) in the first half of January, but I had thought I’d at least finish chapter 1 of Bustafellows before chapter 3 begins next week, but… I’d be surprised if I did with how busy I will be. :sweat:

And it is quite early here yet, so I will probably end up reading some more of the English novel I’m reading later. But I wanted to post right now. ^^


Hurray! Well done! :partying_face:

What is this “technically” I hear? If you in any language bought a trilogy in a one volume set, would you then say that you hadn’t finished a book when you finished the first book of the trilogy?! Shame on you. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

Congratz on your first book! :tada:

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Jan 7, Sat of Week 2 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.2 Ch.9-10 (end volume)

I thought the 身体(WORLD) was going to end.

  • うたわれるもの
Interesting words
  • ドヤ顔(がお) = self-satisfied look
  • 刺々(とげとげ)しい = biting (words). Like a barb (棘(とげ)).
  • 浮上(ふじょう) = rising to the surface. ふ is an On reading of barely introduced of æµ®(う)く (Level 30).
  • 非凡(ひぼん) = extraordinary
  • 凌駕(りょうが) = surpassing; outdoing
  • 牽制(けんせい) = keeping in check
  • まとめ役(やく) = manager; coordinator; consensus builder. Full Kanji form is 纏(まと)め役(やく).
  • 彩色(さいしき) = coloring
  • 有給(ゆうきゅう) = paid holiday
  • 代休(だいきゅう) = compensatory holiday
  • 破綻(はたん) = breakdown; bankruptcy. The latter Kanji is also in 綻(ほころ)びる (which I had confused with 滅(ほろ)びる).
  • 好転(こうてん) = changing for the better. Probably like 改善(かいぜん). Then, I learned about 暗転(あんてん).
  • 三尖弁(さんせんべん) = tricuspid valve. For mitral, 二尖弁(にせんべん) is OK, but 僧帽弁(そうぼうべん) seems to be more common.
  • 心室細動(しんしつさいどう) = ventricular fibrillation. 心室(しんしつ) is ventricle.
    • A counterpart is 心房細動(しんぼうさいどう), where 心房(しんぼう) is atrium.
    • 細動(さいどう) is fibrillation (fine movements?) So, 除細動器(じょさいどうき) = defibrillator.
  • 開発者(かいはつしゃ) = developer (of a computer application / game)
  • 常在菌(じょうざいきん) = normal flora
  • 家督(かとく) = heir; inheritance / family estate
  • 子煩悩(こぼんのう) = doting one’s children. 煩悩(ぼんのう) is just worldly desires. (In contrast with Mandarin = worries)
  • 分不相応(ぶんふそうおう) = beyond one’s position
  • 本末転倒(ほんまつてんとう) = pulling the cart before the horse. Probably, tip (末(まつ)) before the main body (本(ほん)).
  • 立(た)ち往生(おうじょう) = brought to a standstill (a deadlock). 往生(おうじょう) is passing to afterlife; so probably will die anyway…
  • 質実剛健(しつじつごうけん) = simplicity and fortitude (strong mind).
  • 爪(つめ)に火(ひ)をともす = to light a fire on one’s fingernails; to lead a stingy life
  • 命(いのち)に別状(べつじょう)はない = life is not in danger; not life-threatening. 別条(べつじょう) is acceptable too, and suggested by IME; while the former is in context.

SFX

  • コクコク = nod

Kanji

  • 綻(タン)

    • ripped open
    • タン
      • 破綻(はたん)
    • 綻(ほころ)びる
  • 駕(ガ)

    • palanquin horse
    • ガ
      • 凌駕(りょうが)
    • 駕籠(かご)
  • 牽(ケン)

    • harness; rein
    • ケン
      • 牽制(けんせい),     牽引(けんいん),     牽牛星(けんぎゅうせい)
      • 牽強付会(けんきょうふかい)
  • 凌(リョウ) (Level 58)

    • リョウ
      • 凌駕(りょうが),     凌雲(りょううん)
    • 凌(しの)ぐ (in Wanikani)
  • æµ®(フ) (Level 30)

    • フ
      • 浮浪者(ふろうしゃ) (in Wanikani)
      • 浮上(ふじょう),     浮遊(ふゆう),     浮力(ふりょく),     浮沈(ふちん)
      • 浮腫(ふしゅ)
    • 浮腫(むく)む
      • 浮腫(むくみ)
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I suppose “technically” in the sense that I can’t check it off as done on natively or bookmeter :sweat_smile: (I did mark it as read and put it on my goodreads japanese shelf though, so you got me there :laughing: )

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Well, I can see that. *nods sagely* But in reality you still finished your first book and in this challenge we don’t care if you can check it off on natively/bookmeter. xD

So party!

:partying_face:

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

January 7th
新書太閣記 progress: 00.53% // Volume I: 06.10% :horse:

I said it yesterday but again, the descriptions are really good. It’s impressive how much emotional weight Yoshikawa can express in such few words, really makes the scenes feel very real.

Also managed to finish the chapter.

Words found under the kotatsu

旗指物「はたさしもの」ー The small flag that some samurai carry on their back in battle
騎「き」ー Counter for horsemen
荷駄「にだ」ー Pack; horseload
野薔薇「のいばら」ー Multiflora Rose / Japanese Rose
兵馬「へいば」ー Arms and cavalry; troops; military affairs
前線「ぜんせん」ー Weather front; the front lines; action zone
床几「しょうぎ」ー Folding stool; camp stool
籠手「こて」ー Gauntlet; bracer
颯々「さつさつ」ー Rustling; murmuring; whistling
恍惚「こうこつ」ー Rapture; ecstasy

Forms
酬いる = 報いる「むくいる」(to reward; to recompense; to repay)

Alt Meanings
駒「こま」ー Shogi/chess piece // But has an archaic meaning: horse; foal

Character Name List

for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering
Also 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:

Main
Hideyoshi: 豊臣秀吉「とよとみ ひでよし」// 豊太閤「ほうたいこう」

Volume I Characters
日吉「ひよし」
(Hideyoshi as a child)

Friends
仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」- Timid kid friend

Family
弥右衛門「やえもん」- Father
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」- Ojisan (only distantly related)


Others
織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」(Daimyo) (Foreshadowing drum noises)
– 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」(Younger brother)
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」(Daimyo)

五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Goro’s Chinese name)
– Servant of Goro: 捨次郎「すてじろう」
– Mother of Goro’s child: 梨琴「りきん」
– Rikin’s & Goro’s child: 楊景福「ようけいふく」

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

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

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

  • 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 to early 800s)


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Congrats! This is great! :tada:

Congrats this is also great! :tada:

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January 7th progress update :snowflake:
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Finished the first 20 pages of よつばと!- vol. 1
This was probably the most exhausting reading experience I ever had due to this being the first ever manga I read, not to mention barely reading anything in Japanese recently. I must admit though that getting through just these 20 pages feels great because I’ve revised grammar I nearly forgot, learnt some new words and expressions. Time to take some notes of the new vocab I gained then relax for the day.

This is called a challenge for a reason and I’m happy to be a part of it, looking forward to finishing the first chapter tomorrow. :blush:

Congratulations, that is an awesome feat!

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:snowflake: Day 7, 7th of January :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

Yesterday was a migraine day, so no reading. But today I read this DrDru story, which was some facts about Spain.

In the next, we play Tic-tac-Toe, 三目並(さんもくなら)べ.

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Day 4
Continued reading Your Lie in April manga Vol.2. It must be really rough what happened to the protagonist being on a stage and starting to panic. But they somehow managed to save the situation but were still disqualified. In my opinion that really doesn’t matter as an artist it’s more important to give your best every time and to make people smile.
Started the next short story in ボッコちゃん 5 pages.

470 pages read 19530 to go

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