📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

: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
「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

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:

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
(Hideyoshi as a child)

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

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

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)


Congrats! This is great! :tada:

Congrats this is also great! :tada:


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!


: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.


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


January 7th!

Today I started reading Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun. I read chapter 1-2 and so far I’m really enjoying it. It’s pretty funny :grin:

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Day 7: January 7th
What did I read?: 夜の名前を呼んで Vol 3
How much did I read?: 36 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 20 min

Wow, I was struggling today in the reading department, I feel like there were a lot of words I didn’t know and kanji I couldn’t remember how to read so it slowed me up a bit. But nevertheless, I read two chapters today and finished off this last volume when are there more I need them

In the second-to-last chapter, a butler man randomly shows up in their garden and engages Rei’s magical doctor services for a young girl who apparently can’t be in the sunlight. I think her and Mira are going to become friends somehow - idk how, but I can sense it :eyes:

And then the last chapter. THE LAST CHAPTER WAS THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE :sob: It’s a flashback to young Rei, Karutos, and Stela being in magical med school together.

Spoilers, but cute spoilers ;_; And they're not really related to the main story I don't think, just this particular chapter

Stela decides she’s going to be an inventor, and the first thing she invents is…No. ワン

Rei LOVES it :sob: :sob: :sob: Please, have you ever seen anything more cute in your entire life :sob:

Crying sobbing on the floor :sob: :two_hearts:

But then - tragedy - we find out that Rei is allergic to puppy so he can never pet the puppy again :sob:
But then, but then
Stela invents him this little space helmet thing so he can play with puppy again ahhhhh :sob:


dkfshdls I feel like I had to put that in spoilers but I think this image alone is spoiler-free enough
Look and let your heart be healed :pleading_face:


Yay!! Congratulations to both of you! :partying_face: :tada:


January 7th
What did I read?: にわにはににん
How much did I read?: 12 pages
(Continued 4th Story: にわにはににん )
How long did it take me?: 46 min

This story’s getting really interesting! The main character has been trapped in a miniature garden and has a doppelganger of him running around the house! I’m a big fan of doppelgangers in stories, so this is a fascinating development~


:spiral_calendar: Day 7: January 7th :snowflake:

spacer:bust_in_silhouette: シャドーハウス Volume 4 (13% ➨ 33%)

Too much coding and not enough reading today. But my plan to get caught up with the Shadows House book club is…sort of getting there. Back to coding.



I’m pretty sure I missed a day somewhere here if you don’t count reading a Japanese guest’s message :sweat_smile:
But somewhere down the line, I got a couple pages of 世界から猫が消えたなら read, and I took advantage of the coin back sale on Bookwalker to finally get かがみの孤城 and get a couple pages in. It’s interesting that it’s rated lower on Natively compared to the former book because the former feels like it’s much easier to read, in my opinion. But we’ll see how they compare down the road.

I also got chapter 5 of 夜カフェ3 read, and thankfully this chapter was better than the last two. But honestly, if it wasn’t a book I could literally just read anywhere at any time, I probably would put it on hold. It’s just far less interesting compared to the other books I’m reading.

Thanks all for the birthday wishes! :slight_smile:

Funny! Mine was the day after, the 4th.

And look it all these early January birthdays! Happy (belated) birthday guys! :sparkling_heart:

One of our guests from Belgium came on the 4th and left on her birthday on the 6th, too. Such happy timing!


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1 月 8 日
からかい上手の高木さん Volume 1 Chapter 2 :smiling_imp:

So I’ve read another chapter of Teasing-master Takagi-san, but have to say that there were so many things I couldn’t understand today. I can get the gist of the story from words I know and of course the drawings but my low level of grammar is really hindering me from being able to fully understand or even attempt at making translations which I’ve seen other readers do in the book club thread.

I’m beginning to wonder if I’m ready for my first ABBC at all! But paraphrasing from this chapter: 別にいいけど… Ready or not, I’m just gonna do it since the next two in line are both mangas I voted for and look super cute!


@javerend i was just thinking how strange that is but then I thought about how I pick books to read. I guess I don’t really give that much consideration for titles. Usually I heavily base my selection on the blurb and genre. Unfortunately, based on my reading progress for today, it’s only until the title for now… :sweat_smile:

@nyxqueenofshadows thank you for the reply to my question related to the feminine speaking styles! And for prompting others to respond! :grin: Very useful inputs.


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More 山猫! I was determined to make progress and read 49 pages so guess I succeeded :stuck_out_tongue: I’m enjoying all the mysterious happenings and trying to figure out what’s going on, but mostly I’m enjoying all the ridiculous things 山猫 does and everyone around him being like “why are you like this” :joy: poor 勝村 lmao, he’s gonna be so mad when the crossword puzzle 山猫 was messing with inevitably ends up being the key to the clues 今井 left for him, rip. There are also still interesting side characters being introduced, I have no idea if anyone other than 山猫 will end up actually being a recurring character in the series so we shall see!

Ooooh that’s very exciting, congrats!! :tada:


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

January 7th

:orange_square: ラストで君は「まさか!」と言う 冬の物語 (48% → 52%)

Only one short story today (8 pages, 19 minutes and 48 seconds). My spouse was playing Lego Star Wars, and it was hard not to stop reading to watch the cut scenes…

Today’s story once again involved a runner. However, I had an easier time understanding what was going on, so it was an all-around better time. That said, it was just so-so.

I see that a couple of people finished their first book/manga in Japanese! This is probably my favorite aspect of the reading challenge. Congratulations! For those still on the journey to that first finished book, keep at it! A little bit goes a long way!


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・ 本好きの下克上 16 (37% → 42%)

Was too tired to post last night, so here goes instead. I did not read Saikawa and Moe :eyes: I watched the last few episodes of Bocchi the Rock instead. I hope there will be a season 2 :crossed_fingers:

Honzuki spoilers: I can’t help but ship ローゼマイン and フェルディナンド, they have an interesting chemistry together. I don’t want her to be married to ヴィルフリート :sob: I know the two of them are just engaged for political stability right now to counter unwanted attention from the noble people, so I guess there is room for other developments further ahead :eyes:


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8th jan

another chapter of 彼女とカメラと彼女の季節 and we’re only in chapter two but things are heating up! there’s still cute moments tho so i feel comfortable carrying on.

no words jumped out at me, but that’s okay. back to 蟲師 tomorrow!


I technically started this challenge on the first, but I was so busy with it being イッテンヨン week in Japan and all, plus having family visiting, I wasn’t able to be around the forum much, and just quietly got my reading done on my own :sweat_smile:.

But I am here now!! :triumph:

Week 52
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Week 7
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= Japanese
= Japanese and Spanish

As usual, I’m aiming to read in both Japanese and Spanish every day if possible! I also have an ambitious new goal that I outlined in my 2022 retrospective/2023 goals post

Basically, I’m going to try to get a full 365 day streak of either reading or listening every day (I typically do the reading challenge for two months and then the listening challenge on the off-month) with both Spanish and Japanese. I honestly got pretty close to accomplishing that last year without even planning on it from the outset, and since I’m freshly unemployed, I figured I might as well aim extra high.

What I'm reading in Spanish:

I’m currently reading Sí, sí es contigo by Calle y Poché, which is a book I had earmarked for adding to the library’s Spanish language collection. I saw it on recommended lists of LGBTQ books in Spanish, and it looked like it would have a lot of everyday vocabulary and be a bit less, well, literary, for lack of a better term, haha, which might make it more accessible to me, since I’d mostly just been reading kids books before.

What I'm reading in Japanese:

As usual, my main priority will be translating post-match comments for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling! This still counts as reading haha because I’m still heavily dependent on typed transcripts of the comments and don’t have good enough listening comprehension to translate from video yet.

The TJPW comments are very time-sensitive and have to take priority, but whenever I have extra time, I have some Shakespeare deathmatch wrestling shows from over a decade ago on some rare DVDs that I bought recently, and I’m trying to translate the card/cast list for those shows, as well as other materials, like the really cool program that Romeo vs Juliet came with (and I’ll be getting the guidebook for Macbeth hopefully soon…). It can be a somewhat research-intensive process haha because I have to look up a lot of names and such.

As far as, like, normal reading goes, I’m still hoping to finish 大海原と大海原 volume 3! I’m pretty sure I started it during last year’s winter read every day challenge, but, well, life had other plans for me that year, haha, and I ran out of time for reading manga after taking on a huge translation workload. But I still want to finish it!!

I also started reading 女装してめんどくさい事になってるネクラとヤンキーの両片想い recently, after reading the first two volumes in English and getting curious enough to try reading the third in Japanese. I’m reading this series much more extensively than everything else I’m reading, so sometimes I find myself gravitating toward it when I want something a little lower effort.

In addition to that, pro wrestling’s greatest epic gay love story, the Golden Lovers (who are the entire reason I got into wrestling and ultimately the reason I started learning Japanese), have recently gotten back together, and it’s likely that things are going to ramp up a lot with that story in February (when Kota Ibushi’s contract is up), so I’ll probably have tweets and interviews and such from them to read, too. I’m hoping, at least! The first week of January has already been very generous in that regard…


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Day 7 Progress:
お隣の天使様 五冊 - 75.57% → 81.48%

It’s 6 AM and I regret everything.

The anime adaptation for this started airing today… but I can’t bring myself to watch it. I hate this series so much lmao…

Word of the Day: 鴛鴦夫婦おしどりふうふ - loving couple, happily married couple. Unfortunately it seems that the mandarin ducks (鴛鴦) the phrase was coined from are not quite the lifelong couples they were believed to be… the male simply leaves to find someone else in the autumn. Still a cute if slightly ill-fitting phrase.


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January 8th.

What: ハイキュー!! volume 1
Pages: 48
Time: 45 minutes.

Wooo, I finished the volume before it stopped being free to read :sparkles: I admit I rushed things in the end because I don’t really care about volleyball :melting_face: I’m sorry, volleyball boys… But hey, I learned some new words and expressions, so that’s something. I’m excited to read something different tomorrow. I’ve also got this real itch to purchase some physical manga. I might be getting paid next week (I didn’t think I would until next month??) and I really want to order something for myself, something to look forward to. Getting stuff in the mail is like getting a gift from my past self.

We’ll see! Have a nice Sunday, everyone :bouquet:


January 8th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Began reading volume 3 of Aria: the masterpiece, read up to page 16.
Today: Continued up to page 38, finished chapter 21.

This chapter was full of revelations for me but not because the chapter had a big one to offer. It’s because I managed to put some discoveries on my part together.

a) A new character named Alice came into the picture and I’m noticing a trend here: first I found it peculiar that everyone’s name started with an ‘A’ but by now I can say that this was most likely not a coincidence by the author but all done on purpose. So in other news, I’m captain obvious and oblivious… soo captain oblovious…obvivious? :sweat_smile: To my defense, I went into this series blind but I still could have put 1 and 1 together sooner.

b) I might be on the way of developing a love-hate relationship in regards to Aika. I do find her amusing as she’s pretty sassy but this chapter made her rather obnoxious when she tried 'asserting dominance over the new character Alice in terms of ranks. Granted, she’s still pretty young, so immature behaviour like that is nothing out of the ordinary but meh…

c) I might also be on the way of developing a love-hate relationship in regards to Akari. I do like that she’s in good spirits, enthusiastic about many things, willing to learn and improve and just a cute gal in general.
However, she’s too good natured for the lack of a better word? Except for her annoyance with Akatsuki calling her err ‘sideburns girl’ she almost never expresses any ‘negative’ feelings except for being embarrassed and panicky here and there. On the contrary, she seems happy about basically everything and doesn’t mind losing as long as she can still help someone in the midst of a race which has happened twice by now. She seems too good and accommodating in a way and it’s getting slightly irritating for me. Come to think of it, Alicia fits the ‘good and accommodating’ nature as well but she seems a bit more ‘wild’, at least when she drank too much.
But at the end of the day, maybe I should simply enjoy the good-natured and relaxing ride of this series where most things are nice and comfy… hmm. :thinking:

Grievances aside, I just began reading volume 3 out of 7, so maybe I’ll change my mind soon enough and (fully) like both of them again; who knows.

I missed this one, apologies. Congrats to finishing your first book! :smile: :tada: …which you finished practically and not technically just as @MissDagger pointed out. :wink:


It may have been your own decision to continue reading this series but I hope that you will finish it soon to finally set your soul (and sanity) free from it – 頑張って! Do you already have a (palette cleanser) book in mind once you finish this one?

Word or expression of the day:
素直 - (すなお) - honest, frank, upfront (about one’s feelings)​

Honourable mention(s):
照れる - (てれる) - to be shy, to be bashful, to feel awkward, to feel embarrassed


:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 7

Good progress with ユージニア (21% → 26%).


Day 5
I finished reading the second volume of Your Lie in April. The manga is slowly improving a little bit. It starts to focus more on the relationship of the main characters.

581 pages read 19419 to go