Welcome to the “Read Japanese Every Single Day” Challenge, Winter 2023 Edition!
Ah, New Year’s - always a great opportunity to refresh and restart New year, new thread, new challenge season! If your New Year’s resolution is to read more in Japanese or work through your backlog of manga/novels, this challenge might be just the thing to get you going. If you missed the previous Read Every Day challenges, feel free to jump in on this one! We would love to have more people join in on the fun and experience the magic of the challenge
A little history behind this challenge: in the summer of 2021, @Redglare had the awesome idea of doing a “Read Every Day” challenge, where we challenged ourselves to read something in Japanese every day for 2 whole months - we liked this challenge so much that we decided to make it a recurring thing! 1.5 years later, and the challenge is still going strong
Every challenge thread has its own special flavor, but the one thing they always have in common is being positive, encouraging, and fun! There are also usually some cute manga
and cute kitties cough @MissDagger cough involved
Archive of Past Challenge Threads
Read every day challenge - Summer 2021
Read every day challenge - Fall 2021
Read every day challenge - Winter 2022
Read every day challenge - Spring 2022
Read every day challenge - Summer 2022
Read every day challenge - Fall 2022
Why is this challenge so special, or what makes it unique? Well, we think it’s a combination of the short/limited time frame, the habit-focused (versus output-focused) approach to the goal of “reading more,” and the general atmosphere of camaraderie and community spirit that’s been present in each challenge thread thus far ^^ I can say from personal experience that these challenges have helped me read way more than I would have otherwise, and many people (including myself) have noticed significant growth in reading speed and/or stamina while participating in the challenges.
Whether you are an expert reader already or a new reader just starting out, everyone is welcome to participate in this challenge! To quote @Redglare:
This is a thread for people who:
want to spend time reading a bunch this winter
want to improve their reading speed and comprehension
want to hold themselves accountable and have a place to document their progress
simply want to join in on the challenge of reading every day for two or so months
Time frame: January 1 - February 28
This is the “official” recommended time frame, but late starters are absolutely welcome! This thread will be up and running until the end of March, so you can start and finish your personal challenge at any point during that time, and shorten or lengthen the challenge to the time period that works best for you.
Your reading materials can be whatever you want, be it manga, light novels, books, visual novels, magazines, graded readers, satori reader, Japanese webpages/blogs, or Japanese games - you name it, anything goes as long as it is something in Japanese “Reading” can be interpreted creatively, if that helps keep you motivated - for example, some people have counted reading Japanese subtitles as reading some days. In general, we are a pretty flexible and forgiving bunch
Threads worth checking out
I recommend checking out The News Reading Challenge thread if you’d like to read news articles every day, but you are of course welcome to post about it in this thread too if you’d like to.
The "news reading" challenge 🗞
If you don’t know where to find reading material I recommend checking out the Immersion/Reading section of the following thread:
The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!
There’s also quite a few book clubs here on the forum, some of them have vocab lists which can make for an easier reading experience. A list of book clubs can be found here:
Master List of Book Clubs
- Yes, but I might start late
- Not sure
Sonny the Durtanuki says, let’s get reading! (Our lovable mascot, created by @Axazel)