📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

I will once again join this read everyday challenge. In 2023 I want to go all out and read much more.

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Joining again, but not doing a home post I’ll inevitably neglect. I plan to check in about once or twice a month as my goals have me reading one book a month and one manga a week, except September when I’ll be vacationing abroad.

Here’s to seeing how long I can keep up. :joy:

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Good luck to all participants, new and returning!!

Reading has continued to be the mainstay of my Japanese “studies” so I don’t really have any definite goals this year other than continuing to read and hopefully get fast enough to eventually read the things I want to read.

Currently reading
On-hold/occasionally reading

I had originally intended these to be supplementary reading but the more I read the more I realized I didn’t really have the mental leeway to just pick up a manga on the side. I really hope I can get back to these eventually because I love SOL manga and these have been a lot of fun so far.

Future reads! (hopefully)
  • Monkeys!¡ - I read a lot of visual novels but I’ve been afraid to dip my toe into the JP visual novel pool because all the ones I want to read are so dang long. I think I’ll be starting this once I finish 天使様 though, it seems fairly short and with any luck I could probably read it in a month if I pushed myself.
  • サクラノ詩-櫻の森の上を舞う- - This one’s the cream of the crop, baby. One of the reasons I started learning Japanese in the first place, to read untranslated 神ゲー like this. If it weren’t for the length, I might have started practice on one of these right away. But the idea of taking half a year to read something was not very appealing so I’m hoping to get to a decent enough speed by this year to get started on one of these.
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Hello again everyone!

This is my first anniversary of the Read Every Day Challenge, which is exciting! Since it helped me so much last year with building a reading habit and then reading a ton, I’m back again!

I plan to read 30 pages per day in either Japanese, Spanish, or Mandarin.

Planned Reads

Japanese
  • かくりよの宿飯3
  • かくりよの宿飯4
Spanish
  • La librería del Señor Livingstone
  • Operación cliché
Mandarin
  • 我能摸摸你的财神光环吗?ch. 52-100
  • 恐怖片男主的冬天
  • 我的世界坠入爱河
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Actual Reads

Japanese
  • 花野井くんと恋の病 1 (manga); finished 1/28/2023
  • TUGUMI (245 pages; finished 1/21/2023)
  • 死神の精度 1-15
  • 舟を編む (on page 36/346)
  • かくりよの宿飯 3 (320 pages; finished 2/12/2023)
  • デッドプールさむらい
Spanish
  • La librería del Señor Livingstone (93/194) (DNFed 1/21/2023)
  • Kalsarin (webtoon) (6/59 chapters read)
Mandarin
  • 我能摸摸你的财神光环吗?ch. 52-100 (read ch. 52-100 from Jan 1-Jan 11!)
  • SQ ep. 15-29
  • 他是我的不接受反驳 (14/68 chapters read)
  • 暗恋 (11/44 chapters)
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Thank you, @MissDagger ! :sparkles:

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:books: :snowflake: windupbird’s summary post :snowman_with_snow: :books:

:sparkles: Challenge Progress and Links to Daily Posts :sparkles:

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= read today
:speaker: = listened today
:star2: = read and listened today
:heavy_multiplication_x: = missed day

Approach for this challenge

History has taught us that I’m not very good at doing the Listen Every Day challenge and the Read Every Day challenge at the same time. January is also slated to be a pretty busy month for me, work-wise and personal life-wise. So I’m going to be focusing only on the Read Every Day challenge for January, and I’ll try to add in the Listen Every Day challenge for February. I want to start the aquarium manga I bought a while ago (someone from a previous challenge read this, but I can’t remember who :see_no_evil:) - and also read the rest of 夜の名前を呼んで. Not going to go for anything like a novel for now - that seems like a better project for a future challenge.

Previous challenge summary posts

Summer 2021 Challenge :beach_umbrella:
Fall 2021 Challenge :maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf: :raccoon:
Winter 2022 Challenge :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:
Spring 2022 Challenge :cherry_blossom: :seedling:
Summer 2022 Challenge :beach_umbrella: :sunny:
Fall 2022 Challenge :maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf:

Also, here’s my Bookmeter, in case anyone’s interested! ^^

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Kicking off in here although new years is a few hours yet for me in this time zone.

I read another chapter of 死体は語る. Since it’s nonfiction and the contents can be disturbing (it’s case files from a coroner) I’ll limit what I say unless someone is curious, but it’s about what you’d expect. It’s one of 4 (minimum) nonfiction books I’m planning to read this year. New year, new genres! :tada:

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:snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: emiri_learns_jp :snowflake: :snowman_with_snow:

Challenge Plans
This is my first time doing a reading challenge. I really just want to focus on reading even just a few sentences of Japanese each day. I also study Mandarin Chinese, so I’d like to note any progress I make reading in Mandarin as well.

What will I be reading? (Japanese)
I’m about halfway through よつばと volume 2 - I’ve picked it up and put it down multiple times over the last year. So my first big goal is to finish よつばと volume 2. Next I’d like to finish the Crystal Hunters manga series.

Besides よつばと and Crystal Hunters, I have a few other manga 1st volumes and an upper-beginner picture book of Studio Ghibli stories that I will try reading. I bought them over a year ago when my reading level was much lower, so now would be a good time to revisit them to see how much I can comprehend.

I’ll update this section with anything else I end up reading. I also have a study log where I may go into more detail about my reading progress.

Excited to join all of you!

Reading progress
  • 1/1/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 60-84
  • 1/2/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 86-96
  • 1/3/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 97-123
  • 1/4/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 123-137
  • 1/5/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 140-164
  • 1/6/2023: よつばと!v2 p. 168-190 (completed!)
  • 1/7/2023: クリスタルハンターズ v3 p. 78-100 (completed!)
  • 1/8/2023: クリスタルハンターズ v4 p. 1-123 (completed!)
  • 1/9/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 1-16
  • 1/10/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 16-23 and クリスタルハンターズ v5 p. 1-34
  • 1/11/2023: クリスタルハンターズ v5 p. 34-65
  • 1/12/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 23-32 and クリスタルハンターズ v5 p. 65-79
  • 1/13/2023: クリスタルハンターズ v5 p. 79-106 (completed!) and クリスタルハンターズ v6 p. 1-115 (completed!)
  • 1/14/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 32-38
  • 1/15/2023: easy Japanese news article about rice shops
  • 1/16/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 38-46
  • 1/17/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 46-51
  • 1/18/2023: 月刊少女野崎くん v1 p. 51-61
  • 1/19/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 1-18
  • 1/20/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 18-34
  • 1/21/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 34-50
  • 1/22/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 50-66
  • 1/23/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 66-84
  • 1/24/2023: 夜の名前を呼んで v1 p. 1-11
  • 1/25/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 84-97
  • 1/26/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 97-116
  • 1/27/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 116-131
  • 1/28/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 131-138
  • 1/30/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 138-148
  • 1/31/2023: からかい上手の高木さん v1 p. 148-155 「終わり!」
  • 2/19/2023: ハンターXハンター v1 p.1-25
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First time joining a challenge, yay!

Currently reading:
壁の穴 (Satori Reader)

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

➳ January 1st.

What: ハイキュー!! volume 1
Pages: 13
Time: 40 minutes.

Happy new year! 2023 is here and I’m starting bright and early with my reading. I noticed the first two volumes of ハイキュー!! are free on Bookwalker until January 8th, so I figured I’d check it out. I’m going a little slower than usual to pick up new words for my spreadsheet. So far it seems fun, but I’m having the worst time trying to read the furigana over the kanji. The font is tiiiiny and I feel like the quality isn’t all that great either. I’ll keep at it though.

Have a wonderful start of the year!

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home post

happy new year!

starting off the year by finishing the last chapter of ワンダンス volume 2, a manga about a boy with a speech impediment who joins his high school dance club after seeing a girl practising.

this was my weekend read for a couple of weeks, loads of words i don’t know but easy enough to follow without a dictionary. looking forward to continuing this series at some point, i really like the relationship between kabo and wanda. unique art style too!

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I will try my best! Joining the first challenge

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Home Post

Happy New Year everybody!

Giving a weekly status report plus keeping a Home Post worked really well for me during the last challenge, so I’d like to continue in the same style going forward.

Plans for this month:

  • :rose: ユージニア (with the ABC)
  • :male_detective: 半落ち (with the 半落ち club)
  • :waning_gibbous_moon: 1Q84 Book 1.2 (with the 1Q84 book club)
  • :cat2: 世界から猫が消えたなら (my new sauna book)

ユージニア will run until the end of the month. 半落ち just started. It’s currently on the very slow side with lots of unknown words, but I hope this will improve once the initial world building is done and we know the ranks of all the police officers and the names of all the rooms they have :sweat_smile:. 1Q84 is something I wanted to continue reading in Japanese for a long time, and I hope I can read it now at a good pace. And then I have 世界から猫が消えたなら which I plan to read when I chill at the sauna/spa.

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uyi’s home post :dragon: :snowman_with_snow:

Hello all! With the new year I’ve made one of my resolutions to try to read more (in general), and with that includes japanese. I’d like to try participating in my first read every day challenge. I did participate in the advent reading challenge thread, in which I was bad at making update posts, but perhaps this time I’ll be a bit more consistent.

I will be reading:

  • Yotsubato!
  • News articles
  • Song lyrics (for the lazier days)
  • Youtube subtitles (again for lazy days)

I am still very new to reading, so I doubt that I will be reading a lot each day, but I’m determined to see if my skill will improve as I read more!

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January 1st

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Card Captor Sakura volume 5 – progress report
Today: Began reading volume 5, finished chapter 19, stopped at page 47.

Happy new year everyone! I hope you started off this new year well. :fireworks:

New year, same old new things to read. :wink: Decided to continue reading Card Captor Sakura for this and the coming week until I probably start Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 on Saturday. (My order containing volume 4 and 5 should arrive in 1-2 weeks, I hope).

I’ve already gone a bit overboard and finished one chapter despite not planning to do so today. I won’t complain…but a ‘strong’ start means that it’s only going to be worse from now on which is most likely what will happen because of my change of focus in the coming weeks. Well, I’ll simply continue to enjoy satisfactory progress for as long as it lasts. :sweat_smile:

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Word or expression of the day:
てがい / でっがい - huge, big, gargantuan

Honourable mention(s):
避暑 (+する) - (ひしょ) - escaping the summer heat, going somewhere cooler during summer

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

皆さん、あけましておめでとうございます!

Congratulations on making it through 2022, and I hope 2023 will be bright year for everyone :partying_face:

The New Years tradition I share with my friends (and a relatively small but very dedicated group of indie music fans more generally) is to all raise a glass and sing along to The Mountain Goats - This Year (Video) - YouTube I hope that wherever you all are, and whoever you all are with, you got a chance to celebrate in a way that is meaningful to you!

Unfortunately my 初夢 was not full of any good omens (at least that i’m aware of, i’m no oneiromancer), but hopefully yours were/will be!

Read:

  • NHK News Web Easy: 温泉から「金」がとれた - My goal last month was to do one of these every day, and I succeed in that. Not sure if I want to keep that up necessarily, but they are so quick to do I might as well if I see something that looks interesting. When I first read this title, I wasn’t sure if the 金 was money or maybe metaphor, but it’s neither! It’s literal, real 金 that they are extracting from hot springs.
  • ホリミヤ ch 45, 46, 47 - I know I said I wasn’t in any real hurry to finish this, but it would be nice to get it done by the end of January, especially since I already know I can read most of it quickly. I’d need to average about 2.5 chapters/day to do that, so here’s getting a little bit ahead of that
  • マジック・ツリーハウス pg 12 → 16 (end of ch1) - small bites of this, at first. But, as long as I’m reading at least a couple pages every day, I think the speed will pick up a lot.
Good Words

NHK
溶ける「とける」ー to melt, to dissolve
ラン藻 = 藍藻 「らんそう」ー cyanobacteria, blue-green algae
性質「せいしつ」ー nature, property, disposition

ホリミヤ
品切れ「しなぎれ」ー sold out, out of stock
嫌がる「いやがる」ー to appear uncomfortable
庇う「かばう」ー to protect (someone), to look after (something)
どうでもいい ー inconsequential, not worth worrying about
激しい「はげしい」ー extreme, intense, strong
災難「さいなん」ー calamity
雨乞い「あまごい」ー praying for rain
手抜き「てぬき」ー cutting corners, omitting crucial steps
承知「しょうち」ー forgiving, excusing (usually negative 承知しない)
応援「おうえん」ー cheering
やる気「やるぎ」ー will, motivation (to do something)

マジック・ツリーハウス
沈み込む「しずみこむ」ー to sink (into)
梯子「はしご」ー ladder

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Happy new year everyone :crabigator:
This is my first post on the forum, I’m hoping to improve my reading comprehension and general Japanese skills through some reading immersion this winter. I will be reading 高木さん volume 1 to start with, this is my first manga volume.
Good luck everyone!

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Jan 1, Sun of Week 1 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.1 Ch.2-3

Ch.2 is this mechanism. Someone tried to 肝試し, but 落胆 – I was confused with the two Kanji’s a little.
Ch.3 is serious business and consequences.

  • うたわれるもの
Interesting words
  • ゆくゆく = someday. Kanji form is 行(ゆ)く行(ゆ)く
  • いたたまれない = feeling like running away. From 居(いた)た堪(ま)れない.
  • 営(いとな)む = to run a business
  • 和(やわ)らぐ = to be mitigated; to be softened
  • 荒(すさ)む = to grow wild. I also recall 凄(すさ)まじい here.
  • 気(き)がある = to have an interest in / to incline towards
  • 見据(みす)える = to stare fixedly at
  • 疚(やま)しい = feeling conscient; feeling unsure. From 病(や)む.
  • 老(お)いぼれ = old man
  • 束(つか)の間(ま) = a brief moment
  • 虜(とりこ) = captive; prisoner. No Furigana.
  • 心酔(しんすい) = adoration
  • 羞恥(しゅうち) = sense of shame
  • 店構(みせがま)え = storefront appearance
  • ç´ (す)っ頓狂(とんきょう) = freakish. Similar to 頓狂(とんきょう).
  • 有意義(ゆういぎ) = important
  • 執務室(しつむしつ) = the office
  • 市井(しせい) = the streets, just like å··(ちまた). Yet another On reading of 井.
  • 伊達(だて) = elegantly. Has Furigana.
  • 土台(どだい) = foundation / the beginning
  • 誘発(ゆうはつ) = inducing
  • 分解(ぶんかい) = disassembly
  • 酵素(こうそ) = enzyme
  • 代謝(たいしゃ) = metabolism
  • 胆汁(たんじゅう) = bile. Such is On reading for お汁(しる).
  • 多彩(たさい) = various kinds of
  • 膵臓(すいぞう) = pancreas. Probably this organ’s islets of Langerhans are like jade greenery (ç¿¡ç¿ (ひすい))?
  • 類洞(るいどう) = sinusoid of liver. Probably from cave of various ends?
  • 帳簿(ちょうぼ) = account book, about money or stocks
  • 貯蔵(ちょぞう) = storage
  • 睾丸(こうがん) = testicles. See, 金玉(きんたま).
  • 充塡(じゅうてん) = filling up; loading. Similar to 充填(じゅうてん), just another Kanji form.
  • 平滑筋(へいかつきん) = smooth muscle. Opposite is 横紋筋(おうもんきん).
  • 緩和(かんわ) = mitigation; lightening the burden = 和(やわ)らぐこと
  • 迎(むか)え酒(ざけ) = alcohol drinking in the morning to mitigate hangovers
  • 百戦錬磨(ひゃくせんれんま) = veteran. Trained and polished by hundred battles.
  • 文武両道(ぶんぶりょうどう) = both accomplished of literary and military arts
  • 清廉潔白(せいれんけっぱく) = spotless integrity; unselfish. I am not accustomed to the second Kanji and 清廉(せいれん).

SFX

  • ゲシゲシ = kicking kicking
  • チョンと = poking sound

Kanji

  • 卯(う)

    • zodiac of rabbit
    • う
      • 卯年(うどし),     卯月(うづき)
      • 卯建(うだつ)
        • うだつが上(あ)がらない
  • å¡«(テン) (å¡¡)

  • 廉(レン) (Level 60)

    • pure and clear
      • 清廉(せいれん),     廉潔(れんけつ)
  • 井(ジョウ) (Level 45)

    • セイ
      • 油井(ゆせい),     市井(しせい)
      • 井然(せいぜん)
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Jan 1

ハピネス Vol 3 0% → 100%

I grabbed the first three volumes of Happiness from Bookwalker as freebies a while ago, and over the last three days read them in spare moments or waiting times. It’s so satisfying to be able to read fast without needing to look up every tenth word! I only looked up about four words in total, and each volume took me about half an hour.

Tomorrow I’ll get back to reading 世界から猫が消えたなら. I also bought かがみの孤城(下)on Bookwalker yesterday so I can read on my phone if out of the house.

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

January 1st
新書太閣記 progress: 00.03% // Volume I: 00.38% :page_facing_up:

Happy new year everyone, and happy new reading challenge! :tada:

I’ll be reading (well, attempting at least) 新書太閣記 by 吉川英治 (Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa)

I only read the preface today which wasn’t very long, I’ll start the story proper tomorrow when I should hopefully have more time.

Words found under the kotatsu

壮年期「そうねんき」ー Prime of life
絢爛「けんらん」ー Gorgeous; brilliant; dazzling; ornate
凡俗「ぼんぞく」ー Mediocrity; the masses
類本「るいほん」ー Similar books
ユーモラス ー Humorous (not what I thought it’d end up meaning :laughing:)
功利主義「こうりしゅぎ」ー Utilitarianism
同型「どうけい」ー Isomorphism; same shape/type/pattern

Character Kanji-Name List
for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering

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

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