📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

:books: From 01月06日 to 01月16日

  • 9-nine-
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • うたわれるもの

What do you mean, I don’t have terrible update frequencies! I update everyday I just forget to click the send button, is all.

That’s a long period, wowee, might as well do a little update :slight_smile: . I haven’t read every day since my last update but I’ve certainly read a fair bit. I’ve had some rest days in between when I had to pause new SRS cards for a bit because I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with low energy but it’s gone back to normal and I’m already adding again.

Completed two weeks of 9-nine- and I’m all caught up with the club schedule, I will probably continue reading one week ahead just to make it easier to organise the next one (we go by total characters count and screenshots so it’s kind of a surprise what we’ll get when a new week comes). So far I’m enjoying it a lot.

I’ve also been playing FFXIV with my secondary character again and the last time I did a few months ago I already felt like I had improved, the text was easier to understand than before, but now I feel another improvement again which is crazy to me since it hasn’t been that long, so the diligent SRS plan I adopted a couple months back and the heavier workload must be working pretty nicely and I couldn’t be happier :face_holding_back_tears: . It went from way too difficult like a year and a half ago to very accessible, at least a good chunk of it (there are things that are way over my knowledge still and probably will for a while).

Lastly I also did a couple days of うたわれるもの but I haven’t played that in like close to two weeks at this point, and I really should because it was interesting and I have the feeling I will start forgetting things if I leave it on hold for too long.

I’m so happy with my study plan right now, seriously. It’s usually hard for me to be satisfied and without doubts when I’m doing something, but explicitly seeing the improvements always seems to motivate me a lot, and putting more time into this makes that more frequent so it’s a nice positive feedback loop. I talked before about how increasing the workload has been a really positive change for me since I was feeling for a while that I was not improving as fast as I would like. Now I know how important it is to feel satisfied with one’s own pace, whether that is going slower or faster, it’s all super personal and both can be good or bad for different people at different points in time. It doesn’t come without a price for sure, the time you use for one thing is time that you don’t use for another thing, and I try to frequently think about this and internalise it. But right now pushing my Japanese is the thing I want to prioritise, most of my free time goes to that and I’m totally for it. When I reach a level that I feel I don’t learn as fast anymore because coming across language I don’t know becomes harder and harder, I will start dedicating more time to other projects, like going back to music or learning art, which I really really wanted to do for a very long time already. But again, everything comes with a price, and that price is limited time. Perhaps I’m starting to realise that I’m someone that works better when focusing on one main thing at a time, but at the same time that kind of sucks, because I want to do and learn way too many things, and the majority of those things are projects that are very long term, like this Japanese one is turning out to be :joy: .


:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月16日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)


  • ホリミヤ ch 74, 75, 76, 77, 78
  • マジーク・ツリーハウス pg 111 → 132 done! book 2 was a little bit more enjoyable than book 1 (despite my love of 恐竜), i think i’m going to move on to 夜カフェ now instead of continuing with the series, but i’ll keep this in mind if I want something pleasant to read.
Good Words

個人的「こじんてき」ー personally
素朴「そぼく」ー naive, simple, unsophisticated
浮気「うわき」ー extramarital affair, infidelity
タメ口「ためぐち」ー casual speech
閉口「へいこう」ー stumped, at a loss
距離「きょり」ー distance
驚き「おどろき」ー surprise, astonishment
筆記「ひっき」ー writing, (taking) notes, copying
模造刀 「もぞうとう」ー fake metal sword that greatly resembles a real sword
録音「ろくおん」ー sound recording
隕石「いんせき」ー meteorite
水まき「みずまき」ー watering, sprinkling
歓迎「かんげい」ー welcome, reception
露骨「ろこう」ー open, unconcealed, undisguised

腹ばい「はらばい」ー lying on one’s belly, crawling
痺れる「しびれる」ー to become numb (limb)
吸い込む「すいこむ」ー to inhale, to breathe in
拭う「ぬぐう」ー to wipe up, to mop up
後ずさり「あとずさり」ー stepping back, drawing back
恐る恐る「おそるおそる」ー fearfully, timidly
抱き上げる「だきあげる」ー holding up one’s arms
操る「あやつる」ー to steer, to maneuver
びしょ濡れ 「びしょめる」ー dripping wet
忍び「しのび」ー stealth
わが家「わがや」ー one’s house


January 16th :snowflake:
Home Post

Reading 僕だけがいない街 Vol. 1

Got from 26 to page 39 in about 30-40mins, I feel like this is the perfect level for me at the moment to improve. It’s really challenging but at the same time I can understand the gist of all the convo, even though I have to look up lots of things. Can’t wait to see how I will feel about reading once I finish the first volume and start the second. Oh and I also like the way the story is portrayed so far!


I used to be in the ‘multiple a week’ camp, but then I switched to Rakuten and I’ve yet to invest the time in figuring out their site’s sales and whatnot. :sweat_smile:



Currently reading Harry Potter 1 - Chapter 8: they have their first classes in Hogwarts.

Phrase of the day: 話をそらす: to change the subject of the conversation

Also, Snape uses 我輩 to refer to himself. I learnt that not to long ago on WaniKani, but never heard or read it in actual use.

Btw. I notice in vertical writing I often have trouble finding the right column to read on after finishing one column. Does this get better with time?

Happy reading everyone!


:bookmark: Home post // Jan 16 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 本好きの下克上 16 (66% → 71%)
When did I read this much? :eyes: Before sleep? Before getting up? visible confusion

Totally random, but I’ve been around for 4 years now :durtle_durtverted_lvl1: :cake:


Not so much of a neophyte anymore, heh.

I literally have only one joke.


January 16 :heavy_check_mark: :flashlight:

半落ち , 14-22%

This week’s 半落ち (and the first chapter of the book) is now completed. From what I can see so far, I believe I’m going to enjoy this book very much. It’s right up my alley, both in writing style and content. A ton of unknown vocabulary, but hey, what else is new? :grin:


It does! Your brain will get used to it in time, and you’ll start skipping over lines less until you do it as much as you do with horizontal text. I’ll sometimes still find myself having to follow the line back up to find the next one, but it doesn’t happen nearly as often anymore as when I was first starting out.


January 16th!

Today I read a chapter of Teasing Master Takagi-san. It was a really sweet chapter.

(Home Post)

I struggled with this for ages. I used a reading ruler for a while to help me keep track of where I was on the page, and that helped but I don’t really need to use one any more now that I’m more used to reading vertically.


Started Steel Ball Run and Re:Zero 16 on the way to work. JoJo is one of those series that I just totally shut my brain off while reading, so I can’t really rely on it for reading practice. So I am gonna read Re:Zero along side it but not with the intention of finishing like I was with 青ブタ. Its more or less gonna be just what I am reading on my lunch, and JoJo will be my commute read.


:cup_with_straw: Home :mexico:

January 16th

121 - 165

I only had about 15-30 min to read last night before I turned into a :jack_o_lantern: . I’m somewhat surprised by the page count but it was mostly a minor fight and confused yelling. I better finish this volume today lol. I hope I can knock it out after lunch or something.


99% of JoJo. xD


I can’t argue with that lmao. The other 1% is convoluted science/history explanations


1% Lore dump, 99% confused yelling. 100% perfect harmony.


Home post

1 月 17 日
コナの大冒険 第25話 :black_cat:

On today’s episode, I realized that there were only three kanjis on the page that SatoriReader was showing me furigana for. :crazy_face: I’m supposed to be able to read everything but those three and I tried but there were times I’d get confused with the reading (onyomi vs kunyomi). There were also some combined kanji that made up vocab that I hadn’t learned yet. :woozy_face:


Kanji I haven’t learned

  • 捕る [とる] to take, to catch, to capture
  • 脅かす [おどかす] to threaten, to menace
  • お腹 [おなか] stomach

Learned kanji but new vocab

  • 弱肉強食 [じゃくにくきょうしょく] survival of the fittest, law of the jungle, weak are meat the strong do eat

That one’s my favorite phrase for the moment! I like to call it the circle of life… Which Kona will soon learn about. :face_with_open_eyes_and_hand_over_mouth:

Other things to note and a question
  • だい friendly or familiar way of ending a question: だい to replace だ for questions that CANNOT be answered with a yes or no
  • かい friendly or familiar way of ending a question: かい to replace か for questions that CAN be answered with a yes or no
  • あいつ that guy, that dude (familiar or derogatory)

I noted that they list animal names in katakana such as ネズミ, リス, ウサギ from this episode and タカ from the last episode. Can anyone explain why they’re using katakana for those?

Finally, there’s so many people to congratulate on their first volume, manga, or book! Congrats everyone! And happy cake day as well to @Redglare !


With most animals (and plants as well) it’s just the norm to write them in katakana rather than kanji or hiragana. With some, it may have to do with how common they are, but with others, that doesn’t seem to be the case. I mean, 猫 and 犬 and 鳥 are everywhere, but so are ネズミ and ウサギ and リス! The kanji not being common these days would explain kana generally being preferred, but katakana specifically…? I’ve seen someone say before that it’s like scientific names being italicized in English, but that only makes sense to me for specific species names, but general animal types are written in katakana as well. Although with some, especially the single-mora ones like カ (mosquito) and ガ (moth), I could see katakana being preferred over hiragana being so that they don’t blend in with the surrounding hiragana.

So “that’s just the way it’s done” is the best I’ve got for ya, sorry. If anyone knows more, I’d be interested as well.


Got a few more pages in on my lunch and am pretty happy with the amount of lookups per page I am doing with Re:Zero. I have been wanting to read this series for so long, and its so cool I am comfortable reading it (even with a few look ups). I think watching the anime and reading other light novels prepared me a lot for this series. The anime helped me the most but that was still a challenging show on some days (I was watching 5 episodes at a time roughly). My hope is this book will push me to that next level I have been hoping to reach reading wise. I want to have that confidence of getting a book that looks interesting and not fearing if I can comprehend it or not. It seems like this just might get me there.


January 16th
What did I read?: 魔女と猫の話
How much did I read?: 9 pages
(Started 1st Story)
How long did it take me?: 1 h

The next manga I will be reading is 魔女と猫の話 by 四宮しの!

It’s another short story collection, this time all about witches and their cats~ I love how the cats are drawn in this manga! They’re the perfect blend of realism and manga-style! When I was checking out the preview while figuring out whether to buy it or not, I looked at the title page and was instantly smitten!

Cute Cat Hidden Below

Look! How! Cute! And the cakes and candies look lovely too~

The first story so far is about the witch Suzu summoning her cat on her 13th birthday. While she was hoping for a pitch black, intelligent, kind cat like her grandmother’s, the one she ends up summoning is… this one:


Oh, that’s totally fine! Amazon Japan shipping can definitely get pretty crazy! And you still bought さめない街の喫茶店, which I’ll be getting around to reading at some point! :smiley:

Thank you to all of you for the congratulations! I think that reading alongside everyone and posting in this community have really helped motivate me to stay on track!

And congraultaions to all the other first manga/book achievers! Sorry I can’t mention you specifically, but there were so many (an excellent “problem” to have! :grin:), and I wouldn’t want to miss one of you. So generic group congratulations it is!


Got the 半落ち reading done today. Really loving the story, there’s already hints being dropped at multiple plot lines and I am here for it. Give me complicated relationships :heart_eyes:

Tomorrow I should hopefully have time for チュベローズ finally, and then Wednesday is all-day-travel-day so definitely time for it then. I’m somewhat dreading February as I’ll have 半落ち, この本を盗む者は (starting Feb 4), 七回死んだ男 and レベル7* all while traveling for work (which means limited free time after work officially ends as I must :sparkles: socialize :sparkles: ) :melting_face:

* @Belerith how do you feel about postponing that start date til ~Feb 20? :sweat_smile: