📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

Low key abandoned my own challenge for a couple days for reasons I’ll explain when I’m more coherent/not exhausted, but I just have to say

HE’S GROWN INTO SUCH A HANDSOME LITTLE FLUFFY BEANNN, I love him so much :face_holding_back_tears::face_holding_back_tears::face_holding_back_tears:


Me too. :face_holding_back_tears:

He’s really growing into his own. Although I’m sure he’s not done yet. Just noticed today that he isn’t as easy to move around with just one hand. :face_holding_back_tears:

Also, did I tell you guys that he charmed everyone in my friend’s family so much when they met him, that I think all of them threatened to kidnap him? (I can’t remember if I told you guys or not.) He is very social and purrs for anyone, likes being petted by anyone. He’s a good cat. ^^


:spiral_calendar: Day 21: January 21st :skier:

spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 10 (80% ➨ 87%)

Not quite the amount of reading I was hoping to get in…


Week 3

Must of my reading was from pokemon scarlet. I’m starting to be and to piece together what I’m reading better without needing to breakdown every sentence first

I also read another couple of stories in Satori Reader. I finished the free content for long distance relationship, which i really enjoy, and the first story for jam maker, really good practice for descriptive text at least in part 1. Looking to subscribe once money isn’t as tight.

Lastly, my 5yr old has been interested in doing japanese with me so we’ve been reading level 0 graded readers together, which are too easy for me but fun for her :slight_smile:


:bookmark: Home post // Jan 22 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 封印再度 (52% → 54%)

Spent the whole day studying, so just a tiny read at the end :durtle_megane:


January 22nd (Day 22) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

Today I’ve read chapter 24 of チュベローズで待ってる AGE32. My brain is still a little foggy from the illness and it makes it so hard to keep track of what’s happening… Especially the conversations - I keep having to go back to re-read sentences and try to piece together who said what :expressionless: It also doesn’t help that I’m finding it quite hard to get invested in the plot.

What a precious oramge boi :face_holding_back_tears:


Day 21
Continued reading Tsugumomo vol.1. It looks so cute when they sleep together in the same bed.

1821 pages read 18179 to go


As predicted, I read quite well on the plane.

22/1 33 pages Cells at Work (last week’s and this week’s reading), 11 pages おばちゃんたちのいるところ (stories 12 + 13), 19 +3 pages シャドーハウス (finished chapters 60+61), 9 pages 夜カフェ (finished ch 6)

Caught up with all of last week’s reading. Now going to have a nap. It’s nice to have a cat lying on me.


Read 2 sub chapters for re:Zero. Probably gonna read a couple more since my commute is kind of killer today. Then I’m just gonna watch JoJo the rest of the day.

Home Post

:snowflake:Week 3 - Jan 16th to 22nd:snowflake:

I received my manga:)


I read a few pages in all of them and, well, the ones without furigana are still a little intimidating. I read 雨宮さん from start to finish with barely any lookups to see how that felt and while a good portion of the dialogue had parts that went over my head I was easily able to follow the action and get the gist of each situation. I should probably take the time to decipher some of the harder parts for the learning opportunities they provide, but atm my university workload is pretty high so I’m planning to just keep going with 日常(一) at the same pace. Reading a manga in two sittings felt really good :relieved:


January 22nd!

Today I started Volume 6 of Orange. I’ve been looking forward to starting this book with the club, and I’m really happy my copy arrived in time for me to start with everyone else. :slight_smile:

(Home Post)


Found a great article on learnnatively.com’s forums about how to approach reading. A lot of great advice for my fellow followers of the crabigator. If you find yourself losing motivation, its possible you just have the wrong mindset about reading in Japanese (or a foreign language in general).


January 22nd :snowflake:
Home Post :house_with_garden:

22/1: :orange_book: 10分で読める伝記, 17min. Just this for tonight, feeling too :sleepy:


:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月22日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)

Still not quite back up to speed, but felt ok reading today so I think i’ll add 夜カフェ back in tomorrow. I think I just pushed a bit too hard and needed a little bit of rest. I have already finished 8 volumes (6 manga + 2 childrens book) this year, that was a pretty strong start to the challenge, but was definitely a huge volume increase from what I was doing last month and maybe a bit more than I could keep up long term for now :sweat_smile:


  • ホリミヤ ch 89, 90 + おまけ, volume 12 done!
Good Words

独創性「どくそうせい」ー creativity, ingenuity
室内犬「しつないけん」ー indoor dog
薄々「うすうす」ー slightly, thinly, a little
怪事件「かいじけん」ー mystery case


January 22 :snowflake: Home Post

Probably could’ve seen this coming, but for today’s reading I just… played a lot of Genshin Impact :joy: It’s been a while since I read extensively like this, I’m usually terrible about doing so, but Genshin suits it well so far. And it’s just fun, I’ve continued to mostly explore and do my own thing and occasionally follow what the missions tell me to do :laughing: business as usual really.

Oh yeah I can imagine! I wouldn’t call it easy exactly, if I were actually looking up every single thing I don’t fully know like normal I think I would’ve given up a while ago, but the type of game it is really doesn’t suit that kind of reading anyway :man_shrugging: For my purposes it’s pretty solid, I can follow along just fine with context clues and educated guesses and the like. I figure half the words I “don’t know” are made up and I’d only have a vague idea in English anyway :joy:


January 19th
Just Aomi speaking practice again. :upside_down_face:

January 20th
What did I read?: 魔女と猫の話
How much did I read?: 6 pages
(Started 2nd Story )
How long did it take me?: 55 min

Another story, another kitty! And another witch, whose name is Kei and who is a friend of Suzu’s. This story comes before the first one chronologically-speaking, since Suzu hasn’t got her cat yet.

Kitty Pictures~

This kitty is very smol. This chapter title page demonstrates that nicely, as well as showcases some pretty marine life.

He’s so fuzzy, and he looks so concerned! :pleading_face: I wonder if he always looks like this, or if his face is just reflecting his current mood. But do you know what Kei’s reaction is to seeing him? “Is that a ball of lint?” What?! NO! What’s with all these unwelcoming reactions?! :sob:

(There *are* some cats who just seem to have a resting-sad-face.)


:spiral_calendar: Day 22: January 22nd :evergreen_tree:

spacer:tangerine: orange Volume 6 (0% ➨ 31%)
spacer 好きな子がめがねを忘れた Volume 10 (0% ➨ 15%)

Still not getting as much reading in as I’d have liked, which feels a bit silly considering I’ve worked myself up to 11 manga volumes I’m in the middle of…


Thank you for the link! It was a rather helpful article that helped me reframe some things. Practicing my reading skills with this challenge is a better motivator than comparing myself to everyone above my skill level being able to read more difficult books.

I’m not gonna be able to stop being jealous, but hopefully I won’t be as frustrated or dejected anymore.


There was an expose on a youtuber that claimed he could read all these really complicated books in Japanese and they found he didn’t know the readings for some vocab or kanji, but the reality is he was in fact reading the books, but he wasn’t stopping to look up every word and was in fact reading the books. Just not at the native level. So the reality is while we all might be reading “hard books” we aren’t really reading them the same way our friends or family are when they tell us they’re reading books in their mother tongue. So no sweat!


I don’t think my reading figures today are entirely accurate as I read some on the plane yesterday/ overnight. I basically got to the final chapter of シャドーハウス and found that one page had failed to download. So skimmed the rest of the volume, and went back to finish it today with that page downloaded.

23/1 8 pages シャドーハウス (finished volume 4, which I kind of did yesterday), 25 pages Spy Family (finished mission)

I’m gradually working my way through this week’s book club reading. Then if I have time I’ll read some of Age 22 which everyone else has finished already I think.