📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

Slightly better effort today.

28/1 28 pages Orange (finished chapter 23), 1 page おばちゃんたちのいるところ

I just need to read a few more pages of the latter, then I’m done with last week!


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1 月 28 日
コナの大冒険 第33話 :black_cat:

Couldn’t do Teasing-master Takagi-san today cause I was out all day. So I fell back on Kona’s adventures. Thankfully, today’s episode was very short. Just Kona musing about his day and what will happen to him.

Phrases/words of note:
  • 気になる (apparently there are two usages for this)
    – to be bothered; to be concerned; to have something on one’s mind
    – come to feel inclined
  • うまい skillful, clever, expert
  • 逃げ切る to get away, to manage to hold on
  • それとも or, or else

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28th jan

found today much easier and lower stakes than the past two days, so that was reassuring. was another chapter of 四月は君の嘘, much shorter than the first one, which covered the first time kousei saw kaori perform. fine enough, nothing too difficult but i’m also familiar with the material


Adding on to the other suggestions, if I’m not mistaken you can ask the mods to change the ownership of a thread if needed, so other people can make the threads for you and transfer the ownership back once you’re able to manage it again. Being an occasional occurrence I’m sure it wouldn’t be an issue.


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

January 28th
新書太閣記 progress: 04.91% // Volume I: 56.94% :rice_ball:

Had a hard time reading today, kept having to re-read everything to make sense of it.

Words found under the kotatsu

大釜「おおがま」ー Cauldron
思慮分別「しりょふんべつ」ー Discreet and well-advised judgement; wise and mature judgement
悍馬「かんば」ー Unruly horse; unbroken horse
鞍「くら」ー Saddle

Character Name List

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」
– – – Childhood name: 日吉「ひよし」
– – – Childhood nickname: 猿「さる」

Volume I: 1535 - 15??
日吉「ひよし」- Hideyoshi (as child)
Nickname: 猿「さる」

木下弥右衛門「きのした やえもん」- Father
– – 乙若「おとわか」- Old friend
筑阿弥「ちくあみ」ー Step-father
大政所「おおまんどころ」// also お奈加「おなか」ー Mother
おつみ - Older sister
小竹「こちく」- Baby brother
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」// also 弾正「だんじょう」- Ojisan (only distantly related (before marriage))
– Married to: おえつ (sister of お奈加)

Friends & Acquaintances
仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」(Nickname - full name: 福太郎「ふくたろ」) // 楊景福「ようけいふく」(Chinese name/birth name) - Timid kid friend (older than Hideyoshi)
– 五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Chinese name) - Father
– 梨琴「りきん」- Mother
捨次郎「すてじろう」- Previous servant to 五郎, later the adoptive father of 於福, and owner of a tea ware shop - and employer of, and master to, Hideyoshi

Hachisuka Clan
蜂須賀小六「はちすか ころく」(also 正勝 「まさかつ」) - Head of the Hachisuka clan
– 七内「なない」- Younger brother
– Married to 松波「まつなみ」
– – 亀一「かめいち」- Son

– – 稲田大炊助「いなだ おおいのすけ]
– – 青山新七「あおやま しんしち」
– – 長井半之丞「ながい はんのじょう」
– – 松原内匠「まつばら たくみ」

– 国吉「くによし」- Gunsmith/blacksmith
– 渡辺天蔵「わたなべ てんぞう」- Deserter - Nobushi (Nephew to Koroku)
– 難波内記「なんば ないき」- Spy disguised as a Komuso
– 仁田彦十「にった ひこじゅう」- Subordinate

(蜂須賀正利「はちすか まさとし」- previous head of the Hachisuka clan)

Saito Clan
((questionable) Alliance with the Hachisuka clan)
斎藤 道三「さいとう どうさん」- Head of the Saito clan
– 斎藤義龍「さいとう よしたつ」(also: 高政「たかまさ」) - Son

明智 光秀「あけち みつひで」(common name: 十兵衛「じゅうべい」) - serves under Dosan
– 又市「またいち」- Underling / foot soldier

弥平治光春「やへいじ みつはら」- Retainer (cousin to Jyubei)
– 明智光安「あけち みつやす」- Father

Oda Clan
織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」- Daimyo
– 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」- Younger brother

Shiba Clan
斯波義統「しば よしむね」- Head of the Shiba clan, at Kiyosu castle

今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo

Historical People
  • 阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (700s)

  • 白楽天「はく きょい」ー Chinese poet (Bai Juyi / Bo Juyi) also known as: 白楽天「はく らくてん」in Japan. (Late 700s)

  • 道元「どうげん」(or 道元禅師「どうげん ぜんじ」ー Japanese Buddhist Priest, writer & poet (also known as 栄西禅師「えいさい ぜんじ」) (Early / mid 1200s)

  • 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 / early 800s)

  • 源頼政「みなもと の よりまさ」ー Prominent poet and warrior (1100s)


Jan 28, Sat of Week 5 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.5 Ch.28-30

Leave it to master, or not?

  • うたわれるもの
Words of the day
  • うごめく = to wiggle like worms. Kanji form is è ¢(うごめ)く. Probably like 動(うご)く, but with 芽(め).
  • むくみ = edema; swelling. Kanji form is 浮腫(むく)み.
  • モロに = directly; all the way. Kanji form is 諸(もろ)に.
  • 姐(ねえ)さん = elder sister. Has Furigana in context. I have noticed this choice of Kanji for a while now, which is a similar choice to 姐姐 (elder sister) in Mandarin.
  • 投(な)げやり = irresponsible. Full Kanji is 投(な)げ遣(や)り. Similar sounding 投(な)げ槍(やり) appears to be a lance or a javelin.
  • まとわり付(つ)く = to follow around and cling to. Full Kanji form is 纏(まと)わり付(つ)く, but the first half is otherwise usually read 纏(まつ)わる.
  • 肩肘張(かたひじは)る = to put on a bold front
  • 打開策(だかいさく) = a plan to break out of deadlock
  • 翻弄(ほんろう) = having at one’s mercy (toying around). Like being flipped over and over, and played around.
  • 蹂躙(じゅうりん) = trampling; violation
  • 境目(さかいめ) = boundary
  • 他人事(ひとごと) = other people’s affairs. Has Furigana in context. Also written 人事(ひとごと) (but IME doesn’t have this form), so it appears that 他(ほか) appears out of nowhere? (becoming 他人(たにん)).
  • 重篤(じゅうとく) = critical illness. No Furigana here; maybe there was Furigana earlier?
  • 上皮(じょうひ) = epithelium (e.g. of bowel, skin). Related is 内皮(ないひ) = endothelium (of blood vessels, 血管内皮(けっかんないひ)). It works similarly to (technical) English, it seems.
  • 電解質(でんかいしつ) = electrolyte
  • 栄養失調(えいようしっちょう) = malnutrition. 失調(しっちょう) is usually lack of coordination, like ataxia; but the base meaning is, disharmony.
  • 絶食(ぜっしょく) = fasting. 絶飲食(ぜついんしょく) = fasting, but also no water.
  • 腱鞘炎(けんしょうえん) = tenosynovitis
    • 腱(けん) = tendon. Also seen as a standalone vocabulary. A tendon is as meaningful and powerful as a sword (剣(けん)), perhaps.
  • 巣窟(そうくつ) = nest
  • æ­¯(は)ブラシ = toothbrush. 電動歯(でんどうは)ブラシ is electric toothbrush.
  • æ­¯(は)ぐき = gingiva; gum. Full Kanji form is 歯茎(はぐき).
  • 歯肉(しにく) = gingiva; gum = æ­¯(は)ぐき. シ is preferred over æ­¯(は), Level 12 Kanji with useful On reading.
  • 歯垢(しこう) = dental plaque
  • 歯牙(しが) = tooth (æ­¯(は)); tooth and claw (æ­¯(は)と牙(きば))
    • Can also mean gossip; speaking : 歯牙(しが)にも掛(か)けない = taking no notice; making light of; disdain
  • 象牙質(ぞうげしつ) = dentin layer of a tooth, responsible for most of the color. 象牙(ぞうげ) is ivory, or tusks of an elephant.
    • Enamel layer is just エナメル質(しつ).
  • æ­©(ふ) = a pawn (in 将棋(しょうぎ))
  • 桂馬(けいま) = a knight. バ in 競馬(けいば) would be horse racing.
  • 飛車(ひしゃ) = a rook
  • 王手飛車(おうてびしゃ) = forking the rook while checking the king
  • 王手(おうて) = checkmate
  • 如実(にょじつ) = realistically; vividly


  • ジャンジャン = incessantly; continuously
  • ベトベト = being sticky. Somewhat similar to ベタベタ.


  • 腱(けん)

    • tendon
    • 腱(けん)
      • 腱鞘炎(けんしょうえん),     腱炎(けんえん)
  • 鞘(さや)

    • sheath; scabbard of a sword / price margin
    • ショウ
      • 腱鞘炎(けんしょうえん),     鞘翅類(しょうしるい)
    • 鞘(さや)
      • 値鞘(ねざや),     利鞘(りざや),     逆鞘(ぎゃくざや),     鞘取(さやと)り
      • 鞘当(さやあ)て
  • 唾(つば)

    • saliva
    • ダ
      • 唾液(だえき)
      • 唾棄(だき)すべき
    • 唾(つば)
      • 唾(つば)する,     生唾(なまつば)
      • 眉唾(まゆつば)
    • つ
      • 固唾(かたず)
      • 虫唾(むしず)   (虫酸(むしず))
  • 垢(あか)

    • dirt
    • コウ
      • 歯垢(しこう)
    • ク
      • 無垢(むく)
    • 垢(あか)
      • 手垢(てあか),     耳垢(みみあか)
    • 垢離(こり)
    • 頭垢(ふけ)
  • 牙(きば) (Level 36)

    • fang
    • ガ
      • 歯牙(しが),     毒牙(どくが)
      • 牙城(がじょう)
    • ゲ
      • 象牙(ぞうげ)
  • とつ如(じょ) (Level 47)

    • likeness
    • ニョ
      • 如実(にょじつ),     不如意(ふにょい)
    • 如(ごと)く

:snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 28 :snowflake: :snowman_with_snow:
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BU$TAFELLOWS :moneybag:
Short story in English :books:

Read about half a short story last night, since I went to bed late and I also wasn’t sure what novel I wanted to read next. (I’m trying to not start new series… Which is hard because my preferred genres tend to be a lot of series, but I want to finish books I already own.) I read the rest of that short story today.

I also read about two scenes of BU$TAFELLOWS. While I’d love to say I will read more after dinner, I think that is unlikely. It is very entertaining, and I felt like more of it went smoothly, although there were patches of extra hard sentences (read super lookup heavy).

I’m also finding a lot of vocabulary is shared between Loopers and BU$TAFELLOWS despite them being fairly different. The amount I’ve read of Loopers are more slice of life stuff with some sprinklings of other things, while Bustafellows is more mystery so far. So my theory that there is general vocabulary shared between many (if not all) VNs that are different from say manga and such, seems to hold out. Although I haven’t really read mystery manga.

Anyone know of any crime/mystery, like police detective, manga? (I have crime/mystery novel recommendations so was wondering about manga specifically.) Outside Conan, I guess. (I’ll be honest and say I have zero interest in reading Conan, I’m sure it is good. But the whole thing about Conan being a teenage boy changed into a kid just makes it sound annoying to me. :sweat_smile: If he’d still been a teen, I would have totally tried it.) I was thinking like crime TV shows (CSI, NCIS) and police procedural crime novels.

I know of Death Note which would fit that in some respects. I haven’t read the whole manga, nor watched the whole anime, so I can’t say exactly how well it fits what I’m looking for. (Although I’m not necessarily looking for crime/mystery manga with supernatural elements. It is okay if they are there, but I’m perhaps more looking for ones without.)


:books: 01月28日

Casually resuming my updates, I don’t even remember at this point what I did and when :joy: . Will try to post actively again now that I’m a bit more relaxed and hopefully rebuild some consistency.

Read 9-nine-'s content for the club’s Week 5.

I’m encountering a fair amount of vocabulary I got from Loopers and うたわれるもの in 9-nine-, I guess each medium/genre/whatever has its own characteristic language as a whole. That’s also the reason I suffer whenever I pick up an article or a book, been focusing on games for too long and I feel that I need to broaden my horizons a bit. I spiritually die at the sight of a Wikipedia article :joy: .


Not exactly police procedural, but you might want to have a look at ミステリと言う勿れ. I haven’t read the manga (but I’ve heard good things about it), but I’ve watched the show. The main character is a very observant student who just wants to mind his own business, but he ends up solving mysteries left and right, almost against his will. There is a lot of police presence, at least in the drama, but as you can imagine they aren’t usually as capable in solving crimes as the protagonist…


January 28th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Resumed reading Aria volume 3 from chapter 24 (page 110) and read up to page 115.
Today: Continued up to page 128.

Nice to see a tiny bit of backstory which explained why Aika decided to become an Undine. On another note, Alicia is indeed invincible when it comes to provocations, complaints etc. as she will literally laugh it off – or ‘ara-ara it off’. :laughing:


Word or expression of the day:
誓い - (ちかい) - oath, vow​

Honourable mention(s):
落ち込む - (おちこむ) - to feel down, to feel sad, to be depressed, to be in low spirits


:snowflake: Day 28, 28th of January :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

In today’s story we experience the assault of the undead horde on the castle walls. The elf from last time appears ans uses an arrow to make a vulcano errupt, killing the army instantly… talk about OP characters.

In the next story we are celebrating the victory. The travelers from before are contributing the music and entertainment.

Second to last story we are in the green frog hotel and explore the room of a magic user staying there. There are some animated / interactive pictures here!

In the last story we go to the house of the evil wizard. We’re exploring it for treasure like a choose-your-own adventure; with clicky parts!

And that’s all for the DrDru stories. At least the ones not under construction. Tomorrow I’ll deliberate over whether I’ll start with the Tile World Chronicles or do some Tadoku books.


:bookmark: Home post // Jan 28 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 封印再度 (74% → 82%)

Spent the morning reading for a bit. Finished chapter 8, now there are just two chapters/weeks left.

What to read after that? I’m thinking Kusuriya no Hitorigoto 3 or maybe Eugenia. I’m also planning on joining この本を盗む者は book club, but I’m terrible at pacing myself. Maybe it’s better if I stay behind schedule and catch up after I’m done with whatever book I’ll be reading in the meantime.


Day 27
Started the next volume of Tsugumomo and continued reading Kindaichi Shounen vol1.

Is it just me or does the story telling in Kindaichi Shounen kind of resemble the one in Detective Conan? The main character is put into some kind of situation, all characters are introduced and a murder happens. Or maybe all of mystery novels are told like that. :sweat_smile:

2192 pages read 17808 to go


January 26th-28th (Days 26-28) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

Finished chapter 26 of チュベローズで待ってる AGE32… Just looking at my last update on here - I didn’t realize its already been five days since I’ve started it :melting_face: I’m not even that ill anymore… And the chapters really aren’t that long… I’m just not enjoying the book at all. Perhaps it’s time to quit and move on before I stop reading altogether.

I’m undecided as for what to read next, but there is a couple of books that I’ve been perusing, and I very much miss reading 海辺のカフカ. We’ll see.


It gets kinda more interesting further down, but it’s also very very crazy in a way that most of us didn’t like, to phrase this carefully :sweat_smile:
I didn’t enjoy the second volume either and considered dropping it a few times… so my apologies for having roped you into this :cry:

There’s also a small group reading 1Q84 - we’re currently almost about to start Book 1 Part 2, and it will probably be another week or two before we fully embark on it, so I guess you could catch up to us by then if you like.


January 28th!

Today I read a chapter of Mitsuboshi Colors, and a chapter of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun.

I’ve caught up to the start of this weeks reading of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun now, so I should be back on track as long as this week isn’t too hectic for me - but I’m definitely maxed out how many book clubs I can handle! :sweat_smile:

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January 27th

108 - 198(?)(end)

January 28th

Start - 43

I was understanding less and less and couldn’t use the dictionary on my phone, so I gave up and went to bed.


Enter today’s reading:




I think Shibatora is one. At least, I remember that the main character was a police officer. There was even a drama. However, the main concept was that Shibata, the MC looked like a kid so he could go undercover as a student and solve crimes that way. So I don’t know if you’d like it.


I recommend giving the first volume a try just to see what it’s like. The volume contains three full cases, so there’s no mid-case cliffhanger at the end of the volume.

The main aspect you get with Conan being a kid (while still having the intellect of an adult) is that adults won’t give him the time of day on the clues he finds. This gives the reader a chance to piece together the clues Conan notices along the way, before his reveal at the end.

That said, if you’re not interested then there’s no reason to check it, considering you could get sucked into reading a series that’s over 100 volumes long!

Lately, I’ve been watching the American television series Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996). It also uses this format.