📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

January 16th-21st (Days 16-21) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

I got a little lazy and then ill, and I didn’t even realize a week has passed since I’ve last made an update! Oh boi… Where did all that time go? :sob:

I’m not sure whether it’s just the illness, but I feel totally drained of both energy and enhusiasm - getting myself to read this week has been an absolute pain and a chore. It took a lot of self-convincing, but I read every day and slowly made my way through chapters 21-23 of チュベローズで待ってる AGE32. Ah…

Also, there are so many posts I now need to catch up with in this thread :sweat_smile:

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I finished my first Japanese book of the challenge! After buying つぐみ 6 months ago for the book club and then deciding that it was too hard (especially as a physical copy of the book), I finally finished it and really enjoyed it! Here is my review on Natively if anyone is interested.

In other news, I finished 我能摸摸你的财神光环吗?in Mandarin last week (finally! it was decent but it took me like 2 months to finish haha) and decided to DNF La librería del señor Livingstone in Spanish after 100 pages because I wasn’t feeling it :sweat_smile:.

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:bookmark: Home post // Jan 21 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 封印再度 (42% → 52%)

Finally continuing Saikawa & Moe from where I left off last year. Somehow managed to finish week 5, so just 6, 7 and 8 left to catch up with book club.

Also totally random (I blame Millie Parfait :caught_durtling: ), but I thought maybe the Tagalog course on Duolingo might be available now after waiting for years, but it wasn’t :smiling_face_with_tear: There was however an English course for Tagalog speakers instead, so I tried that :eyes: I only know a handful of words, so I had to rely on google translate to understand anything at all, but it was very fun! Especially trying to repeat back the read-aloud by the google translate robot lady. What left the biggest impression on me was the intonation of words and sentences - it has a totally different feel from any other language I know. Would be fun to learn more Filipino when I’m not so busy.

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Decided to give myself an extra week on the manga after how my first week went. I also decided since I was starting late to swap Jan and Febs books since Febs is a very short collection of short stories.

I also figured out why I wasn’t able to finish the first chapter of コンビニ人間 when I last tried to read it…it’s because it doesn’t have chapters at all lol.

Anyway finished 本好き 第一部 2! Onto V3.

As for the book…can’t say I’m the biggest fan is Soseki so far, but it’s easy enough to finish in time.

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:snowflake: Day 21, 21st of January :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

I’ve been focusing on doing lots of listening, so only one story today. Here a fairy explains all the items you can use to protect yourself on a quest. These particular ones came from the treasure chest our adventurers found after fighting the dragon. Almost got tricked by the negative tense because I had that confusing experience with 危ない…

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January 21 :heavy_check_mark: :tumbler_glass:

チュベローズで待ってる AGE32 , 36-46%

I decided to persevere with this book a little longer, and it did in fact get better - hope it lasts.

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Well I haven’t responded in the thread for a while now but I’m still following the challenge on the sidelines. I’ve kept reading a chapter per day of 宇崎ちゃん at the very least. I’ve finished the first volume and started the second one. It’s getting easier, less tiring and I’ve adjusted my setup so it helps a lot. I have a lot on my plate overall since the holidays ended but at least I try to carve out 30 minutes every day for it.

Hope everyone is having fun in their own way !

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Wasn’t feeling super motivated yesterday so read some シャドーハウス

21/1 25 pages シャドーハウス (finished chapters 58+59)

I’m at the airport now and should be able to read quite a bit on the plane.

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January 21st!

Today I finished Chapter 3 of Cells at Work.
I’m still finding it a very difficult read, but watching the anime has helped a lot since it helped me get the hang of some of the vocab, and also made the info boxes that explain things much less intimidating, since I now have a better understanding of the concepts they are explaining.

(Home Post)

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January 18th-21st :snowflake:
Home Post :house_with_garden:

  • 18/1: :teacher: 教養366, 23min.
  • 19/1: :dragon: 暁のヨナ for the bookclub, ch. 104, a short (~20min), yet so heartbreaking chapter… cried
  • 20/1: :heavy_multiplication_x: missed day :cry: it was such a long day, got home so late and had extra work to do… just went straight to bed…
  • 21/1: :teacher: 教養366, 22min.
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Yayyyy!!! Thank you so much, I already saw some of the next ones you posted… I cannot resist, they’re too cute :pleading_face: Thanks for sharing those!

Hi??? Hello Kiro??? nice to meet you??! He looks so fluffy and adorable… thank you for sharing these and gracing us with Kiro pictures! he healed my weary soul!! :pleading_face: :pray:

Thank you for you reply!! I’m really sold, I think I’ll try to be bold and I’m going to get the first novel and start with this, it will be an early bday gift to myself lol. I do agree about the art on the covers! I’ve already seen them myself and they look so pretty! :star_struck: I gotta say though, if you haven’t tried the manga, the art there is pretty gorgeous too, every single page had my eyes feasting!

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:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月21日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)

Another easy day for reading and busy day irl, but i think tomorrow I’ll be ready to start reading a bit more again. I did get to go to daiso today, and mostly managed to avoid buying anything I didn’t need for the most part.

That is, except for these:


which I saw in the check-out line and realized it would go against my internal sense of childhood justice to not grab.

Read:

  • ホリミヤ ch 88
Good Words

庇護欲「ひごよく」ー desire to protect
貧血「ひんけつ」ー anemia
仮病「けびょう」ー feigned illness
結び「むすび」ー ending, conclusion
ぐしゃぐしゃ ー messy, untidy

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January 21 :snowflake: Home Post

Well today I felt like doing precisely none of the things I have been, so I went completely off course and started playing Genshin Impact? Whoops :joy: I’m definitely not far enough to have an actual concept of anything but it’s been a good time, I mostly just explored and collected stuff, definite Breath of the Wild vibes so far which I’m always down for! Language-wise it’s pretty okay, I’m going at it with a much more extensive style than I’m typically comfortable with but I think it’s working. The beginning with initial exposition stuff with no context and every item you pick up being new was the roughest, but I think I’m settling into it :grin: so we shall see!

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🎉Day 22 Status Report🎉

Home Post :snowman_with_snow:

My last status report was 18 days ago, oops. But I read (almost) every day since then so it’s probably fine.

I said last time that I was gonna finish うずまき in two weeks and I almost achieved it (who cares about 4 days more or less, amiright?). It got kind of repetitive towards the end and I don’t know if I will read volume 2 and 3 as well…

I’m gonna get some physical books in a few days (wanted to read Berserk because everyone recommended it) and I’m looking forward to reading them. In the meantime I might pick up 血の轍 again, who knows.

みんな, good luck with your reading, hope it’s going well for you!

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

➳ January 22nd.

What: 風のクロノア
Pages: ?
Time: 40 minutes

It’s still going too faaaast, but I am somehow managing to keep up. Despite playing Klonoa 2 way, way too much as a kid, I can’t remember if the text auto advances in that game… Guess we’ll see when I finish the first one. Love the goofy characters in this game… I hope someone’s working on a Klonoa 3 because I want to play it :smiling_face_with_tear:

Oh my gosh, what a sweet kitty. Thank you for sharing Kiro with us :pleading_face:

Ooo! I play Genshin Impact in English every now and then (when I’m not burned out on the gameplay + event loop) but haven’t tried it in Japanese. Interested to know how difficult it is! though there’s no way I’m starting over just to play it in JP… I’ve worked too hard on my team

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home post

22nd jan

after dithering over the stuff in my 読みかけ list on bookwalker i went with 四月は君の嘘 cos i’ve got a couple of volumes and i remember the anime being alright (even if it was very 泣きゲー). baffled that kaori’s name is actually spelt かをり. first chapter was very long but not that difficult, just character introductions and stuff. back to 蟲師 tomorrow just in time for the JLPT results to come in :sob:

ohh man i’ve not been to a mr simms in ages! instant nostalgia

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Home post

1 月 22 日
からかい上手の高木さん Volume 1 Chapter 4 :smiling_imp:

Halfway through chapter 4, but will probably reread again another day! Little by little getting the hang of recalling the kanji learned from WK that I read in the manga. There’s still more than a handful of moments where I know I should know the meaning and I try to wrack my brain for the answer but it won’t come and I’ll look at it in the vocab list and slap myself on the forehead… :sweat_smile:

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:cup_with_straw: Home :mexico:

January 22nd

ジョジョの奇妙な冒険7
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ララの結婚(けっこん)
153 - 185

Now I gotta wait for the next volumes to arrive…

Depending on how sleepy and how much time I have after my shower, I might read some JoJo too. I have everything but my clothes ready for work tomorrow, so it’s not like I should need extra time in the morning…

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January 22nd

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Card Captor Sakura volume 7 / volume 8 – progress report
Yesterday: Read up to page 165, finished chapter 29.
Today: Read up to page 189, finished chapter 30 and volume 7. :tada:
Began reading volume 8, read up to page 20.

Finished volume 7 and continued with volume 8 – only to have another ‘nope, not today’ reaction when liar-kun showed up. So, I stopped at said page. :sweat_smile:


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I hope you get well soon!

It’s great that you managed to read it this time around – congrats! :tada: :smiley:

Kiro is so adorable! And it’s equally adorable to hear that he missed you so much that he wanted to cuddle even more to make up for the ‘lost’ days. :face_holding_back_tears:

The UK pictures are delightful too, btw.

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Word or expression of the day:
一生懸命 - (いっしょうけんめい) - very hard, with utmost effort

Honourable mention(s):
ごまかす - (誤魔化す) - to deceive, to falsify, to cheat ; to dodge, to beg the question; to gloss over

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Jan 22, Sun of Week 4 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • はたらく細胞 Black Vol.3 Ch.15-17 (end volume)

Reunion, of both bad and good.

  • うたわれるもの
Interesting words
  • チャラ = canceling (a debt)
  • みかじめ(.) = management; supervision. No Kanji in context, nor in IME.
  • ほぐれる = to be relaxed. Kanji form is 解(ほぐ)れる.
  • すかさず = without a moment’s delay. Kanji form is 透(す)かさず.
  • パワハラ(.) = power harassment; harassment from a position of power = パワーハラスメント
  • ノネナール(.) = nonenal; non-2-enal. A C9 aldehyde (-al) with a double chain at 2nd position (-2-en)? A chemical responsible for kareishÅ« (加齢臭(かれいしゅう), Old person smell).
  • クレーム(.) = claim; customer complaint
  • やぶさかでない = willing to do (not reluctant at all). Kanji form is 吝(やぶさ)かでない
  • 一介(いっかい) = merely a …
  • 吹(ふ)っ切(き)る = to get over lingering attachment
  • しゃちほこ張(ば)る = to stiffen (ceremonious). Full Kanji form is 鯱張(しゃちほこば)る, and Shachihoko is a mythical sea creature.
  • 苦々(にがにが)しい = being disgusted; unpleasant
  • 漉(す)き = paper-making. 漉(す)き紙(かみ) in context.
  • 達筆(たっぴつ) = good handwriting; skillful handwriting
  • 原価(げんか) = cost price; original price without profit
  • 名残惜(なごりお)しい = reluctant to part. 名残(なごり) = relics; vestiges
  • 憂(う)さ = gloom; melancholy
  • 懐具合(ふところぐあい) = one’s financial standing = 懐(ふところ) + 具合(ぐあい)
  • 工面(くめん) = devising a trick (工夫(くふう)), esp. to raise money
  • 返済(へんさい) = repayment
  • 渡来(とらい) = imported
  • 仕入(しい)れ = laying in stock
  • 品薄(しなうす) = stock shortage
  • 清冽(せいれつ) = crystal clear and cool (of water)
  • 居住(いず)まい = seating posture
  • 無骨(ぶこつ) = unrefined; uncouth
  • 精悍(せいかん) = masculine
  • 毛色(けいろ) = one’s nature
  • 沽券(こけん) = dignity; public face
  • 追(お)い風(かぜ) = favorable development of the situation
  • æ³£(な)き言(ごと) = complaint
  • 機転(きてん) = quick wit
  • 依然(いぜん) = still; remain to be. Has a different pitch pattern from 以前(いぜん).
  • 病魔(びょうま) = demon of ill heath
  • 症候群(しょうこうぐん) = syndrome. エコノミークラス症候群(しょうこうぐん) (= economy class syndrome) in context.
  • 静脈(じょうみゃく) = vein (blood vessel). I misread this for a while (ジョウ part).
  • 退職(たいしょく) = retirement
  • 皮脂腺(ひしせん) = sebaceous gland. 皮脂(ひし) is skin sebum.
  • 人身事故(じんしんじこ) = accident (traffic, train) that harms persons (resulting in injury or death)
    • Incidentally, the other day, I heard 人身売買(じんしんばいばい) (= human trafficking).
  • 湯治(とうじ) = hot spring cure (e.g. for medical purposes; resorts)
  • 内装(ないそう) = interior design
  • 絡繰(からく)り = machinery; mechanism
  • 悪戦苦闘(あくせんくとう) = hard fight
  • 見晴(みは)らし = an extensive view (e.g. of a city from an observation tower)
  • 音信不通(おんしんふつう) = hearing no news; loss of contact
  • バツが悪(わる)い = being awkward = きまりが悪(わる)い
  • 意(い)を決(けっ)する = to make up one’s mind
  • 途方(とほう)もない = wild; outrageous
  • 絶(た)え間(ま)ない = incessant; without interruption
  • 人心地(ひとごこち)がつく = to come to one’s sense; to feel relaxed
  • 一息(ひといき)つく = to take a breather
  • 縁(えん)は異(い)なもの = There is no telling how people are brought together. = 縁(えん)は異(い)なもの味(あじ)なもの.

SFX

  • もりもり = heartily
  • そこそこ = hurriedly

Kanji

  • せい悍(かん)
    • rough; wild; virile
    • カン
      • 精悍(せいかん),     剽悍(ひょうかん)
    • 悍(おぞ)ましい
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Only my 2nd day of reading but wanted to share nonetheless. Started going through SKM N2 reading these past two days. It is a jump from N3 for sure, but it being more challenging than the usual manga/articles I read is also motivating me to do WK lessons and reviews. Can’t wait to look back at these first pages and see how far I’ve come :mechanical_arm:

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