📚 📚 Read Japanese Every Day Challenge - Summer 2024 🏖 🍉 🏏

:books: :books: :books: Welcome to the “Read Japanese Every Day” Challenge, Summer 2024 Edition! :beach_umbrella: :watermelon: :cricket_bat_and_ball:

Hello! Japan is heating up and the rainy season seems finally ready to start. It might be different in other parts of the world, but no matter what the weather, it’s always a good day to be reading.

This Season's Emoji Explanation

Japan has a distinct sea and mountain season and people almost religiously follow it, so you won’t often find people at the beach or hiking outside of that established season. Summer squarely falls in it, so this time we’ve got a beach emoji. And what’s the most Japanese thing you can do at a beach? Break open a watermelon. Hence our middle emoji. Somehow there’s no baseball bat emoji, so cricket will have to do. Now we have a proper スイカ割り emoji set. Get cracking those books watermelons open.

Where does this challenge come from?

Back in the summer of 2021, @Redglare had the great idea of a “Read Every Day” challenge, in which participants challenged themselves to read something in Japanese every day for 2 whole months. Since then and until winter 2024, @Redglare and @windupbird have hosted this challenge every season. Thanks to them, many of us have improved our Japanese and lifestyles! You might notice that I am neither a bird nor glare. I offered to take over the challenge since they’re quite busy (お疲れ様!), but of course they’re welcome to take it back at any time if they want to. I’ll do my best to keep up the encouragement!

Please help us keep this a positive, encouraging, and fun space! Please feel free to bribe encourage fellow participants with cute pet and animal photos or recipes even.

Archive of Past Challenge Threads

Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 :beach_umbrella::beach_umbrella:

Read every day challenge - Fall 2021 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf::raccoon:

Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 :snowman_with_snow::snowflake:

Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 :cherry_blossom: :seedling:

Read every day challenge - Summer 2022 :beach_umbrella: :sunny:

Read every day challenge - Fall 2022 :maple_leaf::fallen_leaf:

Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 :snowman_with_snow::snowflake:

Read every day challenge - Spring 2023 :cherry_blossom::tulip::blossom:

Read every day challenge - Summer 2023 :sunglasses::sunny:

Read every day challenge - Fall 2023 :scarf: :fallen-leaf: :maple_leaf:

Read every day challenge - Winter 2024 :bamboo: :snowman_with_snow: :evergreen_tree:

Read every day challenge - Spring 2024 :cherry_blossom: :dango: :seedling:

While the name of the challenge is “Read Every Day,” you may have noticed that it also has a season attached. That’s because each challenge only lasts 2 months. Forever would be a long commitment. By having clear start and end dates, it becomes a much more manageable goal. At the end of the challenge, please consider what worked or didn’t work for you. Did you have fun? Then you can take a break or decide to keep going.

Also, please don’t worry about starting late or not completing the challenge! Life happens. This is an open opportunity for everyone who wants to set some reading goals. Everyone is welcome. Some participants have even started tracking their reading in other languages.

As @Redglare has said:

This is a thread for people who:
:bookmark: want to spend time reading a bunch this fall
:bookmark: want to improve their reading speed and comprehension
:bookmark: want to hold themselves accountable and have a place to document their progress
:bookmark: simply want to join in on the challenge of reading every day for two or so months :books: :books:

To add onto that, this is also a thread for people who want to track or talk about their reading too. If you’d like a computer to do most of your tracking, please check out Natively.

Time frame: July 1 - August 30

Again, late starts are totally welcome! Usually people will continue posting through September and some may give some updates even later. It’s all good! You can start and finish your personal challenge at any point during that time, and shorten or lengthen the challenge to the time period that works best for you. Personally, I usually extend my reading into the 3rd month since I find these challenges have been great at helping me reach my annual reading goals.

As @windupbird has said

Your reading materials can be whatever you want, be it manga, light novels, books, visual novels, magazines, graded readers, satori reader, Japanese webpages/blogs, or Japanese games - you name it, anything goes as long as it is something in Japanese :jp: :durtle_the_explorer: “Reading” can be interpreted creatively, if that helps keep you motivated - for example, some people have counted reading Japanese subtitles as reading some days. In general, we are a pretty flexible and forgiving bunch :wink:


Need help finding something to read? Check these threads out!

The News Reading Challenge - folks typically read the easy NHK article of the day or other similar articles from various apps

The "news reading" challenge 🗞


The Immersion portion of this thread has a lot of great resources

The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!


Reading the same book with others can be pretty motivating. It’s also easier to ask about grammar or vocab, so how about joining a book club? If you don’t want to join, you could always take it as a recommended book instead. A list of book clubs can be found here:

Master List of Book Clubs


Would you like to participate?
  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No
0 voters

Happy reading!

21 Likes

Participants

Feel free to add your username to the list!
Note: please try to keep this alphabetical

Username Date Joined Days Completed
adusiauwu July 1
Alethe July 16 Home Post
busytechwork July 1st
caladan22ph July 9 📚 📚 Read Japanese Every Day Challenge - Summer 2024 🏖 🍉 🏏 - #188 by caladan22ph
CandyKale July 13 Home Post
DIO-Berry July 1 :thinking:
Drutopia July 1st Home Post
FigTree July 1 2
hotdogsuplex July 1
hughlings July 1 Home Post
Izabelle July 21
JaneBronte July 1
Kageness July 1 hopefully all of them
Kay July 1
kissinglilies July 1
Ksiretsus July 1st 1
Lisaveeta July 1st
MarnieDEB July 1
Marifly July 1st Home post
monlitt July 10 Home post
PotatoDancer July 1
RebBlue July 8th Home Post
Redglare July 1 Home post
saidahgilbert 1 July TBD/62
Sylph July 1 Home post
Tryllid July 10 Home post
WeepingWeeb July 1
Wenimira July 14 Home post
11 Likes
Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

Plain text version (just copy and paste)

||||Jul||||
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
|月|火|水|木|金|土|日|
|01[]|02[]|03[]|04[]|05[]|06[]|07[]|
|08[]|09[]|10[]|11[]|12[]|13[]|14[]|
|15[]|16[]|17[]|18[]|19[]|20[]|21[]|
|22[]|23[]|24[]|25[]|26[]|27[]|28[]|
|29[]|30[]|31[]|||||


||||Aug||||
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
|月|火|水|木|金|土|日|
||||01[]|02[]|03[]|04[]|
|05[]|06[]|07[]|08[]|09[]|10[]|11[]|
|12[]|13[]|14[]|15[]|16[]|17[]|18[]|
|19[]|20[]|21[]|22[]|23[]|24[]|25[]|
|26[]|27[]|28[]|29[]|30[]|31[]||

||||Sep||||
| --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- | --- |
|月|火|水|木|金|土|日|
|||||||01[]|
|02[]|03[]|04[]|05[]|06[]|07[]|08[]|
|09[]|10[]|11[]|12[]|13[]|14[]|15[]|
|16[]|17[]|18[]|19[]|20[]|21[]|22[]|
|23[]|24[]|25[]|26[]|27[]|28[]|29[]|
|30[]|||||||

More formatting things… Do you want centered text?

<div align= middle>
enter the text you want centered here
</div align= middle>

Do you want to hide books you’re reading but didn’t read on a particular day? For example, book club books?

Normally my book list looks like this on a post…

But if you look underneath the hood…

|:cat: | Book | Pages|
|--- | --- | ---|
| :dress: | [女装してめんどくさい事になってるネクラとヤンキーの両片想い 1](https://learnnatively.com/book/7296952c20/) | start - 32 |


<!--
|:bug:| https://learnnatively.com/book/f7ef0ac1a4/ | 56- |
|:butterfly:| https://learnnatively.com/series/ca3c2862a1/ (2・65)| start - |
|:dagger: | [ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 2](https://learnnatively.com/book/5a735f0743/)  | 67 - 86 |
| :family_man_boy_boy: | [腐男子家族 3](https://learnnatively.com/book/c100594e39/) | 43 - 92 |
|:musical_note:| [気になってる人が男じゃなかった](https://learnnatively.com/book/0f5d164515/) | 97 - 116 | 
| :baseball: | [変人偏屈列伝](https://learnnatively.com/book/80604f5d7b/) | 6 - 20 |
|:rainbow:| [日本の美しい色と言葉](https://learnnatively.com/book/233aa6e60b/) | 84 - 87, 165 |
|:horse:| [ララの結婚 4](https://learnnatively.com/book/a79c6ad26e/) | start - 68 |
| :horse_racing: | [STEEL BALL RUN 3](https://learnnatively.com/book/b0308988a6/) | start -  |
| :telescope: |  https://learnnatively.com/book/4e727091c6/  | 13 - 15 |
|:cherry_blossom: | https://learnnatively.com/book/191965a834/ | start - 13 |
 -->

<!-- and --> can hide text that you don’t want always visible. This text can be easily grabbed from your last post by quote replying to your previous post.

17 Likes

@Mods can you make this participants post a wiki please?

5 Likes

:green_heart: :watermelon: DIO-Berry Summer 2024 Home Post :watermelon: :green_heart:

Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
17 Likes

I burnt out last challenge and ended up taking a reading break, but I’m back and ready for a fresh start!

Books I’ll be reading throughout this challenge

  • コーヒーが冷めないうちに
  • 変な家
  • (possibly) アフターダーク
Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
24 Likes

I haven’t been good at the (every day) part of the challenge, but I still like tracking my reading and want to get better at reading more, and I’m going to actually finish something (or multiple somethings) this challenge! I also think it’s helpful for me to do the whole “write new words down” thing even if I’m not exactly dumping them into SRS.

It’s hard to promise that I’ll get better about making this a daily habit, but I won’t get anywhere if I don’t try, and maybe I can aim for more days covered than last challenge instead.

Things I’ve been working on from last challenge:

  • 原罪物語 -罪-
  • ノーゲーム・ノーライフ 1
  • VA-11 Hall-A
  • Little Witch in the Woods (I’m definitely getting close to the end here)
Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
22 Likes
10 Likes

There are 31 days in August. A :fallen-leaf: emoji is broken in Archive of. And, Every Single Day.

7 Likes

That’s done now :slightly_smiling_face:

8 Likes

Hotdog’s summer reading challenge

Just like in the listen every day challenge, this time I’ll be setting goals based on the total amount of content consumed rather than the everyday aspect. I really need to clear out my tbr list.

Title Type
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX post-game Video game
Rune Factory 3 main story Video game
Pokemon Scarlet Indigo Disc dlc Video game
こぐまクーク Book
ロジカとラッカセイ volume 1 Manga
ロジカとラッカセイ volume 2 Manga
ふしぎの国のバード volume 1 Manga
幸せのマチ Manga
夜の名前を呼んで volume 1 Manga
夜の名前を呼んで volume 2 Manga
ふしぎ駄菓子屋 Book
台所のドラゴン volume 4 Manga
とんがり帽子のアトリエ volume 1 Manga
23 Likes

Hi all - I’m going to tentatively give this a go, even tho I’m just a baby Level 4… My expectations will have to be low, as I’ll be just trying to read anything I can that is comprehensible to me!

But I have some beginner readers on Kindle and my kiddo brought back a couple of JP language mangas from our recent trip. And I’m a voracious reader of katakana & hiragana found in ingredients lists on the side of food packets :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

But I’m doing my Wanikani and Duolingo daily and anything outside of that I’ll count towards my progress if that’s ok :raised_hands:

In Progress
Title Type Pages
ドラえもん #1 Manga 1-9
NEWS WEB EASY Website Trying to read a bit of this every day since someone told me about it!
Short Stories for Japanese Learners, Level 1, Bk 1 Book 1-40

I won’t lie - it’s hard going :smiley: - I’m basically looking up every other word in Shirabe Jisho, but I’m enjoying the bringing to life of something previously unknowable to me!

Update. I’m good at remembering to read each day - but bad at updating this post :joy: I’m getting the hang of ドラえもん but still slow going!

Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
26 Likes

Thank you!

5 Likes

Nice, welcome! You might have good luck with the Tadoku readers too

6 Likes

Good shout - thanks :raised_hands:

6 Likes

Currently Reading

Finished

  • :cat: Chi’s Sweet Home Vol.3
  • :mage: Flying Witch Vol.1
  • :vampire: Happiness
:beach_umbrella: Jul 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01-07
08-14
15-21
22-28
29-31
:watermelon: Aug 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01-04
05-11
12-18
19-25
26-31
:cricket_bat_and_ball: Sep 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01-01
02-08
09-15
16-22
23-29
30-30
Summary

Week 1

23 Likes

I’m in!

I want my reading to be a little more structured this time. My spring reading was all over the place. Hopefully finish Island :desert_island: and start reading another VN. A few book clubs. Really I just want to join the challenge and keep reading every day!

Jul
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Aug
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01 02 03 04
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Sep
月 火 水 木 金 土 日
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
23 Likes

Thanks for arranging another season of the challenge, @DIO-Berry! :durtle_love: :heart_hands:

I’ll join this time as well :high_touch: I thought I was on a roll having just resumed where I left off with the Honzuki series, but suddenly my friends recommended me an English series which got me hooked and which I’m currently still reading (A Court of Thorns and Roses). And then there was packing and cleaning and moving to a new place and days where I didn’t do reviews on jpdb or even use my laptop at all. In other words, life happened. I can’t remember the last time I’ve taken such a long break from reading books in Japanese, June is very blank so far in my box calendar. But since it’s the “off-month” of the challenge anyway, I don’t mind.

Hopefully, I’ll get back on track in this new challenge! :smile:

23 Likes

:bookmark: :books: Redglare’s home post :durtle_hello:

:calendar: image

:beach_umbrella: July 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
Week 27
Week 28
Week 29
Week 30
Week 31
:watermelon: Aug 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
Week 31
Week 32
Week 33
Week 34
Week 35
:cricket_bat_and_ball: Sep 月 火 水 木 金 土 日
Week 35
Week 36
Week 37
Week 38
Week 39
Week 40

:books: Bookmeter profile :books:


Reading material

Start Title Progress Completed
7/3 クプルムの花嫁 1 (manga) 0% → 7/3
7/1 Honzuki 17 0% → 7/13
714 Honzuki 18 0% →

Previous home posts

Fast travel to updates

July  
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07,
08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,
22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28,
29, 30, 31.

August      01, 02, 03, 04,
05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11,
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18,
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25,
26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

September                 01,
02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08,
09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15,
16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29,
30.

23 Likes

✨ Phryne's home post ✨

📚 Natively profile 📚

:beach_umbrella: July :beach_umbrella:

月 火 水 木 金 土 日
:white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
:white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
:white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
:white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

:watermelon: August :watermelon:

月 火 水 木 金 土 日
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

:cricket_bat_and_ball: September :cricket_bat_and_ball:

月 火 水 木 金 土 日
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

Reading

:books: = (light) novel; :speech_balloon: = manga; :information_source: = non-fiction

23 Likes