Tadoku in Practice: The 2012 Chronicles (Part I)

As some of you might remember, my New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was to read 50 Japanese novels before the end of the year. While I am pitifully behind schedule (it’s been 15 weeks, and I’ve only read 11 novels), I’m still trucking along, and I haven’t given up on the dream yet.

In any event, I thought–since I’m not doing anything with this blog anyway–that I’d do a quick update about what all I’ve been reading, and what I thought about it. (Hover over any Japanese for English.)

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The End of an Adventure (Tadoku 2011, Round 4 & Overall, Postmortem)

It’s late, I’m tired, and my brother’s playing the xylophone or some other high-pitched bell-like musical contraption. Conclusion: write a blog post.

The contest is over. It’s been a year of super intense reading, pushing myself to places I never thought I could go. There have been surprises, and there have been disappointments. But most of all, there’s been growth, and a hell of a lot of fun. I’ve read things, comfortably, I would have thought far out of my reach this time a year ago. And I’ve enjoyed doing it.

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UPDATE: Using Your E-Reader for Evil

Back when I wrote the original Using Your E-Reader for Evil post, I mentioned how the PDFs 青P outputs don’t match the aspect ratio of the nook or other e-readers, which results in there being a whole lot of unused space. Well, in preparation for the coming round of Tadoku, I decided to take another crack at overcoming that issue, and I’ve come up with what I believe to be a fairly satisfying solution.

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The Beginning of the End (Tadoku 2011, Round 4: Prologue)

Where the hell has all my time gone? Seriously. How is it already time for another round of the contest? I don’t feel like I’ve done enough to justify the amount of time that has passed, but at the same time I feel like I’m working my ass off (more on that some other day).

Well, since we’re here, I guess I’ll follow tradition and make a short post about what I want to read this round:

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第一敗者の憂鬱 (Tadoku 2011, Round 3: Picking up the Pieces)

You win some you― Wait, no you don't.

The final day of the third round was full of surprises. I went to bed on the 30th feeling secure in my rank, but not quite ready to let go of my momentum. It was to be my eighth day playing Ever17, and―if things went according to plan―I was to be moving into the final route as the curtains fell on the contest.

I went to bed with about a 1300 page lead… and I woke up trailing behind by about 1500 pages. So that was a surprise. But what can you do? My highest score for a single day this round was 438 pages, and my highest score in a single day ever is 504 pages (from the second round). For as much as my competitive spirit hated losing my upper hand so close to the end with no hope of taking it back, I stuck with my original plan of attack and pushed through Ever17 as hard as I could. Because, really, that was the more important thing to worry about: reading Japanese like a monster.

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Reinvigoration, Reexamination, and Rewrite: Redux (Review 編)

I wanted to post this with my Tadoku 2011, Round 3 Halftime Report, but I hadn’t finished the game yet, so I branched it off into a separate post.

Rewrite was a unique experience for me. If you count each episode of Umineko as separate games, Rewrite is probably the longest single text I have read in any language. It took me just short of a month to complete (June 27 – July 20), spending upwards of ten hours every day reading. This shows I’m obviously not at a fluent reading level (or speed), but it certainly shows progress.

As a story, Rewrite has a lot of ups and downs. Because of how long it is, and how much variation there tended to be in my opinions of the routes, I needed a place to organize my thoughts, as I was going. And from that spawned this review.

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Reinvigoration, Reexamination, and Rewrite (Tadoku 2011, Round 3 Halftime Report)

I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Yeah, well neither did I.

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