2008年12月24日水曜日

Getting addicted to reading - Reading log 2

You ever read a book/series or movie series, or TV show that you were completely and utterly addicted to? I mean, to the point where you were so engrossed and emotionally attached to the characters and story that you actually felt a a really bad depression when it was over?

That's happened to me a couple times. Like when you read Harry Potter and found out you had to wait for the next one to be released (don't lie, we've all read it, no need to be ashamed). I remember when I was a kid I got into Harry Potter when only the second book had been released. I read them both three times back to front because I really didn't want to stop reading it. Another example was when I was around 14? my cousin introduced me to file sharing (ah, fond memories staying up late with kazaa lite). I got completely hooked on Neon Genesis and Love Hina over the summer. After finishing one I just felt completely depressed for weeks afterward because it was over.

Anyway, this happened to me again recently. I started reading 涼風(すずか) and got completely addicted again. To the point where I was spending every free moment of my time reading this manga. ("2:30 in the morning? Sure I could be sensible and go to bed, but then I'd have to wait until tomorrow to find out what happens to Yamato when he's trapped with Suzuka in Hiroshima.") I mean, most of the time I totally forgot I was even reading Japanese, I was just focusing on the meaning. Dictionary lookups were strangely easy because I was desperate to find out what was happening.

After finishing 涼風 I had a hard time for about a week liking anything else. I read a few two volume manga before I got over 涼風 enough to start reading something else. Now I'm reading Love Hina, Neon Genesis (this time in Japanese) and Ah! My goddess. I'm spending hours all day reading these, especially since it's the holidays (not like I care, I was raised from childhood as a heathen atheist and I'm not even doing anything for Christmas). I also picked up the anime version of 涼風 and am enjoying the ability to comprehend spoken Japanese.

It really is great to be able to get to where you have a lot of fun doing things in Japanese, where you look forward to it and stay up late. Much better than forcing myself to go through a textbook everyday.


Stats:
Deck created: 6.1ヶ月 ago
Total number of cards: 4394

Card counts
Mature cards: 3346 (76.15%)
Young cards: 1045 (23.78%)
Unseen cards: 3 (0.07%)

Correct answers
Mature cards: 91.7% (4432 of 4832)
Young cards: 85.0% (30170 of 35479)
First-seen cards: 68.5% (1817 of 2653)

Kanji statistics
The 4391 seen cards in this deck contain:
1423 total unique kanji.
Jouyou: 1284 of 1945 (66.0%).
Jinmeiyou: 18 of 287 (6.3%).
121 non-jouyou kanji.

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