The Tadoku Contest is Back!

Japanese Books

Reading in a foreign language can be an intimidating task for any language learner, regardless of level.  There will always be harder material to read. Extensive reading is a staple of language learning for a lot of people, and it is gaining popularity through the web. And what better way to kick off the new year than with a month of extensive reading?


I’ve written about this contest and have taken part in each one except the very first, so I know what I’m talking about when I say that this contest will make your reading level sky-rocket in a relatively short amount of time (depending of course on how much you put into it).   The contest starts January 1st, and I will have a book in hand as I bring in the new year. How about you?


Here is some more information from the contest site.  By the way,  you  need a twitter account to take part.

Why do I need a Twitter account?

Because the contest is traditionally run by submitting your page count to a Twitter bot. With this contest, that will be a web app you can use to submit, but there is still the Twitter option. According to @LordSilent, the guy who runs the contest, a Twitter account is still necessary.

But I don’t like Twitter.

For a good reason, I’m sure. But honestly, if making a Twitter account means you won’t take part in the contest, you obviously are not that eager to improve your reading skills. It literally takes a matter of seconds, and who says you have to use it for any purposes outside of the contest? There are quite a few participants who do just that.

What are you going to read?

This month I will attempt the following:


  • 蒲生邸事件
  • 火車
  • レイン:雨の日に生まれた戦士
  • 麒麟の翼
  • 舟を編む


  • Dragonball
  • Liar Game


  • 逆転検事(DS)
  • ゼノサガI II (DS)
  • Various 3DS Demos (体験版)

Web (aka all my non-Japanese reading)

  • Talk To Me In Korean
  • Koreanlab
  • Chinese children’s stories
  • Korean Naver comics
  • Korean childrens’ stories


Follow @TadokuBot on Twitter and check out the official blog for more info on the contest.

Author: Koyami

I'm Koyami. I am a freelance Japanese-English Translator and I enjoy learning new skills and reading in my spare time. Current pursuits include learning Mandarin Chinese, getting familiar with Blender, and collecting all of the 十二国記 books. Follow me on Twitter and Google+ for blog updates, my Japanese word of the day, and more!