Finished my 10th light novel in Japanese this year, on LingQ.
I made the switch to reading long-form content (podcast transcripts and light novels) on LingQ. Progress has been steady and I’m happy with the results.
I spend a bit of time browsing different light novels and going over their summaries before importing. This helps me decide whether or not the novel is too difficult. Ideally, I aim for anything below 15% unknown words. Also, I stay away from genres that are out of my ‘realm’. For example, science, politics, etc.
Taking the plunge at first was a bit intimidating but over time, reading has become easier and easier. Still, I have a long way to go (especially if I want to read a ‘real’ paper-back novel).
Next year, I’ll aim for 15 light novels.
For context, I started learning Japanese in the beginning of 2019. Everything’s been on my own. Lived in Japan prior, got stuck in the Tokyo English speaking bubble.