I would like to point out the value of the stories on this site Mukashi Banashi
, or ones like them. There are over 50 kanji/kanji combos in the first story alone. I would like to "extract" all the vocabulary/kanji from all the stories on this site and learn to read all the books. It is a lot of work b/c the stories are in flash and anything you are trying to look up has to be hand typed. If anyone is interested, PM me, I will even be hosting something off site if I see enough interest.