I was trying to figuring out how 24 hours of reading could be scheduled in the weekend on the readathon.
I came up with a preliminary layout for my reading session.
Because I’m on Mountain Standard Time, two hours behind Eastern Standard Time, my reading would start on Friday at 10:00 p.m. and finish on Sunday also at 10:00 p.m., so, the inaugural session will coincide with the official starting time of the readathon.
Well, the schedule is set, and I am pretty anxious to dive right in.
For now, I will think of what could be my approach, book-wise that is, and make so progress with my currents reads.
Just had a few slices of pizza, a glass or two of Merlot, and of course some quality time with my kids, we are actually postponing the festivities so we can celebrate it properly, perhaps the next weekend.
The other thing is that I had some time to read.
And with that, I start to come up with some crazy ass challenges, on this occasion the task for the day is 400 pages, from which I have already passed the half-way point, 244 pages to be precise.
These are in part of my good progress with my current book, The Two Sword, and the fact that I finished the first volume of Gerard Way’s run on Doom Patrol, as expected a pretty trippy book, keeping with the spirit of the previous series by genius storyteller Grant Morrison.
So, to close-up the day’s challenge I will make some more progress on the book and try to read the mini-series of Death Dealer, based on the painting by Frank Frazetta.
With the tremendous creative team of Joshua Ortega and Nat Jones, I think it will keep me glued to my couch until the late hours of the night.
I think an early post with my final numbers is imminent, that is if I do not get betrayal by my own laziness.
I love when my beautiful desert gets blanketed by some light summer rain, just to wake up to the musical sound of small raindrops, well, it gets me in a good mood.
Although I woke up really early, the effects of little sleep did not affect me, and I started my day reading.
Let us start with the graphic novel front, I finished the first volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates run on Black Panther, highly recommended, by the way, it’s dark and sophisticated, a good jumping off point to more mature stories in the Marvel universe.
As before mention, I had a very early morning, so, it gave time to read another great graphic novel, The Black Road Volume 1 by Brian Wood, of Northlanders and DMZ fame.
This time tackling a story of the conversion of the Nordic tribes into Christianity, all of this looked through the eyes of anti-hero Magnus The Black, with the astonishing art of Garry Brown, this is a must-read for any comic-book geek.
The next graphic novel on my list is the first volume of Gerard Way, yes of My Chemical Romance, run on The Doom Patrol, if I take for example his work on The Umbrella Academy, well, I expect a trippy and extremely well-written story.
On the book front, I am still working on The Two Swords, the last of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, currently, on page 163 of 376, the good news is that my pace has increased exponentially, so I think the book will be done this weekend.
On total pages news, I am glad to inform that the new total is 16,629 pages, surpassing the sum of (Y-8) and just 569 pages to tie the total for (Y-9).
I remind you that my last day of this year of reading is October 13, so everything looks in good shape.
Well, back to enjoying the rain, my steaming cup of coffee and of course my books.
I couldn’t be happier for the recent resurgence of my page progress, for this, the tenth year of my crazy little project.
Two really spectacular things happened these last few days.
First of all, I finished both the graphic novel, Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol.1 and the book, The Lone Drow, over the course of the weekend.
Some genuinely mesmerizing and compelling stories in their own right.
The real value of an excellent author is that he or she can take what may appear a run of the mill idea and transform it into a profound and profoundly poetic study of our own fears, hopes and the strange monsters that we create to cope with an imperfect world.
So, I genuinely urge you to read more fantasy, horror and comic books, and especially to read between the lines to find the hidden messages.
The Second thing is that I have officially broken the 16,000-page mark, 16,180 to be precise, I feel that finally, this boat is catching a rhythm.
For this week I also have big plans, to finish a couple of Graphic Novels, the first on the list is Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, which I have already started and to make matters even more connected it kicks off with a Swamp Thing story.
The second graphic novel is the first volume of the critical acclaim run by author Ta-Nehisi Coates of Black Panther, with the quick glance I gave it seems really promising.
On the book side of things, I expect to finish the eighteen book of The Legend of Drizzt Saga, and the closing chapter of the thrilling Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, The Two Swords, the last book left some pretty nail-biting cliffhangers.
And just to top off the day, I received, only a few hours ago, my vinyl copy of Father John Misty latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, in all its red glory.
Yesterday I turned 37 and with that the clock on my crazy little project keeps on ticking .
Now I have little under 13 years to complete my task and a whole lot of pages left to read.
Right now I’m still enjoying the week-long celebration, but I wanted to share some of my new goodies that are now gracing my bookshelves.
My plan is to continue throughout next year with my “total epicness” reading, including, for next year, a deep dive into the world of one of my all time favorite characters, Hellboy.
After these two epic years the next task will be to read some authors with the distinction of receiving a Nobel or a Pulitzer prize, hence the Dylan, McCarthy and Alexievich additions to my collection.
For now I’ll just enjoy the rest of my week of celebraction, for which I am really thankful of being surrounded by so much love, and try to squeeze in some reading.