First blank day of the year

Yesterday, after a 93 straight days of reading, I recorded my first blank day of the year, meaning, zero pages of reading.

I had a really busy week, and came last night, I didn’t have the energy or mood to pick up any of the things in my reading queue.

I think that’s the perfect cue to take a bit of a hiatus, this start to my year of reading has been all pedal to the metal, it’s time to chill the fuck up.

Nevertheless, I’ll keep on reading, maybe not at the same pace, or keep on posting my progress each week, but I’ll regroup to take on my standing reading challenges head on.

See you soon.

azr.

Numbers: September 6, 2021

The good-mood Mondays are back.

I decided to have an more optimistic approach to the little debacle with the last few weeks of reading, if this is not fun what’s the fucking point anyway, and as with everything the sure steady pace will see thru to the other side. Last week my deficit was around 1,447 pages , this week I am glad to inform that sits at 1,351. The total for the week was 1,342 of the 1,246 pages needed each week to reach this year’s goal, those 105 extra pages go a really long way .

And again for this week the 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is working like clockwork, finished books number 13 and 14, Ready Player Two and Armada, respectively, both by Ernest Cline, you can check-out the post I did for them last week and just a few hours ago, and the next two weeks I will probably be invested on the award-winning world of Hyperion, created by Dan Simmons.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 16,032 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, and as tradition dictates every time a new milestones is reach, celebratory drinks were in order, in the form of a beautiful 2016 Don Luis Terra by Mexican winemaker, L.A. Cetto.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot

The end of the year projection of total pages it’s edging a bit closer to what is supposed to be, an increase from last week of 663 pages finishing at 63,779 , the clear signs of this ship getting back in course . My reading schedule stayed the same as last week, 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 133,394 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 19, 2026, 14 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,172 to 1,157 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,845 with a daily average of 271 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,148 days away, a 36 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 28, 2043, that’s 4,589 days after the original plan, 29 days less that the last projection. I have now officially enter the year 2043, still keeping the eye on the prize, the eye on 2031.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 133,394 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,148 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,589 days

But if you’ll excuse ,those 2,597 pages aren’t going to read themselves.

Off to read.

azr.

14 down, 38 to go

I’m more that glad to say that the 52 books in 52 weeks is not on schedule, actually, it is ahead of schedule.

Yesterday I finished reading book number 14, and consequently the last of the three books by Ernest Cline that were on my TBR pile for this year of sci-fi reading.

Armada is the tale of an intergalactic battle game that pins the greatest hot-shot pilots since Top Gun against the extraterrestrial menace coming from Jupiter’s moon Europa, little do the top 10 ranking players that this war simulation will quickly transform into a struggle for the very insistence of humanity.

The story moves in a brisk pace, following the quick deployment of Zack Lightman and his high flying battles in space against the extraterrestrial threat, the story a little bit like a tribute to Ender’s Game with the familiar splash of pop-culture knowledge that was so central to the other two novels by Mr. Cline.

This is just a fun ride and a great weekend read, I did find missing some of the subtleties and questions that Ready Player One and Two posse of the nature of our existence against the vastness of the universe, but sometimes a book should be just and escape from reality.

This week I’ll start one of the most challenging books of this year’s reading, Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons, this particular volume contain the first two books of the award winning series, Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, totaling a whopping 929 pages. Judging by the first chapter I read, some of the most disturbing thing I have read in awhile, the length of the book will not be problem, for the first push got me to page 89, the perfect way to get things rolling for Monday.

Which remains me to upload the latest update of my numbers.

Off to read

azr

Another milestone for (Y-14)

In between all my sucky progress in this year reading, I still somehow managed to pass another milestone for the year, reaching 15,000 pages on the year.

My current total is 15,199 which represents a 23% of the total projected for this year of reading, that’s 64,942 pages, with the start of a new month comes both the excitement and nervousness of seeing how the final tally was. Well as you can imagine, it was not exactly what I hope for.

August was kind of a bumpy ride, my final total of net pages was 4,330 of the 5,518 projected for the month, it would seem not that big of a deal, that 1,188 pages deficit, but as the month pass, that can accumulate really fast.

So I start the month of September with 5,340 projected pages, and thanks to the positive numbers of the first two month, my total to reach balance will be 5,791 pages, not bad considering all the self imposed drama.

I even bought a bottle of wine to celebrate this little achievement, celebratory drinks over the weekend.

Off to read.

azr.

13 down, 39 to go

Thanks to an all night power outage, and a very hot and uncomfortable night, book number 13 is the in the bag.

Continuing with the next chapter of the epic adventure that started with Ready Player One

Now in Ready Player Two, a new hunt arises in the OASIS, the soul of the mermaid, a 7 fragment mission to bring back one of the architects of this fantastic alternative world.

There are a lot of amazing subtleties of the future of mankind, from our virtual posterity, to the idea of this new existence thru the programming of almost sentient AI. A lot of questions come to mind, What defines our humanity?, is it our thoughts and memories, Is a physical body necessary to be consider human?

With the ever growing virtuality of our existence, I think this questions will quintessential in our future moving forward.

Now for the pure fun part, and being a huge Tolkien fan, the whole part referencing The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s crown, was probably my favorite part. Coming in a close second was the whole Prince planet, that was some surreal shit, the only thing missing was the skit from Dave Chappelle’s show, where he plays basketball and eats pancakes.

Now to close out my Ernest Cline cycle, I will read Armada, was that a flying saucer?, let’s find out.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: August 30,2021

I have finally decided to claim back my good-mood Mondays, not quit up to speed with my goals, but the first step is always the hardest.

I have a big deficit that has been growing each and every passing week, right now its a total of 1,447, my total read has not suffer such a hard blow because of my strong weeks, but that breathing room is narrowing in a dramatic fashion. This week’s total was 1,065, I was hoping to be closer to 2,000 to remove some of the pressure, but this week started with a very intimidating 2,693 pages to read in order to get back on track, and red and menacing.

The one things that is working like clockwork is my 52 book in 52 weeks, just finishing number 12, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player, and I am currently on page 239 of 457 of book number 13, Ready Player Two. I’ll probably finish by midweek and to close out a trifecta of Mr. Cline’s books, I’ll read my recently acquired Armada.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 14,658 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, with just 342 pages away from the next milestone, 15,000 pages, I have great expectation that the next entry celebration will be the theme .

The end of the year projection of total pages went down a little bit , it’s now 63,116 pages, which isn’t that bad, judging by the way things unfolded, I’ll put this outcome on the winning column . My reading schedule, much to my surprise, is only 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 134,768 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is June 3, 2026, 19 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,191 to 1,172 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,913 with a daily average of 273 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,184 days away, a 61 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is January 26, 2044, that’s 4,618 days after the original plan, 40 days less that the last projection, my biggest hope, of at least 1 month of time gained each projection, is showing up each and every, and for that I’ll celebrate.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 134,768 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,184 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,618 days

Now to take those 2,693 pages head on, and get this ship back in line.

Off to read.

azr.

12 down, 40 to go

Yesterday, I finished the twelve book of this year of reading, and 52 books in 52 weeks is officially back on track.

The book marking is ominous occasion is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and let me tell you, it was a geek’s wet dream, making reference to some of the most iconic and beloved pieces of fiction, this book is a true delight.

I like both the book and the movie, but for me the source material is far better that its cinematic counterpart, without spoiling anything major my favorite things that didn’t appear in the movie were :

  • The whole Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Horrors module appearance.
  • The Monty Python and the Holy Grail sequence.
  • The background of the villainous Nolan Sorrento, in the movie he is depicted as a generic villain, the book’s version is much better.
  • The Blade Runner references.
  • And finally, the incorporation of Rush’s conceptual album 2112.

In all the book has a great pace, I read in little over 2 days, and all the little pop culture nuggets along its pages make you reminiscence of all the cool things I grew up with.

The next book in my queue is the sequel, Ready Player Two, already on page 119, and as Jerry Maguire says, “You had me with the Lord of the Rings references “

I also start this Sunday morning with 1,691 left to read for the month of August, quite the Gargantuan task, but with my renew pace the possibility broaden.

Off to read.

azr.

Still No Numbers

This passed few weeks have been very hectic, and I had to choose between a few extra moments to read in stead off running projections or writing in my blog, both things that I equally love, but not as much as reading.

Apparently, things have finally settle into a less chaotic pace, and here I am, getting up to speed on how things are.

As the title of this entry claims, I still have not run my usual analysis of my numbers for this year of reading, the only I can say is that my total is currently 13,849 pages, my schedule is 4 days behind, if I manage to finish the twelve of the year by Sunday my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge will be back on schedule, and with only 5 days left in the month, my total numbers for August are dangerously low.

This week I mainly focus on reading the last volume of The Legends of Dune Trilogy, The Battle of Corrin, of the three books it was my least favorite, is still pretty good book, but with the generational shift, some of the most endearing characters were left behind. But there’s some great things that became integral part of the classic novel, like the discovery of the effects of the spice and the founding of the Navigators Guild, the surprising origin of the Mentats, the birth of one of the most influential houses, Corrino, and of course the age-old feud between the Atreides and the Harkonnen, things that make you feel the historical connections with that original material so highly appreciated.

To keep things rolling on the 52 books in 52 weeks , I’ll jump into three novels by Ernest Cline, starting with his famous novel Ready Player One, continuing with its sequel, Ready Player Two, and to finish close with Armada, from which I know nothing, there’s a really good chance that I’ll finish with both Ready Player One and Ready Player Two by Sunday night.

But the most pressing matter is those 2, 175 pages left on my reading schedule for August, that’s 435 pages for each day, this calls for a mini-marathon.

Off to read.

azr.

199 pages

Midday is upon me, and I am glad to say the my progress has been really satisfactory.

There are 199 pages left on Dune: The Battle of Corrin, and from the look of it there’s a pretty good chance I’ll get thru them sometime after midnight.

To make this day-long reading session much more enjoyable I am thrilled to welcome my two good friends, pizza and red wine.

On a side note, my current total for the week now sits at 760 pages, still shooting for 1,000, but will see.

Let’s go get those pages.

azr.

Halfway there

With little under an hour left on the day I am glad to say that the halfway point of Dune : The Battle of Corrin, currently on page 323 of 620, my goal is to leave around 250 for tomorrow’s reading.

For the total pages of the week I’m really close to 700, so shooting for over 1,000 isn’t that complicated, maybe even 1,250, but I must not get ahead of myself, first thing first, keep the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge on schedule, and then reduce the accumulated pages a little each week.

Let’s see how the Monday report fairs, and then scheme some new crazy challenge to get back on track, like, I don’t know, read 100 hours each month, just an idea, not like I have been thinking about it.

Anyway.

Off to read.

azr.

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