Another year under my belt and I feel content (yes, just content) with the outcome. So here is a quick recap of how (Y-8) finished.
In the book front I read 43 of the 52 books in the list. That’s a book every 8.5 days, not that bad.
In the page front I read 16,509 pages of the 20,730 in the goal. That’s a 79.5%, again not that bad.
The longest book was 1Q84 (Book 1 and Book 2) by Haruki Murakami with 936 pages.
The shortest book was El extraño caseron en la niebla by H.P. Lovecraft with 91 pages.
The books that I couldn’t read this past year will be added to the list of (Y-9) and are the following:
- The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice (currently reading)
- El Evangelio según Jesucristo by José Saramago (currently reading)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
- Memorial del Convento by José Saramago
- El Naranjo by Carlos Fuentes
- The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
- J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-Earth by Daniel Grota
- Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Now moving to (Y-9), in previous posts I made a promise (to myself mostly) that in this 3 years leading up to the tenth anniversary of this crazy project, that I will read a total of 130,500 pages. With the total of (Y-8) that leaves 113,991 pages to read in two years. In average I’ll have to read a total 56,996 pages each year. The good news is that I’m back to reading graphic novels and comic-books so the page count with increase considerably.
So the path is lay-down in front of me, time to put the pedal to the metal.
Some side things I’ll do different for this year is what a call a “caffeine pilgrimage” , which consist basically in keeping track of my daily coffee intake (this is inspired in a comment of somebody that told me I drink way to much coffee) and also I plan to visit the various coffee houses that have pop-up recently all around town. The other I plan to read some of the works of recent Nobel in Literature Laureates that I haven’t read.
The preliminary list goes as thus:
- Tarantula by Bob Dylan (Nobel 2016)
- Voice from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel 2015)
- Young Once by Patrick Modiano (Nobel 2014)
- La vida de las mujeres by Alice Munro (Nobel 2013)
- Sorgo Rojo by Mo Yan (Nobel 2012)
- The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller (Nobel 2009)
- Mondo and Other Stories by J.M.G. Le Clezio (Nobel 2008)
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Nobel 2006)
- El Tambor de Hojalata by Günther Grass (Nobel 1999)
And finally, last week I went to the local Book Fair, it’s mainly organized by the local college UACJ (my alma mater) and it features national publishing houses ranging from literature to architectural books.
I found some real treats