(Y-9) “it was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils”

I finally finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and now is on to a classic, Frankenstein.

In the last 4 of  5 years I have read this magnificent book and it has become kind of a ritual to start reading it in or around Halloween and let me tell each time is different.

This year version in beautifully illustrated by Lynd Ward.


I know what great and emotional book is ahead of me.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-9) fall colors 

Finally fall is here and it brought all those beautiful colors.

Right now I’m recharging to start a new era of my life and what better way to do it that some heavy reading and some strong coffee. 

I have three books on my nightstand and if things go as plan by the end of the next weekend they will be done. 

Also on Friday I finish reading Sandman:Overture and man it was a memorable psychedelic trip. highly recommended.

Well back to it.

Happy Readings !!!

azr

(Y-9) windy morning and the tongue of fire 

On this windy and cool morning I had the privilege of being accompanied by the master himself. Just started reading El naranjo by the late great Carlos Fuentes.

I don’t get used to his beautiful writing, even when he describes the traggic fall of the great city of Tenochtitlan.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-9) Book Missing

In the wake of me misplacing the other Munro book I was reading it leaves me with my contingency plan, changing books.

The new one is La vida de las mujeres also by miss Munro

Here it is keeping me company during breakfast.

Hope I can remember where I left the other one.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-9) 1,000 views

I’m so happy that this blog has reach 1,000 views ,  maybe it’s a small number but it feels me with joy.

It motivates me to keep on doing it.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-9) Truly a thing of beauty

Just started reading Sandman: Overture and I must tell you it was worth every single second I waited to get immerse in Dreams world again.

And the greatest thing of all that I’m just 32 pages in.

Happy Readings!!!

 

azr

(Y-9) Happy 56th Birthday to Mr. Neil Gaiman

It’s no secret that Neil Gaiman is my favorite author.

I became hooked to his work around 1998 when I first read volume 7 of his critically acclaim comic book series The Sandman and to be honest nothing was ever the same for me.

He proves that you can take literary elements that are considered inferior or only for cheap literature (like fantasy and horror) and elevated them into some really rich, dark and beautiful writing. No one, expect maybe Stephen King, does it as good as Neil.

But my real descent into being an absolute fan-boy was in 2001 when his Hugo and Nebula award winning novel got published, of course I’m talking about American Gods (soon to be a TV-series), there aren’t enough praises for this behemoth of a book, just go out buy it and read it.

I have 3 different versions of the book and is the one I plan to read it as the last in order to finish my goal of 1,000,000 pages

Here I’m only missing a picture of the 10 year anniversary edition.

So in commemoration of Mr. Gaiman’s birthday I’m going to start reading The Sandman: Overture, a book that has been taunting me for almost a year, just sitting there looking all pretty in my shelf.

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Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-9) Anniversary Nostalgia

In the wake of remembering past year of this my crazy project I found some pictures of my former reading space. We used to lived in a small apartment it was really cozy and full of good times, but, with the growth of our family we needed more room.

Here is my desk litter with comic books and graphic novels.

 

My bookshelf in my old apartment (photo via instagram)

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Is always great to remember.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

 

 

 

(Y-9)Fourth Anniversary

I woke up today to find in my blog notifications that today is my four year anniversary on WordPress.

I actually started writing my blog on February 2010, in another platform,  and spent almost all that year making entries. At the start of 2011 I took a hiatus, partly because I wasn’t in a pretty good mindset to write. On November 2012 I decided to give it another go, by then I had my first child, who is now 5 years old, and my inspiration return.

Well cheers to all of you who read it and I hope that at least I’ll make to another 10 years.

Happy Readings

azr

(Y-9) First Three Weeks

The first pull of weeks is behind me and the outcome, although really productive , isn’t quite where I want it.

The monumental nature of this year reading (and next one as well) kind of overshadows a week where I read 500 pages, but this shouldn’t be a discouragement, it has become more fuel for the fire.

My total for this three weeks is 1,612. Has I have mention in other post comic books are back in the mix and this year is only getting better.

From last year list I have finished two books, The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, which is a real treat to read, it captures the life (and “death”) of Lestat of Lioncourt, the egotistical vampire we came to love to hate from Interview with the Vampire. The second one was El evangelio según Jesucristo by José Saramago, in which the story of the messiah is re-imagined, if you are deeply rooted in catholic belief this might offend you. I for one found it beautifully written and quite challenging because it dwells more in the inner workings of such a iconic figure in history.

My list of book for (Y-9) is finally set, some book from last year, some Nobel Laureates, some goodies that I haven’t read in a few years and also the return of a Classic that last year I couldn’t read as part of my tradition.

The list goes as follow:

Frankenstein ( Edición Sexto Piso Ilustado) Mary Shelley
A Dance with Dragons George R.R. Martin
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit (Ilustrated Edition) J.R.R. Tolkien
Tarantula Bob Dylan
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Svetlana Alexievich
Young Once Patrick Modiano
Las lunas de Júpiter Alice Munro
Sorgo Rojo Mo Yan
The Half-Finished Heaven Tomas Tranströmer
The Hunger Angel Herta Müller
Mondo and Other Stories J.M.G. Le Clezio
My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk
The Piano Teacher Elfriede Jelinek
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman
El Evangelio según Jesucristo José Saramago
Pyramids Terry Pratchett
Memorial del convento José Saramago
J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-Earth Daniel Grota
El naranjo Carlos Fuentes
The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice
The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
México Mutilado Francisco Martin Moreno
La Catedral del Mar Ildenfonso Falcones
Apocalisis Stephen King

26 in total, the one in red are the already finished.

The returning classic is none other the Frankenstein an illustrated version in spanish.

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Also I have found some new Star Wars comic books to plum-up my hoarding stash, lots to read and lots more to find.

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Right now I’ll keep working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Star Wars Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire ( a really cool graphic novel), Las lunas de Júpiter by Alice Munro (short story extraordinaire) and some digital comic books on comixology to pass the long waiting periods.

So here are the number for this period:

  • Total pages for  the ninth year : 1,612 pages
  • Days left for the ninth year: 344 days
  • Books left for the eight year: 24 books
  • Pages left to read in my goal for the eight year: 55,384 pages
  • Total pages of Lost in a million pages: 185,266 pages

Happy Readings!!!!

azr

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