Better luck next time

This was my worst outing of any readathon I have ever tried.

Of the 24 hours of the goal, I only could amass 5 hours 3 minutes.

I’ll have to tally how many pages did I read, so much things to adjust, and to consider.

The next readathon is until May, a month long Star Wars marathon, full of comics, books, and TV series.

azr.

24in48 readathon update two

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be really satisfied if I reach the halfway point of this readathon, which it would be 12 hours, a half marathon if you will.

Right now, I am 7 hours and 35 minutes to reach my goal.

Hopefully I’ll chip away some pages, and to do so, I’ll read some of Toll the Hounds, a couple of graphic novels, Hulk visionaries Vol.4 and Hit-Girl in India, and everything that crosses my path.

I’ll squeeze some intense reading before and in between the big game.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day five

Continuing with this mini project that I am enjoying quite a lot, the next story is by famous author Garth Nix, Holly and Iron, from the anthology Wizards, same as the last mesmerizing tale by Neil Gaiman.

Described as a spooky and suspenseful adventure of two very different magical beliefs collide.

Sounds really exciting, for now, I am off to read.

azr.

24in48 readathon update

As the first day of reading starts, I have read a little over 2 hours, as I said on my other post, to reach the 24 hours will be kind of tricky, but I’ll do my best.

I’ll push on, only 21 hours and 20 minutes stand on my way.

For now,I am off read.

azr.

Short story challenge, day four

For today’s short story I’ll be changing to the anthology edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, Wizards.

And to start things off right, the first story is from Neil Gaiman, The Witche’s Headstone, set in the world of his highly recommended The Graveyard Book, following the adventures of Nobody Owens.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

24in48 readathon about to begin

Just one and a half hour to begin the second readathon of this year, 24in48 readathon, my personal favorite.

The task is simple, read 24 hours in 48 hours, that’s between 10:01 p.m. of today, Friday February 5, until 9:59 p.m. of Sunday February 7, this because of the time zone I live in.

This one is going to be tricky, along my reading I have one of my favorite days of the year, Superbowl Sunday.

I’ll try my best to at least read 12 hours, but most of all, I plan to have great fun.

The clock is set, and I am ready to go.

Off to read

azr.

Short story challenge, day three

To continue this great energy booster mini project, I’ll read the next short story on the anthology The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian, The God in the Bowl.

As with the last story, The Frost-Giant’s Daughter, I was already familiar with these adventures of Conan from their comic book adaptation by Dark Horse Comics of the 2000’s

For tomorrow, I’ll probably switch books, I’m contemplating a story from Legends II anthology, there’s one from Robin Hobb that’s making googly eyes at me.

For now, I am off to read, and get ready for a weekend filled with reading.

azr.

Short story challenge, day two

I completed successfully the first day of my new mini project, to read one short story a day for th rest of 2021.

As I say, I will be going thru some anthologies, mainly fantasy ones, and kick start my day with a short but sweet story.

Yesterday was The Phoenix on the Sword, from The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian, and today is The Frost-Giant’s Daughter, from the same book.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Short story challenge

It is no secret that I am going thru a reading slump.

Since the beginning of 2021, I just can’t catch a good reading rhythm.

Yesterday, I was trying to put some sense of order in my bookshelves, and I came across a series of anthologies by Robert E. Howard, the famous creator of Conan The Barbarian.

It hit me, that maybe I can start my day not only with my standard issued black coffee, it can be accompanied with a short but sweet story, so I begin scheming.

For the remaining days of the year I will start my reading day with a short story, that’s 332 stories.

To kick off this new mini project, I’ll read a story from the book that inspire it, The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian.

And the first story in this anthology will be The Phoenix and the Sword, originally published on Weird Tales of December 1932.

For now, I am going off to read.

azr

Balancing act, part six

I finished the month of January not quite the way I would have liked.

My total was 4,005 for the whole month, from the 6,505 projected to achieve some balance on my year of reading.

So I am back on the drawing board, and the strategy will be pretty much the same, to read my ass off.

The new number to achieve balance for the month of February will be 7,272 pages, that for a short month is quite the challenge, but as always, I am up for it.

For what concerns my total numbers for this year, number thirteen of this project, I am pleased with my progress, my total page count is 12,918, and with 126 days left on this transitional and short year, I am confident I’ll rise up to the challenges left.

My focus is on two impending issues, first, reaching my next milestone, 15,000 pages, from which I am 2,802 pages away from, and the second is to cut the days behind my reading schedule, 37, to at least half that by the end of February.

For the ultimate goal, reading 1,000,000 pages, I would wish for better news, but right now, according to my projections, the date of reaching that goal is April 4, 2045, fourteen years later from my 50th birthday, that would mean I would be 63 years, 9 months, and 30 days old.

As always I am working on getting those numbers down, quite successfully I might add, and will continue to o so.

For now, I am off to read, and scheme.

azr.

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