49 days

I am 49 days away from the end of my reading year, and consequently, my 40th birthday, and as tradition mandates, today I start preparing the notebook for logging next year’s reading.

I must say that this notebook is simply astonishing.

I bought it on the Notebook Therapy, a store that specializes in Japanese and Korean stationary, and it’s a special edition Bullet journal named Tsuki Midnight Edition, with the particularity that it has black pages, and comes with some really special vibrant pens that shine beautifully.

Right now I am working on the first pages that contain all of the basic information of the Notebook, like my reading list, days left, weeks, time periods, and so on, probably by tomorrow I’ll upload some examples of finished pages in all their black glory.

I’ll get back to chipping away at The Crippled God, currently on page 183, and try to sum up some more pages before this lazy Sunday ends.

As I said on previous posts, the 37,984-page goal is really far-fetched, but my intention is to get as close as possible.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: April 16, 2021

Another solid week reading, I edge closer to some of my goals of this year, and although I had a few not so productive days at the end of this week, there was some forward motion, and milestone reached.

I’ll begin with the total number of the current year of reading, number thirteen.

My current total is 17,884 of the 37, 984 pages of this year’s goal, with 52 days left to get as close as possible to that original number , for some positive aspects, and for the second week in a row, is that I’m still 76 days behind my reading schedule, same as last week, this means that I am on schedule, just have to push a bit to get some room to breath.

The projections for total pages for the year sits at 22,174, that’s a 683 improvement from last week, I’ll take any positive numbers as a good omen.

On the main focus of the year, finishing the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, I finished Dust of Dreams, which left me breathless, and wondering what in the hell can go worst on the tenth volume, The Crippled God, currently on page 90.

I am seeing some improvement on the broader picture, my numbers have started to drop and everything feels like is gaining momentum, my job is to keep it up, and build upon it.

This is most evident on the dates for reaching my first 500,000 pages, the pages to read are now 156,573, and the new date is January 2, 2027, still almost 4 years difference from the first projected date of March 20, 2023, but it has constantly gone down.

The golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, according to the projections, is 8,750 days away, which would mean that the end date is March 31, 2045, 5,048 days after the original plan, as with my other numbers, there’s still a lot of work, but this pass few weeks I got back to lowering the numbers.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are this week’s final numbers:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 156,573 pages (1,184 pages less than last week)
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,750 days (33 days less than last week)
  • Days behind schedule: 5,048 days (26 days less than last week)

What concerns the next decade of reading, this week’s adjustment show some improvement on both my daily and yearly average, and they finish like this:

  • Pages needed/year: 65,657 (119 pages less than last week)
  • Pages needed/day: 180 (stayed the same)

I will have to venture out this week to replenish my printed graphic novel bounty, it’s running a bit low, and I saw some interesting things eagerly awaiting in those shelves .

Off to read.

azr.

Slowing down

Yesterday was a pretty slow day for my reading, only 15 total pages.

I finish on page 67 of The Crippled God, this of 908 , and with only 19 days left in the deadline, things can go south really fast.

But not to panic, I’ll just stick to my plan, read at least the minimal number of pages for each day, today’s total are 45, try to give a few extra, and make my priority to read each day what I need before even looking at another thing.

After hitting that daily mark, I’ll reward myself with, you guess it correctly, more reading, I have some really interesting digital graphic novels lined up to read.

Off to read.

azr.

Little steps for big goals

This week I am testing out some new ways to keep track of my goals and to see if it helps as extra motivation.

Right now I am focusing on tracking my progress thru the final two volumes of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, which I have finish volume 9 and working on volume 10.

The cool thing is that the app adjusts the total pages I have to read daily in order to reach the goal by the deadline.

For today I have 43 total pages to read, from which I have registered only 3, the screenshot is from the app Goal Tracker.

On another app, Goals, I’m trying it out to keep track of the bigger picture goals, like reaching the 500,000 and 1,000,000 pages, also, the total pages from each year, as you can see in the screenshot below.

So far they are working smoothly, let’s see on the long haul.

Off to read.

azr.

A positive shift

This last few days I have been seeing a really positive shift in my reading.

I think that my new routine is finally paying off, this include exercise at least 30 minutes every day, because after a year of confinement I was started feeling really anxious.

Now my daily routine includes tending to the garden, experimenting on the kitchen, and lots of reading.

I hope to finish this year over the 20,000-page mark, and recharged to take on the final decade of reading.

This is highly motivated when I come across amazing things in my reading, this is the case of the series written by James Tynion IV, Justice League Dark, which has quickly become one of my favorites.

Yesterday I read the third volume, containing The Witching War, which to my surprise feature The Floronic Man, a constant antagonist of Swamp Thing, this book is really fun to read because it takes some DC comics obscure characters into the spotlight.

Off to read, and to keep the good reading rythm going.

azr.

The last leg of the Malazan journey

I tried really hard last night to finish Dust of Dreams, buy my old nemesis sleep got the best of me.

But one of the perks of having young children is that getting up late is rarely an option.

So around 6:45 a.m. with a cup of black coffee the size of a medium bucket, I started the final pages of the ninth volume, and for the looks of it, if anyone was left alive from the shit-storm from the last chapter, it will close out with a bang.

To finish off this massive series, I found that it was only fitting to read the last book in printed form, this particular book ( see the picture below) has been eagerly awaiting in my Bookshelf for about 10 years, it’s time has finally come.

To accompany this start of the final chapter, I’ll read in between session some new material from the Dark Knight, the newest issues of Death Metal, and the now classic Grant Morrison series of Batman & Robin.

Off to read.

azr.

3 hours and 41 minutes

3 hours and 41 minutes is, according to the calculation from my Kindle, what I have left to read on Dust of Dreams.

I am currently on page 709 of 816, and what better way to finish this spring vacation break that with the completion on this book, and start the week reading the last volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Crippled God.

My plan is to finish this last volume on time to start with a month-long marathon of Star Wars, starting it off on May the 4th and finishing on May 25, with the celebration of the 44th anniversary of the release of A New Hope.

That gives me 23 days to do so.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: April 9, 2021

This week’s reading has restored my faith in the possibility of reaching the coveted 1,000,000-page mark, it wasn’t a phenomenal week, but I see signs of forward motion.

Let’s start with the total number of this thirteen year of reading.

My current total is 16,700 of the 37, 984 pages of this year’s goal, with 59 days left to reaching, it has became really evident that I’ll have to settle for a lower total, some positive news are that I’m still 76 days behind my reading schedule, same as last week, the fact that I didn’t add any days is a win in my books.

Right now my projections of total pages for the year sits at 22,174, a bit off an improvement, and a number I can live with.

The main focus of the year remains with finishing the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, currently on page 650 of Dust of Dreams, the ninth volume of the series, that will leave me the 908 pages of the tenth volume, The Crippled God.

On the broader picture things are starting to progress forward, the concerning signs from the last few weeks are starting to dissipate, and postive numbers are starting to pop-up everywhere.

Going thru my calculations, I’ll found new and improved dates for reaching my first 500,000 pages, with 157,757 pages to read, it now is January 15, 2027, 10 days less tham last week projections, there’s still a lot of work to do in order to meet the first projected date of March 20, 2023.

The 1,000,000 pages, according to the projections, are 8,783 days away, which would mean that the end date is April 26, 2045, 5,074 days after the original plan, there is a significant improvement on the days I’m from reaching the 1,000,000-page mark of 27 days from last week’s calculations.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are this week’s final numbers:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 157,757 pages (1,037 pages less than last week)
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,783 days (27 days less than last week)
  • Days behind schedule: 5,074 days (20 days less than last week)

What concerns the next decade of reading, this week’s adjustment was on the positive sideon both my daily and yearly average, and they finish like this:

  • Pages needed/year: 66,776 (104 pages less than last week)
  • Pages needed/day: 180 (stayed the same)

I’ll ride this positive wave of forward progress, I’ll keep feeding it with some intense and mindful sessions.

Off to read.

azr.

Solid effort

I am coming off a really good day of reading, 253 total pages.

I made some headway with Dust of Dreams, currently on page 642 of 816, hopefully, I’ll start with the tenth and final chapter of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Crippled God, by Monday at the latest, that would give me 55 days to finish it before the year of reading is over.

Also, I finished the amazing story of Gates of Gotham, and to be honest, being an architect, I’m a sucker for stories that focus on cities like characters, and the having a villain named The Architect, it just the cherry on top of the cake.

For today’s reading, I’ll start with the new series, at least in Mexico, of Dark Nights, Death Metal, as you can see I’m a sucker for anything and everything written by Scott Snyder.

The other comic book on deck for today is the next chapter of Jim Zub’s run with Conan the barbarian, I really liked the last story arc, so I’ll continue buying it in single issue format.

Busy, busy Thursday, if I’m not mistaken.

Off to read.

azr.

The final stretch

Today is the deadline for my spring vacation break reading goal.

As you can remember, the goal was to finish three books I was reading, from which I have already finish A Tolkien Miscellany and Anerican Gods, the third one, Dust of Dreams, is showing some resistence.

Currently I am on page 568 of 816, that means 247 pages left to read, and according to the calculation of my Kindle, there’s a little under 10 hours left of reading.

It’s quite the task, I think I’ll just jump into it, armed with good lighting, snacks, and caffeine. Hopefully I’ll come out the other side victorious.

As always I’ll throw into the mix some time to read graphic novels, just finish the amazing work by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, The Wake, the artwork remains me so much to the work of the legendary Mike Mignola, just feel in love with it.

To continue with the great imagination of Mr. Snyder ,in collaboration with Kyle Higgins, next up is the mini series Batman: Gates of Gotham, expanding on the first day of Gotham City.

Off to read.

azr.

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