I am about to close out the first week of this new year of reading, and it is of grave importance that this will set the tone for the remaining 51 weeks.
As the title states, I am just about to achieve this, on the total page count I just reach 1,000 net pages, that leaves 246 to read, and the entirety of this scorching hot Sunday.
As with the first book of the year, Hidden Empire, I have only 28 pages left to go. I am really confident that the first of 52 weeks of books will be checked off with some running room left to jump into the second book of Saga of the Seven Suns, A Forest of Stars.
As the long standing tradition at the beginning of my reading year dictates, I have fallen behind my schedule, in both my total pages and this week’s book.
Nothing completely catastrophic, but none the less I’m rushing to rectify the situation.
For the upcoming years, being the total for each one so challenging , I have decided to focus on getting the total for each week done by Sunday night, if I don’t do this it starts snow balling and what little control I have goes out the window.
To start this year my daily total must be 178 pages, that would mean that each week I should finish with 1,246 pages by the end of each Sunday, and every 10 weeks, I recalculate my total for each day and adjust accordingly, hopefully it will start to go down.
Getting back to me falling behind, right now I am 205 pages behind schedule for my weekly total, and 30 pages for this weeks book.
So the first thing is to brew some coffee, chip away those 30 pages of the book, it won’t be hard because Hidden Empire has been fucking amazing, and try to squeeze in some pages from the first volume of DC comics 52.
With this new and blossoming year comes the idea to try and tackle a task that has eluded me in the past, to read a book for each of the 52 weeks of my reading year.
So, what better time than the present, although I don’t have the full list of reading for this year, and let’s remember it’s focused on Science Fiction books, I can at least put down the first 11 books in reading order.
Hidden Empire ( Kevin J. Anderson)
A Forest of Stars ( Kevin J. Anderson)
Horizons Storms ( Kevin J. Anderson)
Scattered Suns ( Kevin J. Anderson)
Of Fire and Night ( Kevin J. Anderson)
Metal Swarm ( Kevin J. Anderson)
The Ashes of Worlds ( Kevin J. Anderson)
Exhalación (Ted Chiang)
The Fifth Season ( N.K. Jemisin)
The Obelisk Gate ( N.K. Jemisin)
The Stone Sky ( N.K. Jemisin)
Any recommendations will be more than welcome, for now I’ll keep on working on the 63 daily pages to finish The Hidden Empire by Sunday.
Today marks a very special occasion, the end and beginning of a year, number thirteen makes way for number fourteen, the first to start one day after my birthday and the inaugural year of my last decade to reach 1,000,000 pages.
Now for the update of my final numbers of (Y-13)
Total pages : 25,034
Best month: May, 2021 with 4,991 total pages
Worst month: February, 2021 with 1,688 total pages
Best day: November 8, 2020 with 710 total pages
Daily Average: 105 pages
Percentage read from goal : 66%
Total items read: 171
Books : 24
Graphic Novels/Manga : 71
On my notebook, I have a page that I call days left, where I check off each reading day with a color that represent that day’s progress, from the dreadful 0 to the blissful 500 or more pages this is how it turn out.
Because it was a short year, I didn’t adjust the grid, hence the white mess on the page of the right, to resume my reading days where as follow:
O total pages: 3 days
1 to 50 total pages : 79 days
51 to 100 total pages : 60 days
101 to 150 total pages : 50 days
151 to 299 total pages : 42 days
More than 300 total pages : 10 days
More than 500 total pages : 3 days
As you can see it was pretty decent year, with the total from this year the goal to start off this decade of reading will be 64,942 for (Y-14) , and hopefully it will stay at least that number for the subsequent years.
On the broader picture I start this new year with some good news, the new date for reaching my first 500,000 pages, from which I still have 150,337 pages left , is October 23, 2026, a 32 day gain from the last projection.
Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight the projections puts it 8,538 days away, a 88 day gain from last projection, which would mean that the end date is October 22, 2044, that’s 4,888 days after the original plan, 78 days less that the last projection, to start this fresh year with such good progress it only predicts that this will be an amazing run.
As I posted before this year will be focused on Science Fiction books, I have some amazing things lined up, but to start, I’ll journey into the imagination of one of Kevin J. Anderson and the critically acclaimed Saga of the Seven Suns.
Today is my 40th birthday, and thus, the end of my reading year.
I just finish the last story of the Wizards anthology, an amazing tale of stone and water mages by the extremely talented Orson Scott Card, I have a few of his books on next year’s reading list.
This moves the final goal I set to close out the year to small task, one more book that will give me more than the 129 pages that I need to reach 25,000 pages.
Said book is Réquiem por Tijuana, on page 34 of 163, which right now I’m enjoying with a cup of black coffee while I ponder what to read after the festivities, and how much coffee the human body can take.
Tomorrow I’ll post my end of the year recap, my new notebook to keep track of my daily reading, the goals for the year, and the first book of the upcoming year, focused on science fiction.
It will appear than my progress toward crossing the 25,000-page mark for this year of reading has gone out the window, but fear not, everything is right on schedule.
I have the last story left on the Wizards anthology, Orson Scott Card’s Stonefather, which I am prepare to take on right about now, and I decided to finish the first volume of DC Comics 52, I left it on page 354 when I started my Star Wars readathon, it seems a great opportunity to finish this intriguing storyline and sum up a considerable amount of pages to the end of the year.
This morning’s reading started on a really high and funny note, this thanks to the amazing creator owned comic book I Hate Fairyland, by the brilliant Skottie Young.
The first issue is available for free in Comixology, and I just put all the volumes of Gertudre’s misadventures on my wish list.
On a side note, this week’s numbers report will be a close of the year post with my final tally and the goals for the upcoming year fourteen of reading.
Yesterday I finished reading Lejanos guerreros, the clash of two warrior cultures, but more than this, it is the story of a young samurai coming of age in a strange and luscious land, I only wish it was a bit longer.
And as you can see I have edge a bit closer to my final goal of this year, with just finishing Wizards, on page 299 of 400, and Réquiem por Tijuana, on page 35 of 163, I would have more than enough to cross the 25,000-page mark.
Between these two books I’ll throw in some of the Star Wars comic books left from my May the 4th buying frenzy.
The first pages registered in a few days, this was starting to see as an exercise in futility.
As I posted yesterday, my afternoon , the little free time squeeze in between my father duties and class, was spent in a galaxy far, far away, about 36,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, following the adventures in exile in the prison planet Bogan of Xesh the Force Hunter, the once known Expanded Universe is full really good material, it seems like a wasted opportunity.
For today I have already the really short story from the Wizards anthology, Billy and the Wizard by Terry Bisson, it would be a good idea to close out the day with the next story, The Magikkers by Terry Dowling.
For the rest of the day my focus will be trying to finish Lejanos guerreros, currently on page of 47 of 116.