Numbers: August 30,2021

I have finally decided to claim back my good-mood Mondays, not quit up to speed with my goals, but the first step is always the hardest.

I have a big deficit that has been growing each and every passing week, right now its a total of 1,447, my total read has not suffer such a hard blow because of my strong weeks, but that breathing room is narrowing in a dramatic fashion. This week’s total was 1,065, I was hoping to be closer to 2,000 to remove some of the pressure, but this week started with a very intimidating 2,693 pages to read in order to get back on track, and red and menacing.

The one things that is working like clockwork is my 52 book in 52 weeks, just finishing number 12, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player, and I am currently on page 239 of 457 of book number 13, Ready Player Two. I’ll probably finish by midweek and to close out a trifecta of Mr. Cline’s books, I’ll read my recently acquired Armada.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 14,658 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, with just 342 pages away from the next milestone, 15,000 pages, I have great expectation that the next entry celebration will be the theme .

The end of the year projection of total pages went down a little bit , it’s now 63,116 pages, which isn’t that bad, judging by the way things unfolded, I’ll put this outcome on the winning column . My reading schedule, much to my surprise, is only 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 134,768 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is June 3, 2026, 19 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,191 to 1,172 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,913 with a daily average of 273 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,184 days away, a 61 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is January 26, 2044, that’s 4,618 days after the original plan, 40 days less that the last projection, my biggest hope, of at least 1 month of time gained each projection, is showing up each and every, and for that I’ll celebrate.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 134,768 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,184 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,618 days

Now to take those 2,693 pages head on, and get this ship back in line.

Off to read.

azr.

12 down, 40 to go

Yesterday, I finished the twelve book of this year of reading, and 52 books in 52 weeks is officially back on track.

The book marking is ominous occasion is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and let me tell you, it was a geek’s wet dream, making reference to some of the most iconic and beloved pieces of fiction, this book is a true delight.

I like both the book and the movie, but for me the source material is far better that its cinematic counterpart, without spoiling anything major my favorite things that didn’t appear in the movie were :

  • The whole Dungeons and Dragons Tomb of Horrors module appearance.
  • The Monty Python and the Holy Grail sequence.
  • The background of the villainous Nolan Sorrento, in the movie he is depicted as a generic villain, the book’s version is much better.
  • The Blade Runner references.
  • And finally, the incorporation of Rush’s conceptual album 2112.

In all the book has a great pace, I read in little over 2 days, and all the little pop culture nuggets along its pages make you reminiscence of all the cool things I grew up with.

The next book in my queue is the sequel, Ready Player Two, already on page 119, and as Jerry Maguire says, “You had me with the Lord of the Rings references “

I also start this Sunday morning with 1,691 left to read for the month of August, quite the Gargantuan task, but with my renew pace the possibility broaden.

Off to read.

azr.

Still No Numbers

This passed few weeks have been very hectic, and I had to choose between a few extra moments to read in stead off running projections or writing in my blog, both things that I equally love, but not as much as reading.

Apparently, things have finally settle into a less chaotic pace, and here I am, getting up to speed on how things are.

As the title of this entry claims, I still have not run my usual analysis of my numbers for this year of reading, the only I can say is that my total is currently 13,849 pages, my schedule is 4 days behind, if I manage to finish the twelve of the year by Sunday my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge will be back on schedule, and with only 5 days left in the month, my total numbers for August are dangerously low.

This week I mainly focus on reading the last volume of The Legends of Dune Trilogy, The Battle of Corrin, of the three books it was my least favorite, is still pretty good book, but with the generational shift, some of the most endearing characters were left behind. But there’s some great things that became integral part of the classic novel, like the discovery of the effects of the spice and the founding of the Navigators Guild, the surprising origin of the Mentats, the birth of one of the most influential houses, Corrino, and of course the age-old feud between the Atreides and the Harkonnen, things that make you feel the historical connections with that original material so highly appreciated.

To keep things rolling on the 52 books in 52 weeks , I’ll jump into three novels by Ernest Cline, starting with his famous novel Ready Player One, continuing with its sequel, Ready Player Two, and to finish close with Armada, from which I know nothing, there’s a really good chance that I’ll finish with both Ready Player One and Ready Player Two by Sunday night.

But the most pressing matter is those 2, 175 pages left on my reading schedule for August, that’s 435 pages for each day, this calls for a mini-marathon.

Off to read.

azr.

199 pages

Midday is upon me, and I am glad to say the my progress has been really satisfactory.

There are 199 pages left on Dune: The Battle of Corrin, and from the look of it there’s a pretty good chance I’ll get thru them sometime after midnight.

To make this day-long reading session much more enjoyable I am thrilled to welcome my two good friends, pizza and red wine.

On a side note, my current total for the week now sits at 760 pages, still shooting for 1,000, but will see.

Let’s go get those pages.

azr.

Halfway there

With little under an hour left on the day I am glad to say that the halfway point of Dune : The Battle of Corrin, currently on page 323 of 620, my goal is to leave around 250 for tomorrow’s reading.

For the total pages of the week I’m really close to 700, so shooting for over 1,000 isn’t that complicated, maybe even 1,250, but I must not get ahead of myself, first thing first, keep the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge on schedule, and then reduce the accumulated pages a little each week.

Let’s see how the Monday report fairs, and then scheme some new crazy challenge to get back on track, like, I don’t know, read 100 hours each month, just an idea, not like I have been thinking about it.

Anyway.

Off to read.

azr.

Determined to get back on track

As the day briskly passes I have become aware that this last two weeks have been really slow, snail pace at their best, well that’s about to stop.

I have 388 pages left on Dune: The Battle of Corrin, and a whopping 1,476 pages left on this week’s, that’s including the negative pages that have been accumulating from passed weeks. Both numbers are crucial for this year reading.

To be perfectly honest I think the total page count for the week is a little over my known capabilities, but finishing the book, that I can do, it’s one of those situations where you have to pick your battles wisely.

What I will do is to have some in between sessions, sort of breathers from the more intense reading.

I come to find that in this kind of situations nothing better move things along than reading some mutant action, and with a couple of classics by Chris Claremont, Days of Future Past and Gods Loves, Man Kills, this weekend promises to get me back on my lane.

Off to read.

azr.

The perfect way to end the night, with background music by Deafheaven

For the most part of today my reading has been accompanied by a particularly good new album that just was released today.

Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, this amazing group, that jump rope with shoe gazing and black metal, have accomplish a deep, dark and ethereal album, that’s probably the heaviest music that they have created.

My favorite track is between Villain and Mombasa, but to be sure, let’s listen to the whole album again.

Check it out below, and be sure to listen to their previous work.

Let’s make it 11

As the weekend begins, there’s still 525 pages left on this week’s book, Dune: The Battle of Corrin.

That’s 175 pages, 1 bottle of red wine, and about 2 chocolates per day, sounds like a fun weekend, this book will mark my first leg thru the Dune universe, which will continue probably around November with The Sisterhood of Dune, I’m going chronologically.

For my next adventure I am torn between starting N.K. Jemisin’s award winning series, or a trio of Ernest Cline books.

But first thing first, let’s get the weekend’s celebrations, and but that I mean reading without pants.

Off to read.

azr.

10 down, 42 to go

Although a bit late, last night, I finished the tenth book of this year of reading.

The second volume of the trilogy Legends of Dune, The Machine Crusade, focuses on the Infinite battlegrounds of the conflict between the League of Nobles and Omnius, the evermind, and his thinking machines

The Butlerian Jihad, as it has become known for , the now figurehead of the human side of the conflict, the uprising of Serena Butler against her Machine captors

The books depicts, intensively by the way , about 36 year of the conflict, stretching thru various parts of the now famous universe created by Mr. Herbert. I am particularly interested on the creation of the Navigators Guild, there are hint of the past history of this universe and what made this story so compelling, to see its genesis is simply amazing.

One of the great things, and without spoiling anything, although the books have been in print for almost 20 years, anyway, is that the authors do not shy away from high stakes, in which, this characters you become to love, have to face hard and possibly life threatening situations.

To continue with my journey the next tale is the short story The Faces of a Martyr, contained in the book The Road to Dune, and the final chapter of the Trilogy, The Battle of Corrin.

And to get back on track with my challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks, I only have 5 days to finish it.

Off to read.

azr.

No numbers

This was not a memorable week for my reading, with only 740 of the 1,246 of the projected total and 98 pages left on this week’s book, Dune: The Machine Crusade, these numbers put a dent on my good mood, but more importantly on my good reading pace.

I start this week with 798 negative pages, carried over from the pass to weeks, and if all fairs well, 6 days to read the final volume of the Legends of Dune prequel, The Battle of Corrin.

Since the main rule of this journey is to enjoy every single thing that I read, and everything else is secondary, that would mean that I’m right on track

Hopefully next week everything will be back to normal.

Off to read.

azr.

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