Numbers: November 29, 2021

I known that every magic Monday I said the same thing, if anything I’m an optimist, but hopefully this time around, and with the Christmas break looming in the horizon, my goals will be surpassed.

Now, for the good news, the 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is still working like clockwork, I´m already full steam on book number 27, by the way this is week number 24, the start of the critically acclaimed series Bas Lag by the amazingly talented China Miéville, in La estación de la calle Perdido, we are introduced to the decadent city of New Crobuzon, in all its Steampunk glory. Since reading two other books from the author, La ciudad y la ciudad, and Los últimos días de la Nueva París, I was immediately hooked, and being this trilogy its most acclaimed work, naturally there’s the impending necessity to dive right into the murky waters of the river Tar.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 27,212 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 5,645 registered pages more than last update. Since the prize at the end of the next milestone, reaching 25,000 pages, was a very special bottle of Mexican Red Wine, but taking into account that I have fallen a bit behind on my total page count, some extra motivation is in order, this, in the form of said bottle waiting until the 30,000-page mark.

The end of the year projection of total pages gained a bit of ground, right now is at 56,589 pages, 3,254 more pages than the last update. My reading schedule, which keeps me up at night, is now 23 days behind, this is a 4 day gain, there’s still a lot of ground to cover, but a step forward is always welcomed

I start week 24 with a deficit of 4,961 pages, and a total 4,420 pages to get back to balance, the good news is that I have only 6 pages left of the 5340 projected for the month of November, that means that for the first time in three months the monthly quota will be met.

Now, for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 122,214 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is February 28, 2026, a whole two months 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 1,136 to 1,077 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,818 with a daily average of 260 pages, since the last projections, the daily average dropped 8 pages per day.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,904 days away, a 145 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is July 21, 2043, that’s 4,429 days after the original plan, 117 days less that the last projection. In spite of everything, I managed to stay in 2043, with my eye on the prize of the coveted end date of 2031, and the very special trip to close-out the final pages of my journey.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 122,214 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,904 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,429 days

Let’s get those 6 pages to finish November on a high mark, and shoot for a 10,000-page December.

Off to read.

azr.

A very successful day

Yesterday, between shivers and sweats, I had a very successful reading.

My total was 548 pages, finished Wolverine’s Blood Debt graphic, and got to page 332 of China Mieville’s novel La ciudad y la ciudad, I’m planning to finish the 66 pages left today.

In my weekly reading, there’s only 79 pages left to reach the coveted 1,246-page mark, this is shaping up to be a good week to chip away a significant chunk to those surplus pages.

For the “end of the year reading marathon”, I read for 4 hours and 23 minutes, fast approaching 150 hours left, and with the holidays just around the corner, nothing but hot chocolate, cookies and reading.

Now to bring down that mountain of pages.

Off to read.

azr.

Under the weather

Yesterday I received my booster shot of the covid-19 vaccine, and as the last time, there were some mild side effects. I had to stay in bed yesterday, and today it will seem that the day shall progress similarly.

I’ll take this as an opportunity to get some much needed rest, and of course what better activity to pass the day that getting some reading done.

I’m glad to inform that for the second week in a row the 1,246-page mark was achieved, my total was 1,324, that means that I had 78 positive pages to take down the massive surplus of pages accumulated thru-out the week that my reading wasn’t great.

For this week, number 23, I started with 5,290 negative pages, but, much to my delight , the first day of the week started with a bang, 520 total pages and I’m pretty sure that the next milestone is complete, reaching 25,000 total pages for the year. Hopefully, I’ll feel better during the day in order to register the finished items to see how close that next step is.

For today, my reading will comprise of a healthy dose of China Mieville’s La ciudad y la ciudad, currently on page 220, and a couple of graphic novels, Snow Angels, by the amazingly talented creative team of Jeff Lemire and artist Jock, and some classic Wolverine action, part of the collection contains Rob Liefield’s legendary run with Logan.

Concerning my “end of the year reading marathon” , I’m closing in on 20 hours, leaving only 160 more to go, a walk in the park.

I’m shooting for a 6 hour reading day, and at least another 500 pages of total reading, this in between some energizing naps.

Off to read.

azr.

A quick one before I lose myself in some pages

This passed week was just perfect.

Finally, after a 4-week drought, I completed the 1,246-page goal, and even had 24 extra pages to decrease the gargantuan amount of backlog pages that have been collecting thru the weeks.

I still have some graphic novels and a couple of books left to tally in the total for the year, but I’m closing to the 25,000-page mark, and that bottle of wine is just screaming to be opened.

The pictures below are some of the graphic novels from last week’s reading, I particularly recommend Monstress, Marjorie Liu’s writing is superb, and the artwork by Sana Takeda is simply breathtaking.

Concerning two of my active mini goals, 52 books in 52 weeks and End of the Year Reading Marathon, there’s some really good news.

I’m about 20% away from finishing Sisterhood of Dune, book number 23 of the year, which gives me a two-week advantage in that regard.

On the 180-hour reading marathon to close out the final 60 days of the year, the clock is closing in on the 10-hour mark, and with my classes rapidly coming to an end, I think is number, along with my total pages, will increase exponentially.

I’ll start taking advantage of the upcoming three-day weekend, and have some intense sessions. See you probably until my magic Monday reading report, this of course if there’s nothing out of ordinary to share.

Off to read.

azr.

More self imposed reading marathons

Although in the last time-based marathon I barely surpassed the midway mark, as you can attest from the image below, but what it did to boost my motivation for reading was far more important than to hit the whole 49 hours that was the goal.

I mean, almost 26 hours in 10 days, not a small chunk of change, which included November 2 with the amazing total of 446 pages.

My plan for the remaining 58 days of 2021, yeah you guess it right, more reading marathons. To start things off, my plan is to read a daily average of 3 hours, that would give around 180 hours to complete by December 31.

This is going to include at least 4 page-based marathons, one around Thanksgiving, which include eating massive amounts of turkey, one around December 6, which marks the halfway point of this year of reading, and the other two, which becomes a two-headed monster, and it revolves around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, this is probably my favorite of the year, it’s filled with good food, lots of drinking, a lot of new books as presents, and more importantly, lots of amazing traditions with my lovely wife and kids.

Time to tackle those 178 hours and hopefully by the end of the year, I´ll be looking at around 37,000 total pages.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: November 1, 2021

Back to my magic Mondays, again, and hopefully this time around will be for good.

Now, and I must say a welcomed surprise, the 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is still working like clockwork, I´m already full steam on book number 22 at the start of week number 21, which brings me back to the amazing universe started by the great Frank Herbert,continued by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Dune, next in the chronology is the story of the origin of the mysterious Bene Gesserit Sisterhood.

Had to go back to this intriguing universe, fueled specially because over the weekend I say the latest interpretation of the famous title book, in all it’s IMAX glory, by the extremely talented director Denis Villeneuve. It only felt right to go back and explore some of it’s back story.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 21,567 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,865 registered pages more than last update, one step closer to the next milestone, 25,000 pages, and a very special bottle of Mexican Red Wine awaits for the mandatory celebratory drinks.

The end of the year projection of total pages suffered a setback, right now is at 53,335 pages, close to 4,000 less than the last update. My reading schedule, which keeps me up at night, is now 27 days behind, this is the first thing I’m trying gain some momentum to win days.

I start week 21 with a deficit of 5,392 pages, and a total 9,754 pages to get back to balance, must work on improve my consistency.

Now, for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 127,859 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is April 28, 2026, 4 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 1,140 to 1,136 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,866 with a daily average of 268 pages, pretty much the same as my last projections, fluctuating between 2 or 3 pages on the daily average.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,049 days away, a 31 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is November 15, 2043, that’s 4,546 days after the original plan, 10 days less that the last projection. In spite of everything, I managed to stay in 2043, with my eye on the prize of the coveted end date of 2031, and the very special trip to close-out the final pages of my journey.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 127,859 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,049 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,546 days

Now ,if you’ll excuse ,I have about 10,000 pages to read , and a couple of traditional “pan de muerto” to devour.

Off to read.

azr.

The plot thickens

As November starts, I find myself with some unexpected challenges in this year’s reading journey.

By now I should be around 26,000 total pages for the year, the reality of things is that my current count is 21,567, some 4,000 pages behind schedule, and as a new month begins, the projected total sums up quite the hefty sum.

The challenge, in November, is to read 9,754 pages to get back on track, I’m well aware that it is a monumental task, but now more than ever my mindset is more than ready to take on this seemingly impossible task.

And to start off things with a bang, I’ll take on what it seems like a really stupid idea, which in my mind sounds like the perfect plan to tackle the sheer amount of pages in front of me, get thru the remaining hours of my Spooktober reading marathon.

Being that sleeping is overrated, I’ll take these two remaining days to close-out my favorite time of the year in style.

Off to read.

azr

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