Numbers: May 2, 2022

Welcome to another Magic Monday, the first of May, and now I have officially enter the last leg of this year’s journey. Let’s see how things are shaping up for the season finally.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is still way ahead of schedule, starting week number 46 , although I’m still working on what will be book number 52, The Chronicles of the Black Company penned by Glen Cook, this should be done between today and tomorrow, this to make way for the start of my yearly Star Wars marathon.

Kicking off, as tradition dictates, on May 4. To start off the festivities, I’ll be reading Charles Soules’ Light of the Jedi, the first novel of the highly anticipated exploration of the High Republic era.

The neglected one short story a day challenge will be reignited, putting aside the famous tales of the famous Barbarian, to make way for some tales in a galaxy far, far away.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 58,102 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a underwhelming progress of 754 registered pages since the last update.The next step, and the whole focus for the remaining 35 days of reading, is to surpass my 64,000 plus pages goal. 6,840 pages stand in my way to success.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a set back ,currently is at 64,479 pages, 504 pages less than the last update. My reading schedule, is as always playing with my emotions, now it stands 4 days behind, nothing catastrophic, but I really thought that this week will be the one to put me back on schedule .

I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 46 with a deficit of 885 pages, and a total 2,131 pages to get back to balance, I came short of this week quota by 225. The total for the month of April was 7,909 pages, which represent around 148% of the projected total, leaving only 197 pages, plus the 5,518 of the quota for the month of May, to get back on track for the entire year, inching ever closer to a step those reading badges.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 91,321 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 13, 2025, that’s 2 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, 323 intense days of reading.The gap narrowed from 789 to 787 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,579 with a daily average of 226 pages, this stayed pretty much the same as the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,167 days away, a 12 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 15, 2041, that’s 3,846 days after the original plan, 5 days less that the last projection. For the busy week I had, this small push forward is quite surprising. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 60 years 6 months, and 10 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 91,321 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,157 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,846 days

Now back to work on the final goal of the year.

Off to read.


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