Numbers: January 17, 2023

Welcome to the third Magic Monday of the year, well almost on a Monday but the thought is what counts, and let me tell you that things are starting to roll quite beautifully.

My total for the week was an amazing 1,523 pages, that’s 22% more than the week’s quota, this week´s plan is to pick up the two books, the second volume of Gotrek and Felix´s Adventures and The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy, that I was reading before my Christmas reading marathon involving a trilogy of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher and the first 5 volumes of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which I finally finished over the weekend. In addition to this, I have picked up a new Manga series, Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, currently, on volume number 3, and with 52 titles available thru my Kindle Unlimited subscription, there are a lot of stories to go thru.

My goal is to read more Manga series, right now there are a few on my radar like DR. Stone, Claymore, Noragami: Stray God, and Battle Angel Alita, but any recommendations are welcome, I’m kind of new to the genre, and it has hooked me.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 31,225 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,355 pages of progress since last Monday, with this, I’m 923 pages away from making this year enter my top 5 of the best page total. Still, there’s the 3,000-plus week that eludes me, one of the goals for year number fifteen is to have at least one, and finally have the first sigil tattooed on my body.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is 49 days behind, staying the same as last week, at least I didn’t lose ground, which for me is a victory in itself. My current projections put my total at 51,019 pages that are 13,923 pages less than what I’m comfortable with. The mantra for every morning will continue to be: one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week thirty-three with a more manageable deficit of 7,340 pages, giving me quite the challenge to balance out this gargantuan number in each of the 19 weeks left on this year of reading. That number for this week is 534 additional pages to the 1,246 pages of the weekly quota.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 52,399 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 17,2024 that’s around 10 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, now I have 64 days to do so, but according to my current projection, the reality is that I’m 610 days behind schedule.

For the second part of the journey or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,426 with a daily average of 204 pages, one daily page less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections put it 6,435 days away, a 56-day gain from the last projection, making the end date August 29, 2040, that’s 3,363 days after the original plan, 29 days less than the last projection. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 59 years 2 months, and 24 days old.

To summarize the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 52,399 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,435 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,363 days

Off to read.


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