(Y-12) Quarantined Days, Update 18

I had quite the reading slump this week, my total was a measly 450 pages.

There’s a pretty good reason why, but I’ll get into that later.

On my trial run of my readathon, I could complete 3 of the 21 tasks.

I plan to polish off some of the details and probably organize a whole event for Christmas break, you know, seven magical days of reading.

The three tasks that I did complete were:

  • Start a new book (The Vorrh by Brian Catling)
  • Read 50 pages while drinking coffee (DC Comics:Year of the Villain)
  • Read a graphic novel without putting it down (DC Comics: Year of the Villain)

I’m still aiming for a record breaking year, and with 77 days to reach more than 47,000 pages, I am pretty confident that milestone will be reached.

For now,I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Quarantined Days, Update 13

A solid day of reading, my total was 157 pages, and I am 5,911 away from reaching 40,000 pages, this, with 43 days left to do it.

On the book front, I read 45 pages of the third volume of the Forgotten Realms series The Sundering, written by Erin M. Evans, which is a breath of fresh air to read a fantasy book with a female character as the lead, the menacing Farideh, a Tiefling warlock fighting demonic forces who are eager to take advantage of her powerful heritage.

I’ll try to finish it by the weekend, which I don’t doubt I can achieve.

On the graphic novel/comic books front, I started reading the fourth volume of Scott Snyder’s run on the Justice League, The Sixth Dimension, I must confess that I was reluctant to dive into this series, but as always Mr. Snyder delivers and taking on DC Comics Multiverse is no easy task.

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Also, I have a few comic books of Red Sonja: Unchained series, two issues to be precise, and I plan to knock them out today.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

The final day of Bookly’s #StayAtHomeReadathon

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Today is the final day of the week-long readathon using the amazing Bookly reading app.

As I stated in my last post, the objective was to read 25 hours between April 13 and April 19, as I enter the final day of reading my task still has a little under 8 hours to go.

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Yesterday was a really good day of reading, 441 total pages, and I finished a couple of classic DC Comics storylines, Zero Hour and Flashpoint.

And today I’ll continue my adventure thru the DC Comics Multiverse, now it is the time for Batman/Flash: The Button, and Doomsday Clock.

Also, I finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I have to say that it blew me away, I didn’t think it was going to be so good, it was such the case that I read it in one day.

Now I’ll focus on Guillermo del Toro’s novelization of The Shape of Water.

Stay safe.

Stay healthy.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Third day of the Bookly #stayathomereadathon and the revisiting of some old friends

Hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy.

I am participating on the Bookly latest readathon, a pretty good way to pass this hard times, a bit of light in all of this darkness.

The main goal is to read 25 hours between April 13 to April 19.

So far I have read

Monday 2 hours and 42 minutes

Tuesday 1 hour and 27 minutes

And today, so far, I have read 1 hour and 24 minutes.

That gives me a total of 5 hours and 33 minutes.

Not bad.

Hopefully, I’ll finish the day over 7 hours.

Now for the important part, what I am reading.

I am about to finish The Night of the Hunter, the 25th book of the Legend of Drizzt saga, it’s always a pleasure be back at Faerûn.

I will start the next volume, Rise of the King, this alongside the novelization of the Academy award winning movie The Shape of Water, directed by the amazing Guillermo del Toro.

In the comic book/graphic novel front, I’ll be revisiting some classic DC comics storylines, Zero Hour and Flashpoint.

This as a prelude to read to some events that I haven’t got around to see, The Button and Doomsday Clock.

I have a lot of great material ahead, and a great challenge to tackle.

For now, I am off to read.

Keep safe and healthy.

azr.

(Y-11) old school monday…Detective Comics(1937-2011) #38

Hello, and welcome to another old school Monday.

This time I read the origin story of one of the most iconic sidekicks in all of comic book history.

I am of course referring to the Boy Wonder himself, Robin.

No other than Dick Grayson, the original Robin.

He is adopted and trained by Batman after his parents, the trapeze artist known as the flying Graysons, fall to their tragic death, and as it is later discover, it was the work of mobsters, which, again, play the role of villains, no quirky costumed villains yet.

This is an early title of the adventure if the dynamic duo, and on this time period, they shared this comic book with another more classic Detectives.

To me, Dick Grayson, is one of my favorite characters of the Bat-Family, but not quite on this personification, it will come later, when he turns into the rogue superhero, Nightwing.

For next week old school Monday, I’ll dabble into the first appearance of what it is consider the most iconic villain in Batman’s history.

See you all next week.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) 50 days

The day is has finally arrived.

It is go time.

With 50 days left on my reading year, and with a total of 41,425 pages, I have this final leg to go get that ultimate goal.

11,575 pages to go, 50 days to do it.

This calls for daily updates and long nights of reading.

Today, I’ll start with some new comic books, and try to hit the 240 page mark for the day.

Off to read.

(Y-11) Old school Monday…The Demon (1972-1974) # 1

Welcome to another Old School Monday.

On this occasion I’ll go back to one of my favourite creators, Jack Kirby.

But this time it is one of his works with DC Comics, Etrigan The Demon.

In this origin story, the Demon is summoned by legendary wizard Merlin, to protect him from evil sorceress Morgaine Le Fey.

After she is defeated, Etrigan leaves Camelot, and transforms into a man, that in the distant future will be known as Jason Blood.

I have a special place in my heart for this time of characters of the DC Universe, you know of to the left of the mainstream characters, doing their thing, and fighting the forces of evil magic along the way.

And as a plus, you can delight on the fantastic art and storytelling skills of one of the best to work on the industry.

This is one of the series that I pretend to read all in single issues, just for the fun of it.

Now, off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old school….Tuesday, I guess, All-Star Comics #3

Hello, and welcome to another Old School Monday, on a Tuesday.

Yesterday, I was so tired that sleep got the best of me.

But I did read the comic.

For this occasion was the first appearance of The Justice Society of America, DC Comics first super hero team.

This comic book is a meeting of the super team, where each one report of their most recent run in with criminals, mostly mobsters and bank robbers, no super villains yet.

It is also a time capsule, where the costumes of the era permeates into the story, and for those or us who didn’t experience it is a glimpse of history.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old school Monday… Wonder Woman (1942-1986) #1

Hello and welcome to another Old School Monday.

On this occasion, and in spite of my massive reading hangover, this due to the 24in48 readathon, I took the time to read this week’s comic, which follows the adventures of Wonder Woman in her own solo series.

This time she has several adventures in the world of men, from protecting some circus elephants, to defeating an evil Nazi commander and to top it off, the taming of a wild bull somewhere in Mexico.

I think it is really interesting seeing how other people where stereotypically portrait, I guess it is part of the general consensus of the era, but it is important that these comic book are kept intact so we can see how far we have come, but always be conscious that there some more roads ahead of us.

The part the I loved about the book is the imagery that portraits were Wonder Woman got her powers.

Well, I got back to take it slow, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll pick up right we’re I left off.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) new comic books and back to reality

This passed week I did not read as much as usual.

I was taking a break to recharge some batteries and go visit an old friend, the sea.

It was quite relaxing and I enjoyed catching some sun and eating.

Beautiful scenery to be really enjoy, thus my lack of a great progress, but have no fear, because next weekend, I’ll devote myself to the 24in48 readathon and it will be really productive.

Right now I am working on Memories of Ice, because I want to be done by early Friday morning and start with my readathon with a couple of short novels from a Mexican editorial house, Paraiso Perdido, but more on that later.

For now I’ll use my new comic book acquisitions as a palate cleanser, this time it will be issue number six of Justice League Dark and the ninth and final issue of DC Heroes in Crisis.

Off to read.

azr.

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