I love when my beautiful desert gets blanketed by some light summer rain, just to wake up to the musical sound of small raindrops, well, it gets me in a good mood.
Although I woke up really early, the effects of little sleep did not affect me, and I started my day reading.
Let us start with the graphic novel front, I finished the first volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates run on Black Panther, highly recommended, by the way, it’s dark and sophisticated, a good jumping off point to more mature stories in the Marvel universe.
As before mention, I had a very early morning, so, it gave time to read another great graphic novel, The Black Road Volume 1 by Brian Wood, of Northlanders and DMZ fame.
This time tackling a story of the conversion of the Nordic tribes into Christianity, all of this looked through the eyes of anti-hero Magnus The Black, with the astonishing art of Garry Brown, this is a must-read for any comic-book geek.
The next graphic novel on my list is the first volume of Gerard Way, yes of My Chemical Romance, run on The Doom Patrol, if I take for example his work on The Umbrella Academy, well, I expect a trippy and extremely well-written story.
On the book front, I am still working on The Two Swords, the last of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, currently, on page 163 of 376, the good news is that my pace has increased exponentially, so I think the book will be done this weekend.
On total pages news, I am glad to inform that the new total is 16,629 pages, surpassing the sum of (Y-8) and just 569 pages to tie the total for (Y-9).
I remind you that my last day of this year of reading is October 13, so everything looks in good shape.
Well, back to enjoying the rain, my steaming cup of coffee and of course my books.
Book Front: The Thousand Orcs, when from page 135 to 266, also, I’m keeping track of my mini reading session on an app called Reading Tracker, it gives an estimated time of when you are going to finish the book.
On the graphic novel front: Started reading The Books of Magic and I’m currently at page 103 of 197.
That gives me, 234 pages of total reading, slowly but surely I’m picking up the pace.
On the little oasis front: Got a little work done but ran out of material, I’ll stock-up during the week and try to finish next weekend.
This weekend I’m going to indulge with some heavy reading and gardening.
I have been quite busy these past few weeks, and finally, there is some time to catch my breath and relax.
As always I have big plans, the only difference, at least for this weekend, is that it involves some physical work.
But I’ll start with the mental work.
On the book front, I’m up and running the with the first book of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, part of The Legend of Drizzt saga, currently, I’m on page 135, and the primary goal is to finish it by Sunday afternoon.
On the graphic novel front, three astounding books from some of the most legendary writers and artist in the comic book history.
First off, Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade, written by not one but two legendary powerhouses, Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello and illustrated but non-other that John Romita Jr. It seems like a short story, short but sweet.
Second off, legendary run of Swamp Thing by comic book legend Mr. Alan Moore, accompanied by the psychedelic art of Stephen Bissette.
And finally, The Books of Magic by my favorite writer Neil Gaiman and John Bolton, lending his dark and gritty art to complete a remarkable story.
Concerning my little desert oasis, I have already prep the area to work in, some new flower pots, some new decorative stones, and a whole facelift to be ready for “reading outside season.”
And to start off this weekend with a sonic delight, the new Arctic Monkeys album.
Finally, I have caught an extraordinary groove, both on my reading and some new vinyl acquisitions.
On the reading front, I finished a couple of graphic novels, Lady Mechanika Vol.1 and Punk Rock Jesus.
Both displaying some breathtaking art.
Mr. Benitez (Lady Mechanika) and Mr. Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) take along some dystopian realities that fully submerge you onto this shadow-filled worlds that leave you in awe and begin for more.
Also, in glad to inform, that these two graphic novels help me pass the 14,000-page mark for this reading year.
On the sonic front, I have been overwhelmingly active, there are a couple of album on their way, the first is the debut record by Lo Moon because it is traveling from the UK I’ll expect it by the end of next week. The Second one is the newest record by Father John Misty; I bought through an offer by Spotify, a gorgeous red vinyl record will be on its way by June 1, the official release date.
Fortunately, I have some new records to keep me busy in the meantime.
Pure Comedy by Father John Misty, AM and Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys, Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Vitalogy by Pearl Jam and Sunset Strip R.I.P by The Flytraps seem like an extraordinary selection.
And lastly, today marks officially the day that I got up from my lazy ass and started prepping my little desert oasis for the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Lately, I had neglected it, but we have plans to use as often as we can this season, a couple of beers, some hundred pages and just be outside and take in some air.
The first thing was to give my beloved mesquite tree a proper space so it can grow and eventually fill with those amazing yellow flowers the entrance to our home.
More changes to the little oasis in the coming days.