Off to the races

And thus begins, the first readathon of the year.

I started off with a little over an hour of reading, 1 hour and 22 minutes to be precise.

That means I have 8 hours and 38 minutes left on the Bookly Winter Readathon.

I’ll keep pounding away on Toll the Hounds, currently on page 233, and on volumes 3,4, and 5 of the legendary rings of Peter David on Hulk.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Balancing act, part two

Yesterday was a good of reading, my total was 199 pages, and I finished Assassin Apprentice.

Also, I started the reading challenge of Paraiso Perdido, read the last number of Grant Morrison’s Green Lantern Blackstars, and the latest volume of Detective Comics written by Peter J. Tomasi.

I still have 5,154 pages to go on January, and 26,071 pages to go on this year of reading.

For today’s reading, I’ll continue will the first book of Paraiso Perdido challenge, Cuando las luces aparezcan, and the latest volume of Cosmic Ghost Rider, imagine Frank Castle as the host of the Spirit of Vengeance, pure gold.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Slowly finding balance

It has been a couple of slow reading days, nothing to worry about, but I need to step it up.

My total for yesterday’s reading was 123 pages, still working on Assassin Apprentice, currently on page 242, and read a big chunk of Planet Hulk, the fight between Silver Savage and Green Scar is epic.

I still have 5,953 pages to read in January, and 26,870 pages for (Y-13), a gargantuan task but doable.

Fortunately in February the girls from 24in48 readathon are back, and as always it’s a great event to read my eyes off.

Check out their latest post to see how can you participate.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

Balancing progress

The good news is that this year of reading I have yet to have one day without reading.

The not so great news is that I have not yet catch the rythm I need to get to my goal.

That’s why I have deployed my plan to get back on track, which originally was to read about 9,000 in January, pretty farfetched.

So came up with a three month rollout, and for the month of January it came to be a total of 6,505 pages, from which, I still have 6,076 to go.

I just have passed the halfway of Robin Hobb’s Assassin Apprentice, currently on page 214, and started re-reading one of my favorite comic story arc, Planet Hulk.

Let’s chip away at those pages.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

First Epic December report

A not so epic start to this merry December task.

I could read 73 pages, so that leaves me with 8,868 left, not the start I would like, but once I grab momentum this will flow better.

For today, my immediate goal is to finish the second volume of Peter David’s legendary run on Hulk, this, with the equally amazing Todd Mcfarlane, continue to read the next two issues of Batman: King of Fear, it’s always a delight to see Kelley Jones work on Batman.

And to top it off, the first issue of a pretty particular crossover Conan the Barbarian event, involving Moon Knight from Marvel Comics, and Solomon Kane, another of Robert E. Howard’s famous creations.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Spooktober update

With the main week of Spooktober just around the corner, an update is in order.

On the movie front, not much to tell, just watch one movie, Cronos, the first long feature film by academy award winner director Guillermo del Toro.

The updated list

  1. Dracula (1931)
  2. Frankenstein (1931)
  3. The Mummy (1932)
  4. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  5. Werewolf of London (1935)
  6. Dracula (1958)
  7. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  8. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
  9. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
  10. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  11. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  12. Day of the Dead (1985)
  13. Land of the Dead (2005)
  14. Diary of the Dead (2007)
  15. Survival of the Dead (2009)
  16. Cronos (1993)
  17. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
  18. Halloween (1978)
  19. Halloween (2007)

On the graphic novel/comic books front, I have finished the first volume of the vintage comic book by Marvel, Vampire Tales, some amazing black and white stories of Morbius , the living vampire, which is really familiar to me because of the Ghost Rider comics.

Also, some of Avatar comics Night of the Living Dead, which ties directly to the classical movie by the zombie master himself George A. Romero.

This list is always a challenge, because I keep adding things, like the book , The Halloween Tree by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, and beautifully illustrated by the talented Gris Grimly.

Here is the updated list.

  1. Vampire Tales Vol.1
  2. Tomb of Dracula Vol.1
  3. Werewolf by Night: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
  4. Aliens Omnibus Vol.1
  5. Aliens Omnibus Vol.2
  6. Aliens Omnibus Vol.3
  7. Aliens Omnibus Vol.4
  8. Aliens Omnibus Vol.5
  9. Aliens Omnibus Vol.6
  10. B.P.R.D : Vampire
  11. B.P.R.D. : Hell on Earth Book One
  12. Gotham by Midnight (2014-2015)Vol. 1
  13. Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Mr. Wormwood goes to Washington
  14. Night of the Living Dead : Hunger
  15. Night of the Living Dead: Back from the Grave
  16. Frankenstein (Book)
  17. The Halloween Tree (Book)
  18. Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury

Next on the list is the second volume of another vintage monster Marvel comics series, Werewolf by Night.

Still a lot to watch and read, this is going to be a fun week.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) 48 days…daily update

I had a fairly good weekend of reading.

So, I reached 41,871 pages of total reading for this year.

That leaves me with 5,834 pages to reach my best year, and 11,219 pages to reach my ultimate goal for this year.

With this reading, I have reached 274, 898 of total pages in this my crazy little project.

On the subject of my reading schedule, I am still 31 days behind, but on a bright note, I have gained some ground in my next major milestone, reading 500,000 pages.

Well, the end date was July 31, 2028, and now it is July 26, 2028.

I’ll take those 5 days and work to get that date closer and closer each passing day.

For today’s menu, some of the visionary work of Peter David.

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Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old School Monday…The Incredible Hulk (1962-1999) #1

Hey true believers, and welcome to another old school monday.

And in the spirit of the legendary comic book creative team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby this comic book this particular comic book is excelsior.

I think The Hulk is one of my favorite creation by Stan and Jack.

And I could not put my finger on why, until I say this image.

It resembles the monster from Frankenstein, one of my favorite characters of all time, so much that I think my love for the character was visually obtain.

So, this is a pretty straightforward origin story, where Doctor Bruce Banner is accidentally hit with a gamma ray bomb and he develops some extraordinary powers.

Also, it remains me of the whole Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing, where the latter is the secret personality of the mellow and easy going Dr. Banner.

This is a must for all comic book fans not only because of the iconic character, but also to see the beautiful art work of one of the best to ever do it.

After this, I’ll dive into some classic storylines of The Hulk, yeah, this one hit me right in my nostalgic bone.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) 12 years to go

Today it officially marks the 12 years left notification until the deadline to achieve 1,000,000 pages.

This is because, today, I turn 38 years old.

And since the whole idea of this crazy project is to read that gargantuan amount before my 50th birthday, well there you go, the clock strike again, and I have only 12 years ahead.

Today I received some more awesome material to keep on piling up those numbers.

Three pretty cool new graphic novels

And to put the cherry on the cake, some awesome new kicks, one of my favorite things, besides books and coffee of course.

Brings me back to the days when I watch his airness dominate the court.

Now I’ll enjoy the last few hours of the day and read some more.

azr

(Y-11) 198 days and the 20,000 pages

It has been quite a while since I have written a proper post, so here we go because I have a lot to go thru in this entry.

Let me start with what I have been reading and what I finished reading.

First off, I finished the first volume of the fantastic run by Joshua Hickman dealing with the Mad Titan; I am referring to Infinity, where the Avengers, and heroes from all over the Marvel comic universe, come face to face with another conquering scheme by Thanos.

I love these colossal crossover events by Marvel, especially if the Kree Empire is involved, right now I am starting to read the second volume, and it started off with a bang.

The other thing I am currently working on is the sixth volume of James Tynion IV run on Detective Comics, The Fall of the Batmen, I fell in love immediately with this series, he is using characters like Anarky, Azrael and Spoiler, not the most well-known in the Batman Universe, but super cool.

Detective Vol 6

The other things I finished reading, and in the commemoration of the 25th publication anniversary of Hellboy, some volumes of the adventures of the B.P.R.D., minus Hellboy, in this particular stories, The Plague of Frogs volumes 3 and 4.

The agents confronted the flourishing threat of the now legendary War of the Frogs, and with Roger out of the picture and Captain Daimio in full were-jaguar mode, the possibilities of coming out of this conflict unharmed are growing thin.

I highly recommend diving right into the Hellboy Universe, it will not disappoint.

You can find a really complete timeline to navigate thru this ever-growing universe full of iconic characters and stories.

I forgot to mention that along with these two amazing volumes, I also read the Spanish version of the second volume of Hellboy, Wake the Devil, which consequently was the book that put me over the 20,000-page mark for this year, but more on that later.

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On the really neglected book front, I am still working on Charon’s Claw, currently on page 193, but I have promised myself to at least read for 30 minutes each, this with the idea to finish the Neverwinter Saga before my spring break vacation, which starts on April 15.

Now let us talk about my numbers.

As I mentioned before, the 20,000-page mark has been reached for this eleventh year of reading.

My current total is 20,475 pages, and my real progress is closing in my projected total, I can see how the gap is closing, and my rhythm is slowly getting in tune with what my heart desires to read this year.

This process has been slow but I gain ground each and every day, but still, I am 27 days behind my reading schedule.

With this in mind, the upcoming vacations are going to be crucial for me to keep closing this gap, and eventually finish the year with 53,000 pages.

Now concerning my next milestone, reaching 500,000 pages, this is the current situation.

The global total for my project is at 253,502 pages, this after 3,825 days.

And with 4,453 days until my 50th birthday, I have a lot of work ahead of me.

With these numbers in place, and keeping in mind my currents speed and average of pages per day, the next significant milestone, according to my projections, will be achieved on June 1, 2029.

Which is not an acceptable date, because this would mean that I will only have 2 more years to finish half a million pages.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel because when I started projecting when I was going to reach this goal the original date was July 26, 2029.

That is almost two months gained.

So the plans for the weekend are quite simple, close off March on a high note and probably get pretty close to 22,000 pages and gaining some more ground on the end date of my next milestone.

The books on my cache are:

Infinity Book II

Charon’s Claw (Third book of the Neverwinter Saga)

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6

Now back to it, for the night is dark and full or reading.

azr.

P.S.

I really need to update my Goodreads page.

P.S. of the P.S.

Here are some of the passed infographic sheets generated with bookly.

 

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