Numbers: September 6, 2021

The good-mood Mondays are back.

I decided to have an more optimistic approach to the little debacle with the last few weeks of reading, if this is not fun what’s the fucking point anyway, and as with everything the sure steady pace will see thru to the other side. Last week my deficit was around 1,447 pages , this week I am glad to inform that sits at 1,351. The total for the week was 1,342 of the 1,246 pages needed each week to reach this year’s goal, those 105 extra pages go a really long way .

And again for this week the 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is working like clockwork, finished books number 13 and 14, Ready Player Two and Armada, respectively, both by Ernest Cline, you can check-out the post I did for them last week and just a few hours ago, and the next two weeks I will probably be invested on the award-winning world of Hyperion, created by Dan Simmons.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 16,032 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, and as tradition dictates every time a new milestones is reach, celebratory drinks were in order, in the form of a beautiful 2016 Don Luis Terra by Mexican winemaker, L.A. Cetto.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot

The end of the year projection of total pages it’s edging a bit closer to what is supposed to be, an increase from last week of 663 pages finishing at 63,779 , the clear signs of this ship getting back in course . My reading schedule stayed the same as last week, 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 133,394 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 19, 2026, 14 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,172 to 1,157 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,845 with a daily average of 271 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,148 days away, a 36 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 28, 2043, that’s 4,589 days after the original plan, 29 days less that the last projection. I have now officially enter the year 2043, still keeping the eye on the prize, the eye on 2031.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 133,394 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,148 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,589 days

But if you’ll excuse ,those 2,597 pages aren’t going to read themselves.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: August 30,2021

I have finally decided to claim back my good-mood Mondays, not quit up to speed with my goals, but the first step is always the hardest.

I have a big deficit that has been growing each and every passing week, right now its a total of 1,447, my total read has not suffer such a hard blow because of my strong weeks, but that breathing room is narrowing in a dramatic fashion. This week’s total was 1,065, I was hoping to be closer to 2,000 to remove some of the pressure, but this week started with a very intimidating 2,693 pages to read in order to get back on track, and red and menacing.

The one things that is working like clockwork is my 52 book in 52 weeks, just finishing number 12, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player, and I am currently on page 239 of 457 of book number 13, Ready Player Two. I’ll probably finish by midweek and to close out a trifecta of Mr. Cline’s books, I’ll read my recently acquired Armada.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 14,658 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, with just 342 pages away from the next milestone, 15,000 pages, I have great expectation that the next entry celebration will be the theme .

The end of the year projection of total pages went down a little bit , it’s now 63,116 pages, which isn’t that bad, judging by the way things unfolded, I’ll put this outcome on the winning column . My reading schedule, much to my surprise, is only 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 134,768 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is June 3, 2026, 19 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,191 to 1,172 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,913 with a daily average of 273 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,184 days away, a 61 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is January 26, 2044, that’s 4,618 days after the original plan, 40 days less that the last projection, my biggest hope, of at least 1 month of time gained each projection, is showing up each and every, and for that I’ll celebrate.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 134,768 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,184 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,618 days

Now to take those 2,693 pages head on, and get this ship back in line.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: August 9, 2021

It is Monday once again, and I only have one question to myself.

Did you achieve this week’s goal?

And the answer

For the second week in a row my weekly reading goal, was really close, 1,009 of the 1,246 pages, those 237 pages put a dent on my total progress, nothing to be concern, but still, not how I like to finish the week.

But focusing on what I did achieved, the ninth book of the year, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, first of the trilogy of the war against the thinking machines, some 10,000 years before the events of the original novel, it’s done, and the next book on the trilogy, Dune: The Machine Crusade is well under way, I am currently on page 210 of 701, its starting date is today, a good head start, not as big as the pass few weeks, but I’ll take any advantage.

Drama aside, it was a really good week, my current total is 11,966 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,311 more than last week, sometimes this can be tricky, for example, I finish the Dune book early in the week, but the bulk of my reading was the week before, and with only the things that I finish go into the registered pages files, that total get registered later, I know, it’s somewhat complicated, that’s why I put and explanation on my about page. By the way, my total for August, with only 9 days, of 1,337 pages, that’s a quarter of the pages done .

The good thing is that my end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a positive push forward, it’s now 68,431 pages, still way above the projected total for the year, and 1,194 more pages that last week’s projection. My reading schedule, much to my surprise, stayed ahead, only by 3 days , better than last week, a perfect sign of things moving forward in the big picture.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,933 with a daily average of 276 pages, little by little this has gone down from over 2,000 pages per week, more than 300 pages per day.

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 137,460 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is June 22, 2026, 16 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed by 13 days, and now I am only 1,191 days behind schedule.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,245 days away, a 36 day gain from the last week, making the end date is March 6, 2044, that’s 4,658 days after the original plan, 29 days less that the last projection, this marks the second week that I gained at least 1 month of time, this week’s crazy goal is to enter the year 2043, about 3 months of progress.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 137,460 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,245 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,658 days

This turn out to be an surprising week, some celebratory drinks are in order.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: August 2, 2021

In spite my best efforts, this is not a completely happy Monday, and as you can see, I am a bit late with my post.

I just snapped a three week run of reaching my weekly reading goal, I was really close, 1,191 of the 1,246 pages, a measly 55 pages. But focusing on what I could achieve, the eight of the year Exhalación by Ted Chiang, was done with ages ago, as I posted last week, and this week’s book, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, is well under way, I am currently on page 438 of 619, its starting date is today, so one positive thing to be happy about.

Now with all the drama behind, because honestly, it was a really good week, let’s get down to business, my current total is 10,655 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 951 more than last week, as I said, it was a pretty solid week and end of the month, my total for July was 6,188 , that’s 670 pages over the projected total of 5,518, again I start a new month with positive numbers .

Being the not so productive week my projection for the total at the end of the year, which was 71,033 total pages last, went down to 67,237 pages, still way above the projected total for the year, but I must not get to comfortable. My reading schedule, much to my surprise, stay ahead, only by 1 day ahead, but better that start falling behind.

As always my main concern is that the broader picture, with this not so luscious weeks, will start to show some step backs, fortunately this was not the case. On the ever watchful numbers for the second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,949 with a daily average of 278 pages, this year I’m averaging around 187 daily pages, hence the need to get those numbers down as much as possible.

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 138, 7741 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is July 7, 2026, 6 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, and my new obsession is closing the gap on those 1,204 days behind schedule.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,281 days away, a 20 day gain from the last week, making the end date is April 5, 2044, that’s 4,687 days after the original plan, 13 days less that the last projection, this kind of steady momentum keeps me pushing to reach that coveted goal. The goal is to each and every week bring down the end date by at least 1 month.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 138,771 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,281 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,687 days

Now to get things back on track

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 26, 2021

Is it Monday again? This last few weeks have been passing me really quickly, fortunately, this has not affected my reading progress.

For the third week in a row my reading has come out in green number, this has giving me a positive balance of pages, 952 to be precise, this. Once again I finished my weekly book early, this week’s book was the final chapter of the Saga of the Seven Suns, The Ashes of Worlds, which I posted earlier how this amazing saga finish. Today I should start the eight book of the year, Exhalación by the four time Hugo award winner Ted Chiang, as with the previous books of this year of reading, trying to make it a tradition, I am well under way with its reading, currently on page 239 of 345, not a bad way to start the week.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 9,704 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,184 more than last week, it’s a bit under the 1,246 pages projected for each week, but this are registered pages not net pages, you can find a quick explanation about this concepts here, still the long term focus is to make the last five years a little bit more accessible, having a minimal total under 50,000 pages for each year.

For the passed two weeks I have been making a mistake when it came to my projection for the total at the end of the year . Last week was at 63,999 pages, but that was only the pages I could potentially read from that point, the real total that I already have wasn’t being sum-up to this quantity, correcting this little mistake my projected total jumped to 71,033 total pages, that’s almost 7,000 pages over my goal of the year. My reading schedule stayed pretty much the same , now it is 5 days ahead , at one point in the middle of the week I was 7 days ahead, but with the weekend being full of power naps, my reading when down a little bit.

My main focus is always the broader picture, and so far this year, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum that was lacking from passed years .This is reflected directly on the amount of pages I have to read on the second part of my journey, specially on trying to have the average per week under 2,000 pages, right now it sits sits at 1,955 pages per week with a daily average of 279 pages, this is still a titanic endeavor, but each week the task becomes more feasible.

On the first 500,000 pages, I have only 139,719 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is July 13, 2026, 12 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, the magic numbers are 3,000 days to read and a daily average of 170 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,301 days away, a 30 day gain from the last week, making the end date is April 17, 2044, that’s 4,700 days after the original plan, 23 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps gives me the momentum to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal. The goal is to each and every week bring down the end date by at least 1 month.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 139,719 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,301 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,700 days

Numbers Monday is definitely my new favorite day of the week, and to celebrate, let’s day drink.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 19,2021

Is it time again for my Monday weekly update.

And for the second week in a row my reading was far greater that I expected. Once again I finished my weekly book before the Sunday deadline, this week’s book, Ashes of Worlds, the last volume on the Saga of the Seven Suns, is well under way, currently on page 108, not bad considering I should have started today , each week there’s some room to breath and perform better that the last.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 8,520 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,811 more than last week, giving me a surplus of 565 pages on the 1,246 pages projected for each week, this will add-up at the long term to reach the goal of the year, but most importantly it will contribute to make the next year’s total a little bit more accessible, being the goal that the last five years having a minimal total under 50,000 pages for each year.

With this surge of reading my projection for the total at the end of the year jumped 2,500 pages from last week’s projection and now sits at 63,999 pages, only 949 pages away from the ultimate goal for this year. My reading schedule gained a little bit of room , now it is 5 days ahead , exactly as I wanted to be at the start of this week.

The current pace keeps impacting in a huge way the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum. I keep a particular inquisitive eye on the number of pages I’m going to have to read on the second part of my journey, and as last week the number is under 2,000 pages, with a improvement of 216 pages, the current weekly total sits at 1,778 pages per week with an daily average of 281 pages, this is still a titanic endeavor, but each week the task becomes more feasible.

Speaking of the first 500,000 pages, I have only 140,903 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is July 25, 2026, 24 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, the magic numbers are 3,000 days to read and a daily average of 170 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,331 days away, a 47 day gain from the last week, making the end date is May 10, 2044, that’s 4,723 days after the original plan, 40 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps gives me the momentum to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal. For me this numbers are of particularly importance, there are the endgame of these whole deal, and until the numbers of days behind are in red, I will not rest.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 140,903 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,331 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,723 days

I think that with numbers like this each week, Monday will become my favorite day of the week.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 12,2021

Is Monday again and that can only mean my weekly update.

And what an amazing week it was, last week book, Of Fire and Night, was finish by Friday, this week’s book, Metal Swarm, which I suppose to start today is already on page 187, everything is falling into place, with a bit of breathing room each week to go get those goals.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 6,709 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,379 more than last week, my projected total for each week is 1,246, if each week I have a surplus, even the 133 pages of this week, this will add-up at the long and not only will I get the goal of the year, but I’ll contribute to making the next year total a little less, as I always say, one page at a time. The current projection for the total at the end of the year stay pretty much as last week number, 61,499 pages, still just below the target but getting closer.

My reading schedule it’s right on the money , I’am 1 day ahead on my reading, with some intense reading I would like to get it at least 5 days ahead of schedule.

Once again the current pace make the biggest impact on the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect, I keep a particular inquisitive eye on the number of pages I’m going to have to read on the second part of my journey, and for the first time it is finally under 2,000 pages, if only barely with 1,994 pages per week with an daily average of 285 pages, quite the titanic endeavor but I know that is doable.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 142,714 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 17, 2026, that’s 16 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, again, my goal is to have 3,000 days to read the other half, giving me an approximate daily average to read of 170 pages, one can hope and dream.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,585 days away, a 37 day gain from the last week, making the end date is June 26, 2044, that’s 4,770 days after the original plan, 30 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps give me new breath to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal. For me this numbers are of particularly importance, there are the endgame of these whole deal, and until the numbers of days behind are in red, I will not rest.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 142,714 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,385 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,770 days

I’ll keep my promise to each Monday update my numbers, and hopefully from now on they will be full of great leaps and great books.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 5, 2021

I am determined not to let Monday’s go without posting how my reading week went, and let me tell you that I am really excited with this week’s result.

There’s finally a sense of rhythm in my progress, I have placed little goals thru-out the days so that the task at hand doesn’t feel monumental, more like little towards a bigger goal at the end of the day, well, this week it payed off tremendously.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 5,330 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 2,054 more than last week, and the current projection for the total at the end of the year made a substantial leap from last week number and now sits at 61,938 pages, this not only improved more than 13,098 pages from last week, but it also puts a little under my goal of the year.

My reading schedule it’s right on the money , I’am 1 day ahead on my reading, its no surprise since I finish the fourth volume of the Saga of the Seven Suns, Scattered Suns, and started really early with the fifth volume, Of Fire and Night, and I am already on page 241 of 645, how early you may ask, my schedule marked the beginning of this volume for today, this is exactly how things should be moving along.

For this week I have finally achieved balance from what was supposed to be my total at the end of week four, for this week I have only to read the 178 pages total for each day, that’s 1,246 total pages by the end of the week, to keep my reading on track, but I’ll be aiming to average above 200 daily page to buy me some room in case of future lazy weeks.

My favorite thing about the current pace is how it reflects on some aspects of the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect, but what happen with the projections for reaching the golden prize was a pleasant surprise.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 144,093 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 1, 2026, that’s 19 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, this is thinking of having at least 3,000 days to read the other half, giving me an approximate daily average to read of 170 pages, close to my current daily average, which is challenging but doable.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight the projections puts it 8,422 days away, a 64 day gain from the last week, making the end date is July 26, 2044, that’s 4,800 days after the original plan, 58 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps give me new breath to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal, and as I said last week, the proximity of the calculations made it seem as a step back on my progress, good thing I didn’t panic.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 144,093 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,422 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,800 days

I’ll make a new tradition for the always dreaded Monday, and for me at least they will hopefully become day of great joy, full of books and caffeine.

Off to read.

azr.

Number: June 28, 2021 (ish)

I have been running a bit late with posting each week’s result, thankfully that has not been the case of my reading, because after 3 weeks of intense sessions this year is shaping up to be my best one yet.

My intention is to start posting on Monday the result of each week, this is to coincide with how I structured this year’s weeks, and to be perfectly honest, it is really helpful to close out each week with a beautiful lazy Sunday of reading.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 3,275 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, the current projection for the total at the end of the year sits at 48,840 pages, this not only improved more than 4,000 pages from last week, but it also puts me over my best year by a solid 1,000 pages.

My reading schedule it’s a little behind , 5 days to be precise, but with the whopping results from the last 5 days, which include 3 days over 300 pages, and the challenge of reading one book per week is right on the money, I am closing in to the halfway point of this week’s book, Scattered Suns, and it’s only Tuesday, I like my chances of getting this straighten out by the time of my next report.

For this week I have to read an additional 82 pages, to the 178 pages total for each day, to balance out my laziness from the second week of year, that means that by the end of this week I should sum-up a total 1,820 in order to start next week’s without any back log, easily done.

My favorite thing about the current pace is how it reflects on some aspects of the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect, even if it’s on the negative side, as I said in past post, with the passing of each week my schedule tightens a little more, is of the utmost importance to keep the momentum to reach the golden prize.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 146,148 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 20, 2026, that’s 4 days sooner than the post, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, this is thinking of having at least 3,000 days to read the other half, giving me an approximate daily average to read of 170 pages, close to my current daily average, which is challenging but doable.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my shock the projections puts it 8,486 days away, a 7 day loss from the last post, making the end date is September 22, 2044, that’s 4,858 days after the original plan, 8 days more that the last projection, this kind of step back is what puts a dent on my overall progress, only for this time I’ll attribute it to the proximity of the calculations, and not start panicking just yet. .

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 146,148 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,486 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,858 days

Let’s see on next Monday fairs on the broader picture, for now, I’ll enjoy this few rainy days over the desert.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: June 25, 2021

I am at the tail end of the third week of this new year of reading, time thus fly when you’re having fun, and it is starting to gain forward momentum, I had a few rocky moments in week number two but apparently that’s behind me now, so testify the 300-page day from yesterday.

Now let me update the overall progress of the year, and more importantly where do I stand on the broader picture.

My current total is 2,454 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, with more than 340 days left on this year, things are shaping up pretty good, I say good and not fantastic because the current projection for the total at the end of the year sits at 44,818 pages, a bit of work left to reach the almost 65,000 pages for the year, but the tendency is going on the right track.

My reading schedule it’s a little behind , 4 days to be precise, but with the current results of yesterday and how today is shaping up, and the fact that the challenge of reading one book per each week of the reading is right on the money, close in on the final quarter of Horizon Storms, I think the gap will close fairly quickly,

Starting next Monday, I will start posting each week progress, and finally comparing how things are gaining ground slowly but surely.

Now let’s talk about the broader picture, my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect to see each and every week moving forward, as times dwindles down to a tighter schedule this is of the utmost importance in order to reach the golden prize.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 146,969 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is October 3, 2026, that’s 48 days sooner than the last time I check, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, this is thinking of having at least 3,000 days to read the other half.

And speaking of the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight the projections puts it 8,479 days away, a 59 day gain from the last time I checked, making the end date is September 11, 2044, that’s 4,847 days after the original plan, 41 days less that the last projection, this kind of boost inject much needed energy to tackle on the next challenges.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 146,969 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,479 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,847 days

This numbers keep me motivated to try my best each and every week, and now that reaching the 1,000,000-page mark has an added bonus, well, that just sends my focus thru the roof. You may ask what’s that prize at the end of the road, I can only answer that in due time I’ll extensively share with you me plans.

Off to read.

azr.

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