(Y-10) go back to sleep…activate panic mode

My original intention was to start reading The Legend of Drizzt series around mid-November, but, apparently, it is already December.

Of the 33 books of this epic saga, I have read the first trilogy, that is in the chronological order of the story because it was published after the second trilogy, The Icewind Dale, of the chronology, bit confusing, I know.

The first trilogy, The Dark Elf Trilogy, follows Drizzt in the Underdark, his homeland. Since the first time I delve into the world of this rogue Dark Elf my fantasy loving self-has been longing to go back to this vast and captivating world.

So, this year, it is the main attraction.

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As you can see above this is the trilogy I plan to read over the holiday break, besides some graphic novels.

But what is standing on my way you may ask.

Well, only 5 books and 19 days.

Two of them I’m currently reading, Lord of the Rings, at page 462 of 1,137 , and The Legend of Huma, at page 218 of 384.

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The other three are a trilogy set in the fantasy world of Dragonlance.

Dragons of a Fallen Sun, Dragons of a Vanished Moon and Dragons of a Lost Star, better known as the War of Souls trilogy, supposedly should introduce a new era of heroes to an already rich history of legendary figures.

In all these books are about 1,800 pages and with another 800 pages from the ones in progress, they amount to a gargantuan, bat-shit crazy, no sleep, highly caffeinated task, and guess what, I’m going to do it.

And I brought reinforcements, first and foremost, some good tunes, in form of three of my current favorite albums.

Prisoner by Ryan Adams and A Deeper Understanding and Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs, all things in life are made better with music and I’m doing it old school and playing them on vinyl, I don’t know but there is something ritualistic about changing the record and feeling its weight on your hand that something digital can’t give you, sure more practical to use a streaming service for the day to day, but in this special occasions good old vinyl hits the right spot.

The second thing is some nice and dark chocolate, obviously to go along with the liters of coffee that I’m about to consume. Along with this I have a new little partner gracing my bookshelf, none other than my favorite comic-book character, Hellboy, well a cute version of him.

 

And lastly my faithful bullet journal to keep track of all the nuisance and crazy ideas that cross my over caffeinated and under slept mind.

Lately and unfortunately there have been a lot of red days, but with this tasks in hand I can no longer afford them.

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Doing the math, I’ll have to read 2,628 pages in 19 days. I really don’t shy-away from crazy challenges.

Stay tuned for daily progress briefings and random happenings.

I almost forgot, my page total for this, the tenth year of reading is 3,425 pages, little under my goal for the end of November, but, I’ll take it.

Now back to reading, see you tomorrow.

azr.

 

 

 

(Y-9) 22 days… seven times seven

Yesterday I almost put down Jerusalem and leave it for another time.

It’s messing with my mind, in a good way.

The book is so rich and deeply layered, that is no secret coming from Mr. Moore’s pen.

But I decided to push through and finish it before October 13.

That is when (Y-10) begins and epicness ensues.

For year ten, the total of pages to read will be determined by how (Y-9) ends in total pages, but I’m looking forward to about 90,000 + pages. A gargantuan task.

With this in mind, I thought about how many books and pages should I read for the 10th anniversary of my crazy project. Hence, the title of this post, seven times seven.

Using that idea, which has been rattling around my mind for no apparent reason, I came with the number of books for the year: 7 x 7 = 49 books, and, in order to consider (Y-10) a productive year I should at least read 7 x 7,777 = 54,439 pages.

For now, I’ll spend some long night trying to rack up as many pages as I can and keep searching for epic material to read next year.

My midnight companions

Fight Club 2 @ page 51 of 276

Jerusalem @ page 178 of 1266

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Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

(Y-9) 44 days….making plans

Usually, at this time of the year, I begin planning the reading for next year.

Like I said in past posts the next year of reading is back to the one genre that got me hooked on reading, Epic Fantasy.

So, from now on (Y-10) will be known as “Total Epicness”.

To start the year with a bang I will read the illustrated edition of The Hobbit and the 50th-anniversary edition of Lord of Rings.

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From there I planned to tackle three series: The Malazan Book of the Fallen (starting with book 2) by Steven Erikson, The Black Company by Glen Cook and the Dragonlance: The War of Souls. I know a huge task but I’m up for it.

And to top it off, and if completed, the crown jewel of the year, I will tackle almost the entire Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore. I’ll start with book 4, the first three I have already read, and work myself up to number 23, which is the last they have published.

In all the list for (Y-10) is 49 books.

So these coming months I’ll focus on buying the missing books and find a comfortable spot to read because I’m in for a long ass task.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

(Y-9) 47 days…focus..shifted

The end of this reading year is fast approaching and with that, my anxiety grows.

I start making plans for next year which include the shifting of books and with the next year being the 10th anniversary of my project this take on a whole different meaning.

I have in store for (Y-10) a sort of back to my origins.

The thing that really got me into readings was fantasy books and Lord of the Rings had the most impact of all the books I read.

With that in mind, I started analyzing this year remaining list and decided to migrate some books for my full of epicness.

Here are the remaining books

READING LIST (Y-9)
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition) J.R.R. Tolkien
Tarantula Bob Dylan 
Jerusalem Alan Moore
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Fallen Sun  Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Lost Star Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Vanished Moon Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma Richard A. Knaak
The Tyranny of the Night Glen Cook
México Mutilado Francisco Martin Moreno
Star Wars: Aftermath Chuck Wendig
Star Wars: The Black Fleet crisis Tyrant’s Test Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Ambush at Corellia Roger MacBride Allen
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Assault at Selonia Roger MacBride Allen
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Showdown at Centerpoint Roger MacBride Allen

The ones in bold red are migrating to next year, the ones in blue are the main focus for the remaining 47 days and the ones in normal text are probably going back to the shelf to be read in another year.

For now, I’ll focus on México Mutilado, Jerusalem, and Tarantula, in that particular order and one by one.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 51 days…

The last couple of weeks have been a bit hard and honestly, I can seem to find my train of thought.

But finally, to the soothing sound of rain, last night I finished my first piece of reading material in over a month.

It was a graphic novel, Crimson Vol.1,  it follows the misadventures of a teenager turned vampire by the name Alex Elder. My favorite character is definitely Joe, a Mexican Indian vampire that becomes Alex’s mentor.

Illustrated by Humberto Ramos, it’s a must have.

 

With this, I’m inching closer to one of the important milestone of this crazy project, 200,000 pages.

I’m only 122 pages off.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

(Y-9) Tick, Tock the clock goes (aka the 60 day march)

Well, here I am, staring down the last 60 days of this year of reading.

And a long ass road to get where this project must be.

So, here is the current reading situation.

I have read 21 of the 36 proposed books. Not that bad.

In the page count, I have 15,942 of the 27,300 minimal progress to deem this year a productive one.

That gives me 11, 358 pages to tackle.

One of the positive things of my final count is that I’m only 282 pages short to reach 200,000. This means that I have some celebratory wine and pizza on the horizon, this is a tradition with my wife, it all started when I read the first 100,000.

In the meantime, I have about 190 pages to read per day and a whole lot of caffeine in my future.

As my bullet journal can tell it’s has been a bloody awful time (pun intended).

 

I’ll start with the three currently in my reading pile, Jerusalem by Alan Moore, México Mutilado by Francisco Martin Moreno and Star Wars: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell.

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And one final thing.

I have never been so motivated to take this journey.

Thanks for listening.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 91 days

Finally, after 89 days, I finished Apocalipsis by Stephen King.  A really interesting take on a post-apocalyptic society and the constant fight between good and evil.

Highly recommended.

With this,  I have reached 15,263 total pages for the year and only 961 pages to reach 200,000.

So I did the logical thing after finishing a massive book.

I went ahead and started another one.

At 1266, Jerusalem by Alan Moore, promises to be a harrowing descent to the haunted streets of Mr. Moore’s hometown, Northampton, England.

Also, I keep on chipping away at two other books, 17 to go in the reading list and little time to do it.

This week also marks the beginning of a new method, at least for me, of keeping track of my reading.

Inspired by Bullet Journal , this analog system is the perfect solution for me to keep update my information and have it always at hand.

Check their website in the link above, its full of really cool ideas and video tutorials to get you started.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.