(Y-11) Dia de Muertos

Yesterday was my favorite Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos, The Day of the Dead.

It is a special celebration, in which, we honor our dearly departed by putting their pictures and all of the things that they loved the most.

On the University’s grounds each year, the students and faculty, put up the traditional “altares” many dedicated to famous figures of Mexican and international cultures.

A really colorful celebration celebrating the life of our loved ones.

And with this day my Monster Mash period comes to a close and of the eleven tasks, which include reading horror books and watching some classic horror movies, I only completed two, reading the first volume of Hellboy in Hell and watching the new Halloween movie, so better luck next year.

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The other good thing is that I finally started reading the second volume of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing run, just a few pages in and it is already surpassing all expectations.

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For now, I’ll work on this graphic novel and try to make some headway with Gardens of the Moon, currently on page 147 of 645.

The plan is to work my way thru the main storyline of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, that is, the ten novels written by Canadian author Steven Erikson and then jump back in with the infamous Drow Drizzt Do’Urden and continue my journey in the Forgotten Realms.

Now let’s talk numbers:

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 1,254 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 8,746 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 51,746 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 30,747 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 46,451 pages.

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

azr.

(Y-10) First 1,000 pages

I am glad to say that the first mini milestone of this year of reading has been reached.

That is reading 1,000 pages.

This is the first breath I take before the big plunge.

For me, getting over this first mark in the first two weeks of the year is monumental.

It motivates me, and it ignites my internal fire.

Now, let me tell you really quick how I got to this numbers.

First, I read a quick story-arc involving The Flash and Batman, The Button, as a prelude to the event The Doomsday Clock, it gets its hook into you, in my case, an overwhelming curiosity in where are they going with this.

Secondly, I read the first issue of the new Batman series, The White Knight, beautifully executed by the great Sean Murphy, love the murky artwork and storyline.

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And lastly, I finished the third volume of Red Sonja by master storyteller Gail Simone, in my personal opinion one of the best interpretations of the She-Devil with a Sword.

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I’ll stay off graphic novels to start my Monster Mash reading with a fresh book.

So, my focus for this two days will be the books on the deck and set the stage for Hellboy in Hell to kick off the festivities.

Now let’s talk numbers:

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 1,026 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 8,974 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 51,974 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 30,975 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 46,679 pages.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10)Waiting

This week has been slow for my reading progress ( as you will see in the numbers a little bit below).

Let’s start with the book front; firstly I made some headway with the Gardens of the Moon, currently on page 108 of 645, secondly I keep on reading the beautiful 200th-anniversary edition of Frankenstein, right now I am on page 60 of 247.

Here are some of the beautiful illustrations by Mr. Plunkert.

I plan to finish it by Halloween and mark the official start of one of my favorite time of the year, something I like to call Monster Mash, which runs from Halloween (31st of October) to Dia de Muertos (2nd of November)

Dia de Muertos is the Mexican holiday where we honor our relatives who have past on; I loved this holiday because is full of color and is actually a celebration of life, a remembrance of those who are no longer with us physically but their memory lingers on vividly in everyone they touched.

During this three day period, I watch classic horror movies, eat industrial quantities of candy, read some of my favorites horror novels/graphic novels and go and watch the traditional “altares” y “tumbas” to commemorate Dia de Muertos.

I am still working on my list of movies and graphic novels.

So far, on the movie front, I have James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein, a sort of tradition to watch it on Halloween. The other movie on my list is George Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of Dead.

On the graphic novel front, there is only a single book, Hellboy in Hell Volumen 1 by none other than Mike Mignola; I’ll browse around my unread pile of digital graphic novels to find some adequate gems to read.

I’m eyeing some classic Tomb of Dracula comics and some Swamp Thing by Alan Moore to add to the list.

Now let’s talk numbers, now quite the progress I would have liked, but at least it is not a dreadful and frightening zero.

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 685 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 9,315 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 52,315 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 31,316 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 47,020 pages.

Now back to reading as The War on Drugs gently spins on my record player.

azr.

(Y-11) Shelves, Bullet Journal, and some reading

At one week from the beginning of this new leg of my journey thru 1,000,000 pages, I find myself slowly progressing thru my reading tasks.

This week was one with some physical adjustments to part of my book collection, this is because of thinking, for more than a year, of getting some new bookshelves for the living room, well it finally happened.

And as fast as the carpenter install them, they were filled up almost to capacity, I still have some room to squeeze book on double rows, but for now, I am pleased to finally have all the shelf space I envisioned when we first moved into this house 6 years ago.

On the front of my physical system to keep track of my reading, I am pleased to say that this year is looking like one that my bullet journal will not be missing any daily entry.

Now, for my current reading, I’ll start by saying that I am working on two books, Frankenstein: 200th Anniversary Edition and the first part of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Gardens of the Moon.

I was reading this book on my Kindle, but now with me organizing my new shelves, I found a physical copy that I bought about 12 years ago, needless to say, the physical copy will always win over any digital version of any book.20181021_093902-1884013414.jpg

Also, I finish reading Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne, an extraordinary story by Marguerite Bennett and beautifully illustrated by Aneke and Marguerite Sauvage.

Right now I am reading Red Sonja: The Art of Blood and Fire by one of my favorite comic book authors Gail Simone and illustrated by Walter Geovani and Ivan Rodriguez.

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Now let us talk about the scary numbers for this year of reading, the situation goes as follow:

  • Total pages for (Y-11) : 394 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve first milestone (10,000 pages): 9,606 pages.
  • Pages to go to achieve the main goal of the year (53,000 pages): 52,606 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the second-best year of reading (32,001 pages): 31,607 pages.
  • Pages to go to be the best year of reading (47,705 pages): 47,311 pages.

I started slow, but eventually, I’ll pick up the pace, and my main focus is to achieve 10,000 pages by the end of December, wish me luck.

Now back to reading and, to enjoy this cloudy lazy Sunday, which, consequently is my son’s 7th birthday.

I see lots of pizza and cake in our future.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-11) can’t sleep

This is one those nights than my insomnia kicks in.

My mind enters this weird state of semi-consciousness, not asleep but not awake.

So, I’ll take advantage of being like this and try to do some reading.

To start the evenings program I’ll take a stroll alongside Red Sonja, The She-Devil with a Sword, on a adventure named The Falcon Throne.

And to close out the night a bit of action with Gardens of the Moon, which it forebears a true delight for the journey I just started thru the Malaz Empire.

Hopefully, I’ll hit my the 146 pages per day mark, and probably can get a bit of rest.

Back to it then.

azr.

(Y-10) This is the curtain call.

I am hours away from finish/starting another year of reading.

This was a fantastic year for my crazy little project.

I can enlist the many things this year of reading brought me, so lets now make a quick recap of things:

  • Total pages for (Y-10): 32,072 pages, which makes it my second best year of reading, begin only to the inaugural year which had a total of 47,705 pages.
  • Total of pages read in the last three years (Y-8, Y-9 & Y-10): 65,806 pages, my goal was to read 130,500 pages over those three years, this total gives me about 50% of that goal, not bad, not great either but there is room for improvement.
  • Total of things read this year: 220, which can be broken down as followed: 26 books, 126 single issue comic books, 63 graphic novels, 3 mangas, and 2 Novellas.
  • Longest Book: The Lord of Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien with a whopping 1,112 pages.
  • Shortest Book: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss with 159 pages of pure delight.

But the most fulfilling things is watching this blog steadily grow.

I could have never imagined that my words would reach so many countries and different cultures, I am deeply honor and grateful to share this journey with all of you that take the time to read my ramblings.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Now for the plans for (Y-11), to start off the idea of keep on reading fantasy books comes as a natural follow-up of last year theme, and besides, I have a lot of pending books on my to-read pile, and consequently, they are mostly fantasy novels, so let’s keep the theme rolling.

This year total goal is 53,000 pages and as for the last three years, the total combined for (Y-11), (Y-12) & (Y-13), must be at least 130,500 pages.

Why aim low when you can aim high.

The first book on my reading list is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the 200th anniversary illustrated edition, last year was the first year that I did not read some version of Mrs. Shelley’s book in over 6 years, it is nice to get back to one of my favorite traditions.

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But to kick off the new year’s festivities, I will have the help of one of the best creative teams ever assembled, I am talking about Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., and the now legendary comic book Kick-Ass.

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Fortunately, the first three volumes arrived today, after almost a month and a half of waiting for them, but the important part is that the misadventures of David Lizewski are in my bookshelf ready to be devoured.

So, at the stroke of midnight, I’ll start my new journey to another year filled with all the drama that books and real life can give.

Will you please join me on this journey to read my ass off.

Onward then, to the unknown.

azr.

 

(Y-10) 1 day…To the sound of rain.

Tomorrow is the last day of this year of reading.

It has been a blast and hopefully I will reach one last milestone to close out the year in style.

Right now, we are hole up in the house because what is left from hurricane Sergio is pouring some rain in our fair city, according to expert by tomorrow morning there is the probability of a couple of inches of total rain.

You might think that amount of rain is insignificant, but for our desert it’s a shit load.

I will take this time to finish reading my last graphic novels and making the final count of my pages.

By tomorrow night I’ll post my final numbers, toast this amazing year goodbye and get ready for what’s next.

Now back to reading.

azr.

(Y-10) 2 days…closer and closer.

I finish The Legend of Zelda: The Oracle of Ages early this morning, and with that, I have only 490 pages to reach 32,000 pages for this year

I’ll start with the Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and hopefully be done with it by Saturday and achieve my coveted goal.

Also, some single issues of Project Superpowers to round up my numbers.

Because on Sunday the eleventh year starts and with it 53,000 pages to read.

I think to start this new year some Frankenstein will do the trick beautifully and the 200th year edition even better.

Now back to it.

azr.

(Y-10) 4 days…go with the flow.

I am past the half-way point of The Legend of Zelda: The Oracle of Seasons and the cruel reality of me not achieving my next goal is peaking its ugly head.

I was hoping to finish this year with 32,000 pages, as of now there are 893 pages standing on my way.

I’ll focus on finishing the current Zelda Manga I am reading and hopefully in the few remaining days I can squeeze in some single issues of Project Superpowers and the next volume of Link’s adventure, Majora’s Mask.

And thus reach my coveted total.

Back to reading.

azr.

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