(Y-12) Quarantined Days, Update 13

A solid day of reading, my total was 157 pages, and I am 5,911 away from reaching 40,000 pages, this, with 43 days left to do it.

On the book front, I read 45 pages of the third volume of the Forgotten Realms series The Sundering, written by Erin M. Evans, which is a breath of fresh air to read a fantasy book with a female character as the lead, the menacing Farideh, a Tiefling warlock fighting demonic forces who are eager to take advantage of her powerful heritage.

I’ll try to finish it by the weekend, which I don’t doubt I can achieve.

On the graphic novel/comic books front, I started reading the fourth volume of Scott Snyder’s run on the Justice League, The Sixth Dimension, I must confess that I was reluctant to dive into this series, but as always Mr. Snyder delivers and taking on DC Comics Multiverse is no easy task.

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Also, I have a few comic books of Red Sonja: Unchained series, two issues to be precise, and I plan to knock them out today.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Quarantined Days, update 11

I start my reading session with 160 pages left on Midnight Tides, according to Bookly I still have about 5 hours left.

Let’s see how this plays out.

Yesterday I read 117 pages, and finished the second volume of The Umbrella Academy , those types of comic book series reminds me why Dark Horse Comics is my favorite publisher.

I have also some Red Sonja comic books in my Kindle to read between chapters of the fifth volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-12) Keep on reading

Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

We still have 21 days left of the mandatory quarantine, as off today the last day would be April 30, the only thing that we can do is go out to purchase essentials things like groceries and medicine, a strict curfew has yet to be enforced.

But as the thing is shaping up here in Mexico, we are still in for the long haul.

In this still really bleary situation the only thing left to do, for us who have the immense privilege, is to stay home.

With that in mind, here is how my reading is progressing.

On the book front, there are still 36 books left on this year’s reading list.

I have finished the amazing Malebolge, written by Ruy Feben, and published by what I considered to be one of the best Mexican independent publishing houses.

The book expands over 15 short tales, that for me is like opening doors in a poorly lighted corridor in some madhouse, to find some hellish scene behind each and everyone, it is beautifully executed, and a refreshing read, go and learn Spanish, and purchase it, you won’t regret it.

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The next book on my list, and one I have already started reading it, is the next chapter of the now mythical adventure of the rogue Drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

The Night of the Hunter is the first book on the Trilogy Companion Codex and book number 28 on The Legend of Drizzt saga, and it finds the Companions of the Hall walking ancient familiars paths, while in an ancient Dwarven city trouble is brewing in the worst possible way.

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On the graphic novel/comic book front, I finished two amazing stories.

First off, and much to my surprise, was a crossover between the famous Spider-Man villain Venom and the Children of Atom, the X-men.

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In Poison X, written by Cullen Bunn, the X-men team up with Eddie Brock to face and interstellar threat, a band of symbiote wearing mercenaries ready to take over the whole universe.

The other graphic novel that I finished, while catching some much-needed sunshine, was the third volume of World of Warcraft, this amazing story-arc was written by the legendary author Walter Simonson.

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The stakes get even higher, and much of the creatures of Azeroth must band together to make front to the impending wave of the undead Lich ready to swallow everything in their path.

To continue with my reading, I finished the Legenderry Red Sonja miniseries, issues 4 and 5, and I’ll continue with the main series, written by Bill Willingham, and another miniseries of Red Sonja, written again by Marc Andreyko.

As you can see, I have been keeping busy.

Now I would like to talk about some of my numbers.

In my quest to reach 30,000 for this of reading I still have 5,796 net pages left, and I have a registered total of 24,240 pages for this twelve year of reading.

I am also 32 days ahead of schedule for this year of reading.

On the bigger picture, my projected date for reaching the 500,000-page mark is August 30, 2027, that is 4 days better than the last time.

My projected date to reach my ultimate goal, 1,000,000 pages is now July 20, 2046.

That means that I am 5,528 days behind schedule and by the time I reach this coveted number I would be 65 years, 1 month, and 15 days old.

There is still a lot of work to do.

But with each passing day, I gain a bit of ground.

For now, I am off to read.

Stay Safe.

Stay Healthy.

azr.

 

(Y-12) The day of reaching 20,000 pages and some Legenderry comics

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

According to my calculations for this year of reading, I should have reached 20,000 pages today.

I am glad to inform you that now I am standing at 23,754 of total pages read for this year.

That means that I am 32 days ahead of schedule, the first time for my twelve years that I have been developing this project.

With the official announcement, by the Mexican government, of extending the date for social distancing until April 30th, I will keep on pursuing some side projects.

To start off, I will keep on pounding away on the idea of reading a book every week of the year, right now I have still 37 books to go, that gives me about 5 days to finish each upcoming book.

On that note, I have finished the final volume of the amazing Dragonlance Chronicles series, which at first glance feels I bit like your standard fantasy series, but at the halfway point of the second volume starts building upon itself, to finish with a powerful crescendo, that leaves you wanting more, fortunately, there is still a lot more stories to explore.

My next book will be from my favorite Mexican independent publishing house, Paraiso Perdido, this time it is Malebolge, written by Ruy Feben, a Dantesque collection of little snippets of modern circles of madness and horror.

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On the comic book/graphic novel front, I will be going into the Steampunk universe created by legendary writer Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, in which he takes famous characters such as Green Hornet, The Phantom, Vampirella, and Red Sonja, all of them inhabiting an ever-expanding Victorian setting, in which, their stories intertwine.

I started with the Red Sonja miniseries, written by Marc Andreyko, and illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, and with some gorgeous cover by the incredible Joe Benitez, read his series Lady Mechanika.

This amazing material will help me with my second pursuit, reaching 30,000 pages by the time this scary situation permits us to go back to some routine, which we should really focus on not going back to “normal” but instead finding new ways to coexist in a healthier and more humane way.

I have 6,330 pages still to go, a big number, but it is doable.

Lastly, I have been running my numbers for my two major milestones of this project, reaching 500,000 pages, and 1,000,000 pages.

For what concerns my first 500,000, and according to my calculations, my new date for reaching this coveted number will be September 3 of 2027.

I have been gaining ground on this date, at the start of February of this year my estimated date was December 28 of 2027, that’s more than 3 months of progress.

The thing that really concerns me is the finishing date of my 1,000,000 pages, right now, according to my calculations, I would reach this coveted number on July 29, 2046, that is more than 15 years behind schedule.

The thing that gives me hope is that from the end of February I have gained 111 days, that is that I was 5,644 days behind on February 29, as of today, April 5, I am 5533 days behind schedule.

Little steps toward my bigger.

And with that in mind, I am off to read.

Stay healthy and safe.

azr.

 

 

(Y-12) Slow and steady

I had a couple of slow reading days.

Inspite of this, I read an amazing graphic novel, Red Sonja : Ballad of the Red Goddess.

Written by the legendary Roy Thomas, and the masterful art work of Estaban Maroto and Santi Casas.

Colored only in black, white, and red, this short but sweet retelling of the She-Devil with a sword it’s a must for all fans of the Sword and Sorcery genre.

This particular edition us the Spanish version published by Planeta Comics, and it is an oversize hardcover.

Today I plan to pick up the pace, and try  to read three 300-page days straight.

I am off to read.

azt

(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.

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