The last breathes of 2020

With this bizarre year almost at its end, I plan to end it doing some of my favorite things.

To start, I’ll cook a traditional Mexican dish, at least for my family, to celebrate the end of this shit of an excuse of year we called 2020.

I’ll post some pictures of the end product.

The other two things to end this year right, firstly, is to fatten up my bookshelves for next year.

The newest arrivals from independent Mexican publishing house, Paraiso Perdido.

And my second, and honestly favorite end of year tradition, is trying some new spirit from the ever growing list of new takes on our rich tradition of beverages, for this occasion it will be a small bottle of Mezcal Arriba Juarez

This one came with some other goodies as company.

I sincerely hope that you are keeping safe and healthy, and that the upcoming year will be far better than the one we are about to leave.

For now, I am off to read, and prepare my end of year report.

azr

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 27

Change is always a good thing, it pushes you to find new ways to solve anything and everything life throws at you.

I am just about to enter a new chapter of my life, and I think it is time to take this blog up to 11. (who ever gets this reference know that you are awesome)

I will be changing the look of the blog, but more importantly, I will be creating five different sections that will cover everything that somehow gets involve in my reading process or its an intrinsic part of my day to day.

Without anyfurther ado

  1. Numbers : In this section I will talk about how my goal to read 1,000,000 pages is going, from my day to day reading to any special events like readathons.
  2. Azriel’s infinite bookshelf : In this section I will talk about what am I reading, it will not be a review of books or comics, I can’t stress this enough, it is only what I liked about what’s on my reading pile, focusing on the general plot, the creative team, and my favorite parts.
  3. Caffeine pilgrimage: If there’s anything that comes close to love of reading is my love for coffee, and in recent years there’s has been a boom of great independent coffee shops in the binational region that I live, this includes our sister city of El Paso, Texas, this section will be focused on visiting each and every one to try new flavors.
  4. The Table : As with the coffee shops, our region has seen a new wave of locally owned restaurants, taprooms, and wine bars, with some amazing regional culinary proposal, this is a perfect time to share what our beautiful desert has to offer.
  5. Itineribus : This section will talk about our getaways, if it’s exploring our region, and all its magical places, to trips to larger cities all over the place, this section will act as an travelers journals of places, food, and memories of our travels

The last three sections will take sometime to develop, let’s remember that the world is going thru some hardships, and we best stay home all of we can to slow the process down.

With all of this changes also come a new logo for Lost in a million pages, along with some merchandise, stuff like t-shirts, coffee mugs, flasks, reading journals, and many more goodies.

For now, I am off to read, and to keep developing this idea, that really soon, will turn 13 years old.

azr.

(Y-12) Back for more

I have been away for more than 2 weeks, crazy busy with my day to day life.

Reading was put aside for some days in order to get things done.

But now, I am back in the saddle, and eager to gain some ground.

I am doing a Star Wars run, that started on May the 4th, and it will culminate on may 25, which marks the 43th anniversary of the release of Episode IV .

The tally has been a couple of graphic novels about The Clones Wars.

Just about to finish A New Dawn, the first novel of the new Canon, and directly linked to the amazing animated show Rebels.

Also, I’ll try to read to read the history about Captain Phasma, this of course over the weekend

Tomorrow I’ll do a complete update on my numbers, the only thing I can say is that I am over 28,000 pages an still have about 143 days left of reading for this year.

For now, I am off to read.

azr

(Y-12) Results of the weeklong #StayAtHomeReadathon

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Yesterday was the last day of the weeklong #StayAtHomeReadathon organized by the reading tracking app Bookly.

The task was to read 25 hours between April 13 and April 19.

That’s about 3.5 hours per day.

Needless to say, I didn’t got quite got to there, but 18 hours reading is not such bad way to pass the week.

On those 1,685 total pages are more than amazing.

This days I’ll try to finish another book, and keep on chipping away at those pages.

Tomorrow I’ll post my progress.

Keep safe.

Keep healthy.

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 isĀ 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.

 

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