(Y-10) feeling the good vibe

I couldn’t be happier for the recent resurgence of my page progress, for this, the tenth year of my crazy little project.

Two really spectacular things happened these last few days.

First of all, I finished both the graphic novel, Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol.1 and the book, The Lone Drow, over the course of the weekend.

Some genuinely mesmerizing and compelling stories in their own right.

The real value of an excellent author is that he or she can take what may appear a run of the mill idea and transform it into a profound and profoundly poetic study of our own fears, hopes and the strange monsters that we create to cope with an imperfect world.

So, I genuinely urge you to read more fantasy, horror and comic books, and especially to read between the lines to find the hidden messages.

The Second thing is that I have officially broken the 16,000-page mark, 16,180 to be precise, I feel that finally, this boat is catching a rhythm.

For this week I also have big plans, to finish a couple of Graphic Novels, the first on the list is Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, which I have already started and to make matters even more connected it kicks off with a Swamp Thing story.

The second graphic novel is the first volume of the critical acclaim run by author Ta-Nehisi Coates of Black Panther, with the quick glance I gave it seems really promising.

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On the book side of things, I expect to finish the eighteen book of The Legend of Drizzt Saga, and the closing chapter of the thrilling Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, The Two Swords, the last book left some pretty nail-biting cliffhangers.

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And just to top off the day, I received, only a few hours ago, my vinyl copy of Father John Misty latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, in all its red glory.

I’ll take it for a spin tomorrow.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) improving my grooves

Yesterday I received a really early birthday, of course at the hands of my beautiful wife.

A Crosley T100 turntable.

Truly a thing of beauty and with an amazing sound. I have already taken it for its first spin. Non other than Pearl Jam to do the honors.

On the reading front I’m glad to inform that two more graphic novels are under my belt, Saga Vol. 5 and Vol.6, a must for any comic book enthusiast. Also just started reading the second volume of the amazing adventures of Lady Mechanika.

I’m aiming high for the end of the month, at least reach 20,000 total pages for the year and maybe 3 novels finished of the Legend of Drizzt saga.

Things to do, Books to read, records to play and a whole lot of gardening to be done by the weekend.

Back to it then.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(Y-10) catching a rithym

Finally, I have caught an extraordinary groove, both on my reading and some new vinyl acquisitions.

On the reading front, I finished a couple of graphic novels, Lady Mechanika Vol.1 and Punk Rock Jesus.

Both displaying some breathtaking art.

Mr. Benitez (Lady Mechanika) and Mr. Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) take along some dystopian realities that fully submerge you onto this shadow-filled worlds that leave you in awe and begin for more.

Also, in glad to inform, that these two graphic novels help me pass the 14,000-page mark for this reading year.

On the sonic front, I have been overwhelmingly active, there are a couple of album on their way, the first is the debut record by Lo Moon because it is traveling from the UK I’ll expect it by the end of next week. The Second one is the newest record by Father John Misty; I bought through an offer by Spotify, a gorgeous red vinyl record will be on its way by June 1, the official release date.

Fortunately, I have some new records to keep me busy in the meantime.

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty, AM and Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys, Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Vitalogy by Pearl Jam and Sunset Strip R.I.P by The Flytraps seem like an extraordinary selection.

 

And lastly, today marks officially the day that I got up from my lazy ass and started prepping my little desert oasis for the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Lately, I had neglected it, but we have plans to use as often as we can this season, a couple of beers, some hundred pages and just be outside and take in some air.

The first thing was to give my beloved mesquite tree a proper space so it can grow and eventually fill with those amazing yellow flowers the entrance to our home.

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More changes to the little oasis in the coming days.

Well now back to it.

Those books are not going to read themselves.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

 

(Y-10) Painfully lagging

These past few days have been really killer for my progress.

I need to regroup and march on with my reading goals.

I’ll schedule my time to jump between the massive pile of digital and printed Graphic Novels and my enormous pile of books to read.

So, one thing at a time, first I’ll power through Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family

And then focus on my roaming thru Faerûn with Drizzt and company.

Luckily I’ll have some new sonic companions, three to be exact, but for tonight I will be in good company with The Boss himself.

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Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

(Y-10) On my last leg…for today

I’m shutting for the day, it was a good day for my reading, not quite where I wanted to close the day, but none the less, a good day.

I leave the day, of course for the current book, on page 87 of 348.

Tomorrow will be a hectic day but on Thursday the voyage begins, and lots of reading with astounding views.

For the last stretch, I will have the sonic assistance of Pearl Jam in the form of their sophomore release VS.

Getting back to my total page count for the year, I finally had a chance to update my reading logs, and I’m glad to inform a 12,684 page total.

Still a lot of work ahead, but, as always, highly motivated.

Now back to reading, to close this day out with at least 100 pages of progress.

azr.

 

(Y-10) up and running

I’ll be keeping track of my reading on My Goodreads Page

I’m glad to inform that my pace is good and steady in hopes that it will pick-up later in the afternoon.

For this first reading session, I will be asking the sonic assistance of The War on Drugs in the form of A Deeper Understanding, one of my favorite albums of last year.

Right now, reading The Servant of the Shard on page 46 of 348.

I’ll keep you post it.

azr.

(Y-10) no time like the present

As I sit here on a caffeine buzz one thought comes to mind.

Fuck it, I’m doing this bat shit crazy thing that has been roaming around my head.

I’m going to chase my ultimate white whale.

I’m going to read 100 books in one year, that is 91 books from here until the 13 of October.

deep reath and take the plunge.

Mr. Cave, play me out you mysterious sexy bastard.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

(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.

 

 

 

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