Numbers: March 15, 2021

With only 83 days left on my year of reading, the ever present phantom of my total pages to read is more and more in my mind.

As I have explained before, there are two types of pages in my progress logs, net pages, which represent all pages that I have read, even if I haven’t finish reading that particular book, for example, I am reading a bunch of short story collections, and they are registered as progress, but they are not registered in my digital files until the final page is read, which are known to this project as registered pages.

For now, I am go into to focus on how many net pages I still have left to read, there are a few things that I haven’t got the chance to registered yet, but I am fairly certain that the 15,000 page mark for this year of reading is within grasp.

So, I have still 20,907 pages to reach this year’s goal, that’s around 250 pages per day, a gargantuan task but with the upcoming readathons I believe that something amazing will transpire.

As always my philosophy is the same, one page at a time, and day by day reading will get me there.

The focus is the 6,665 pages left on my March goal, and to help along the way, I started my day with some black coffee, and The Uncanny X-men.

Off to read.

azr

Change of strategy

In my pursuit to try and finish my current book, Toll the Hounds, I breached the most important thing that I promised myself when this project started, to have fun.

I was viewing this like a short race, when it’s in fact a Ironman marathon of reading, and if I’m not having fun, what’s the point.

So I’ll change how to finish on of my main goals of the year, to finish The Malazan Book of the Fallen, right now I’m on page 1043 of Toll the Hounds, and still have 2 more books to read, The Dust of Dreams, 816 pages long, and The Crippled God, 908 pages long and the final chapter of this epic saga.

With this numbers in mind, I will have to read about 22 pages per day in order to finish by the end of this year of reading, which is on June 6.

In between those pages, and hopefully getting really close to my total goal of 37,984 pages, I’ll read everything and anything at hand.

To continue with my goal of one short story per day, I’ll read the next fantastical story from the Wizards anthology, written by Elizabeth Hand, and on the neglected department of graphic novels, I’ll continue with the second volume of Cullen Bunn’s Uncanny X-men run.

Off to read.

azr

200 days

I have 200 days left of this short “year” of reading, and still over 34,000 pages to go.

As I was saying yesterday, I never back down from a challenge, by the end of this month I will be free from my work on my Masters degree, and I’ll go into turbo mode.

One of the highlights of today is that I read the first 100 pages of my trek thru the Malazan Empire, only 3890 pages to go.

Tonight I think a big batch of caffeine is in order, accompanied by a couple of X- men graphic novels.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf, House of X/Powers of X

This gargantuan volume of the X-men is basically a reintroduction to most of this long running series Mythos.

Written by Jonathan Hickman, and beautifully illustrated Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, and it follows the mutants in various times of their history, the present day is marked by the founding of the mutant island Krakoa, and consequently we see 10 years in the past, when Professor X meets Moira, 100 years in the future, and the machine-mutant conflict, and finally 1000 years in the future, with a highly evolve mutant society.

I won’t spoil any more than that, the story jump from one period to the next, and it slowly untangles the events that became the result of the mutants society evolution, this story also works as the introduction of the new X-men titles and the storyline Dawn of X.

A great story, sometimes a bit difficult to follow if you are not that familiar with the X-men, but I assure you you’ll end up wanting more of the Children of the Atom

Now ,off I go, to look for my next adventure.

azr.

Azriel’s Infinite Bookshelf, X-men Gold Volumes 2 to 5

With the recent publication of the X-men : House of X/Power of X compilation volume, well at least in Mexico, it kick started my interest in the children of the Atom.

This 4 volumes are written in the most part by Marc Guggenheim, with the exception of volume 3, this is a crossover with X-men, written by Cullen Bunn.

Some is the highlights are the appearance of super villain Omega Red, the dangerous reality games of deranged producer Mojo, the fight against a sleeping God, but my personal favorite , the appearance of Magick, a character I haven’t read anything since maybe 2010, and graces the cover of volume 5.

Along with Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange, the X-men are some of the few Marvel titles I read on a regular basis.

This title is a great example of why this characters have endure for so long, 57 years actually, for they were published for the first time on September 1963, by the super team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Now off I go to look for my next adventure.

azr.

(Y-12) Quarantined days, Update 25

I haven’t update my reading journal with yesterday’s numbers, but I am pretty sure I had around 100 total pages.

Today I am focusing on finishing The Vorrh, currently on page 413, and on a couple of volume of the series X-men: Gold.

I haven’t updated my digital numbers, but tomorrow seems like an amazing day to do so.

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.

 

(Y-12) Between X-Men and Bounty Hunters

I start my first day of reading, this with the sole purpose of reaching 30,000

Besides reading Dragons of Spring Dawning, I started reading a new series from a galaxy far, far away, Bounty Hunters.

To tell the true, I have been waiting to premiere, right now it has two issues, and I purchased the first one.

By the cover alone it looks pretty cool.

The other thing I am currently reading is some compilations of the X-men, I started with the Blue collection on volume 0, this has some issues from the mid 90s.

Let’s see how many pages I can pile up today, on this the first day of 25 of self isolation.

Stay safe, and healthy.

I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) starting the day on a high note

I started my reading day with a bang, and now I am close to finishing The Dark Phoenix Saga.

Tomorrow I’ll update my numbers, and hopefully there will be progress all across the table

And finally, I am giving another shot to the reading progress app Bookly, starting fresh with my list, so far it is working excellent, I think the problem was that it was not suitable for my tablet, will see.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) tonight’s reading

For tonight’s repertoire, I’ll go back to the Dreaming, trek thru the badlands of Genabackis and try not to invoke the wrath of Phoenix.

But I’ll start in the Dream Lands.

Sweet Dreams.

azr.

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