The final numbers of (Y-11)

The end of my eleventh year of reading has finally come.

And let me tell you it was a great success.

So let me get right into it, my final page count was 47,171.

That is 5,829 pages less than my ultimate goal of 53,000, and only 535 pages from being my best year, that was painful.

My best month was July, with a total of 6,385 pages, and November was my worst with a total of 1,846 pages.

My daily page average was 129 pages, and had only 16 days with 0 pages read, a low number, but still unacceptable.

I read 355 items, of those, 14 were books, 143 single issue comics, and 198 graphic novels.

So, what is in store for year twelve, first of all, my ultimate goal is 41,665 pages, this is in order to reach my 130,500 pages over a three year period, which gives me a daily average if 115 pages.

To start, I’ll start working on the 21 books left unread from this past year, all of the epic fantasy, and then I’ll jump into some sci-fi action.

As always, my gaze is fixed upon making this my best year or reading.

With that thought in mind.

I’m off to read, and officially start the next chapter in my crazy journey.

azr.

(Y-11) 5 hours left.

I have only 5 hours to go in this amazing year.

I’ll finish it reading, and hopefully getting as close as possible to being this my best year, last time I checked I was still 1,000 pages away.

Let’s see how close I can get.

Off to read, and I’ll see you on the other side.

azr.

(Y-11) 3 days to go, and I can’t sleep

Maybe I am anxious, or maybe is the coca cola coffee talking, but I can go to sleep.

I’ll take advantage of my insomnia and I’ll get some reading done.

There are still 1,164 pages to go I order to make this my best year.

I am off to read.

Wish me luck.

azr.

(Y-11) Happy anniversary to us

Today marks our 11th anniversary.

It all started on the table of our first apartment over some coffee with my lovely wife.

And now, all these years later, and over 270,000 pages read, I am still here pounding away with the same joy for books and reading as the first day I started.

Today I plan it to be one with lots of reading, and getting closer to this year goal.

I am off read.

azr.

(Y-11) 6 days to go

I have now less than a week to go on my reading year.

There are still 1,919 pages left to make this my best year, and I am liking my odds.

To close out this day, I’ll dive into the tempestuous waters of The Dreaming.

The Sandman Universe will always feel like home.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) pounding away

Just finished Animal Verdadero, love it, I reccomend you read it, and for that matter the other work by Mexican writer Rafael Villegas.

Still have some juice left, and I’ll try to put it good use.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) One week left

I have one week left on this, the eleventh year of reading.

I have been a bit under the weather, a bit of a problem with my left shoulder and hand, but I have been taking advantage of my obligated days of rest and made some headway with my reading.

To start off, and after 69 days, I finished the fourth book, House of Chains, of the epic series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, this is not for the casual fantasy fan, this a hardcore epic saga with a complex world, and an even more complex magical system, named Warrens, which by the way it is my favorite thing in the whole series.

Also, the scenes in the holy desert of Raraku are amazing.

Right now I’ll focus on two novels to close out the year strong.

First, the amazing post-apocalyptic tale by Mexican writer Rafael Villegas, Animal Verdadero, which follows the chaotic existence of Luther Moran, I am almost at the halfway point, and it has been amazing.

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The other novel is the next chapter in the legendary story of Drizzt Do’Urden, The Companions, it serves as the first chapter of The Sundering Saga, which expands to other characters in the vast and treacherous lands of Faerûn.

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I realize now that I haven’t written anything in the month of October, which for me is really called Spooktober, and it is my favorite time of year, this is because of my two favorite holidays take place in this time of year, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

And in that spirit, I will be ready spooky stories for my month-long celebration.

To start off, ill return to one of my favorite comic-book writers, Steve Niles, for the occasion, the first three volumes of the 30 days of Night On-Going series will perfectly do, and to put the cherry on top, his work with legendary illustrators Bernie Wrightson and Kelley Jones.

After that, I’ll continue with the classic Italian series of supernatural detective Dylan Dog, with the fifth volume printed in Spanish, The Assassins.

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And to close out this first leg of my Spooktacular Spooktober, sorry got carried away, I’ll read the latest addition to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe, being this the first volume published in Spanish of the series The Dreaming, which I read in English, but now it is time to enjoy it in my native tongue.

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It this month would not be complete without some classic Swamp Thing action, of course in the able hands of its creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

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Now let us talk about my numbers.

As I said before I have 7 days to go on this year of reading.

My total up until today is 45,534 pages, way passed my second-best year of reading, but still 2,172 pages to make it my best one, and 7,466 pages to reach my ultimate goal of 53,000 pages for the year.

The first feat is still within my reach, the second is now out of my reach.

I am 47 days behind my reading schedule and on the front of reaching 500,000 pages my latest calculations place the date on the 4 of July of 2028, this is 26 days earlier than my last calculation.

Some forward momentum from which take motivation to face the next challenges up ahead.

For now, I am off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) To close out the night

Right now, I’ll take a break from reading House of Chains, currently on page 933, with my favourite title from the new series set in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Lucifer.

Masterfully written by Dan Watters and beautifully illustrated by Max Fiumara, it is the perfect way to finish off the night and welcome the new month.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) lucky 13 days

Less than two weeks to go in this year of reading, and I have some work to do.

My current total is 44,085, that means that I am 3,621 pages to surpass my best year, and 8,915 pages to reach this year goal.

The immediate goal is to surpass my best year of reading, because, honestly almost 9,000 pages in 13 days are too far fetched.

Right now, I’ll focus on finish House of Chains, currently on page 911, and about 2 hours left of reading, which will give me 1,022 pages to add to my total.

And to complement that, I’ll read some comic books and graphic novels, some of my TBR pile, and some new ones.

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The latest volume of the Spanish version of Hellboy, book number 7, was an early gift from our friends of Lo que leemos , to celebrate our 11th anniversary of this crazy little project.

As I write these words, it has started to rain over my beautiful desert, I’ll take it as a good omen.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) thunderous finish

I plan to go all out for these last 17 days left for this year of reading.

I’ll try to amount as much as I humanly can.

That means, read anywhere philosophy in full mode, if I could read in my sleep it will be perfect.

The first task, finish House of Chains by Sunday night.

Off to read.

azr.

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