(Y-9) 2 days…

For my final task of this year of reading I decided to tackle the latest Star Wars novel I bought, Aftermath.

With two days left in this year and 250 pages to go on the book I think I’ll finish off this year with a bang.

So, 250 pages, two nights, challenge accepted.

Also I’m really excited because today my new mini-journals arrived.

Just in time to start this year of reading bullet journal.

Many things to come.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 10 days….Book Fair and more planning.

Just a few more days and this year is done.

I finally finished reading Star Wars: Tyrant’s Test and started reading what will be the final of (Y-9), Star Wars: Aftermath, so far it has been pretty good, pure Star Wars fun.

Sunday was the last day of the Book Fair, so, I went by early to see if something grabbed my eye, and being books the obvious answer is of course, yes.

 

Right now the total page count for (Y-9) is 17,255.

My hope is that I’ll finish this year with at least 18,000 and have the monumental task of 95,000 pages for (Y-10).

For now, my main focus is to try and give a little boost to this year total and keep on hoarding read material for next year.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 15 days….. new books and the international coffee day

The last two weeks of this reading year.

I will focus on my only remaining book and beef up that total number for the year.

Of course to do that I’ll need my old friends, comic books.

A lot has been going on this week, but the main thing is the State Book Fair is in full swing.

And that brings me to the highlight of the week, on Wednesday my multi-talented wife presented, on said Book Fair, her latest book endeavor, oh yes her latest, this being her second book in print.

The newest one is a photographic memoir of a very particular landmark found in our city, the border. And do mean the physical space between the United States and Mexico.

Filled with beautiful black and white photos, mostly taken by local artist Luis Pegut, the book tries to recapture all the stories hidden in the sands if the Rio Grande.

I couldn’t feel prouder of this beautiful piece of art celebrating our beloved city.

On Sunday, being the last day of the Book Fair, will go back and see what goodies we can find.

For now, I started hoarding some Legend of Drizzt books for next year total epicness, pictures coming as soon as they arrive.

Well, being the international coffee day I think I’ll celebrate by brewing some in my french press.

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Cheers everybody and Happy Readings!!!!

azr.

 

(Y-9) 22 days… seven times seven

Yesterday I almost put down Jerusalem and leave it for another time.

It’s messing with my mind, in a good way.

The book is so rich and deeply layered, that is no secret coming from Mr. Moore’s pen.

But I decided to push through and finish it before October 13.

That is when (Y-10) begins and epicness ensues.

For year ten, the total of pages to read will be determined by how (Y-9) ends in total pages, but I’m looking forward to about 90,000 + pages. A gargantuan task.

With this in mind, I thought about how many books and pages should I read for the 10th anniversary of my crazy project. Hence, the title of this post, seven times seven.

Using that idea, which has been rattling around my mind for no apparent reason, I came with the number of books for the year: 7 x 7 = 49 books, and, in order to consider (Y-10) a productive year I should at least read 7 x 7,777 = 54,439 pages.

For now, I’ll spend some long night trying to rack up as many pages as I can and keep searching for epic material to read next year.

My midnight companions

Fight Club 2 @ page 51 of 276

Jerusalem @ page 178 of 1266

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Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

 

(Y-9) 39 days… bright spots

This was a really good weekend, I did some really cool things with my wife and kids, but one thing, in particular, took the whole cake.

Let me start by saying that it is no secret that my fair city, Ciudad Juárez, suffers an extreme problem of violence.

In 2009 this grave problem reaches its peak and all of its citizens suffered the consequences, business closed, the streets were deserted and a mournful vibe covered the entire city.

But amidst all this chaos and grieve a few bright spots took up arms and fought the good fight.

Biblioteca Independiente Ma’ Juana open 7 years ago with the sole purpose of bringing a save haven for children, a place where they can escape the crude violence and, through reading and the magic of books, learn that another type of life and society.

With hard work and a lot of love it’s two founders, Ana Laura Ramirez and Susana Baez, keep fighting the good fight, and for that, we are really grateful.

As part of this celebration, they presented a couple of children’s book.

 

I’ll post later this evening a few pictures of the books.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 41 days…just keep reading.

This weekend has been a lazy one.

Did a little bit of reading, went to the anniversary of a friend’s independent community library (more on this tomorrow, with pictures and all) and bought some little things that put a smile on my face, in the form of two of my favorite things, chocolate and Star Wars.

I go periodically to find new flavors of one of my favorites chocolates, M&M’s , I know, some guilty pleasures.

Continue reading “(Y-9) 41 days…just keep reading.”

(Y-9) 44 days….making plans

Usually, at this time of the year, I begin planning the reading for next year.

Like I said in past posts the next year of reading is back to the one genre that got me hooked on reading, Epic Fantasy.

So, from now on (Y-10) will be known as “Total Epicness”.

To start the year with a bang I will read the illustrated edition of The Hobbit and the 50th-anniversary edition of Lord of Rings.

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From there I planned to tackle three series: The Malazan Book of the Fallen (starting with book 2) by Steven Erikson, The Black Company by Glen Cook and the Dragonlance: The War of Souls. I know a huge task but I’m up for it.

And to top it off, and if completed, the crown jewel of the year, I will tackle almost the entire Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore. I’ll start with book 4, the first three I have already read, and work myself up to number 23, which is the last they have published.

In all the list for (Y-10) is 49 books.

So these coming months I’ll focus on buying the missing books and find a comfortable spot to read because I’m in for a long ass task.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

 

(Y-9) 47 days…focus..shifted

The end of this reading year is fast approaching and with that, my anxiety grows.

I start making plans for next year which include the shifting of books and with the next year being the 10th anniversary of my project this take on a whole different meaning.

I have in store for (Y-10) a sort of back to my origins.

The thing that really got me into readings was fantasy books and Lord of the Rings had the most impact of all the books I read.

With that in mind, I started analyzing this year remaining list and decided to migrate some books for my full of epicness.

Here are the remaining books

READING LIST (Y-9)
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit (Illustrated Edition) J.R.R. Tolkien
Tarantula Bob Dylan 
Jerusalem Alan Moore
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Fallen Sun  Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Lost Star Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: Dragons of a Vanished Moon Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance: The Legend of Huma Richard A. Knaak
The Tyranny of the Night Glen Cook
México Mutilado Francisco Martin Moreno
Star Wars: Aftermath Chuck Wendig
Star Wars: The Black Fleet crisis Tyrant’s Test Michael P. Kube-McDowell
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Ambush at Corellia Roger MacBride Allen
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Assault at Selonia Roger MacBride Allen
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy-Showdown at Centerpoint Roger MacBride Allen

The ones in bold red are migrating to next year, the ones in blue are the main focus for the remaining 47 days and the ones in normal text are probably going back to the shelf to be read in another year.

For now, I’ll focus on México Mutilado, Jerusalem, and Tarantula, in that particular order and one by one.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

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