Bookly’s Spring Readathon, update two

I did it!!!

10 hours of reading.

Yesterday was a really productive day, I read for 5 hours and 5 minutes with a total of 316 pages.

My greatest satisfaction is that I made excellent progress with The Crippled God, read from page 361 to 485, that’s 124 pages, and way over the halfway point of the book, and 9 days to my deadline, I am more than confident to finish in time.

Let’s see total how many more pages and hours I can sum-up on this lazy, wine drinking spring Sunday.

Off to read.

azr.

Bookly’s Spring Readathon, first update

I am exactly where I wanted to be on my progress starting the third day of this boosting readathon, right in the middle of the 10-hour goal.

The first day, April 22, was fantastic, with a total of 3 hours and 3 minutes of reading, and 295 total pages. Yesterday, April 23 and World Book Day, which is kind of a busy day, I read for 2 hours and 1 minute for a total of 125 pages, a would have liked to have an all-out celebration to commemorate World Book Day, but you know life, but today I’ll try to replicate the excitement of one of my favorite days of the year.

I received from my lovely wife, as our tradition is for the day, a new book, La Ășltima sonrisa en Sunder City by Luke Arnold, published by the newly form Gamon Fantasy, a Spanish-based publishing house that is focusing on lesser known but still amazing fantasy books, this is the first addition to my shelves, and I am scrambling to get the others they have already printed.

Today’s focus will be to reach at least the 8 hours mark, and read as much as I can the final volume from the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Crippled God, with some graphic novels in between, in particular the two volumes of DC Comics massive series 52, which came out quite a few years ago but I didn’t finish reading it, so I decided to read the whole thing.

Stay safe, over here, things are getting again a bit difficult, we are back to lock-down over the weekend, with new decisions concerning how to go forward on Monday, this is far from over.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: April 28,2021

Although it might seem as this week’s reading was a bust, I know the progress will pay off in the long run, also I started on Thursday Bookly’s spring readathon (update coming right after this post), and by the end of this 4-day reading period, and consequently next week’s number will improve dramatically.

That being said let me update you on the total number of the current year of reading, number thirteen.

My current total is 18,196 of the 37, 984 pages of this year’s goal, with 44 days to sum-up as many pages as possible, and get a better starting point for the upcoming years, now for the not so good news,I snapped a two week streak of not falling behind my reading schedule, it went from 76 days to 82, what little room to breath I gained it got a bit smaller.

The projections for total pages for the year sits at 22,302, that’s a 128 improvement from last week, I’ll take any positive positive numbers as a good sign .

On the main focus of the year, finishing the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, I am working non-stop on finishing the tenth and final book, The Crippled God, currently on page 361.

The part that most concern me this week was the step back I had on the broader picture, my numbers just went up a little bit, nothing of catastrophic, but still it gets me anxious.

This is most evident on the dates for reaching my first 500,000 pages, the pages to read are now 156,261 and the new date is January 7, 2027, five more days than last week, a drop in the ocean of the almost 4 years difference from the first projected date of March 20, 2023, but still every day counts.

The golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, according to the projections, is 8,754 days away, four more days than last week, which would mean that the end date is April 12, 2045, almost two weeks lost compared to last week, and 5,060 days after the original plan, there’s still a lot of work, but I can’t afford not lower my numbers each and every week.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are this week’s final numbers:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 156,261 pages (312 pages less than last week)
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,754 days (4 days more than last week)
  • Days behind schedule: 5,060 days (12 days more than last week)

What concerns the next decade of reading, this week’s adjustment show a bit of improvement on both my yearly average, and stayed the same for my daily average needed, they finish like this:

  • Pages needed/year: 65,626 (31 pages less than last week)
  • Pages needed/day: 180 (stayed the same)

I will focus on reaching the goal of Bookly’s Spring Readathon, which is tracking 10 hours reading using the app, is hopefully the numbers of next week will reflect this.

Off to read.

azr.

Bookly Spring Readathon

With 45 days left on this year of reading, I can’t think of a better way to kick off this final leg than with a readathon.

The goal is simple, read for 10 hours from Thursday to Sunday, that’s from the April 22 to April 25, while keeping track on the app.

It seems easy enough but it can get tricky, let’s see how it plays out, I’ll probably post update are the end if each day.

On the reading, I will be focusing on The Crippled God, and some digital graphic novels that I have been meaning to read.

As always, this type of intense reading sessions fuel up my motivation to finish the year strongly, and carry the momentum for next year.

Off to read.

azr.

49 days

I am 49 days away from the end of my reading year, and consequently, my 40th birthday, and as tradition mandates, today I start preparing the notebook for logging next year’s reading.

I must say that this notebook is simply astonishing.

I bought it on the Notebook Therapy, a store that specializes in Japanese and Korean stationary, and it’s a special edition Bullet journal named Tsuki Midnight Edition, with the particularity that it has black pages, and comes with some really special vibrant pens that shine beautifully.

Right now I am working on the first pages that contain all of the basic information of the Notebook, like my reading list, days left, weeks, time periods, and so on, probably by tomorrow I’ll upload some examples of finished pages in all their black glory.

I’ll get back to chipping away at The Crippled God, currently on page 183, and try to sum up some more pages before this lazy Sunday ends.

As I said on previous posts, the 37,984-page goal is really far-fetched, but my intention is to get as close as possible.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: April 16, 2021

Another solid week reading, I edge closer to some of my goals of this year, and although I had a few not so productive days at the end of this week, there was some forward motion, and milestone reached.

I’ll begin with the total number of the current year of reading, number thirteen.

My current total is 17,884 of the 37, 984 pages of this year’s goal, with 52 days left to get as close as possible to that original number , for some positive aspects, and for the second week in a row, is that I’m still 76 days behind my reading schedule, same as last week, this means that I am on schedule, just have to push a bit to get some room to breath.

The projections for total pages for the year sits at 22,174, that’s a 683 improvement from last week, I’ll take any positive numbers as a good omen.

On the main focus of the year, finishing the epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, I finished Dust of Dreams, which left me breathless, and wondering what in the hell can go worst on the tenth volume, The Crippled God, currently on page 90.

I am seeing some improvement on the broader picture, my numbers have started to drop and everything feels like is gaining momentum, my job is to keep it up, and build upon it.

This is most evident on the dates for reaching my first 500,000 pages, the pages to read are now 156,573, and the new date is January 2, 2027, still almost 4 years difference from the first projected date of March 20, 2023, but it has constantly gone down.

The golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, according to the projections, is 8,750 days away, which would mean that the end date is March 31, 2045, 5,048 days after the original plan, as with my other numbers, there’s still a lot of work, but this pass few weeks I got back to lowering the numbers.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are this week’s final numbers:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 156,573 pages (1,184 pages less than last week)
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,750 days (33 days less than last week)
  • Days behind schedule: 5,048 days (26 days less than last week)

What concerns the next decade of reading, this week’s adjustment show some improvement on both my daily and yearly average, and they finish like this:

  • Pages needed/year: 65,657 (119 pages less than last week)
  • Pages needed/day: 180 (stayed the same)

I will have to venture out this week to replenish my printed graphic novel bounty, it’s running a bit low, and I saw some interesting things eagerly awaiting in those shelves .

Off to read.

azr.

Slowing down

Yesterday was a pretty slow day for my reading, only 15 total pages.

I finish on page 67 of The Crippled God, this of 908 , and with only 19 days left in the deadline, things can go south really fast.

But not to panic, I’ll just stick to my plan, read at least the minimal number of pages for each day, today’s total are 45, try to give a few extra, and make my priority to read each day what I need before even looking at another thing.

After hitting that daily mark, I’ll reward myself with, you guess it correctly, more reading, I have some really interesting digital graphic novels lined up to read.

Off to read.

azr.

Little steps for big goals

This week I am testing out some new ways to keep track of my goals and to see if it helps as extra motivation.

Right now I am focusing on tracking my progress thru the final two volumes of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, which I have finish volume 9 and working on volume 10.

The cool thing is that the app adjusts the total pages I have to read daily in order to reach the goal by the deadline.

For today I have 43 total pages to read, from which I have registered only 3, the screenshot is from the app Goal Tracker.

On another app, Goals, I’m trying it out to keep track of the bigger picture goals, like reaching the 500,000 and 1,000,000 pages, also, the total pages from each year, as you can see in the screenshot below.

So far they are working smoothly, let’s see on the long haul.

Off to read.

azr.

A positive shift

This last few days I have been seeing a really positive shift in my reading.

I think that my new routine is finally paying off, this include exercise at least 30 minutes every day, because after a year of confinement I was started feeling really anxious.

Now my daily routine includes tending to the garden, experimenting on the kitchen, and lots of reading.

I hope to finish this year over the 20,000-page mark, and recharged to take on the final decade of reading.

This is highly motivated when I come across amazing things in my reading, this is the case of the series written by James Tynion IV, Justice League Dark, which has quickly become one of my favorites.

Yesterday I read the third volume, containing The Witching War, which to my surprise feature The Floronic Man, a constant antagonist of Swamp Thing, this book is really fun to read because it takes some DC comics obscure characters into the spotlight.

Off to read, and to keep the good reading rythm going.

azr.

The last leg of the Malazan journey

I tried really hard last night to finish Dust of Dreams, buy my old nemesis sleep got the best of me.

But one of the perks of having young children is that getting up late is rarely an option.

So around 6:45 a.m. with a cup of black coffee the size of a medium bucket, I started the final pages of the ninth volume, and for the looks of it, if anyone was left alive from the shit-storm from the last chapter, it will close out with a bang.

To finish off this massive series, I found that it was only fitting to read the last book in printed form, this particular book ( see the picture below) has been eagerly awaiting in my Bookshelf for about 10 years, it’s time has finally come.

To accompany this start of the final chapter, I’ll read in between session some new material from the Dark Knight, the newest issues of Death Metal, and the now classic Grant Morrison series of Batman & Robin.

Off to read.

azr.

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