2,814 pages

I start the final stretch of October with 2,814 pages left to read, this, from the 5,518 projected as the minimal total for this month. That gives around 312 daily pages to read, which is really doable, just need some focus, and large quantities of caffeine.

To keep the tradition of this time, I started reading this year’s edition of Frankenstein, a present from a couple of my dearest friends, makes this all that more special. This particular edition is from Nordica Libros, a publishing house from Spain, and its beautifully illustrated by Elena Odriozola.

Another delightful surprise is that this edition contains introductions from Mary Shelley and her husband Percy Shelley, and if I´m not mistaking, it’s the first time I read side by side.

I’ll take this days to also close the Aliens Omnibus series, currently about to start volume number 4, right after I finish the first volume of the manga Ghost in the Shell.

The only left is to make the list for the movie marathon form Halloween to Día de Muertos and I will be set, on top of the list is ParaNorman by request from my two kids, there’s also James Whale’s classic, Frankenstein, but from there everything is pretty much open territory.

Now to tackle those pages.

Off to read.

azr

79 pages

If at this hour you would tell that my total was 79 pages, my initial though would be that is not bad for a busy Thursday.

But the reality is that my total for the whole week is those measly 79 pages, including another blank day.

By now, I should be close to 24,500 total pages for the year, with almost 4,000 pages of deficit. My focus is to close the gap by one of one of my favorite time of the year, Monster Mash, that begins with Halloween and ends with Día de Muertos.

I have some catching up to do.

Off to read.

20,000 pages , and just getting started

I have finally reach another milestone on this year of reading, 20,000 total pages.

Not the milestone to break open the champagne, or the red wine in my case, but it’s an important stepping stone toward the broader goal of the year, and a much needed wisp of fresh air to fill my being with renew hope.

To keep on rolling on this high, I will attempt to knock-off at least 1,000 pages of the backed-up pages from passed weeks, and get my reading back on schedule, which as of now, it’s 4,250 pages behind schedule, but first things first, read the remaining 608 pages left to reach this week’s quota, and then, take a little off the top.

To help me along the way, there’s some amazing things helping me out, from a couple of French Comic Books, Clockwerx and the Ark, the latter part of the material that got me over 20,000 pages-

To the classic Manga, Ghost in the Shell, which I’m currently reading while listening to Mr. Nick Cave´s solo performance in Alexandra Palace, Idiot Prayer.

And top off the night the award-winning novella Binti, written by the Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor, which won both the Hugo and the Nebula Award, and it’s sequels both were nominated for the Hugo Award in their respective years. I am about halfway thru it, and is quickly escalating to the top of the best book of this year of reading.

There’s still some intense reading to close-out the day with a strong progress, but with such good material, and a couple of really strong black coffee, this night is shaping up to be a really good one.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: October 11,2021

It’s Monday again, the most misunderstood day of the week, for me is becoming one of my favorite.

Now, in the spirit of last week’s mantra of getting my ass reading again, let’s see how the magic mystical numbers fair. My 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is the one thing that’s working like clockwork, I am about to start book number 19, The Voice of the Dead, the next installment of the classic Science Fiction series by Orson Scott Card.

I’m not completely sure of the order of the books, but as I said last week, what concerns the Spanish version of the Enderverse, this would be the continuation of Ender’s Game.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 19,702 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 820 registered pages more than last week, one step closer to the next milestone, 25,000 pages, and a very special bottle of Mexican Red Wine awaits for the mandatory celebratory drinks

The end of the year projection of total pages suffered a setback, right now is at 56,779 pages, close to 1,000 less than last week, not where it should be, but I’ll see how this week fairs, and hopefully there will be some forward momentum. My reading schedule is now 16 days behind, fingers crossed that this week I can reached 20,000 pages, my intentions of doing this by the time of the anniversary of Lost in a Million Page, which was on Saturday October 9, as you can see, was a bit of target.

The biggest challenge is to get the weekly schedule back in balance, I start this 19th week with a deficit of 3,645 pages, I couldn’t reach the mandatory 1,246 pages for this week, not only that, I left 426 on red numbers, must work on improve my consistency.

Now, for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 129,724 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 2, 2026, 4 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,144 to 1,140 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,880 with a daily average of 269 pages, pretty much the same as my last projections, fluctuating between 2 or 3 pages on the daily average.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,080 days away, a 17 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is November 25, 2043, that’s 4,556 days after the original plan, 10 days less that the last projection. In spite of everything, I managed to stay in 2043, with my eye on the prize of the coveted end date of 2031, and the very special trip to close-out the final pages of my journey.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 129,724 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,080 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,556 days

Now ,if you’ll excuse ,those 3,645 pages aren’t going to read themselves, Spooktober, don’t fail me now.

Off to read.

azr.

13 years ago

13 years ago I was sitting on our multifunctional table, which at the time function has everything from eating to plotting the future, it was there were this project first came to being.

Now, 4,745 days later I can account for many joyful things both big and small, so many little precious moments that have made this and incredible ride.

That journey is now approaching a new stage, and I am more than excited to see what it brings.

Right now, my total is 369,456 pages. All my efforts are focused on the 241 days left on the current year of reading. Hopefully, I’ll reach the goal of 64,492 pages for this year, my current total is 19,320 pages, and light the way for the next 9 years.

The golden prize of 1,000,000 pages is on the horizon, so buckle up, for it’s going to be one hell of a journey.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: October 4, 2021

So how’s your Mondays going?

Mine’s is full of biter sweetness.

It is not a secret that this passed month I have been struggling with my mental health, but as with all important decisions concerning our well being, I have reach out and ask for help. There’s some challenging times ahead of me, but as always, I’ll navigate thru this storm successfully and unscathed.

The have seen that reading is one of the things that help me cope with my depression and anxiety, I don’t saying it lightly, but, books literally saved my life. And this project of reading 1,000,000 has helped stay focus and creative, which I express thru my constant tweaking of my reading journals, I have a new one brewing for year number 14, my best one yet.

Now to get my ass back in line with my reading. On the positive note, my 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is working like clockwork, I am about to start book number 18, Ender´s Game, the beginning of the classic Science Fiction series by Orson Scott Card.

I’m going into this intriguing universe, starting off with the Spanish version of 9 books of the Enderverse, and see what else I can get my hands on.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 18,882 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, the next milestone will be 25,000 pages, and a very special bottle of Mexican Red Wine awaits for the mandatory celebratory drinks

The end of the year projection of total pages suffered a setback, right now is at 57,790 pages, a bit below where it should be, but I’ll see how this week fairs, and hopefully there will be some forward momentum. My reading schedule stayed 2 weeks behind, and what should have been the day I reached 20,000 pages is long gone, but I’ll work to reach that milestone by the anniversary of Lost in a Million Page, which is this Saturday October 9, thirteen years and counting.

The biggest challenge is to get the weekly schedule back in balance, I start this 18th week with a deficit of 3,219 pages, but a good sign is that week 17 not only did I got the mandatory 1,246 pages, there were also a small surplus of 15 pages, not impressive, but a step in the right direction.

This little hiccup had an negative effect on my progress, not as big as I feared, but with a bit of some intense reading sessions, this will be erased pretty quickly. Now, for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 130,544 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 6, 2026, 13 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,157 to 1,144 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,884 with a daily average of 269 pages, pretty much the same as my last projections, fluctuating between 2 or 3 pages on the daily average.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,097 days away, a 51 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 5, 2043, that’s 4,566 days after the original plan, 23 days less that the last projection. In spite everything, I managed to stay in 2043, with my eye on the prize of the coveted end date of 2031, and the very special trip to the Emerald City.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 130,544 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,097 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,566 days

Now ,if you’ll excuse ,those 3,219 pages aren’t going to read themselves, and the chilly weather is signaling me home.

Off to read.

azr.

Back in time for Spooktober

After almost a month of digital detox, I’m back just in time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, Spooktober.

I have a lot of reading to make-up for, and what better way to reignite this reading engine than some spooky stories.

To keep with the science fiction theme of the year, I’ll start this month’s festivities with one of my favorite franchises, Aliens.

I have been saving this 6 volumes for over a year, this are compilations of some of Dark Horse comics classic stories, I love this kind of edition, because you get some nice variety of stories and amazing artwork.

I start this month with a great reading challenge ahead of me. The total so far for this year is 18,071 pages, around 2,000 pages under my projected total.

That gives me a total of 8,099 pages, this including the 5,000 pages of this month, in order to get back on track.

Although I do not expect to tackle this gargantuan task in one month, my intentions is to at least knock off 1,000 pages from what has accumulated from the pass two months, which have been underwhelming, to say the least.

Now to get to that next milestone for the year, and the bottle of wine that accompanies it.

Off to read.

azr.

First blank day of the year

Yesterday, after a 93 straight days of reading, I recorded my first blank day of the year, meaning, zero pages of reading.

I had a really busy week, and came last night, I didn’t have the energy or mood to pick up any of the things in my reading queue.

I think that’s the perfect cue to take a bit of a hiatus, this start to my year of reading has been all pedal to the metal, it’s time to chill the fuck up.

Nevertheless, I’ll keep on reading, maybe not at the same pace, or keep on posting my progress each week, but I’ll regroup to take on my standing reading challenges head on.

See you soon.

azr.

Numbers: September 6, 2021

The good-mood Mondays are back.

I decided to have an more optimistic approach to the little debacle with the last few weeks of reading, if this is not fun what’s the fucking point anyway, and as with everything the sure steady pace will see thru to the other side. Last week my deficit was around 1,447 pages , this week I am glad to inform that sits at 1,351. The total for the week was 1,342 of the 1,246 pages needed each week to reach this year’s goal, those 105 extra pages go a really long way .

And again for this week the 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is working like clockwork, finished books number 13 and 14, Ready Player Two and Armada, respectively, both by Ernest Cline, you can check-out the post I did for them last week and just a few hours ago, and the next two weeks I will probably be invested on the award-winning world of Hyperion, created by Dan Simmons.

Now let’s talk about what we are here for, MY NUMBERS, the current total is 16,032 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, and as tradition dictates every time a new milestones is reach, celebratory drinks were in order, in the form of a beautiful 2016 Don Luis Terra by Mexican winemaker, L.A. Cetto.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot

The end of the year projection of total pages it’s edging a bit closer to what is supposed to be, an increase from last week of 663 pages finishing at 63,779 , the clear signs of this ship getting back in course . My reading schedule stayed the same as last week, 2 days behind .

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 133,394 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 19, 2026, 14 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,172 to 1,157 days behind schedule.

The best indicator of this steady, almost hum drum pace on my progress is the numbers of the broader picture, the thing that keeps me up at night reading, so I said to myself, well this fortunately since the beginning of the year has only move forward .The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,845 with a daily average of 271 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,148 days away, a 36 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 28, 2043, that’s 4,589 days after the original plan, 29 days less that the last projection. I have now officially enter the year 2043, still keeping the eye on the prize, the eye on 2031.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 133,394 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,148 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,589 days

But if you’ll excuse ,those 2,597 pages aren’t going to read themselves.

Off to read.

azr.

14 down, 38 to go

I’m more that glad to say that the 52 books in 52 weeks is not on schedule, actually, it is ahead of schedule.

Yesterday I finished reading book number 14, and consequently the last of the three books by Ernest Cline that were on my TBR pile for this year of sci-fi reading.

Armada is the tale of an intergalactic battle game that pins the greatest hot-shot pilots since Top Gun against the extraterrestrial menace coming from Jupiter’s moon Europa, little do the top 10 ranking players that this war simulation will quickly transform into a struggle for the very insistence of humanity.

The story moves in a brisk pace, following the quick deployment of Zack Lightman and his high flying battles in space against the extraterrestrial threat, the story a little bit like a tribute to Ender’s Game with the familiar splash of pop-culture knowledge that was so central to the other two novels by Mr. Cline.

This is just a fun ride and a great weekend read, I did find missing some of the subtleties and questions that Ready Player One and Two posse of the nature of our existence against the vastness of the universe, but sometimes a book should be just and escape from reality.

This week I’ll start one of the most challenging books of this year’s reading, Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons, this particular volume contain the first two books of the award winning series, Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, totaling a whopping 929 pages. Judging by the first chapter I read, some of the most disturbing thing I have read in awhile, the length of the book will not be problem, for the first push got me to page 89, the perfect way to get things rolling for Monday.

Which remains me to upload the latest update of my numbers.

Off to read

azr

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