Nifty little challenge

With the March page quota already cover, and for what I’m truly happy, the only thing left to close-out this month as a complete success is the matter of around 16 hours left on the clock.

That means around 6 hours for each day left of the Month, I have been faced with bigger challenges.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: March 28,2022

Once again, welcome to a Magic Monday that’s actually on a Monday (I’m digging this streak), the final one of the month of March, and once again it was quite the amazing week of reading.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is still way ahead of schedule, starting week number 41 with two books finished is just the way to reach my goals. So, The Children of Húrin is book number 46 and La búsqueda del asesino is book number 47. This week, at least how I intend to proceed, is to read the first book of F.G. Haghenbeck´s world involving Elvis Infante, infamous exorcist and demon dealer, this novel is the basis of Netflix series Diablero, which, if you haven’t seen it, you can binge the two available seasons, it will not disappoint. The second book on my queue is the first collection of novels of the famous Black Company, series penned by Glen Cook, and one that I have been putting off for quite some time.

The one short story a day challenge is till on hold, working on the collection of infamous puritan swordsman Solomon Kane, as I said last time created by Robert E. Howard famous for creating Conan The Barbarian, the illustrations by Gary Gianni are simply beautiful. But with other pressing matters, I just couldn’t get back on that particular challenge.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 49,818 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a very decent 1,537 registered pages more than last update. Still struggling to reach the next step, 50,000 pages, I’m glad to say that there’s only 182 pages left to reach this coveted milestone.Now my focus is more concern of the 15,124 pages left to reach this year’s ambitious goal.

But the best news of the week is that I crossed the 400,000-page threshold, it took me 4,919 days to get here, what comes next? 99,605 pages to reach the first half-million.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a small surge ,currently is at 61,808 pages, 451 pages more than the last update. My reading schedule is still 15 days behind,that’s a two days less than the last update, I’m a happy camper.

I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 41 with a deficit of 3,394 pages, and a total 4,640 pages to get back to balance, this week I came short by 215 pages. The total for the month of March, for which the projected goal is 5,518 pages, is now 6,037 representing 109%, with only 4 days left on the month, let’s see how much more I can chip-away from those red number, which still are 3,346 pages to get back in balance for the whole year.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 99,605 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 2, 2025, that’s 15 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, 358 intense days of reading.The gap narrowed from 882 to 867 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,639 with a daily average of 234 pages, a two page a day drop from the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,365 days away, a 37 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is May 27, 2042, that’s 4,009 days after the original plan, 30 days less that the last projection. This forward momentum in time gain is becoming the standard, the goal is to at least a month of time with each week. I have to keep reminding myself that my coveted end date is in the middle 2031, not somewhere in 2042.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 99,605 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,365 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,009 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

A day as a Hobbit

Yesterday was Tolkien Reading Day. I set out to do two things, try to read Children of Húrin in its entirety, and try an eat all six Hobbit meals.

As we lack extensive and mystical Forests, I live in the desert, the next best thing was to go to the urban park right in the middle of the city.

The reading went pretty well, read around 250 pages of the 320. The meals where a whole success. Here are the photos of all of them.

Dinner & Supper was the most amazing part of the day, firstly because I got to eat and drink some artisanal beer in a new place called Artística Brewing Co., and most importantly ,I was joined by my lovely wife to end the festivities right.

Today my plan is to finish the Children of Húrin, probably the last book of The Farseer Trilogy, and be 200 pages shy of the 50,000-page mark for the year. If those two books go down, I’ll reach the 400,000-page and start to work toward the first half of this lengthy challenge.

Off to read.

azr.

One more day before the plunge

I´m more than excited for tomorrows festivities. It’s going to be a Tolkien Reading Day to remember, and hopefully it will become a yearly tradition of reading and eating like a Hobbit.

I don’t an specific plan, but, the two things that are a most are: reading The Children of Húrin in its entirety, and indulging in the six meals of the Hobbits custom, which are, according to the books, Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner, this last is going to be special, there´s a plan with my lovely wife of food and pints worthy of the Green Dragon.

Now the impossible for today is to finish the last book of the Farseer Trilogy, currently on page 672 of 829, and to start off tomorrow with a fresh slate, let’s see how the day plays out.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: March 21, 2022

Once again, welcome to a Magic Monday that’s actually on a Monday, the third of the month of March, and once again it was quite the amazing week of reading.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is still way ahead of schedule, starting week number 40, I´m still working on book number 46, La búsqueda del asesino by legendary author Robin Hobb, currently on page 529 of 829, the final book of the Farseer trilogy. The one short story a day challenge suffered a bit of a set back, the 65-day streak came to a stop, hopefully this will restart today and not stop for quite a while . Still working on the collection of infamous puritan swordsman Solomon Kane, as I said last time created by Robert E. Howard famous for creating Conan The Barbarian, the illustrations by Gary Gianni are simply beautiful.

For the next short story collection, I have decided to go with Legends II, containing stories by some heavy hitters like Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams and Anne McCaffrey. There’s a particular story set in the vast universe created by Robin Hobb that’s just screams to be read.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 48,281 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a very decent 1,295 registered pages more than last update. Still struggling to reach the next step, 50,000 pages. Last Monday, according to my projections, was the day when I supposedly had to reach this next milestone but with 1,719 pages to reach it, I’ll give myself another week to do so. But on some positive news, year number fourteen is now officially my best one, now my focus shifts to those 16,661 pages left to reach this year’s ambitious goal.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a small surge ,currently is at 61,357 pages, 238 pages more than the last update. My reading schedule is still 17 days behind, as long as the numbers don’t pile up, or in the best case scenario, go down one or two days a week, I’m a happy camper.

I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 40 with a deficit of 3,179 pages, and a total 4,425 pages to get back to balance, this week I had a surplus of 360 pages. The total for the month of March, for which the projected goal is 5,518 pages, is now 5,006 representing almost a 91%, with only 10 days left on the month, things are looking in great shape. There´s 4,377 pages to get back in balance for the whole year.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 101,142 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 17, 2025, that’s 12 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at exactly one year from now, at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, a date that is fast approaching. The gap narrowed from 894 to 882 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,651 with a daily average of 236 pages, a page a day drop from the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,402 days away, a 29 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is June 26, 2042, that’s 4,039 days after the original plan, 22 days less that the last projection. This forward momentum in time gain is becoming the standard, the goal is to at least a month of time with each week. I have to keep reminding myself that my coveted end date is in the middle 2031, not somewhere in 2042.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 101,147 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,402 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,039 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

And coming in first place

Finally!!! I did it, year fourteen is now officially my best year of reading, and with 79 days left on it, the future is bright.

My current total is 47,765, surpassing year number one by only 59 pages. I have special thanks to give to two amazing stories, the first volume of the Manga series Vindland Saga by Makoto Yukimura, and the third volume of Wasteland by Anthony Johnston, a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Western with mutants and all the good stuff, plus, the covers are made by the fantastic Ben Templesmith.

For this upcoming days, I´ll be working on a couple of goals, the obvious one, which I have been dragging on for the couple of weeks, the 50,000-page milestone for this year, but more importantly, there´s only 1,658 pages left to reach 400,000 total pages. Both goals are the driving force for this week.

Off to read.

azr

The state of things, or, how I still haven´t reach 50,000 pages

Right now my total for year fourteen is 47,183. That’s 2,817 pages left to get me over that really important milestone.

Fortunately; this is a long weekend and with a little effort and massive amounts of caffeine, by Monday Morning, I’ll be raising a proverbial toast to the joyous occasion, in what form, that’s still being discussed.

There’s a particular focus on finishing La búsqueda del asesino, currently on page 469 of 829, so I can start with renew strength to tackle Tolkien Reading Day, and if all goes as plan, reading The Children of Húrin in it’s entirety.

In this what is left of the list that I concocted to get me over the total.

  1. La búsqueda del asesino (currently reading)
  2. Shaman King Vol.9
  3. Shaman King Vol.10
  4. Absolute Sandman Overture (currently reading)
  5. Batman:Dark Victory
  6. Vinland Saga Vol.1 (currently reading)
  7. Eternals: Cosmic Origin
  8. Wasteland Vol.2
  9. Wasteland Vol.3
  10. Wasteland Vol.4
  11. Wasteland Vol.5
  12. Wasteland Vol.6
  13. Wasteland Vol.7

Off to read.

azr

And coming in second place

With this morning’s petite reading session, which felt a whole course meal, I have finally pass my second best year of reading, year number eleven with a total of 47,171, now the total for year fourteen is 47,183.

I have many thanks to give to two amazing single-issue comic books from the horror series by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla, The Night of the Ghoul, publish for the original imprint of the Comixology app.

This series has a very Criminal Macabre-Hellboy feel to it, and with Mr. Snyder at the helm for the writing and Mr. Francavilla with the haunting artwork, it’s a must for any comic book fan.

There’s only 523 pages between me and my best year of reading, after that, I coming for those 50,000 pages.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: March 14, 2022

Once again, welcome to a Magic Monday that’s actually on a Monday, the second of the month of March, and once again it was quite the amazing week of reading.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is still way ahead of schedule, starting week number 39, I started working on book number 46, La búsqueda del asesino by legendary author Robin Hobb, currently on page 264 of 829, the final book of the Farseer trilogy. The one short story a day challenge is enjoying a 65-day streak. Still working on the collection of infamous puritan swordsman Solomon Kane, as I said last time created by Robert E. Howard famous for creating Conan The Barbarian, the illustrations by Gary Gianni are simply beautiful.

For the next short story collection, I’m torn between two books, Legends II, containing stories by some heavy hitters like Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams and Anne McCaffrey, or the next volume of the collection of Conan The Barbarian, The Conquering Sword of Conan.

Decisions, decisions

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 46,986 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a whopping 2,121 registered pages more than last update. Still struggling to reach the next step, 50,000 pages. Today was, according to my projections, the day when I supposedly had to reach this next milestone but with 3,014 pages to reach it, I’ll have some leniency and give myself another week to do so. Which is almost a certainty is that I will surpass my two best years of reading, Year One and Year Eleven, for which there’s 720 and 186 pages, respectively, to get there.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a significant surge ,currently is at 61,199 pages, 1,270 pages more than the last update. My reading schedule is now 17 days behind, this is a 5 day gain from my last update. I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 39 with a deficit of 3,539 pages, and a total 4,785 pages to get back to balance, this week I had a surplus of 404 pages. The total for the month of March, for which the projected goal is 5,518 pages, is now 3,400 representing almost a 62%, in the first two weeks of the month. There´s 5,983 pages to get back in balance for the whole year.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 102,437 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 29, 2025, that’s 25 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, a date that is fast approaching. The gap narrowed from 917 to 894 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,660 with a daily average of 237 pages, a 3 page a day drop from the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,431 days away, a 56 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is July 18, 2042, that’s 4,061 days after the original plan, 49 days less that the last projection. This time of forward are to become the standard, the gain of at least a month of time with each week. I have to keep remaining myself that my coveted end date is in the middle 2031, not somewhere in 2042.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 102,437 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,431 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,061 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

50,000-page watch: March 13,2022

Being tomorrow, this according to my projections, should be the day for reaching the 50,000-page milestone in this year of reading, it seems fit that I made a little update to see where my total stands.

As of right now my total for the year is 46,605 pages, that’s 3,395 to reach the next point in my journey. It is safe to say that is nearly impossible for me to read almost 3,500 pages in one day, but it seems like a task for the upcoming week of reading.

In order to reach that task, I concocted a list to get me over the total.

  1. La búsqueda del asesino (currently reading)
  2. Shaman King Vol.9 ( currently reading)
  3. Shaman King Vol.10
  4. Absolute Sandman Overture
  5. Batman:Dark Victory
  6. Vinland Saga Vol.1
  7. Eternals: Cosmic Origin
  8. Wasteland Vol.2
  9. Wasteland Vol.3
  10. Wasteland Vol.4
  11. Wasteland Vol.5
  12. Wasteland Vol.6
  13. Wasteland Vol.7

This will give 5 pages over the total, and it will become my best year of reading.

Off to read

azr

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