Determined to get back on track

As the day briskly passes I have become aware that this last two weeks have been really slow, snail pace at their best, well that’s about to stop.

I have 388 pages left on Dune: The Battle of Corrin, and a whopping 1,476 pages left on this week’s, that’s including the negative pages that have been accumulating from passed weeks. Both numbers are crucial for this year reading.

To be perfectly honest I think the total page count for the week is a little over my known capabilities, but finishing the book, that I can do, it’s one of those situations where you have to pick your battles wisely.

What I will do is to have some in between sessions, sort of breathers from the more intense reading.

I come to find that in this kind of situations nothing better move things along than reading some mutant action, and with a couple of classics by Chris Claremont, Days of Future Past and Gods Loves, Man Kills, this weekend promises to get me back on my lane.

Off to read.

azr.

The perfect way to end the night, with background music by Deafheaven

For the most part of today my reading has been accompanied by a particularly good new album that just was released today.

Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, this amazing group, that jump rope with shoe gazing and black metal, have accomplish a deep, dark and ethereal album, that’s probably the heaviest music that they have created.

My favorite track is between Villain and Mombasa, but to be sure, let’s listen to the whole album again.

Check it out below, and be sure to listen to their previous work.

Let’s make it 11

As the weekend begins, there’s still 525 pages left on this week’s book, Dune: The Battle of Corrin.

That’s 175 pages, 1 bottle of red wine, and about 2 chocolates per day, sounds like a fun weekend, this book will mark my first leg thru the Dune universe, which will continue probably around November with The Sisterhood of Dune, I’m going chronologically.

For my next adventure I am torn between starting N.K. Jemisin’s award winning series, or a trio of Ernest Cline books.

But first thing first, let’s get the weekend’s celebrations, and but that I mean reading without pants.

Off to read.

azr.

10 down, 42 to go

Although a bit late, last night, I finished the tenth book of this year of reading.

The second volume of the trilogy Legends of Dune, The Machine Crusade, focuses on the Infinite battlegrounds of the conflict between the League of Nobles and Omnius, the evermind, and his thinking machines

The Butlerian Jihad, as it has become known for , the now figurehead of the human side of the conflict, the uprising of Serena Butler against her Machine captors

The books depicts, intensively by the way , about 36 year of the conflict, stretching thru various parts of the now famous universe created by Mr. Herbert. I am particularly interested on the creation of the Navigators Guild, there are hint of the past history of this universe and what made this story so compelling, to see its genesis is simply amazing.

One of the great things, and without spoiling anything, although the books have been in print for almost 20 years, anyway, is that the authors do not shy away from high stakes, in which, this characters you become to love, have to face hard and possibly life threatening situations.

To continue with my journey the next tale is the short story The Faces of a Martyr, contained in the book The Road to Dune, and the final chapter of the Trilogy, The Battle of Corrin.

And to get back on track with my challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks, I only have 5 days to finish it.

Off to read.

azr.

No numbers

This was not a memorable week for my reading, with only 740 of the 1,246 of the projected total and 98 pages left on this week’s book, Dune: The Machine Crusade, these numbers put a dent on my good mood, but more importantly on my good reading pace.

I start this week with 798 negative pages, carried over from the pass to weeks, and if all fairs well, 6 days to read the final volume of the Legends of Dune prequel, The Battle of Corrin.

Since the main rule of this journey is to enjoy every single thing that I read, and everything else is secondary, that would mean that I’m right on track

Hopefully next week everything will be back to normal.

Off to read.

azr.

Down to the wire

With less than two hours left on this Sunday, I am not even close to where my reading should be.

On Dune: The Machine Crusade my progress was somewhat satisfactory, currently on page 562, which leaves 139 pages to finish, the goal is to leave less than 100 pages for tomorrow, and hit the ground running with the final book of this trilogy, The Battle of Corrin.

On the goal of at least 800 total pages for the week, there’s still 209 pages in front of me, I’ll do my best by throwing some X-men action, right now I am reading the conclusion of the events that started on House of M, the aftermath of Messiah Complex and Messiah War, The Second Coming, let’s see what the futures have waiting for Hope.

Off to read.

azr.

Locked in

I have a gargantuan task ahead of me, yesterday’s reading was pretty decent, with a total of 234 pages for the day, and progress on Dune: The Machine Crusade to page 440, the day can be considered a win.

The task for today is to try and gets as close an humanly possible to finishing the book, there’s 244 pages left, which are doable but present quite the challenge.

What concerns this week’s total page count, 1,246 pages, I’m really behind, 815 pages to be precise, on this front passing the 800 total page mark will be more than enough.

My the end of next week hopefully all will be back in balance, specially my 52 books on 52 weeks challenge.

I’ll keep you post it on how the day develops.

Off to read.

azr

Uh-oh

With two days left on the tenth week of this year of reading and watching my total so far I can only say, uh-oh.

I have a measly 180 of the 1,246 pages projected for this week, and to make things even trickier, I am on page 322 of 701 of this week’s book, Dune: The Machine Crusade.

Now there’s a choice to be made, do I focus on finishing the book or on the page count.

Let’s see how things develop over today, but rest assured, there’s going to be some intense reading over this really rainy weekend.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: August 9, 2021

It is Monday once again, and I only have one question to myself.

Did you achieve this week’s goal?

And the answer

For the second week in a row my weekly reading goal, was really close, 1,009 of the 1,246 pages, those 237 pages put a dent on my total progress, nothing to be concern, but still, not how I like to finish the week.

But focusing on what I did achieved, the ninth book of the year, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, first of the trilogy of the war against the thinking machines, some 10,000 years before the events of the original novel, it’s done, and the next book on the trilogy, Dune: The Machine Crusade is well under way, I am currently on page 210 of 701, its starting date is today, a good head start, not as big as the pass few weeks, but I’ll take any advantage.

Drama aside, it was a really good week, my current total is 11,966 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,311 more than last week, sometimes this can be tricky, for example, I finish the Dune book early in the week, but the bulk of my reading was the week before, and with only the things that I finish go into the registered pages files, that total get registered later, I know, it’s somewhat complicated, that’s why I put and explanation on my about page. By the way, my total for August, with only 9 days, of 1,337 pages, that’s a quarter of the pages done .

The good thing is that my end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a positive push forward, it’s now 68,431 pages, still way above the projected total for the year, and 1,194 more pages that last week’s projection. My reading schedule, much to my surprise, stayed ahead, only by 3 days , better than last week, a perfect sign of things moving forward in the big picture.

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 1,933 with a daily average of 276 pages, little by little this has gone down from over 2,000 pages per week, more than 300 pages per day.

Now for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 137,460 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is June 22, 2026, 16 days sooner than last week, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed by 13 days, and now I am only 1,191 days behind schedule.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,245 days away, a 36 day gain from the last week, making the end date is March 6, 2044, that’s 4,658 days after the original plan, 29 days less that the last projection, this marks the second week that I gained at least 1 month of time, this week’s crazy goal is to enter the year 2043, about 3 months of progress.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 137,460 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,245 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,658 days

This turn out to be an surprising week, some celebratory drinks are in order.

Off to read.

azr.

869 pages

With the risk of falling short on my reading for the second week in a row, I have decided to take this gargantuan task head on.

I am 869 pages away from thus week’s goal, that’s 435 pages each day, at least 70 of those pages must be from Dune: The Machine Crusade, still have a deadline to meet.

To help me along this monumental task, I’ll ask assistance from the Children of the Atom, in the now classic series Messiah Complex.

I am about 100 pages from the end of Messiah Complex. Messiah War and Second Coming are around 300 pages from each, more than enough for a really fun, paged filled weekend.

Off to read.

azr.

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