Numbers: July 19,2021

Is it time again for my Monday weekly update.

And for the second week in a row my reading was far greater that I expected. Once again I finished my weekly book before the Sunday deadline, this week’s book, Ashes of Worlds, the last volume on the Saga of the Seven Suns, is well under way, currently on page 108, not bad considering I should have started today , each week there’s some room to breath and perform better that the last.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 8,520 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,811 more than last week, giving me a surplus of 565 pages on the 1,246 pages projected for each week, this will add-up at the long term to reach the goal of the year, but most importantly it will contribute to make the next year’s total a little bit more accessible, being the goal that the last five years having a minimal total under 50,000 pages for each year.

With this surge of reading my projection for the total at the end of the year jumped 2,500 pages from last week’s projection and now sits at 63,999 pages, only 949 pages away from the ultimate goal for this year. My reading schedule gained a little bit of room , now it is 5 days ahead , exactly as I wanted to be at the start of this week.

The current pace keeps impacting in a huge way the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum. I keep a particular inquisitive eye on the number of pages I’m going to have to read on the second part of my journey, and as last week the number is under 2,000 pages, with a improvement of 216 pages, the current weekly total sits at 1,778 pages per week with an daily average of 281 pages, this is still a titanic endeavor, but each week the task becomes more feasible.

Speaking of the first 500,000 pages, I have only 140,903 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is July 25, 2026, 24 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, the magic numbers are 3,000 days to read and a daily average of 170 pages.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,331 days away, a 47 day gain from the last week, making the end date is May 10, 2044, that’s 4,723 days after the original plan, 40 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps gives me the momentum to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal. For me this numbers are of particularly importance, there are the endgame of these whole deal, and until the numbers of days behind are in red, I will not rest.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 140,903 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,331 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,723 days

I think that with numbers like this each week, Monday will become my favorite day of the week.

Off to read.

azr.

Last volume of The Saga of the Seven Suns

As I start the last book of this fantastic saga, Ashes of Worlds, one question pops immediately into my mind, on in the hell is everything going to close-out in 512 pages?

The last book finished with some twists, seriously how did I took so long to jump into this amazing universe created by the extremely talented Kevin J. Anderson. After this book comes an compilation of short stories by multi award-winning author Ted Chiang.

Then, I’ll come back to Mr. Anderson, and is collaboration with Brian Herbert, continuing the monumental legacy of probably one of the best stories created, Dune, with the trilogy Legends of Dune, the prequel stories to the science fiction classic by Frank Herbert.

To top things, I’m not only ahead of schedule with my 52 books in 52 weeks project, but my page total for the week has been achieved, right now sits at 1,266 of the 1,246, and with the weekend ahead off me, this can only get better.

I’ll jump right into the book, there’s a long night ahead of me.

Off to read.

azr.

Another solid day

Yesterday was another great day for my reading.

My total was 278 pages, close to those coveted 300 I mention on yesterday’s post, for the Metal Swarm,my total was 103, that leaves 138 pages to finish and until Sunday to get there, those are good odds.

But my favorite thing is that only 140 pages are left to reach this week’s goal, my pace is only getting better.

For today’s reading, I’ll try to finish my current book and graphic novel, Metal Swarm and X-men Epic Collection: Mutant Genesis, respectively, it’s great to see Jim Lee’s work on the mutants.

Let’s go get those 350 pages.

Off to read.

azr.

A very productive day

Yesterday was all I could ask for reading day.

I met both of my goals, read over 600 total pages and read the double of the quota of the Metal Swarm, that would be 120 pages.

Today lets hope wouldn’t be any different, I’ll set the bar of total pages to a modest 300 or more, and for the book at least get to page 460, that’s a total of 79 pages for the day.

Off to read.

azr.

More days like this

This day has been one of those that breaks the norms, and gives mr a much needed boost to face what lies ahead straight on.

I still have some hours left of reading in the day, thanks to my midafternoon power nap and the shot of caffeine that’s about to finish brewing.

I’ll grab the momentum, my total for the day is currently 481 pages, including 76 pages of Metal Swarm, the quota for today was 60

To spice things up my goal is to reach 600 pages and double the quota of my book, that will mean that I have 19 and 44 pages respectively to reach them.

To top off the day I found the perfect sci-fi driven prog-rock soundtrack for the journey.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: July 12,2021

Is Monday again and that can only mean my weekly update.

And what an amazing week it was, last week book, Of Fire and Night, was finish by Friday, this week’s book, Metal Swarm, which I suppose to start today is already on page 187, everything is falling into place, with a bit of breathing room each week to go get those goals.

Now let’s get down to business, my current total is 6,709 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,379 more than last week, my projected total for each week is 1,246, if each week I have a surplus, even the 133 pages of this week, this will add-up at the long and not only will I get the goal of the year, but I’ll contribute to making the next year total a little less, as I always say, one page at a time. The current projection for the total at the end of the year stay pretty much as last week number, 61,499 pages, still just below the target but getting closer.

My reading schedule it’s right on the money , I’am 1 day ahead on my reading, with some intense reading I would like to get it at least 5 days ahead of schedule.

Once again the current pace make the biggest impact on the broader picture, each and every week my numbers show the kind of momentum I expect, I keep a particular inquisitive eye on the number of pages I’m going to have to read on the second part of my journey, and for the first time it is finally under 2,000 pages, if only barely with 1,994 pages per week with an daily average of 285 pages, quite the titanic endeavor but I know that is doable.

On what concerns my first 500,000 pages, I have only 142,714 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 17, 2026, that’s 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, again, my goal is to have 3,000 days to read the other half, giving me an approximate daily average to read of 170 pages, one can hope and dream.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,585 days away, a 37 day gain from the last week, making the end date is June 26, 2044, that’s 4,770 days after the original plan, 30 days less that the last projection, this kind of gigantic leaps give me new breath to keep on pushing to reach that coveted goal. For me this numbers are of particularly importance, there are the endgame of these whole deal, and until the numbers of days behind are in red, I will not rest.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back, here are the numbers that officially kick-off the new year of reading:

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 142,714 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,385 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,770 days

I’ll keep my promise to each Monday update my numbers, and hopefully from now on they will be full of great leaps and great books.

Off to read.

azr.

Late night reading

After a late afternoon power nap, I feel really refreshed, hence the late hour of this post.

I’m glad to inform that this week’s reading goal has been achieved, my current total is 1,248 of the 1,246 pages projected for the week, and with all of Sunday ahead of me, this is hitting the strides I was hoping for.

On the book front, which I was supposed to start next Monday, the sixth volume of the Saga of the Seven Suns, Metal Swarm, just reached page 110 with maybe a couple of chapters before I called it a night.

I predict that this Monday’s Numbers report will be a pretty awesome one.

Off to read.

azr.

5 down, 47 to go

I just finish the fifth volume of the Saga of the Seven Suns, Of Fire and Night, and I was wondering, with only a few chapters left, how there’s still two more books.

It would seem that this clash between humanity and this elemental forces scattered thru the universe was coming to it’s climatic, and with the last paragraph, an old player comes swarming back to reclaim the universe.

Didn’t see that coming, well played Mr. Anderson, well played indeed.

And as any reader worth its salt, I prepared a fresh batch of coffee and started the sixth volume, Metal Swarm.

That throws my plans for an early bedtime out the window.

I’m really happy with my reading pace, it helps a lot to be devouring such amazing books, thanks to this I have 9 days to read 622 pages, with sights on finish the whole saga by Wednesday, but let us not get ahead of ourselves.

Off to read.

azr.

Participation trophy

My grand plans to finish the fifth volume of the Saga of the Seven Suns, and start the sixth one bright and early in the morning, failed miserably.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still ahead of schedule, currently on page 508 of 645, and according to my Kindle, there are 2 hours 31 minutes left on the book, and being Sunday the deadline, I’m in good shape.

Let’s see how much I can chip away today, it would be good to finish the day with under 1 hour to go.

Not making any promises.

Off to read.

azr.

3 hours and 50 minutes

I am currently enjoy a great pace on my reading , this is of course thanks to the amazing series of the Saga of the Seven Suns, Kevin J. Anderson sure can capture your imagination with his vast and rich world.

Of the seven books, I am currently on page 452 of the fifth volume, Of Fire and Night, and according to my Kindle there’s 3 hours and 50 minutes left on the book.

Let’s see if I can start tomorrow’s reading with the sixth volume, Metal Swarm.

Off to read.

azr.

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