More crawling, less walking

My recent progress with this year’s reading can be more accurately described as crawling more so than taking those little steps I so desperately need.

This week started with some pretty intimidating red numbers, 9,525 to be precise. Not a big shocker if your week finishes with a total of 412 of the 1,246 projected for each week.

But I’m not panicking, not yet, because even with the gargantuan task ahead of me, there’s still a little over 6 months to hit the mark.

The focus for the week will be twofold. Firstly, and as obvious as it may sound, read at least the 1,246 projected. Secondly, reach the number for these week’s “little steps”, roughly, a total of 1,642 pages for the week.

If everything goes well, there’s a big possibility that my “Magic Mondays” updates make a triumphant return. But for that to happen, I must go and recapture the missing magic.

Off to read

azr

A, more or less triumphant, return

It has been more than a month since my last post, and things have been progressing not quite the way that I would have liked. Don’t misinterpret me, there´s has been some amazing days for my page count, but in all, my goal at this point of the game is still far into the horizon.

Let’s begin with the thing that concerns me the most, the 46 days that my reading schedule has fallen behind. By now I should be nearing 29,000 total pages for year 15. Although 20,181 it’s not a bad total if this pace is maintained, by the end of the year I’ll be looking at 47,046 total pages, again, not a bad result, but around 17,000 pages less than my projections.

The other spectrum that gives me a headache is the finish dates for the first 500,000 and consequently the full scope one this project’s namesake, the elusive 1,000,000 pages. Right now, my date for reaching the first monumental milestone is November 29, 2024, a full 19 months later than my original plan of reaching it by March 2023.

The whole enchilada is even more behind, 114 months to be precise. I’m looking to cross the finish line by November 2041, a full 9 years 7 months, and 16 days after my 50th birthday. But if these challenges didn’t present themselves, well, the whole spice of the thing would go out the door.

My focus is now pinpointed on taking little steps toward the bigger picture, to start, and hopefully, I found the one app to help me along the way, is to reach each and every day my minimal average, which is 178 pages, so far, at least for the month of November, this has been the case of 4 of the 12 days. The positive side of things is that my total is 1,615 pages and 11 hours and 23 minutes logged.

The images you see above are from the reading tracking app “Read More“, which has a very simple but effective interface that allows you to keep track without having to put a lot of time into updates, time that could be spent reading.

To close out this week of reading, my focus is to reach the total projected for the week, just 630 pages left, and hopefully add on around 242 pages which represent my “little steps” toward the bigger goal.

It’s good to be back.

Off to read

azr

P.S.

I didn’t not mention it ,but my grand total is currently at 436,557 pages, let´s go get those 63,443 pages

14 years ago

It all started on these day on a chilly night of the year 2008. The crazy notion of trying the herculean task of reading 1,000,000 pages by the time I turned 50.

I was 27 back then, now, at 41, my total pages, after 5,114 days of reading, is 432,997, this distributed between 4,135 different items ranging from books all the way to single-issue comic books.

In all, it has been an amazing experience. There’s a lot work left to do for the 3,163 days left until my 50th birthday, my main focus is to reach by March 20 of 2023 the first half of my goal, and then, the real challenge begins.

For now, I’m off to read.

azr

Little steps

It has been an uphill battle to get back on track on my goals for this year’s reading.

But tbe start of one of my favorite months, which hopefully include a month long monster movie marathon, the traditional reread of Frankenstein, and more importantly around 7,000 total pages.

On that note, I’m glad to say that the first two days of October have surmount to a total of 579 pages, with room for a few more before the day is done.

My total for the year has surpass another of my milestones, 15,000 total pages. It is actually at 16,250. There’s still a lot of catching up to do, but as my mantra states “one step at a time, one page at a time”.

Now I’ll get back to trying to have a 500-page day, and getting to the midpoint of my current book, Cixin Liu’s fascinating tale, La esfera luminosa, my first book by this prolific author.

Off to read

azr

A bump in the road, or, the chasm of my reading lately

The month of September has been underwhelming for my reading, this is putting mildly. Right now, I am 26 days behind my reading schedule, and have 13,742 total pages for the year fifteen of reading.

Coming off an incredible year, has those who read this blog would known, I had over 65,000 total pages of reading, and finally, for the first time in almost a decade and a half, read one book each week.

With yesterday’s reading, a pretty good 214 total page day,a glimmer of hope has peak thru the proverbial shit-storm that has been my reading, I know that sounds dramatic, but my average for the this month is an underwhelming 58 daily pages, this includes two days with zero total pages read.

What’s in the agenda, firstly, finish the amazing first volume of the Omnibus series of the Legendary character from the Warhammer Fantasy line, Gotrek and Felix, right now, I´m on page 620, right in the middle of our heroes dealing with the underground threat of the Skavens, the humanlike mutated rats that stalk the underbelly of the Imperial series, it has been quite frankly, some of the best adventure stories of recent memory.

After this, I’ll try to go thru my TBR pile from my Kindle Unlimited newly renewed membership, and get back to basics, read at least for 4 half-hour sessions during the day, and maximize my reading during waiting periods.

It´s off to read for me.

azr

Holding my breath before the plunge

To say that this past August was one of the most hectic months of recent memory will be an understatement.It has been to my present and futures endeavors a game changer, which, I’m pretty excited to take on, but in order to get things rolling, my massive reading session had to be put on hold.

Much to my surprise, the momentum that was created in the first few months of the current year, didn’t suffer as much. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t fallen behind my schedule, but not as drastically as my busy mind imagine.

So, I find myself two weeks behind schedule, and my total is roughly above the 13,000-pages mark. How, you may ask, am I going to get back on track, fairly easy. I’ll start with my morning mantra : one step at a time, one page at a time, and from there, the lost terrain shall be reclaim.

To get the first leg moving, and getting back my purpose realign with my path, I’ll go back to a familiar and trustworthy friend, fantasy stories, in the shape of the first Omnibus of legendary characters from the popular tabletop game Warhammer, Gotrek and Felix, following the mishaps of the tough as nails Dwarf and his human chronicler/poet companion.

Right now, I am on page 317 of this highly entertaining adventure, and feeling my reading spark reignited.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: August 1, 2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update, not to jinx it, but 4 weeks in a row actually being must be a record.

I can feel just things are falling into a rhythm that reignites my hope to get to my coveted goal just in time . There´s no better example of this than my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the ninth week starts, I’m working on book number nine of the year, The Herald, the final chapter of the Sundering series, the cataclysmic event that reshaped the Forgotten Realms, the book follows the fight of legendary wizard Elminster for the future of Faerûn, as the Goddess of magic withdraws from existence, our hero faces the Shadovar for the faith of all existnez

For this week’s in-between reading, and with the excitement of the premiere of The Sandman series on Netflix, I see no better way to get ready that to read the whole ten volumes of this game changing comic book series.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 10,827 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty awesome progress of 1,500 pages for the week, with this, the second milestone has been achieved, the 10,000-page mark. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but there are glimpses of hope, there’s only a matter of time that this too shall fall.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is an amazing five days ahead, this gives me the focus to keep the pace and make the 70,000-page year a reality.The mantra for every morning will continue to be:, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week nine with a whopping surplus of 1,212 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. The quota for the month of July was met .

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 72,797 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is December 8, 2024 that’s 11 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, now I have 238 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 641 to 631 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,476 with a daily average of 211 pages, one daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,764 days away, a 33 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is February 6, 2041 that’s 3,534 days after the original plan, 26 days less that the last projection. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 59 years 8 months, and 1 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 72,797 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,764 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,534 days

Off to read.

azr.

10,000 pages

As I was saying on my last post, there was only the matter of tallying my most recent reads, and second milestone of the year was surely would be surpass.

According to my projections, the 10,000-page day is August 2, of the current year, achieving this a couple of days before is a first in all of my fifteen years of the project.

My current total is 10,827 pages, and my projections still put me over 70,000 total pages at the end of the year.

Off to read.

azr

13 hours 51 minutes 25 seconds

With July coming to a close tomorrow, there’s still have one challenge left to round up what I set out to achieve for the month.

As you can tell, with the headline, what I’m referring to is my total hours for the month July, which 62 in total. Right now those pesky almost 14 hours are standing in my way to close out that particular challenge for the first time in this reading year

The good news are that my monthly page quota is now presenting a considerable surplus, 814 pages to be precise, also, I’m pretty sure that the next milestone, 10,000 total pages, has been reach, just have to tally the final three graphic novels that I read yesterday and today

Let’s see how many tomorrow starts, and how viable is it to cross that threshold.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: July 25, 2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update, now starting it’s third week in a row being in the right day.

The year progressing quite beautifully, being hitting my mark, and everything is clicking just right. This includes is my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the eight week starts, I’m working on book number eight of the year, I find that it has become a bit easier to keep this rhythm as the weeks progress.

The book on the plate right is The Sentinel, the fifth book of the Sundering series, the cataclysmic event that reshaped the Forgotten Realms, this particular book follows the quest of paladin Kleef Kenric to fight the evil forces from The Sundering, the quest will take him to the Underdark to face the rise of a very powerful Goddess.

I took a slight detour from my adventures on the vast world of Dungeons and Dragons, this, to tackle some of the graphic novels that have been sitting on my to read shelf, literally on a physical shelf were I put what is next on the queue. This includes my current favorite on-going series, Justice League Dark, The Dawn of X Volumes 6 and 7, Skottie Young´s second volume of the highly entertaining Strange Academy, an original graphic novel written and illustrated by the amazing Jeff Lemire, and to top things off the first two volumes of the second season of Grant Morrison´s Green Lantern run.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 9,327 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty awesome progress of 1,253 pages for the week, with this, I broke the “worst year jinx”. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but there are glimpses of hope, there’s only a matter of time that this too shall fall.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is still three days ahead, this gives me the focus to keep the pace and make the 70,000-page year a reality.The mantra for every morning will continue to be:, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start the week eight with a whopping surplus of 1,036 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. The quota for the month of July sits pretty comfortably at 96%.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 74,297 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is December 19, 2024 that’s 10 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, now I have 238 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 651 to 641 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,482 with a daily average of 212 pages, one daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,797 days away, a 25 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is March 4, 2041 that’s 3,560 days after the original plan, 18 days less that the last projection. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 59 years 8 months, and 27 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 74,297 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,797 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,560 days

Off to read.

azr.

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