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.


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