Of Forgotten Things

As much as I like to use digital mediums to keep track of my reading, currently, I’m combining some simple spreadsheets with the readmore app, nothing beats the ol’ reliable analog tracking in the form of a journal mostly adapted from the Bullet Journal method, and enriched with so many ideas you can find all over the internet.

But to be completely honest, my two reading journals for years fourteen and the current year fifteen, are not quite up to date with all the amazing progress that these couple of years have given me, and to do them justice I have decided to take upon nice self to right the situation. It will be a monumental task, but they surely deserve it, and plus, this will leave a physical manifestation of my beloved project.

The smaller one, with the crescent moon on the cover is my journal for year fourteen, it is a Tsuki Midnight Edition from Notebook Therapy the cool of this particular notebook is that it has black pages and it came with a set of gel pencils. The taller one is my current journal and it is a Classic Squared Notebook from Moleskine, a pretty elegant and reliable brand.

Over the year I have tried to develop a tracking method that is both clear with the data and also integrates some graphic elements to represent my progress.

An element that both journals have is this page depicting the days I have left of reading for the year, but also it doubles as a tracker of how much I read each and every day with a color chart that is easy to read, I treat it as a calendar that you check off each passing day.

A new element that I incorporated into this year´s journal is the colorful spiral that you see above, each square represents a number of pages read, and it helps me visualize my monthly progress in a clear and colorful way, and to be honest, filling those squares is both satisfying and relaxing.

There are other elements integrated into my journals and as always these analog logs are constantly evolving into what I think they need to be to better represent my journey thru reading 1,000,000 pages. I’ll share a little more inside this precious book, and hopefully inspire, as so many beautiful examples that did this for me, to pick up a notebook and scribble away your ideas.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: January 24, 2023

Once again my Magic Monday has to turn into a Tuesday, but with things going as they are, I really can’t complain.

My total for the week was an amazing 1,491 pages, that’s 19% more than the week’s quota. The goal of picking up my reading of the second volume of Gotrek and Felix´s Adventures and The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy has worked out beautifully, respectively, I have completed 68% and 45% of each book. The plan is to finish them by January 31, which is about 49 and 70 daily pages of each to get this task.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 32,399 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,174 pages of progress since last Monday, with this, this year entered my top 5 of the best page total, now the next task, position number 4, is 12,946 pages away. Still, there’s the 3,000-plus week that eludes me, one of the goals for year number fifteen is to have at least one, and finally have the first sigil tattooed on my body.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is 50 days behind, one day more than last week, this minimal step back does not concern me that much, this is a reflection of the two current books that I’m reading being over 1,000 pages, slow progress with a big pay off at the end, by the end of January I should regain the lost ground and then some. My current projections put my total at 51,112 pages that are 13,830 pages less than what I’m comfortable with. The mantra for every morning will continue to be: one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week thirty-four with a more manageable deficit of 7,095 pages, giving me quite the challenge to balance out this gargantuan number in each of the 18 weeks left on this year of reading. That number for this week is 540 additional pages to the 1,246 pages of the weekly quota.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 51,225 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 11,2024 that’s around 6 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 56 days to do so, but according to my current projection, the reality is that I’m 596 days behind schedule.

For the second part of the journey or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,423 with a daily average of 203 pages, one daily page less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections put it 6,414 days away, a 21-day gain from the last projection, making the end date August 16, 2040, that’s 3,360 days after the original plan, 3 days less than 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 2 months, and 11 days old.

To summarize the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 51,225 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,414 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,360 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: January 17, 2023

Welcome to the third Magic Monday of the year, well almost on a Monday but the thought is what counts, and let me tell you that things are starting to roll quite beautifully.

My total for the week was an amazing 1,523 pages, that’s 22% more than the week’s quota, this week´s plan is to pick up the two books, the second volume of Gotrek and Felix´s Adventures and The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy, that I was reading before my Christmas reading marathon involving a trilogy of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher and the first 5 volumes of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which I finally finished over the weekend. In addition to this, I have picked up a new Manga series, Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, currently, on volume number 3, and with 52 titles available thru my Kindle Unlimited subscription, there are a lot of stories to go thru.

My goal is to read more Manga series, right now there are a few on my radar like DR. Stone, Claymore, Noragami: Stray God, and Battle Angel Alita, but any recommendations are welcome, I’m kind of new to the genre, and it has hooked me.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 31,225 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 1,355 pages of progress since last Monday, with this, I’m 923 pages away from making this year enter my top 5 of the best page total. Still, there’s the 3,000-plus week that eludes me, one of the goals for year number fifteen is to have at least one, and finally have the first sigil tattooed on my body.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is 49 days behind, staying the same as last week, at least I didn’t lose ground, which for me is a victory in itself. My current projections put my total at 51,019 pages that are 13,923 pages less than what I’m comfortable with. The mantra for every morning will continue to be: one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week thirty-three with a more manageable deficit of 7,340 pages, giving me quite the challenge to balance out this gargantuan number in each of the 19 weeks left on this year of reading. That number for this week is 534 additional pages to the 1,246 pages of the weekly quota.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 52,399 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 17,2024 that’s around 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 64 days to do so, but according to my current projection, the reality is that I’m 610 days behind schedule.

For the second part of the journey or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,426 with a daily average of 204 pages, one daily page less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections put it 6,435 days away, a 56-day gain from the last projection, making the end date August 29, 2040, that’s 3,363 days after the original plan, 29 days less than 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 2 months, and 24 days old.

To summarize the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 52,399 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,435 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,363 days

Off to read.

azr.

Today’s Target

In order to reach the ultimate goal of this project, one word should be the main axis of each and every day, Consistency.

Fortunately, and with the help of the Readmore app, this first month of 2023 has been showing some signs of what my reading is supposed to be.

Thanks to one of the feature of the app, I can set daily targets not only for the total pages for day, but also for each individual book, this gives clear daily goals in order to meet my self imposed deadline

For today’s reading, these are my goals.

The daily goal will always be the main focus, those 180 pages are the minimum required to crossed the 1,000,000 pages threshold by my 50th birthday.

Off to read.

azr.

Shared adventures

There’s so new plans brewing for me share my experience thru reading 1,000,000 pages, and I’m glad to say, that this journey wouldn’t be made alone.

I’ll keep some of the details shrouded in mystery, but what I can say is that my friend from loqueleemos.com has joined me in what we are calling “joint readings”

Our first task is to go thru the first four Omnibus editions of the famous Warhammer Fantasy heroes Gotrek and Felix, this unlikely pair of the Dwarf killing machine and his human poet and sometimes warrior companion is sure has been a delightful read.

Right now, we are about 1/3 done with the second volume, and brewing some ideas to take you along on this amazing journey.

We’ll keep you posted.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: January 9, 2023

Welcome to the second Magic Monday of the year, and let me tell you that this one was just exactly what morale needed.

My total for the week was a whopping 2,818 pages, that’s 126% more than the week’s quota, this was in part thanks to the amazing manga series Happiness written by Shuzo Oshimi. I haven’t read such an eerie and unsettling vampire story since John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, and to know that there are still a few volumes left to read, just got thru volume 8, makes me really happy.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 29,870 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 3,399 pages of progress since last monday, with this, I’m 2,278 pages away from making this year enter my top 5 of the best page total. Still, there’s the 3,000-plus week that eludes me, but this week was a glimpse of hope, falling short only by 920 pages.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is 49 days behind, making a bit of headway, taking 11 days off last week’s 60 days. My current projections put my total around 50,000 pages that are 14,942 pages less than what I’m comfortable with. The mantra for every morning will continue to be: one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week thirty-two with a more manageable deficit of 8,863 pages, given my quite the challenge to balance out this gargantuan number in each of the 20 weeks left on this year of reading. That number for this week is 521 additional pages to the 1,246 pages of the weekly quota.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 53,754 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 27,2024 that’s around 1 month 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 71 days to do so, but according to my current projection, the reality is that I’m 627 days behind schedule.

For the second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,432 with a daily average of 205 pages, two daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections put it 6,491 days away, a 44-day gain from the last projection, making the end date September 17, 2040, that’s 3,392 days after the original plan, 67 days less than 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 3 months, and 12 days old.

To summarize the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 53,7543 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,491 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,392 days

Off to read.

azr.

Down memory lane

This passed few days I have been reading some new comic book from one of my most beloved characters from my childhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This particular collection is a fifteen volume series published by IDW Publishing and collects all the On-going series plus the special events and micro-series, this particular run is the longest in franchise history, to the moment there are 269 issues published.

The best part for me, has been enjoying the art work by co-creator Kevin Eastman, it really brings me back to when I discovered that the original source material for the Saturday cartoons was far cooler and darker.

Right now, I’m halfway thru the fourth volume, and judging by the storyline so far, this is just getting started. For what I heard, The Last Ronin story-arc is mind blowing.

Off to read.

azr

Numbers: January 2, 2023

As far as my New Year´s resolutions go, the main one is to reinstall the Magic Monday posts, also known as my weekly update, so let’s begin this year by getting back to a much-needed rhythm.

I’m coming off an 8-day marathon, which gave me a little boost to get this year’s reading back on track, from the proposed 15 items on the list, I got thru 10 of them, giving a total of 1,942 pages for the whole marathon, just had to make a few modifications to the list, a couple of volumes of the manga series Attack on Titan were already on my read list, you can see the list below. The items left unread will be part of this week’s TBR pile.

  • Blood of Elves
  • The Time of Contempt
  • Baptism of Fire
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 5
  • Books of Magic (2018-) Vol.2
  • Books of Magic (2018-) Vol.3
  • The Dreaming (2018-) Vol.2
  • The Dreaming (2018-) Vol.3
  • Happiness Vol.1
  • Attack on Titan Vol.7
  • Attack on Titan Vol.8
  • DC/Young Animal: Milk Wars
  • Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 26,741 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, which a pretty good progress, with this, I’m closer to making this year enter my top 5 of the best page total. Still, there’s the 3,000-plus week that 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 a whopping 60 days behind, this gives me the focus to pick up the pace, because my current projections put my total around 47,000 pages that’s almost 20,000 pages less than what I’m comfortable with. The mantra for every morning will continue to be: one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week thirty-one with a whopping deficit of 10,435 pages, given my quite the challenge to balance out this gargantuan number in each of the 21 weeks left on this year of reading. That number for this week is 580 additional pages to the 1,246 pages for each week.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 56,883 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is October 31,2024 that’s around 2 months 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 78 days to do so, but according to my current projection, the reality is that I’m 592 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,452 with a daily average of 207 pages, four daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections put it 6,535 days away, a 229-day gain from the last projection, making the end date is November 23, 2040, that’s 3,459 days after the original plan, 75 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 5 months, and 18 days old.

To summarize the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 56,883 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,535 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,459 days

Off to read.

azr.

8-days of “Readmass”, Day One

Yesterday; I started my Holiday Reading Marathon, a bit slow, but non the less it started with the great hope of going thru some amazing material, and hopefully by the end, I’ll read close to 4,000 pages.

This year’s list is comprised of some books and graphic novels that have been on my radar, and many of them that were just sitting on my shelves for far too long. The main task is to read 3 books of the Witcher Series, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, for which I have only heard amazing things. I’m not familiar with the video game series, but my first voyage to this universe was the Netflix main series starring Henry Cavill, but as we all know, books are always a different animal.

The three books contained in this box set are Blood Elves, The Time of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire. I’m not really sure of the chronology of the story, but to my very limited knowledge of the matter, this is the first novel written, and there are a couple of books containing some short stories that go thru the shaping of the enigmatic Geralt of Rivia.

But the book that kicked off the festivities was the second volume of Kat Howard’s Book of Magic starring Tim Hunter, the kid wizard created by Neil Gaiman, and a dweller of the evergrowing Sandman Universe. The Next graphic on the queue is the third volume of the same series.

Here’s my complete list of reading, the ones crossed are the ones that I have already gone thru.

  • Blood of Elves
  • The Time of Contempt
  • Baptism of Fire
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 4
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW Collection Vol. 5
  • Books of Magic (2018-) Vol.2
  • Books of Magic (2018-) Vol.3
  • The Dreaming (2018-) Vol.2
  • The Dreaming (2018-) Vol.3
  • Attack on Titan Vol.5
  • Attack on Titan Vol.6
  • Attack on Titan Vol.7
  • DC/Young Animal: Milk Wars
  • Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1

I wish each and every one a happy holiday season, filled with love and lots of food.

Off to read

azr

A reading marathon before a reading marathon

It been quite sometime since I posted any updates from my reading journey, hectic is the word for the closing months of this year.

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, and the 10,000 plus pages that I have fallen behind on my reading, the natural decision to have an intense reading marathon is not only a great way to spent this lazy cold days but also a necessity to start the second half of my year of reading closer to my goal.

Thus, on December 23, starts my “8 days of readmass” marathon. But in order to read what I have in mind, which includes 3 books of The Witcher series, a great chunk of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collections, and some Mangas that I have being putting off, I must first finish the two current books that are in my “currently reading” pile.

With both over 1,000 pages each, in order to have my proper marathon, I must have a warm-up run. The task for the upcoming days, with the help of the Readmore app, is to hit the daily total to finish by the start of the main event.

The two books in question are the Second Omnibus of Gotrek and Felix adventures, set the the vast Warhammer Fantasy Universe, which will only get bigger with Henry Cavill’s plan to develop with Amazon Studios a bunch of series and movies. The other book us the classic Border Trilogy by genius author Cormac McCarthy, set in the borderland of Texas and México, with the raw beauty of the desert landscape perfectly captured by enthralling writing of Mr. McCarthy.

So, the task for today goes like this

157 pages for Gotrek and Felix, and 129 pages for The Border Trilogy. I have already read a few pages, but not quite up to the needed task.

Let’s see how the day progress.

Off to read

azr

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