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.