Numbers: March 21, 2022

Once again, welcome to a Magic Monday that’s actually on a Monday, the third 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 40, I´m still working on book number 46, La búsqueda del asesino by legendary author Robin Hobb, currently on page 529 of 829, the final book of the Farseer trilogy. The one short story a day challenge suffered a bit of a set back, the 65-day streak came to a stop, hopefully this will restart today and not stop for quite a while . 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 have decided to go with Legends II, containing stories by some heavy hitters like Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams and Anne McCaffrey. There’s a particular story set in the vast universe created by Robin Hobb that’s just screams to be read.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 48,281 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a very decent 1,295 registered pages more than last update. Still struggling to reach the next step, 50,000 pages. Last Monday, according to my projections, was the day when I supposedly had to reach this next milestone but with 1,719 pages to reach it, I’ll give myself another week to do so. But on some positive news, year number fourteen is now officially my best one, now my focus shifts to those 16,661 pages left to reach this year’s ambitious goal.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a small surge ,currently is at 61,357 pages, 238 pages more than the last update. My reading schedule is still 17 days behind, as long as the numbers don’t pile up, or in the best case scenario, go down one or two days a week, I’m a happy camper.

I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 40 with a deficit of 3,179 pages, and a total 4,425 pages to get back to balance, this week I had a surplus of 360 pages. The total for the month of March, for which the projected goal is 5,518 pages, is now 5,006 representing almost a 91%, with only 10 days left on the month, things are looking in great shape. There´s 4,377 pages to get back in balance for the whole year.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 101,142 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is August 17, 2025, that’s 12 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at exactly one year from now, 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 894 to 882 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,651 with a daily average of 236 pages, a 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 7,402 days away, a 29 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is June 26, 2042, that’s 4,039 days after the original plan, 22 days less that the last projection. This forward momentum in time gain is becoming the standard, the goal is to at least a month of time with each week. I have to keep reminding 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: 101,147 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,402 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,039 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

And coming in first place

Finally!!! I did it, year fourteen is now officially my best year of reading, and with 79 days left on it, the future is bright.

My current total is 47,765, surpassing year number one by only 59 pages. I have special thanks to give to two amazing stories, the first volume of the Manga series Vindland Saga by Makoto Yukimura, and the third volume of Wasteland by Anthony Johnston, a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi Western with mutants and all the good stuff, plus, the covers are made by the fantastic Ben Templesmith.

For this upcoming days, I´ll be working on a couple of goals, the obvious one, which I have been dragging on for the couple of weeks, the 50,000-page milestone for this year, but more importantly, there´s only 1,658 pages left to reach 400,000 total pages. Both goals are the driving force for this week.

Off to read.

azr

The state of things, or, how I still haven´t reach 50,000 pages

Right now my total for year fourteen is 47,183. That’s 2,817 pages left to get me over that really important milestone.

Fortunately; this is a long weekend and with a little effort and massive amounts of caffeine, by Monday Morning, I’ll be raising a proverbial toast to the joyous occasion, in what form, that’s still being discussed.

There’s a particular focus on finishing La búsqueda del asesino, currently on page 469 of 829, so I can start with renew strength to tackle Tolkien Reading Day, and if all goes as plan, reading The Children of Húrin in it’s entirety.

In this what is left of the list that I concocted to get me over the total.

  1. La búsqueda del asesino (currently reading)
  2. Shaman King Vol.9
  3. Shaman King Vol.10
  4. Absolute Sandman Overture (currently reading)
  5. Batman:Dark Victory
  6. Vinland Saga Vol.1 (currently reading)
  7. Eternals: Cosmic Origin
  8. Wasteland Vol.2
  9. Wasteland Vol.3
  10. Wasteland Vol.4
  11. Wasteland Vol.5
  12. Wasteland Vol.6
  13. Wasteland Vol.7

Off to read.

azr

And coming in second place

With this morning’s petite reading session, which felt a whole course meal, I have finally pass my second best year of reading, year number eleven with a total of 47,171, now the total for year fourteen is 47,183.

I have many thanks to give to two amazing single-issue comic books from the horror series by Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla, The Night of the Ghoul, publish for the original imprint of the Comixology app.

This series has a very Criminal Macabre-Hellboy feel to it, and with Mr. Snyder at the helm for the writing and Mr. Francavilla with the haunting artwork, it’s a must for any comic book fan.

There’s only 523 pages between me and my best year of reading, after that, I coming for those 50,000 pages.

Off to read.

azr

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.

azr.

50,000-page watch: March 13,2022

Being tomorrow, this according to my projections, should be the day for reaching the 50,000-page milestone in this year of reading, it seems fit that I made a little update to see where my total stands.

As of right now my total for the year is 46,605 pages, that’s 3,395 to reach the next point in my journey. It is safe to say that is nearly impossible for me to read almost 3,500 pages in one day, but it seems like a task for the upcoming week of reading.

In order to reach that task, I concocted a list to get me over the total.

  1. La búsqueda del asesino (currently reading)
  2. Shaman King Vol.9 ( currently reading)
  3. Shaman King Vol.10
  4. Absolute Sandman Overture
  5. Batman:Dark Victory
  6. Vinland Saga Vol.1
  7. Eternals: Cosmic Origin
  8. Wasteland Vol.2
  9. Wasteland Vol.3
  10. Wasteland Vol.4
  11. Wasteland Vol.5
  12. Wasteland Vol.6
  13. Wasteland Vol.7

This will give 5 pages over the total, and it will become my best year of reading.

Off to read

azr

And coming in number 3

I’m so excited to say that this year is now officially my third best in page total. With 45,519 total pages it’s only behind year number 11 with 47,171 total pages, and my best year, the first of all, with 47,705 total pages.

That means that I’m only 2,187 pages away from the top spot. I´ll work my ass off to get there by the end of the week, and celebrate achieving both the best year ever and crossing the 50,000-page milestone for the year.

I’m thinking that celebratory pancakes are in my near future.

Off to read.

azr

91 and 7 days

I have exactly 91 days left on this the fourteen year of reading, and in that time the total pages left are 20,077.

But my most immediate challenge is to reach the 50,000 page mark, for which, there’s only 7 days and 5,135 pages left.

Both are quite the undertaking, those 5,135 present the most challenging task, but at least more than half that is possible than I can tackle. I’m confident in my ability to take it on, for that, and as must you expect from me, I concocted a reading schedule to help reach that particular.

What’s in store for today :

  • Asesino Real (70 pages)
  • Shaman King Vol. 7
  • Shaman King Vol. 8
  • X of Swords (195 pages)
  • La búsqueda del asesino (105 pages)

That’s around 571 pages, and that will be the total for each day for this week.

Off to read

azr

Numbers: March 7,2022

Welcome to the first Magic Monday of the month of March, and what an awesome way to start this month.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is way ahead of schedule, starting week number 38, I’m still working on book number 45, Asesino Real by legendary author Robin Hobb, currently on page 584 of 654, I hope to finish by today in order to start the final book of the Farseer trilogy, La búsqueda del Asesino. The one short story a day challenge is enjoying a 58-day streak. I´m about to start a new short story collection by non-other that Robert E. Howard, famed Conan The Barbarian creator. This time is the turn of puritan swordsman Solomon Kane, beautifully by one of the best artists in fantasy, Gary Gianni.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 44,865 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a whopping 1,718 registered pages more than last update.Still focusing on the next step, 50,000 pages. Now I’m facing the final week to get back in balance, and with 5,135 pages to reach the next milestone, I feel a strange kind of focus, call it confidence, call it stupidity, I’ll call it a fun race against the clock.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a surge ,currently is at 59,929 pages, 784 pages less than the last update. My reading schedule is now 22 days behind, this is a 2 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 38 with a deficit of 3,943 pages, and a total 5,813 pages to get back to balance, this week I had a surplus of 624 pages. The total for the month of March, for which the projected goal is 5,518 pages, is now 1,750, representing almost a 32%, in just the first week. The month of February finish with a total of 5,256, that’s 272 more pages that projected. With the amazing first week of reading of this new month, I have now 7,633 pages to get back in balance for the whole year.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 104,558 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is September 22 , 2025, that’s 19 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 936 to 917 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,679 with a daily average of 240 pages, a 2 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 7,487 days away, a 43 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is September 5, 2042, that’s 4,110 days after the original plan, 36 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: 104,558 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,487 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,110 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: February 28, 2022

Welcome to the last Magic Monday of the month of February, and what a month it was.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is way ahead of schedule, starting week number 37, I’m still working on book number 44, Asesino Real by legendary author Robin Hobb, currently on page 249 of 654 . The one short story a day challenge is enjoying a 51-day streak. I´m already on the tenth story of the collection Criaturas Fantásticas ,penned by the legendary Larry Niven.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 43,147 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s a pretty decent 865 registered pages more than last update.Still focusing on the next step, 50,000 pages. The next 14 days are crucial to get back on track, and with 6,853 to reach the next milestone, my race against the clock just got more interesting.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a surge ,currently, is at 59,145 pages, 375 pages less than the last update. My reading schedule is now 24 days behind, this is a 2 day loss from my last update. I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 37 with a deficit of 4,567 pages, and a total 5,813 pages to get back to balance, this week I had a surplus of 55 pages. The total for the month of February, which is 4,984 pages, is now 5,136 pages, representing almost a 103%, with just one to go, I’ll try to at least finish 500 pages over February’s projected total.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 106,276 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is October 10, 2025, that’s 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, that gap narrowed from 942 to 936 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,694 with a daily average of 242 pages, a 1 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 7,530 days away, a 18 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is October 11, 2042, that’s 4,146 days after the original plan, 12 days less that the last projection. Although there´s always forward motion, the goal is always to gain at least a month of time with each week, hopefully, if this goal can be kept for the foreseeable future, the coveted end date of 2031, will be easily reach

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 106,276 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,530 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,146 days

Now back to work on the 50,000-page milestone, and hitting my very neglected daily, weekly, and monthly goals.

Off to read.

azr.

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