Journal

Operation 52 – Week 3


  Another week another novel down! I still haven’t gotten my Wisdom Tooth removed but we have a few names that I’ll be looking into this week. I’ll probably be dropping 500 dollars on the removal (if the internet isn’t lying about the cost) and that’ll leave me quite poor. But luckily I have already got the books in my planned reading in possession so that won’t hinder this.

   As for this book I found myself not really enjoying Harry, his teenage angst reminded me a bit too much of how silly high school was. However it was nice that the book addressed just how silly he was and how much kids that age act like it. Not being much older myself I remember that far too well.

  As for Data, we have the pages read per day below. You’ll notice, very likely, that I read nearly half the book on Saturday. I didn’t have much better to do and it was an interesting challenge, I ended up reading long into the morning passed 2am. I took a short break and then finished the book which was Day 7 (as it was now Sunday morning).

Pages Read

Saturdays are becoming my crunch days whenever I slack during the week. Click on the image to see it much larger :).

  For those wanting an in-between-the-graphs pep talk I’d suggest this activity to anyone. You probably won’t want to go quite as deep into it as I have and start reading nearly thousand page books if you are working full time somewhere BUT if you do and you manage to make the journey, well it is satisfying.

  Once I make it passed the Stephen King Novel I think the next month will be smaller Asimov novels. I’ve been thinking I might be able to knock out multiple books a week which is perfectly acceptable for me. My only rule is that I keep track of what week they were scheduled for and that I do not take longer than a week to finish any one novel.

  After the foundation books I’m looking into some books on Astrophysics and perhaps a book or two from the old controversial world of Atheism. There are plenty of wonderful things to read…I’m also planning on purchasing and owning every single Magic: The Gathering book ever written, that is to say one copy of each mind you.

Pages Read

My overall reading time is sporadic, on Day 6 and 7 I was reading to 1-2 in the morning and from 2 that morning till about 3. So I’m not surprised the reading time was slow.

  When I play games too much I find that I dream about the games or plot over them at night, when I write too much I stare at the ceiling at night deciphering what I’ve written, and indeed it appears now that when I’ve read too much I will start thinking in storytelling mode. I was literally thinking this morning “Harry goes to brush his teeth.” as I got up to brush my teeth. The name of the character doing the things would change but…it was odd.

  Made me understand how people can get so headlong into faith and start killing one another. The words wash away the reasonable nature of your mind for a bit, if I were constantly indoctrinating myself in the same text over and over I’m sure I would certainly go mad. Humbling revelation for sure.

  Finally, just as a passing point. Have you ever had someone who you were avoiding because of an uncomfortable feeling they gave you? I’m quite lucky it is just someone on the internet, but still, you know that once you return to conversation they’ll likely be heated and that you waiting because of that just compounds the problem. Ah well. Such is life, once I get this tooth removed life will be much more pleasant.

Month 1:

  Week 1: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (448 Pages / 64 Pages Nightly)
  Week 2: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (752 Pages / 107 Pages Nightly)
  Week 3: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (870 Pages / 125 Pages Nightly)
  Week 4: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (652 Pages / 93 Pages Nightly)

Month 2:

  Week 5: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (784 Pages / 112 Pages Nightly)
  Week 6: Under the Dome: A Novel – Stephen King (1074 Pages / 153 Pages Nightly)
  Week 7: Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)
  Week 8: Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov (272 Pages / 38 Pages Nightly)