New Endeavour: Around the Discworld (in 41 months)

Discworld

For some time I’ve wanted to read all the Discworld books in order. I’ve read a few already from the Tiffany Aching series but never quite gathered the momentum to start the series from the beginning and work my way through the lot (in spite of lots of blogger friends recommending their personal favourites).  Then I got talking to a fellow blogger, Louise over at Lou’s Book Stuff (be sure to check out her lovely blog) and, likewise, she also wants to work her way around the Discworld.  So, we came up with a plan to nudge ourselves in the right direction and also to encourage each other to go adventuring and so ‘Around the Discworld in 41 Months’ was born.  As titles go, it’s a little bit of a mouthful but at the same time it feels oddly ‘Pratchett-appropriate’.

Unlike Phileas Fogg we’re not attempting to travel the Discworld at breakneck speed, instead, like the turtle above, this is going to be a very chilled, none-challenge like endeavour.  I find over ambitious plans usually take the route of failure on my part, and sometimes life has other plans for us, so we’re only intending to read one book a month and yes that does mean it’s going to be a rather long trip.  So, we’ve packed our trunks and worked out a travel plan.

Starting on the 1st April we’re going to pick up one book a month until the series is complete.  The aim is to review each book towards the end of the month and compare our thoughts.  Very simple, no stress.  We’re planning on reading the series in chronological order rather than by theme because we want to discover the world in the same way Pratchett wrote it.  If, like us, this is a journey you’ve always fancied making but kept putting off, and you want to join in, then all are most welcome.

The first book in the series is The Colour of Magic and here’s the description  together with one of the many available covers:

Colour3Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried through space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown).

If you’re new to the Discworld don’t worry, you’re not alone . . . Twoflower is the Discworld’s first tourist, he’s exceptionally naive and about to get himself into an array of dangerous and fantastical situations on his travels.

And if that didn’t sound fateful enough, it’s the spectacularly inept wizard, Rincewind who is charged with safely chaperoning Twoflower and his Luggage (a walking suitcase that has half a mind of its own and a homicidal attitude to anything threatening) during his visit.

Safe to say chaos ensues…

The Discworld novels can be read in any order but The Colour of Magic is the first Discworld book. It is also the starting point in the Wizards collection, followed by The Light Fantastic.

30 Responses to “New Endeavour: Around the Discworld (in 41 months)”

  1. Tammy

    Cool project, Lynn! And its always nice to have a reading buddy for this kind of thing😁

  2. alburke47

    Sounds like fun. Like you, I’ve read a bunch of them in no particular order, which one can do, but I wonder what themes I’ve missed out on along the way. Maybe I’ll copy you someday. They are delightful reads and the polar opposite of the dark and gritty stuff I usually favour.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes exactly, I think it will be nice to insert a little fun reading and madcap humour amongst the epic and grimdark books.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Susy's Cozy World

    This is an amazing project and I really hope you would love the trip!! 😍 I am doing the theme thing at the moment, but one of these days I would try a re-read of the series with this method!!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Wow, I’ll have to check out your thoughts so far.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Louise

    I’m so excited to be reading this with you! I have colour of magic sitting on my shelf now just waiting to dive in! I’ve wanted to do this for so long and its a bit intimidating to be starting such a big series but I think it’s going to be something really special!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Sorry I’m so late, I had a two week break and now I’m rather behind, but, I’m really excited to be starting this too.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Ola G

    Good luck with your project! I feel I need to warn you that Colour of Magic is not the best of Discworld books – there are many (almost all, basically) better books ahead! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – tbh I had been forewarned that the first (and perhaps second) might not be the favourites.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A leisurely tour is indeed the best way to go! Pratchett is one of the authors I always mean to read, but so far I’ve been too distracted by other titles to really start: following your path through the series might be the encouragement I need! And starting the journey on April 1st sounds like a perfect, Pratchett-like and tongue-in-cheek date for your travels! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, that’s what we thought. What better way to start our travels than on April Fools.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Oh, I looooove this! I was going to do them all a while ago and only read book 1 and then never continued. I might join you both! Maybe this is the motivation I need.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you’re still planning on joining – I would love to see some of those gorgeous collectors covers again that you own.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        I definitely am! You’re doing book 2 in April or book 1 in April?

      • @lynnsbooks

        Book 1 in April. 😁

      • waytoofantasy

        Okay cool, just want to make sure I stay on schedule. 🙂

  8. Zezee

    Sounds like a fantastic plan. I’m steadily making my way through the series as well, and it is a lot of fun.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Cool – how far in are you?

      • Zezee

        Well, I’m going by subseries instead of in chronological order and have so far three of the Witches books but recently read the Color of Magic for a readalong. I intend to pick up the fourth Witches book next.

  9. pagesandtea

    Good luck with your new endeavor. This was something I had in mind a while ago after I read and enjoyed Good Omens. I read the first two but then for no real reason at all I haven’t been back to the series since. I think the next if I go in order is the first witches book. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it, but SO MANY BOOKS…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Indeed, so many books, but, at the same time, good problems to have, yes?
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lexlingua

    Now this seems like a fun challenge. And 41 Months is an interesting number, how did you choose it?! I’ve heard that one of the funniest Discworld books are Monstrous Regiment, Guards, and Sourcery. Hope will get to see those books reviewed here!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ll be hopefully reviewing them all, one a month – there’s 41 titles in the series – difficult to believe really, I don’t think I’ve heard of another series that is so long.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    This is such a good idea. I’m doing the Turtle Recall challenge at the moment but have only managed one so far! I’ll know doubt go over in to next year. My favourite Discworld arc has to be the Moist Von Lipwig books which start with Going Postal and the Hogfather is fantastic too. Happy reading!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks, there seem to be such a lot of books that appeal to people from this series and so I’m really excited to get started.
      Lynn 😀

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  13. bkfrgr

    This sounds awesome! Happy reading Lynn! (And I’m sure others have said, but the Discworld books get so much better after the first couple). 😃

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I’m forewarned, which is always a good thing.
      lynn 😀

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