As the Summer of 2019 was passing us by I realized that I had not read nearly enough Discworld so far. It didn’t quite fit in with my reading plans or my reading challenge and I thought that was a shame. So the goal to focus more on Discworld in 2020 was formed. Despite wanting to take it easy with reading the books, I have still only read 14 books out of 41. Some of them have been read a while ago too. So having a better focus on this series does seem right.
And then I realized what better way to do that then by sharing this goal for myself with all of you by a reading challenge. This is going to be low key in the sense that you can step in at any point of having read Discworld. At having read zero, some or all. You can set your own goal and discuss the books with us.
Turtle Recall comes from the 2012 Discworld companion Pratchett wrote with Stephen Briggs. At that point there were 39 books out.
Read books set in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. This challenge isn’t to read the whole of the series as I know that is a big commitment. Just hop along reading the Discworld novels. Ones you still need to read or ones that you want to reread.
You can set your own goal or reach for the levels down below.
All Formats count
All 41 Discworld books count
All short stories and graphic novels count
Companion books count as well as they are a part of Discworld. I have also seen books that talk about Discworld and all that. They can be allowed as well, however don’t do this more than once. This challenge is really about Pratchett’s own words (or Stephen Briggs and Paul Kidby (Discworld Imaginarium) count too as they worked alongside Pratchett for a long time).
Levels to Reach For
Discworld is the world that all the stories are set in. It is a flat planet (disc) on the backs of four elephants who stand upon the great turtle A’Tuin. The Disc is about 10.000 miles wide. In the middle of Discworld lies the mountain Cori Celesti, and home to the Disc’s Gods.
Level 1 / The Counterweight Continent / 1-5 Books
The Counterweight Continent is on the other end of the Unnamed Continent and Klatch. It is much smaller in landmass than either of them but makes up for it in its crust that is made almost entirely out of gold and octiron. The octiron is cause of the rare sapient pear trees the contintent has. Wood from these trees create Luggages. Beware if you come across a Luggage. It is home to the Agatean Empire.
Level 2 / Klatch / 6-10 Books
Klatch is one part of Discworld’s super continent and located on the other end of the Circle Sea. It includes the countries Klatch, Howondaland, Djelibebi and Ephebe to name a few. Those outside of Klatch view it as a barren, sandy land. In reality Klatch has jungles in Howondaland.
Level 3 / Lancre / 11-15 Books
Lancre is a place on the Unnamed Continent and lies in the Ramtop Mountains. It is a major earthing point for Discworld’s magic and as such you will often see witches and walking trees abound. It is quite unknown how big Lancre truly is because of the mountain area, but mostly of all because of the magic warping things.
Level 4 / Pseudopolis / 16-20 Books
Pseudopolis, which means false city, is also known as Psephopololis according to the Discworld mapp. It has a school of magic called Braseneck College that has a longstanding rivalry with The Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork. Nothing much seems to happen here…
Level 5 / Ankh-Morpork / 21-25 Books
Ankh-Morpork is city on the Unnamed Continent. The name refers to itself, behind walls, and the surrounding suburbs and neighbouring farms. It is partly build upon itself as when the river (Ankh) flooded they just continued to build on the abanded buildings. Ankh-Morpork thrives on guilds. There are guilds for every profession. From thieves to clowns.
Level 6 / Unseen University / 26-30 Books
The Unseen University is a school of wizardy. The university is set in Ankh-Morpork. The Faculty are mostly filled up by old wizards, and strangely, one orangutan librarian. The head of the school is the archangelor, a position currently held by Ridcully. Another, somewhat, known figure is Rincewind. He holds various unwanted positions in the school for which he receives no salary.
Level 7 / The Rimfall / 31-35 Books
The Rim is the end of the world. The Rimfall is the endless waterfall there. It flows into space and takes many unfortunate things along with it.
Level 8 / Death’s Domain / 36-41 Books
Death’s Domain is, as the name suggests, the domain of Death, the reaper of Discworld. It lays outside of time and space. He lives there with his manservant Albert, his horse Binky and the Death of Rats. Almost everything is in different shades of black. Mon Repos is the main house and the inside is much larger than the outside.
I created a goodreads group for easier talking. That is something I missed during the reading challenge I did last year when there were a lot of elements there.
If any of you are interested we could do a few group reads throughout the year. Two or three maybe. In the goodreads group we could decide which ones to nominate and then vote to read. I think the more standalone discworld books work well for this but if anyone has any other ideas feel free to share them.
For those that are new to Discworld I want to write one or multiple guides to Discworld about the arcs, reading order and so on. If you have any suggestions for topics send them my way please.
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You can save this and copy and past the covers of the books you have read for this reading challenge in paint. You can also lengten the white in paint as you read more and more.