A Terry Pratchett How To : Discworld Series

December 30, 2014 Blog, Guilty Pleasures, Information, Terry Pratchett 7

How to Read Terry Pratchett by Terry Pratchett


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Sadly the author that wrote this is no longer blogging. As a Terry Pratchett fan I feel that we need to continue reading! NO end dates! Choose how many books you would like to read and do it!

“Any format, any book, so long as it’s Pratchett. Re-reads are also perfectly acceptable!  You can set your own goals, whether you want to read 5 books or go for the whole Discworld series, that is entirely up to you. Be realistic or go crazy, there are no penalties if you don’t meet your goal, in fact the only real goal is to read some Pratchett. All you need to do is sign up below and steal the button. Stick it in a post, in your sidebar, on a separate page, wherever you like. I’ve made the button pretty big so please do feel free to resize it as fits.”


Here’s a handy little graphic or you can see my lists below for how to read Discworld!


2018! This is THE year that I will finally finish reading and re-reading a few of my Terry Pratchett favorites. Mostly the wonderful and fabulously imaginative Discworld series. Every week a new book, quote, or quick fact about or from Terry Pratchett. After the Discworld series I’m planning to venture into his other works as well! But before I start gushing about how wonderful I think Terry Pratchett’s writing is, I’d like to share just how I got into reading him.

My husband kept insisting that I would love his books. He had quite a few Terry Pratchett’s laying around but my sense of humor and my husband’s differ greatly so I didn’t want to pick them up. For all of you naysayers out there, I definitely say, as hindsight is truly 20/20, that you should try at least one if not two or three of his books to get a feel of how interesting and quite funny he can be. My first Terry Pratchett was The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. I could not put it down. I remember, laughing and crying and simply wondering why it took me so long to pick it up. Maybe it was because my husband wanted me to read it!

To this day, I have read and reread nearly all of Terry Pratchett’s works. Just recently I started the Discworld series again. Finished Eric which I have never read. Sadly I found Eric annoying to begin with, but that was years ago and I am glad I didn’t stand firm and the other day I decided to pick it up again. More on Eric the demonologist, seven year old in my next review.

As I said above, if you are interested in Terry Pratchett’s works, there are many ways to go about starting. Fortunately for you the Discworld series does not have to be read in order. And until recently I have never read any of them in order but by whichever took my fancy at the time. Let’s take them a series at a time and the recommended reading order for each series.

Discworld in order

  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sourcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Moving Pictures
  11. Reaper Man
  12. Witches Abroad
  13. Small Gods
  14. Lords and Ladies
  15. Men at Arms
  16. Soul Music
  17. Interesting Times
  18. Maskerade
  19. Feet of Clay
  20. Hogfather
  21. Jingo
  22. The Last Continent
  23. Carpe Jugulum
  24. The Fifth Elephant
  25. The Truth
  26. Thief of Time
  27. The Last Hero
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
  29. Night Watch
  30. The Wee Free Men
  31. Monstrous Regiment
  32. Hat Full of Sky
  33. Going Postal
  34. Thud!
  35. Wintersmith
  36. Making Money
  37. Unseen Academicals
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight
  39. Snuff
  40. Raising Steam

Discworld by the Themes

  • Ankh Morpork
  1. Moving Pictures
  2. The Truth
  3. Monstrous Regiment
  4. Going Postal
  5. Making Money
  6. Unseen Academicals
  7. Raising Steam
  • Death
  1. Mort
  2. Reaper Man
  3. Soul Music
  4. Hogfather
  5. Thief of Time
  • The Watch
  1. Guards! Guards!
  2. Men at Arms
  3. Feet of Clay
  4. Jingo
  5. The Fifth Elephant
  6. Night Watch
  7. Thud
  8. Snuff
  • The Witches
  1. Equal Rites
  2. Wyrd Sisters
  3. Witches Abroad
  4. Lords and Ladies
  5. Maskerade
  6. Carpe Jugulum
  • Tiffany Aching (who is also a witch)
  1. The Wee Free Men
  2. Hat Full of Sky
  3. Wintersmith
  4. I Shall Wear Midnight
  5. The Shepherd’s Crown
  • Rincewind
  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Sourcery
  4. Eric
  5. Interesting Times
  6. The Last Continent
  7. The Last Hero
  8. The Science of Discworld
  9. The Science of Discworld II: Globe
  10. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch

OR! Just pick a book up and start reading. Although I think starting with Guards! Guards! is the way to go but I am biased to Captain Vimes. I have a fictional crush on him.

It is interesting that I enjoy reading Terry Pratchett so much, especially since he refers to the overuse of exclamation points to be a sign of some mental disease or craziness!!!! In multiple books he has a character or two explain how using multiple exclamation points is always a bad sign. Of course I already know that I’m crazy whether he is pointing it out or not, but I find this particular point to be very interesting, so I decided to do a little research on it. Terry Pratchett, I still love you, even if you do think (know?) I’m crazy!!!!!

‘Multiple exclamation marks,’ he went on, shaking his head, ‘are a sure sign of a diseased mind.’ — in Eric

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind. — in Reaper Man

‘And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.’ — in Maskerade

CITY’S BIGGEST CAKE MIX-UP!! […] ‘Lose the second exclamation mark,’ he said. ‘Otherwise I think it’s perfect.’ — William de Worde in The Truth

It goes ‘baa!’ It is a sheep! […] That! Is!! Not!!! My!!!! COW!!!!! — in Thud!

As I read these this year I will link to my reviews and to their goodreads pages. Everyone deserves to sit back with a drink and enjoy a good book. I would recommend any of Pratchett’s!!!!! ;) Emphasis on the exclamation marks just for him!



Terry Pratchett:

Sir Terry Pratchett meets a tame sparrow at the animal rescue centre Secret World in Somerset as he launches a 4 million appeal to fund a new facility, January 31 2012. See SWNS story SWTERRY: Author Sir Terry Pratchett warned that Britain’s wildlife was in serious decline – as he launched an appeal to fund a new multi-million pound animal hospital. The fantasy writer, 63, spoke out in an effort to inspire nature-lovers to look after endangered creatures such as the hedgehog and the sparrow. He passionately backed a new campaign to build a new 4.4million wildlife teaching hospital – which would include an education centre to train young vets. The bearded Discworld author launched the fund appeal from Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, in East Huntspill, Somerset – the site of the proposed venue.







7 Responses to “A Terry Pratchett How To : Discworld Series”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    I love Terry Pratchett!!!
    {I am limiting myself to three exclamation points.}

    • Christina

      Ha! That’s awesome. He is great but I’ve already found a few that I have never read! This will be a great year to read some and reread others. Really excited! Sadly, I never finished the Rincewind series!

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    So Terry Pratchett is a sci-fi author but a humorist also? And these seem to be YA reads? He seems to defy classification, lol. Glad you enjoy them so much! I am hesitant to try him, but I will definitely look for him next library trip so if I don’t care for him, nothing lost 🙂 Thank you for introducing him to me, though I have seen his name on forums for years and knew nothing about his work.
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    • Christina

      I hesitated for a long time also Rita! I decided to finally read Amazing Maurice because the hubster already had it. It is SO cute. I would say that young adults CAN read these books but there will be some puns that will go over their heads. Terry Pratchett keeps the story lines set in the Discworld but with things that mirror what is going on in society today. He also pokes fun at just about everything you can imagine! It really helped me look at things in a different, and most of the time funny, light! Please let me know if you pick any up!

        • Christina

          Nope! Which makes this very long series so accessible. The Death series is amazing and starts Mort or Guards, Guards. The young adult witch series starts with Wee Free Men. There will be some characters in there that are mentioned in other books but you’ll get a good feel of them with starting with Tiffany Aching.