Sunday, November 15, 2009

Terry Pratchett 2010 Challenge

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you will probably be aware that I am something of a sucker for reading challenges. One thing I have never done though is hosted a challenge but all that is about to change!

I mentioned in my blogiversary post that I was going to be hosting my first ever challenge, so now it is time to reveal the details!

I have been reading Terry Pratchett for years. I have distinct memories of being on a bus in Adelaide more than 15 years ago and having other passengers looking at me very strangely because I was laughing at loud at something I had read in a Pratchett novel. I read a number of his books and then stopped, I think mainly because I went off travelling and stopped reading full stop. I always intended to come back to them.

Over the last few years I have read a couple of Discworld novels, but not as many as I would have liked. As far back as March 2007 I blogged about the possibility of reading the Discworld series in its entirety, but it never happened. You know that means just one thing! Time for a Terry Pratchett reading challenge!

The challenge will start from 1 December 2009 and run through to 30 November 2010. There are several different levels of participation for you to choose from:

1-3 books - Cashier at Ankh-Morpork Mint
4-5 books - Guard of the City Watch
6-8 books - Academic at the Unseen University
9-10 books - Member of Granny Weatherwax's Coven
10-12 books - Death's Apprentice

You can either be reading the books for the first time, rereading, or even watching the TV adaptations if you like! As long as everyone has fun I will be happy! Please also do not feel limited to only reading the Discworld books as any books by Terry Pratchett will count for this challenge.

For a full list of the Discworld books in publication order, check out this page on the author's website for his page at Fantastic Fiction. The number of books either written by Terry Pratchett or about his work is a bit mind boggling really.


Each month, I will put a Mr Linky up so that you can link your reviews or Pratchett posts if you want to do more general posts say on individual characters, places, events etc.

To sign up just leave a comment on this post with a link to your intro post if you do one. I look forward to seeing what people post about over the next 12 months.

Special thanks to McVane for the fantastic button

95 comments:

  1. I'm a bit of a reading challenge junkie myself and have promised that I will be more controlled next year, but I just can't resist this one. Have you read TP's "Nation"? Awesome stuff.

    I will come back and post a link once I write my sign-up post. I'm aiming for Death's Apprentice. I haven't read the latest Discworld novel yet, so that will be first on my list.

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  2. yay! Could the button be any more awesome? :D

    I'll be back at some point between now and the end of the year to sign up properly :P Meanwhile, here's a link participants might find useful: Discworld reading order guide.

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  3. Ah, Terry Pratchett. I love him!! If anyone wants to try a non-Discworld book, I recommend The Carpet People. I thought it was very clever!

    Lezlie

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  4. I have yet to read Terry Pratchett. Any recommendations as to which one I should start with, or are they all in series (in which case I would start with #1 of course)

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  5. I've been meaning to read Pratchett. Count me in!

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  6. Count me in. I've kinda/sorta been meaning to read Pratchett.

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  7. I totally want to sign up for this, but I have a feeling that if I do, I won't read any Pratchett in the next year. I tend to rebel against myself like that. Hmmm... I wonder if I can psyche myself into believing I am NOT taking part, while actually doing so, so that I will want to read more Pratchett?

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  8. Couldn't resist...here's my post

    http://lifeinthethumbreadingchallenges.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge.html

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  9. I've been iffy about trying out Discworld, but my friends keep insisting it is AMAZING. I'm enjoying Good Omens as I'm reading right now, so I'm going to take this on as further motivation! =D

    http://angeltyuan.blogspot.com/2009/11/reading-challenges-2010.html#prachett

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  10. Oh, I can't resist. I'm in.

    http://miscellaneousmumblings.blogspot.com/2009/11/not-that-i-need-encouraging-but.html

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  11. I never read Pratchett before. Yes, gasp! Anyway, you can count me in. My post is here.

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  12. I was planning on reading four Pratchett books next year anyway, so I'm totally in. Here's my post http://sausconys-books.livejournal.com/71451.html

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  13. I'm hoping to get around to starting the Discworld series anyway, and I still have to read Good Omens. So I'm in for this one. Thanks for the new challenge!

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  14. This sounds like a really fun challenge, and since I just bought the first two books in the discworld series, it's right up my alley! I am going to see if I can arrange my reading schedule around this one. Thanks for dreaming this one up!

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  15. I signed up-I'm super excited because while I own three Discworld novels, I've never gotten around to reading them. But now I think I will!

    http://bookworm1858.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-challenge.html

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  16. Awesome challenge! I've read the first two Discworld novels, but haven't got around to the next ones. This is a good way to get my backside into gear!

    http://jo-scrawls.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge.html

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  17. I love Terry Pratchett and I love reading challenges. What can I say, I'm addicted to both! I've read most of Pratchett's books except for his latest two books and childrens books but always reread his Discworld books when I need a bit of comforting. Great challenge!

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  18. I'm in!
    Here's my post: http://myflutteringheart.blogspot.com/2009/11/year-2010-time-for-challenges-terry.html

    -Aimee:)
    http://myflutetringheart.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow thanks for hosting such a cool challenge. Pratchett is comfort reading for me also, I love the YA Discworld novels and any featuring Death. I read and reviewed the latest novel; Unseen Academicals recently. Anyway I am signing up and here is the link to my post:
    http://thegenteelarsenal.blogspot.com/2009/11/pratchett-challenge.html
    Thanks

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  20. Finally! A challenge that won't be too much of a real challenge.

    I'm in, and here's my post:
    http://classicsandcheese.blogspot.com/2009/11/witches-were-abroad.html

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  21. I'm in, Death here I come to be your apprentice!

    http://strange-and-random-happenstance.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-2010-competition.html

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  22. I'm in too. My post is here:

    http://read-warbler.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge.html

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  23. Love Terry, love this challenge! And what a great button.. :)
    I'm joining in for the Guard at the City Watch level.
    Link to my post.

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  24. I heard about this on the Strange and Random Happenstance blog & I'm thinking I'm in. I'm in the middle of my first Pratchett book and am always embarrassing myself in public with it (too many sudden burst of laughter). I've already purchased 3 of the Discworld books, so as long as I get to them in a timely fashion (I only have several hundred to-read books in residence - reading challenges gone arwy), I'm golden!

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  25. I'm in!

    http://earleydaysyet.blogspot.com/2009/11/2010-reading-challenge.html

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  26. I am so joining this challenge! I have been a fan of PTerry's work for over ten years, and regularly reread everything I own. As there are some gaps in my collection, this will be the perfect occasion for me to a) fill the gaps and b) read the missing books in between the one I already have.
    I will also try to get my father, brother and husband "in". The first two won't be a problem, as they are massive readers too, but the last one has yet to read his first Pratchett. He'll probably start with the screen versions, but no biggie, I'll get him reading!

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  27. I've already read all the Discworld novels, including the Tiffany Aching ones--love those Nac Mac Feegles. Plus I re-read one at random when nothing else sounds good. Discworld, as they say, is my happy place.

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  28. OK, I'm in:

    http://michelle-says.blogspot.com/2009/11/reading-challenges.html

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  29. I have never read any of Terry Pratchett's so count me in I always like to find new authors to read.
    http://www.wyrdthoughts.com/?p=412

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  30. Yeah - what the hell. Diverted from Discworld to read Nation and lovin it. Looking for Unseen Academicals in my Christmas stocking.

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  31. What the hell indeed bartango007. Welcome to the challenge!

    Dawn, I remember discovering Pratchett a number of years and really enjoying his books. I hope you do too.

    Clover, I am glad that you are in. Enjoy!

    Seamstressguild, I haven't read any of the Tiffany Aching ones. Hopefully I will get to them before the end of the challenge. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Liessa, the more the merrier, so it's great that you are going to convince some of your family members to join in too!

    Granny Weatherwax Apprentice, with a user name like that I am tipping that you are already a fan! Hope you enjoy the challenge.

    Welcome to the challenge, The Fat Lady.

    Whichwaydidshego, I have so many books here to read myself, and always a huge library checkout list as well! Welcome to the challenge.

    Sarah, it is a great button isn't it! Can't take the credit for it myself, but I am very pleased with the way it turned out.

    Thanks so much for joining in on my challenge Cath.

    Michael, glad to be able to provide you with an achievable challenge! Hope you enjoy it!

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  32. Bookpusher, the Death novels are my favourites too, of the books that I have read that is! Welcome to the challenge.

    Miss Eliza, I am hoping to be Death's Apprentice too! Enjoy the challenge.

    Aimee, thanks so much for joining in.

    Sakura, I am addicted to reading challenges too! Always glad to find other addicts around the place!

    Hi Jo. Hope this challenge gives you the motivation that you need!

    Stephanie, I have a lot of authors like that! I buy the books intending to read them and just some how never manage to do so! Enjoy the challenge.

    Zibilee, thanks for joining in! Hope you enjoy the books!

    Jacqui and Staci, welcome on board!

    Sausconys-books, hope you meet your goal. Welcome to the challenge.

    Leya, I really hope you enjoy your first Pratchett books!

    Caty, resistance is futile. Welcome aboard.

    Ninefly, I am hoping that Good Omens will be one of the books that I get to read this year!

    Come on Aarti, you know you want to!

    KatieMack, I hope you kinda/sorta get to read some Pratchett this year!

    Vasilly, I swear we all have authors we have been meaning to read! Welcome to the challenge!

    Louise, I started at the beginning but I have seen a lot of people recommend that you not start there. I have heard Guards, Guards is a good place to start.

    Lezlie, I haven't even thought too much about reading the non-Discworld books, there are just so many of those ones to read first!

    Thanks for the reading order link Nymeth. Look forward to seeing your official sign in post!

    Susan, I find it difficult to resist a good challenge too! Looking forward to seeing your sign up post too.

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  33. Yay! I was going to host my own challenge, but I'm so glad you're hosting this one!

    I'm in for Death's Apprentice.

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  34. I'm in. I love Pratchett

    http://readinginthenorth.blogspot.com/2009/11/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge.html

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  35. I'm in! I'm in! I'm in!

    I wouldn't miss this for the world! Hahaha, I'm such a Pterry fan!

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  36. Since that button is way cool, and I want to put it on my book blog, I guess I'll have to join. ;) Here's my post about it:
    http://brendalovesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/terry-pratchett-challenge.html

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  37. I'm only signing up to read one book, but I've never read any of Terry Pratchett's books before, so I'm interested to see if I like his writing.

    Here's my post:

    http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge.html

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  38. Agh yes a Terry Pratchett moment on public transport. Oh I have had many! I remember when I was on a flight to Canada and it was the first time I read the Hedgehog song. Yes embaressing :) I think I may join the challenge since alot of the books are already on my 2010 challenge hope to read list!

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  39. I was once on a flight to Prague reading the latest PTerry. The businessman next to me finished working on his laptop, packed it away and took out the latest PTerry to be translated into Czech. The humour translates very well.
    When I grow up I want to be Granny Weatherwax.
    I'm actually a retired old bat....
    One hopes!

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  40. I've started--http://foxeddc.livejournal.com/659825.html

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  41. Oh wow. I'll take any excuse to re-read through my horde of Pterry stuff. :)

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  42. I'd like to participate! Here's my post about it: http://thingq.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/the-terry-pratchett-2010-reading-challenge/

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  43. I'm in!

    http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/and-the-challenge-extravaganza-continues/#terry

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  44. I'm totally in for this! Reading Pterry is a pleasure. A year of reading Pterry - I'm going to aim high and go for Death's Apprentice. :)

    http://www.bookiemonster.co.nz/2009/12/a-terry-pratchett-challenge-whatever-shall-i-do/

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  45. I started rereading Guards, Guards a couple of weeks ago. Although I love all the Discworld novels, the Vimes/Watch novels are by far my favourite.

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  46. Okay, Intro's up:

    http://ethertap.blogspot.com/2009/12/terry-pratchett-challenge-2010.html

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  47. Count me in to. This sounds like fun!

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  48. Me too!! Sorry, I'm late to the party! Can I still join??

    http://stephaniesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/sunday-salon-2010-challenge-edition.html

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  49. Marg, I am so excited! I've read many or Pratchett's books already but want to read more. Thanks for this fun challenge. My post is here:
    http://abookwormsjourney.blogspot.com/2009/12/terry-pratchett-reading-challenge-2010.html

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  50. I'm back with my official post!
    http://www.meexia.com/bookie/2009/12/end-of-dream-king-start-of-pratchett/

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  51. I'm in!
    http://rebeccavoy.blogspot.com/2009/12/terry-pratchett-challenge.html

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  52. I’m signing up to reread the whole series. What grade would it make, “Death’s Apprentice” or higher?! And how can I post the button in my weblog?
    Here is my introductory post:
    http://aradiaweblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/journey-to-discworl.html

    Thanks, Discworld is my absolute favorite!

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  53. I'm in.. So what will I be when I read more then 12 books?? :) Here's my blog: http://compumarion.com/blog/
    Got the button and the link in my sidebar, post will follow later this week.

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  54. New Pratchett post:

    http://ethertap.blogspot.com/2010/01/terry-pratchett-challenge-2010-guards.html

    Thanks

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  56. I wasn't going to join any more challenges this year but I just can't resisit this one - I love Terry Pratchett!! :o)

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  57. Oh, I'll so try to make Cashier! :-)

    Here's my general Challenge post.

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  58. Drat! Just when I thought I was done joining challenges... I find this one. *high pitch whining*OooOOoo!! I wanna join! I've got Good Omens on my TBR pile, I'd love to reread Nation, and I've got the first Discworld book in the mail already... sounds like fate :-)

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  59. http://poseysessions.blogspot.com/2010/01/terry-pratchet-challenge.html

    Thanks for hosting.

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  60. My first review is up http://compumarion.com/blog/?p=315
    Started reading the second book :)

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  61. My first reading challenge and it has to be Sir Pterry! I am pumped. I've blogged about it and have also taken the opportunity to advertise the third Australian Discworld Convention on...

    my blog

    I hope you don't mind. I've also mentioned it in the forums on the Nullus Anxietas website.

    A good book to start off with could be Hogfather and that's partly as you can buy it on DVD which is fairly close to the original book and has a cameo of the author himself.

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  62. I'm in ! I love Terry Pratchett! Here's my post :

    http://bethsbooks.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/terry-pratchett-challenge-2010/

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  63. damn i just finished re reading all the books finishing with unseen academicals that i got for xmas it took me 5 weeks .

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  64. Man, I'm all sorts of late on finding this challenge, but I'm in! I'm going to aim for "Death's Apprentice" since I read about 20 last year and this year will work through the series again. ;) It's on my blog here.

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  65. Hi Marg,

    Count me in. I've put your awesome button up on my newish book blog site. I'm going try for the Guard of the City Watch level. Here's the link to my post: http://ihatebooks.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/book-challenge-update/

    Amanda

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  66. Me wants too! I love TP. My mother tongue is finnish, so is it a problem if I read some of the books in finnish? I will write about them in English.
    http://avalv3.blogspot.com/2010/01/confessions-of-little-bookworm.html

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  67. I can't find the post where everyone is sharing their reviews so I thought I'd put my first one here. It's for Nation which was a fantastic book (but completely different to the ones in the Discworld series)

    http://bookreviewsbysarah.blogspot.com/2010/01/review-nation-terry-pratchett.html

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  68. Here's my first review. It had to be Good Omens as it was easiest to reach.

    http://wp.me/pviD6-7a

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  69. I've posted my second review, although I'm just about to finish my sixth book.

    http://ethertap.blogspot.com/2010/02/terry-pratchett-2010-challenge-lords.html

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  70. I'm moving onto a different author for a while but here's my second review.

    http://suzsspace.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-truth-terry-pratchett/

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  71. my first review
    http://avalv3.blogspot.com/2010/02/terry-pratchett-maanalainen-elefantti.html

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  72. My first two reviews are here:

    http://read-warbler.blogspot.com/2010/03/nation.html

    http://read-warbler.blogspot.com/2009/12/night-watch.html

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  73. I've just become a Cashier at the Ankh-Morpork Mint despite never having reading Making Money. Here's my thoughts on Sourcery.

    http://suzsspace.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/sourcery-terry-pratchett/

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  74. Here's my first Pratchett review:

    http://desertbookchick.com/?p=534

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  75. I'm a bit late starting this challenge but figured I'd go for it anyway

    Intro post

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  76. I posted a page with ALL current reading challenges. Let me know if you want me to add any other information about yours. I hope it brings even more readers to your challenge!
    Reading Challenges.

    Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

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  77. My latest read takes me way past my target and ranks me as member of Granny Weatherwax's Coven. Reaper Man and Wintersmith are still in the TBR pile, so there is more yet for me to enjoy. :)

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  78. Book three for my Pratchett challenge is here:

    http://read-warbler.blogspot.com/2010/04/colour-of-magic.html

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  79. Just finished numbr 21 (Making Money). Thinking of reading "Eric" next

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  80. I've lost track of how many I've read. Monstrous Regiment had to be next so here it is.

    http://suzsspace.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/monstrous-regi…erry-pratchett/

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  81. Okay, I absolutely stink at challenges! But I'm so glad you mentioned this in your post today because I had completely missed it and this is one that I definitely want to take part in! Love TP, have read all of his non-Discworld books, even possess all of his Discworld books but haven't started them. Here's my chance!! Thank you, thank you!

    Carey

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  82. I want to join this challenge. I discovered Terry Pratchett this year and read The Color of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Mort.

    It took me a while to track down Equal Rites but I plan to read the Discworld series in publication order.

    I don't know how many I'll get through this year but 4 is a decent start.

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  83. I would like to recommend version 2.0 of my Discworld Reading Order Guide:

    http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg

    I wish you all luck with all that reading/re-reading :-).

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  84. Oh my gosh, I am so late...but can I join the fun? This'll be a great opportunity to read some of my favorites on the backlist, reread some newer ones, and venture outside the Discworld!

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  85. I really, really want to join, too! Oh PLEASE, pretty please? I've read them ALL, yes ALL, but the latest one. Unseen Acadamicals. And I'm re-reading them as often as I can. Via audiobook. ;)

    So. Hope I'm not too late. Blogposts will be found here, I'm going to open up a special categorie, so it will be easy to find once you checked out my categories.

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  86. Just done the introduction post, it can be found here:
    http://wuestenrot.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/terry-pratchett-reading-challenge/

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  87. Late to the party but better than not showing up at all.

    http://magicalcolloquial.blogspot.com/2010/08/2010-terry-pratchett-challenge.html

    Thank you so much for hosting this!

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  88. Hi, I've got three posts for this challenge. Am enjoying reading Pratchett so much!

    Unseen Academicals:
    http://chasingbawa.wordpress.com/2010/01/07/unseen-academicals-by-terry-pratchett/

    Going Postal:
    http://chasingbawa.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/film-terry-pratchetts-going-postal/

    Nation:
    http://chasingbawa.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/nation-by-terry-pratchett/

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  89. Just read my 16th Pratchett book for the challenge: I Shall Wear Midnight.

    I'm hoping to read Sourcery and The Amazing Maurice before the end of the challenge, which will mean I've read the whole Discworld series over the last two-and-a-bit years.

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  90. I've finished 5 so far and have 2 more queued up. With 2 months to go, I think the total will be more than 7. This is great fun!

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  91. I read six Terry Pratchett books this year: The Colour Of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Mort, Sourcery, Equal Rites and Eric.

    Currently, I'm reading Wyrd Sisters.

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  92. I've read all 37, and then some. Do I Win? :)

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