2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

So, after my complete failure to finish 100 books in 2017, I thought I’d make my reading challenge this year a bit easier. After all, I am in my final semester of university and will be spending a lot of time reading books on theory (which I am not looking forward to). So, I’m only reading 21 books this year. Simple, right?

Except I’m going to read the entirety of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, in recommended reading order. This is no small feat. The majority of  books in this series are well over 1,000 pages.

I started reading this series in, I think, 2008 or 2009. I’m not going to lie, I found it incredibly difficult to get through the first half of the first book, Gardens of the Moon. But, as soon as the story picked up, I was instantly hooked. I fell in love with the world, the characters, the magic system, everything. I managed to read up to book 8 before I stopped reading the series (through no fault of the series… life got busy and I just… never picked it back up). So, luckily, much of my read through this year will be re-reads. I hope to pick up on details I missed during the first reading.

Before starting this challenge, I did a bit of detail analysis of the series. How many pages each book contains. How many pages I can read on an average night. That sort of thing. It… it worried me. This challenge is going to be incredibly difficult despite already having read a majority of it.

I’m in trouble.

Title Author Pages Previously Read? Approximate Days to Complete Actual Days to Complete
Gardens of the Moon Steven Erikson 712 Yes 10 17
Deadhouse Gates Steven Erikson 943 Yes 14
Memories of Ice Steven Erikson 1187 Yes 17
House of Chains Steven Erikson 1021 Yes 15
Midnight Tides Steven Erikson 959 Yes 14
Night of Knives Ian Cameron Esslemont 304 No 5
The Bonehunters Steven Erikson 1232 Yes 18
Return of the Crimson Guard Ian Cameron Esslemont 702 Yes 10
Reaper’s Gale Steven Erikson 1280 Yes 19
Toll the Hounds Steven Erikson 1296 Partially 19
The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, vol I Steven Erikson 316 No 5
Dust of Dreams Steven Erikson 1280 No 19
Stonewielder Ian Cameron Esslemont 634 No 9
Orb, Sceptre, Throne Ian Cameron Esslemont 605 No 9
The Crippled God Steven Erikson 1200 No 18
Blood and Bone Ian Cameron Esslemont 586 No 9
Assail Ian Cameron Esslemont 544 No 8
Forge of Darkness Steven Erikson 688 No 10
Fall of Light Steven Erikson 864 No 13
Dancer’s Lament Ian Cameron Esslemont 592 No 9
Deadhouse Landing Ian Cameron Esslemont 387 No 6

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