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|