Terry Pratchett Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

First off, a bit of bad news. I’m sorry to say that Terry Pratchett died in March 2015.

The good news is, his discworld stories are amazing and you can enjoy them any time.

You have 2 choice when deciding on a reading order for discworld novels:

  1. By publishing date
  2. No order at all. Complete chaos

Reading them randomly actually kinda works because his stories are crazy, fun and chaotic and they are not part of a series, the characters are different in every book, but my preference is still to read Discworld novels by publishing date.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Books By Publishing Date

  1. The Colour of Magic [1983]
  2. The Light Fantastic [1986]
  3. Equal Rites [1987]
  4. Mort [1987]
  5. Sourcery [1988]
  6. Wyrd Sisters [1988]
  7. Pyramids [1989]
  8. Guards! Guards! [1989]
  9. Eric [1990]
  10. Moving Pictures [1990]
  11. Reaper Man [1991]
  12. Witches Abroad [1991]
  13. Small Gods [1992]
  14. Lords and Ladies [1992]
  15. Men at Arms [1993]
  16. Soul Music [1994]
  17. Interesting Times [1994]
  18. Maskerade [1995]
  19. Feet of Clay [1996]
  20. Hogfather [1996]
  21. Jingo [1997]
  22. The Last Continent [1998]
  23. Carpe Jugulum [1998]
  24. The Fifth Elephant [1999]
  25. The Truth [2000]
  26. Thief of Time [2001]
  27. The Last Hero [2001]
  28. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents [2001]
  29. Night Watch [2002]
  30. The Wee Free Men [2003]
  31. Monstrous Regiment [2003]
  32. A Hat Full of Sky [2004]
  33. Going Postal [2004]
  34. Thud! [2005]
  35. Wintersmith [2006]
  36. Making Money [2007]
  37. Unseen Academicals [2009]
  38. I Shall Wear Midnight [2010]
  39. Snuff [2011]
  40. Raising Steam [2013]
  41. The Shepherd’s Crown [2015]

YOUR THOUGHTS?

Do you disagree? Are you a fan? Have you just begun reading the books? Which order is best?

Have your say in the comments below.

J.R.R. Tolkien Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Can you name the 2nd best selling novel of all time?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy [Amazon].

What about the 3rd best selling book of all time?

The Hobbit (1937) [Amazon].

And Tolkien wrote these in the 1930’s and 1950’s. What a legend.

I propose the following reading order for J.R.R. Tolkien’s books.

Best Reading Order For J.R.R. Tolkien’s Books

  1. The Hobbit (1937) [Amazon]
    • Don’t think that watching the movie is enough. The movie was based on the book, not the other way around. It’s worth it, I promise!
  2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy [Amazon]
    • The Fellowship of the Ring (1954) [Amazon]
    • The Two Towers (1954) [Amazon]
    • The Return of the King (1955) [Amazon]
    • Again, reading these stories is a different experience to watching the movies
  3. Stop there.
    • “Stop there” is not the name of a book, I actually mean stop there. Stop reading. Tolkien’s other works are either completely nuts or just enormous poems, or plays. For example Simarlillion reaches back thousands of years to introduce the ancestral line of the elves. It doesn’t even have a story!

Tolkien also wrote a huge number of short stories, poems, play’s and non-fiction work.

Lot’s of them have been published by his son Christopher Tolkien long after Tolkien’s death.

So if you just love elves and that stuff, go for it by all means.

I will actually mention just one book that might be worth reading:

  • Tales from the Perilous Realm: Roverandom and Other Classic Faery Stories (2009) [Amazon]

It’s a compilation of  short stories, poems, a play and some non-fiction

It includes:

  1. Roverandom (a toy dog who, enchanted by a sand sorcerer, gets to explore the world and encounter strange and fabulous creatures)
  2. Farmer Giles of Ham (is fat and unheroic, but – having unwittingly managed to scare off a short-sighted giant – is called upon to do battle when a dragon comes to town)
  3. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (tells in verse of Tom’s many adventures with hobbits, princesses, dwarves and trolls)
  4. Leaf by Niggle (recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle who sets out to paint the perfect tree)
  5. Smith of Wootton Major (journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children)
  6. On Fairy-stories (the famous essay in which Tolkien brilliantly discusses fairy-stories and their relationship to fantasy)

Your Thoughts?

Am I being too harsh? Are you a huge fan? Have you just begun reading the books? Which order is best?

Have your say in the comments below.

 

Dean Koontz Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

New to Dean Koontz books?

The first thing you need to know is that Koontz writes a lot.

2, 3, sometimes 4 books a year. Whew! Hard to keep up, let alone catch up!

I propose the following reading order.

Proposed Reading Order For Dean Koontz Books

  1. The Frankenstein Series
  2. then, The Odd Thomas Series
  3. then, work your way forward through his stand-alone novels starting at From the Corner of His Eye (2000) (feel free to skip the novella’s)
  4. then, if you are truly addicted, you can read his older stuff: stand-alone books, early series and novella’s

DEAN KOONTZ’S Frankenstein Series

  1. Prodigal Son (2005) [Amazon]
  2. City of Night (2005) [Amazon]
  3. Dead and Alive (2009) [Amazon]
  4. Lost Souls (2010) [Amazon]
  5. The Dead Town (2011) [Amazon]

DEAN KOONTZ’S Odd Thomas Series

  1. Odd Thomas (2003) [Amazon]
  2. Forever Odd (2005) [Amazon]
  3. Brother Odd (2006) [Amazon]
  4. Odd Hours (2008) [Amazon]
  5. Odd Interlude (2012) novella  [Amazon]
    • A three-part ebook. Published as a paperback in 2013
  6. Odd Apocalypse (2012) [Amazon]
  7. Deeply Odd (2013) [Amazon]
  8. Odd Thomas: You Are Destined to Be Together Forever (2014) novella [Amazon]
  9. Saint Odd (2015) [Amazon]

DEAN KOONTZ’S Standalone Novels

  1. Star Quest (1968) [Amazon]
  2. Fear That Man (1969) [Amazon]
  3. The Fall of the Dream Machine (1969) [Amazon]
  4. The Dark Symphony (1969) [Amazon]
  5. Hell’s Gate (1970) [Amazon]
  6. Soft Come the Dragons (1970) [Amazon]
    • collection
  7. Dark of the Woods (1970) [Amazon]
  8. Beastchild (1970) [Amazon]
  9. Anti-Man (1970) [Amazon]
  10. Demon Child (1971) [Amazon]
  11. The Crimson Witch (1971) [Amazon]
  12. Legacy of Terror (1971) [Amazon]
    • as “Deanna Dwyer”
  13. Warlock (1972) [Amazon]
  14. Time Thieves (1972) [Amazon]
  15. Starblood (1972) [Amazon]
  16. The Flesh in the Furnace (1972) [Amazon]
  17. A Darkness in My Soul (1972) [Amazon]
  18. Chase (1972) [Amazon]
    • as “K. R. Dwyer”
  19. Children of the Storm (1972) [Amazon]
    • as “Deanna Dwyer”
  20. Dance with the Devil (1972) [Amazon]
    • as “Deanna Dwyer”
  21. The Dark of Summer (1972) [Amazon]
    • as “Deanna Dwyer”
  22. The Haunted Earth (1973) [Amazon]
  23. Demon Seed (1973) [Amazon]
  24. A Werewolf Among Us (1973) [Amazon]
  25. Shattered (1973) [Amazon]
    • as “K. R. Dwyer”
  26. Hanging On (1973) [Amazon]
  27. Strike Deep (1974) [Amazon]
    • as “Anthony North”
  28. After The Last Race (1974) [Amazon]
  29. Nightmare Journey (1975) [Amazon]
  30. The Long Sleep (1975) [Amazon]
    • as “John Hill”
  31. Dragonfly (1975) [Amazon]
    • as “K. R. Dwyer”
  32. Invasion (1975) [Amazon]
    • as “Aaron Wolfe”
  33. Prison of Ice (1976) [Amazon]
    • as “David Axton”
  34. Night Chills (1976) [Amazon]
  35. The Face of Fear (1977) [Amazon]
    • as “Brian Coffey” and as “K. R. Dwyer”
  36. The Vision (1977) [Amazon]
  37. The Key to Midnight (1979) [Amazon]
    • as “Leigh Nichols”
  38. The Funhouse (1980) [Amazon]
    • as “Owen West”
  39. Whispers (1980) [Amazon]
  40. The Voice of the Night (1980) [Amazon]
    • as “Brian Coffey”
  41. The Eyes of Darkness (1981) [Amazon]
    • as “Leigh Nichols”
  42. The Mask (1981) [Amazon]
    • as “Owen West”
  43. The House of Thunder (1982) [Amazon]
    • as “Leigh Nichols”
  44. Phantoms (1983) [Amazon]
  45. Darkfall (1984) [Amazon]
  46. Twilight (1984) [Amazon]
    • as “Leigh Nichols”
  47. Twilight Eyes (1985) [Amazon]
  48. The Door to December (1985) [Amazon]
    • as “Richard Paige” also as by “Leigh Nichols”
  49. Strangers (1986) [Amazon]
  50. Watchers (1987) [Amazon]
  51. Shadow Fires (1987) [Amazon]
    • as “Leigh Nichols”
  52. Lightning (1988) [Amazon]
  53. Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages (1988) [Amazon]
  54. Midnight (1989) [Amazon]
  55. The Bad Place (1991) [Amazon]
  56. Cold Fire (1992) [Amazon]
  57. Hideaway (1992) [Amazon]
  58. Dragon Tears (1993) [Amazon]
  59. Mr. Murder (1993) [Amazon]
  60. Winter Moon (1994) [Amazon]
  61. Dark Rivers of the Heart (1994) [Amazon]
  62. Icebound (1995) [Amazon]
  63. Strange Highways (1995) [Amazon]
    • short stories
  64. Intensity (1995) [Amazon]
  65. Ticktock (1996) [Amazon]
  66. Sole Survivor (1997) [Amazon]
  67. False Memory (1999) [Amazon]
  68. From the Corner of His Eye (2000) [Amazon]
  69. One Door Away from Heaven (2001) [Amazon]
  70. By the Light of the Moon (2002) [Amazon]
  71. The Face (2003) [Amazon]
  72. The Taking (2004) [Amazon]
  73. Life Expectancy (2004) [Amazon]
  74. Velocity (2005) [Amazon]
  75. The Husband (2006) [Amazon]
  76. The Good Guy (2007) [Amazon]
  77. The Darkest Evening of the Year (2007) [Amazon]
  78. Your Heart Belongs to Me (2008) [Amazon]
  79. Relentless (2009) [Amazon]
  80. Breathless (2009) [Amazon]
  81. Darkness Under the Sun (2010) [Amazon]
    • novella
  82. What the Night Knows (2010) [Amazon]
  83. The Moonlit Mind (2011) [Amazon]
    • novella
  84. 77 Shadow Street (2011) [Amazon]
  85. Wilderness (2013) [Amazon]
    • novella
  86. Innocence (2013) [Amazon]
  87. The Neighbor (2014) [Amazon]
    • novella
  88. The City (2014) [Amazon]
  89. Last Light (2015) [Amazon]
    • novella
  90. Final Hour (2015) [Amazon]
    • novella
  91. Ashley Bell (2015) [Amazon]

Dean Koontz’s Black Bat Mysteries / Mike Tucker Series

  1. Blood Risk (1973) [Amazon]
  2. Surrounded (1974) [Amazon]
  3. The Wall of Masks (1975) [Amazon]

DEAN KOONTZ’S Moonlight Bay Series

  1. Fear Nothing (1998) [Amazon]
  2. Seize the Night (1999) [Amazon]
  3. Ride the Storm (not published yet)

Michael Crichton Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Did you know that 14 of Michael Crichton’s novels were turned into movies?

That’s got to be some sort of record.

The most famous of those would be Jurassic Park I think.

I’m also sorry to report that Crichton died in 2008 (at age 66), but that didn’t stop his publishers from release 1 novel after his death (Pirate Lattitudes, which was awesome by the way), and had another author finish of another novel (Micro).

Michael Crichton has written some great books, but if I’m honest, he’s written a few duds too. Eg I read Sphere (1987) just a few months ago and couldn’t get through it!

So with his stories I suggest you give them all a go, but if you’re not enjoying it, don’t feel bad if you stop a few chapters in, or half way through. Just close it, and move on to the next one.

Having said that, here’s what I propose for reading order.

Best Reading Order For Michael Crichton’s Novels:

  1. Start with Jurassic Park (1990) and read forward from there
  2. Then come right back to his first novel and read forward from there

Michael Crichton’s Stand-Alone Novels

  1. Odds On as John Lange (1966) [Amazon]
  2. Scratch One as John Lange (1967) [Amazon]
  3. Easy Go as John Lange (1968) [Amazon]
    • Also titled as The Last Tomb
  4. A Case of Need as Jeffery Hudson (1968) [Amazon]
    • Re-released as Crichton in 1993
  5. Zero Cool as John Lange (1969) [Amazon]
  6. The Andromeda Strain (1969) [Amazon]
  7. The Venom Business as John Lange (1969) [Amazon]
  8. Drug of Choice as John Lange (1970) [Amazon]
    • Also titled Overkill
  9. Dealing as Michael Douglas (with brother Douglas Crichton (1970) [Amazon]
  10. Grave Descend as John Lange (1970) [Amazon]
  11. Binary as John Lange (1972) [Amazon]
    • Re-released as by Crichton in 1993
  12. The Terminal Man (1972) [Amazon]
  13. The Great Train Robbery (1975) [Amazon]
  14. Eaters of the Dead also titled The 13th Warrior (1976) [Amazon]
  15. Congo (1980) [Amazon]
  16. Sphere (1987) Amazon
  17. Jurassic Park (1990) Amazon
  18. Rising Sun (1992) Amazon
  19. Disclosure (1994) [Amazon]
  20. The Lost World (1995) [Amazon]
  21. Airframe (1996) [Amazon]
  22. Timeline (1999) [Amazon]
  23. Prey (2002) [Amazon]
  24. State of Fear (2004) [Amazon]
  25. Next (2006) [Amazon]
  26. Pirate Latitudes (2009) [Amazon]
    •  Posthumous publication
  27. Micro (2011) [Amazon]
    • Posthumous publication completed by Richard Preston

Your Thoughts?

What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.

Jeffrey Archer Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Take a quick look at the list of Jeffrey Archer books sorted by publishing date below.

You may notice that Archer’s writing career has gone through 3 phases:

  1. He started with the Kane and Abel series
  2. then, for 27 years wrote stand-alone books
  3. And then started a series that is now up to it’s 6th book

You could read his work in that order, by publishing date from oldest to newest, but I propose the following reading order instead:

  1. His Stand-alone Novels
  2. then, the Clifton Chronicles
  3. then, the Kane and Abel Series

Jeffrey Archer’s Stand-alone Novels

  1. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976) [Amazon]
  2. First Among Equals (1984) [Amazon]
  3. A Matter of Honour (1986) [Amazon]
  4. As the Crow Flies (1991) [Amazon]
  5. Honour Among Thieves (1993) [Amazon]
  6. The Fourth Estate (1996) [Amazon]
  7. The Eleventh Commandment (1998) [Amazon]
  8. Sons of Fortune (2002) [Amazon]
  9. False Impression (2005) [Amazon]
  10. The Gospel According to Judas [Amazon]
    • by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J.
  11. Moloney (2007) [Amazon]
  12. A Prisoner of Birth (2008) [Amazon]
  13. Paths of Glory (2009) [Amazon]

Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles Series

  1. Only Time Will Tell (2011) [Amazon]
  2. The Sins of the Father (2012) [Amazon]
  3. Best Kept Secret (2013) [Amazon]
  4. Be Careful What You Wish For (2014) [Amazon]
  5. Mightier Than the Sword (2015) [Amazon]
  6. Cometh the Hour (2016) [Amazon]

Jeffrey Archer’s Kane and Abel Series

  1. Shall We Tell the President? (1977) [Amazon]
    • Revised in 1986
  2. Kane and Abel (1979) [Amazon]
  3. The Prodigal Daughter (1982) [Amazon]

All Jeffrey Archer’s Books by Publishing Date

  1. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1976) [Amazon]
  2. Shall We Tell the President? (1977) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #1
  3. Kane and Abel (1979) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #2
  4. The Prodigal Daughter (1982) [Amazon]
    • Kane and Abel #3
  5. First Among Equals (1984) [Amazon]
  6. A Matter of Honour (1986) [Amazon]
  7. As the Crow Flies (1991) [Amazon]
  8. Honour Among Thieves (1993 [Amazon]
  9. The Fourth Estate (1996) [Amazon]
  10. The Eleventh Commandment (1998) [Amazon]
  11. Sons of Fortune (2002) [Amazon]
  12. False Impression (2005) [Amazon]
  13. The Gospel According to Judas [Amazon]
    • by Benjamin Iscariot With Francis J.
  14. Moloney (2007) [Amazon]
  15. A Prisoner of Birth (2008) [Amazon]
  16. Paths of Glory (2009) [Amazon]
  17. Only Time Will Tell (2011) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #1
  18. The Sins of the Father (2012) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #2
  19. Best Kept Secret (2013) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #3
  20. Be Careful What You Wish For (2014) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #4
  21. Mightier Than the Sword (2015) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #5
  22. Cometh the Hour (2016) [Amazon]
    • Clifton Chronicles #6

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of the reading order I’ve suggested? Agree? Disagree?

Have your say in the comments section below.

 

Dr. Seuss: What Reading Order Is Best?

Have you heard of Theodor Seuss Geisel?

Me neither.

But you’ve probably heard of the pen name that Geisel used most often “Dr Seuss”.

He used 2 other pen names also:

  1. “Theo. LeSieg” (did you notice that “LeSieg” is Geisel spelled backward?)
  2. and one book using the name “Rosetta Stone”

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 and died 24 September 24 1991.

You may notice in the list below that several of his books were published after his death.

ALL of Theodor Seuss Geisel book’s in publishing order:

  1. The Pocket Book of Boners (1931) [Amazon]
  2. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) [Amazon]
  3. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) [Amazon]
  4. The Seven Lady Godivas (1939) [Amazon]
  5. The King’s Stilts (1939) [Amazon]
  6. Horton Hatches the Egg (1940) [Amazon]
  7. McElligot’s Pool (1947) [Amazon]
  8. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (1948) [Amazon]
  9. Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949) [Amazon]
  10. If I Ran the Zoo (1950) [Amazon]
  11. Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) [Amazon]
  12. Horton Hears a Who! (1954) [Amazon]
  13. On Beyond Zebra! (1955) [Amazon]
  14. If I Ran the Circus (956) [Amazon]
  15. The Cat in the Hat (1957) – Adapted into a film in 2003 [Amazon]
  16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957) – Adapted into a television special in 1966 and then a feature length film in the year 2000  [Amazon]
  17. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958) [Amazon]
  18. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958) [Amazon]
  19. Happy Birthday to You! (1959) [Amazon]
  20. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) [Amazon]
  21. Green Eggs and Ham (1960) [Amazon]
  22. The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961) [Amazon]
  23. Ten Apples Up on Top! (1961) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
  24. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book (1962) [Amazon]
  25. Dr. Seuss’s ABC (1963) [Amazon]
  26. Hop on Pop (1963) [Amazon]
  27. Fox in Socks (1965) [Amazon]
  28. I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965) [Amazon]
  29. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet (1965) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by B Tobey
  30. Come over to My House (1966) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Richard Erdoes 
  31. The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967) [Amazon]
  32. The Foot Book (1968) [Amazon]
  33. The Eye Book (1968)  [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
    • Rewritten by Joe Mathieu in 1999
  34. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (1969) [Amazon]
  35. My Book about ME (1969)  Geisel [Amazon]
  36. I Can Draw It Myself (1970) [Amazon]
  37. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises! (1970) [Amazon]
  38. The Lorax (1971) [Amazon]
  39. I Can Write! A Book by Me, Myself (1971) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
  40. In a People House (1972) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
  41. Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972) [Amazon]
  42. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973) [Amazon]
  43. The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (1973) [Amazon]
  44. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! (1974) [Amazon]
  45. Great Day for Up! (1974)  Geisel [Amazon]
  46. Wacky Wednesday (1974) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by George Booth
  47. The Many Mice of Mr. Brice a.k.a. The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice (1974) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
  48. Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? (1975) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
  49. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! (1975) [Amazon]
  50. Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!! (1975) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Rosetta Stone
    • Illustrated by Michael K. Frith
  51. The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) [Amazon]
  52. Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him! (1976) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Charles E. Martin
    • Rewritten by Scott Nash in 2006 
  53. Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! (1977) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Art Cummings
  54. I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! (1978) [Amazon]
  55. Oh Say Can You Say? (1979) [Amazon]
  56. Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (1980)  [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Michael J. Smollin
  57. The Tooth Book (1981) [Amazon]
    • Used pen name Theo. LeSieg
    • Illustrated by Roy McKie
    • Rewritten by Joe Mathieu in 2000
  58. Hunches in Bunches (1982) [Amazon]
  59. The Butter Battle Book (1984) [Amazon]
  60. You’re Only Old Once! (1986) [Amazon]
  61. I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today! (1987) [Amazon]
  62. The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough (1987) [Amazon]
  63. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (1990) [Amazon]
    • First book published before his death
  64. Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) [Amazon]
    • First book published after his death
  65. My Many Colored Days (1996) [Amazon]
  66. Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! (1997) [Amazon]
  67. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998) [Amazon]
  68. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (2011) [Amazon]
  69. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories (2014) [Amazon]
  70. What Pet Should I Get? (2015) [Amazon]

C.S. Lewis Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

For C.S. Lewis, I propose the following reading order.

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia in chronological order (not publishing order)
  2. then, The Space Trilogy
  3. the Stand-alone Novels after that
  4. and then Short stories / Collections if you are a super-fan

Chronological order for The Chronicles of Narnia

This is the place to start if you are new to C.S. Lewis, and it’s also important to read these books in this chronological order, not publishing order.

The reason is that this is a better order because the story progresses through time. Publishing order jumps back and forth in time too much.

  1. The Magician’s Nephew (1955) [Amazon]
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) [Amazon]
  3. The Horse and His Boy (1954) [Amazon]
  4. Prince Caspian (1951) [Amazon]
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) [Amazon]
  6. The Silver Chair (1953) [Amazon]
  7. The Last Battle (1956) [Amazon]

Publication Order For The Chronicles of Narnia

Do not read this series by publishing date! Chronological order is much better.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) [Amazon]
    • 9th best selling book in the world with 85 million copies sold (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Prince Caspian (1951) [Amazon]
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) [Amazon]
  • The Silver Chair (1953) [Amazon]
  • The Horse and His Boy (1954) [Amazon]
  • The Magician’s Nephew (1955) Amazon]
  • The Last Battle (1956) [Amazon]

C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy

  1. Out of the Silent Planet (1938) [Amazon]
  2. Perelandra (aka Voyage to Venus) (1943) [Amazon]
  3. That Hideous Strength (1945) [Amazon]

C.S. Lewis Stand-Alone Novels

  • The Pilgrim’s Regress (1933) [Amazon]
  • The Screwtape Letters (1942) [Amazon]
  • The Great Divorce (1945) [Amazon]
  • Till We Have Faces (1956) [Amazon]
  • Screwtape Proposes a Toast (1961) [Amazon]
    • An addition to The Screwtape Letters
  • The Dark Tower (1977) [Amazon]

C.S. Lewis Short Stories / Collections

  • Ministering Angels (1958)
    • Short Story, Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis (1985) [Amazon]
    • Collection of short stories. Published posthumously. Edited by Walter Hooper

A Brief Note About C.S. Lewis Non-Fiction

Did you know the bulk of C.S. Lewis’s writing was Non-Fiction?

It’s true! Here is the Non-fiction bibliography of C.S. Lewis on Wikipedia.

Your Thoughts?

Are you a huge fan? Have you just begun reading the books?

Which order is best?

Have your say in the comments below.

 

Robert Ludlum Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Robert Ludlum (1927–2001) was an American author who also went by the pen names of Michael Shepard and Jonathan Ryder.

Robert published 27 novels that last one being published five years after his death.

I propose the following order when reading Robert Ludlum novels:

  1. Jason Bourne Series
  2. Covert-One Series
  3. Paul Jason Series
  4. Stand-Alone Novels

Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne Series

What’s special about this series of books is that Ludlum wrote the first 3 books in the series himself (which became 3 fantastic movies starring Matt Damon), and then Eric Van Lustbader took over the series following his death.

Lustbader has done and outstanding job of honouring the characters that Ludlum created and writing in the same action packed style .

  1. The Bourne Identity (1980) [Amazon]
  2. The Bourne Supremacy (1986) [Amazon]
  3. The Bourne Ultimatum (1990) [Amazon]
  4. The Bourne Legacy (2004) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  5. The Bourne Betrayal (2007) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  6. The Bourne Sanction (2008) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  7. The Bourne Deception (2009) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  8. The Bourne Objective (2010) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  9. The Bourne Dominion (2011) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  10. The Bourne Imperative (2012) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  11. The Bourne Retribution (2013) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  12. The Bourne Ascendancy (2014) [Amazon]
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader
  13. The Bourne Enigma (2016) (not yet released)
    • Written by Eric Van Lustbader

Robert Lundum’s “Cover-One” Series

The amazing thing about this series is that Ludlum helped to develop the initial format and characters and then the series has taken on a life of its own after his death. Look at the variety of authors that have contributed!

  1. The Hades Factor (2000) [Amazon]
    • Written with Gayle Lynds
  2. The Cassandra Compact (2001) [Amazon]
    • Written with Philip Shelby
  3. The Paris Option (2002) [Amazon]
    • Written with Gayle Lynds
  4. The Altman Code (2003) [Amazon]
    • Written by Gayle Lynds
  5. The Lazarus Vendetta (2004) [Amazon]
    • Written by Patrick Larkin
  6. The Moscow Vector (2005) [Amazon]
    • Written by Patrick Larkin
  7. The Arctic Event (2007) [Amazon]
    • Written by James H. Cobb
  8. The Ares Decision (2011) [Amazon]
    • Written by Kyle Mills
  9. The Janus Reprisal (2012) [Amazon]
    • Written by Jamie Freveletti
  10. The Utopia Experiment (2013) [Amazon]
    • Written by Kyle Mills
  11. The Geneva Strategy (2015) [Amazon]
    • Written by Jamie Freveletti
  12. The Patriot Attack (2015) [Amazon]
    • Written by Kyle Mills

Robert Lundum’s “Paul Janson” Series

  1. The Janson Directive (2002) [Amazon]
  2. The Janson Command (2012) [Amazon]
    • Written by Paul Garrison
  3. The Janson Option (2014) [Amazon]
    • Written by Paul Garrison
  4. The Janson Equation (2015) [Amazon]
    • Written by Douglas Corleone

Robert Ludlum’s Novels With Sequals

  1. The Road to Gandolfo (1975) [Amazon]
    • Written as Michael Shepherd
  2. The Road to Omaha (1992) [Amazon]
    • Sequel to The Road to Gandolfo
  3. The Matarese Circle (1979) [Amazon]
  4. The Matarese Countdown (1997) [Amazon]
    • Sequel to The Matarese Circle

Robert Ludlum’s Stand-Alone Novels

  1. The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971) [Amazon]
  2. The Osterman Weekend (1972) [Amazon]
  3. The Matlock Paper (1973) [Amazon]
  4. Trevayne (1973) [Amazon]
  5. The Cry of the Halidon (1974) [Amazon]
    • Written as Jonathan Ryder
  6. The Rhinemann Exchange (1974) [Amazon]
  7. The Gemini Contenders (1976) [Amazon]
  8. The Chancellor Manuscript (1977) [Amazon]
  9. The Holcroft Covenant (1978) [Amazon]
  10. The Parsifal Mosaic (1982) [Amazon]
  11. The Aquitaine Progression (1984) [Amazon]
  12. The Icarus Agenda (1988) [Amazon]
  13. The Scorpio Illusion (1993) [Amazon]
  14. The Apocalypse Watch (1995) [Amazon]
  15. The Prometheus Deception (2000) [Amazon]
  16. The Sigma Protocol (2001) [Amazon]
  17. The Tristan Betrayal (2003) [Amazon]
  18. The Ambler Warning (2005) [Amazon]
  19. The Bancroft Strategy (2006) [Amazon]

Your thoughts?

What do you think of Robert Ludlum’s work?

Are you a seasoned veteran or completely new to his work?

Have your say in the comments below.

J. K. Rowling Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

J. K Rowling is famous for her Harry Potter series of course, but you may not know she also has 3 books in an adult series using the pen name “Robert Galbriath”.

You have 2 choices for reading order for J.K. Rowlings Books:

  1. Read the Harry Potter series by publishing date. And, if you are a super fan you could read the related works too
  2. Or, skip all of them if they are not your thing and stick with her most recent work, starting with her Cormoran Strike Series

J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series:

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) [Amazon]
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) [Amazon]
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1999) [Amazon]
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) [Amazon]
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003) [Amazon]
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005) [Amazon]
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) [Amazon]

Harry Potter Related Works:

This is a list of 4 books that J. K. Rowling has written that are mentioned in the stories in the Harry Potter’s series. She actually went ahead and wrote them and donates most of the proceeds to children’s charities.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) [Amazon]
    • Using pen name Newt Scamander
    • Mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  2. Quidditch Through the Ages (2001) [Amazon]
    • Using pen name Kennilworthy Whisp
    • Mentioned in several Harry Potter books
  3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008) [Amazon]
    • Mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  4. Harry Potter prequel (2008) [Amazon]
    • 800 word untitled short story written for a charity event

J. K. Rowling’s Adult Fiction:

  1. The Casual Vacancy (2012) [Amazon]
  2. The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) [Amazon]
    • Cormoran Strike Series #1
    • Using pen name Robert Galbraith
  3. The Silkworm (2014) [Amazon]
    • Cormoran Strike Series #1
    • Using pen name Robert Galbraith
  4. Career of Evil (2015) [Amazon]
    • Cormoran Strike Series #1
    • Using pen name Robert Galbraith

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of the order I have proposed?

Have your say in the comments section below.

Stephen King Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

If you are a new Stephen King addict I suggest the following 3 phases to provide you with a reading order.

I suggest you start with his stand-alone novels and read them in publishing order.

There is evolution in his writing style, and experimentation with characters and scenes that you’ll be able to observe if you do so.

Next, try out the first book in the Dark Tower series to see if that one grabs you (it’s not for everyone).

I suggest that you leave Stephen’s collections of short stories until last. Most are very cool, but they don’t have that depth and richness that you get with a novel (however some are very scary and you wonder at the mind it takes to dream up this stuff!)

List Of Stephen King Stand-Alone Novels

  1. Carrie (1974) [Amazon]
  2. ‘Salem’s Lot (1975) [Amazon]
  3. The Shining (1977) [Amazon]
  4. Rage (1977) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  5. The Stand (1978) [Amazon]
  6. The Long Walk (1979) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  7. The Dead Zone (1979) [Amazon]
  8. Firestarter (1980) [Amazon]
  9. Roadwork (1981) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  10. Cujo (1981) [Amazon]
  11. The Running Man (1982) [Amazon]
  12. Christine (1983) [Amazon]
  13. Pet Sematary (1983) [Amazon]
  14. Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) [Amazon]
  15. The Talisman (1984) [Amazon]
  16. Thinner (1984) [Amazon]
  17. It (1986) [Amazon]
  18. The Eyes of the Dragon (1987) [Amazon]
  19. Misery (1987) [Amazon]
  20. The Tommyknockers (1987) [Amazon]
  21. The Dark Half (1989) [Amazon]
  22. Needful Things(1991) [Amazon]
  23. Gerald’s Game (1992) [Amazon]
  24. Dolores Claiborne (1992) [Amazon]
  25. Insomnia (1994) [Amazon]
  26. Rose Madder (1995) [Amazon]
  27. The Green Mile (1996) [Amazon]
  28. Desperation (1996) [Amazon]
  29. The Regulators (1996) as Richard Bachman, twin novel of Desperation [Amazon]
  30. Bag of Bones (1998) [Amazon]
  31. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) [Amazon]
  32. Dreamcatcher (2001) [Amazon]
  33. Black House (2001) [Amazon]
  34. From a Buick 8 (2002) [Amazon]
  35. The Colorado Kid (2005) [Amazon]
  36. Cell (2006) [Amazon]
  37. Lisey’s Story (2006) [Amazon]
  38. Blaze (2007) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  39. Duma Key (2008) [Amazon]
  40. Under the Dome (2009) [Amazon]
  41. 11/22/63 (2011) [Amazon]
  42. Joyland (2013) [Amazon]
  43. Doctor Sleep (2013) [Amazon]
  44. Mr. Mercedes (2014) [Amazon]
  45. Revival November (2014) [Amazon]
  46. Finders Keepers (2015) [Amazon]
  47. End of Watch (2016) [Amazon]
  48. Sleeping Beauties (2017) [Amazon]
  49. Gwendy’s Button Box (2017) [Amazon] novella

The Dark Tower Series By Stephen King

  1. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982) [Amazon]
  2. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987) [Amazon]
  3. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991) [Amazon]
  4. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997) [Amazon]
  5. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003) [Amazon]
  6. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004) [Amazon]
  7. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004) [Amazon]
  8. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) *Could also be read between books four and five as is chronologically correct* [Amazon]

Short Stories/Collections By Stephen King

I suggest reading these collections in chronological order to allow you to see the changes in Stephens writing over the years.

  1. Night Shift (1978) [Amazon]
  2. Different Seasons (1982) [Amazon]
  3. Skeleton Crew (1985) [Amazon]
  4. The Bachman Books (1985) [Amazon]
  5. Four Past Midnight (1990) [Amazon]
  6. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993) [Amazon]
  7. Hearts in Atlantis (1999) [Amazon]
  8. Everything’s Eventual (2002) [Amazon]
  9. Just After Sunset (2008) [Amazon]
  10. Full Dark, No Stars (2010) [Amazon]
  11. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (2015) [Amazon]

Entire List of Stephen King Books By Publishing Date

I find this list interesting because you get to see just how consistent he is as an author. He pumps out at least 1 book year after year after year.

There are a few exceptions though, some years that are missing and you kind help but wonder what he was up to in those years…

Was he working on something huge? Just taking a break? Hmmmm…

  1. Carrie (1974) [Amazon]
  2. ‘Salem’s Lot (1975) [Amazon]
  3. The Shining (1977) [Amazon]
  4. Rage (1977) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  5. The Stand (1978) [Amazon]
  6. Night Shift (1978) short story / collection [Amazon]
  7. The Long Walk (1979) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  8. The Dead Zone (1979) [Amazon]
  9. Firestarter (1980) [Amazon]
  10. Roadwork (1981) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  11. Cujo (1981)  [Amazon]
  12. The Running Man (1982) [Amazon]
  13. Different Seasons (1982) short story / collection [Amazon]
  14. The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (1982)  [Amazon]
  15. Christine (1983) [Amazon]
  16. Pet Sematary (1983) [Amazon]
  17. Cycle of the Werewolf (1983) [Amazon]
  18. The Talisman (1984) [Amazon]
  19. Thinner (1984) [Amazon]
  20. Skeleton Crew (1985) short story / collection [Amazon]
  21. The Bachman Books (1985) short story / collection [Amazon]
  22. It (1986) [Amazon]
  23. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987) [Amazon]
  24. The Eyes of the Dragon (1987) [Amazon]
  25. Misery (1987) [Amazon]
  26. The Tommyknockers (1987) [Amazon]
  27. The Dark Half (1989) [Amazon]
  28. Four Past Midnight (1990) short story / collection [Amazon]
  29. Needful Things(1991) [Amazon]
  30. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991) [Amazon]
  31. Gerald’s Game (1992) [Amazon]
  32. Dolores Claiborne (1992) [Amazon]
  33. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (1993) short story / collection [Amazon]
  34. Insomnia (1994) [Amazon]
  35. Rose Madder (1995) [Amazon]
  36. The Green Mile (1996)  [Amazon]
  37. Desperation (1996) [Amazon]
  38. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997) [Amazon]
  39. The Regulators (1996) as Richard Bachman, twin novel of Desperation [Amazon]
  40. Bag of Bones (1998) [Amazon]
  41. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)  [Amazon]
  42. Hearts in Atlantis (1999) short story / collection [Amazon]
  43. Dreamcatcher (2001) [Amazon]
  44. Black House (2001) [Amazon]
  45. From a Buick 8 (2002) [Amazon]
  46. Everything’s Eventual (2002) short story / collection [Amazon]
  47. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003) [Amazon]
  48. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004) [Amazon]
  49. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004) [Amazon]
  50. The Colorado Kid (2005) [Amazon]
  51. Cell (2006) [Amazon]
  52. Lisey’s Story (2006) [Amazon]
  53. Blaze (2007) as Richard Bachman [Amazon]
  54. Duma Key (2008) [Amazon]
  55. Just After Sunset (2008) short story / collection [Amazon]
  56. Under the Dome (2009) [Amazon]
  57. Full Dark, No Stars (2010) short story / collection [Amazon]
  58. 11/22/63 (2011) [Amazon]
  59. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) [Amazon]
  60. Joyland (2013) [Amazon]
  61. Doctor Sleep (2013) [Amazon]
  62. Mr. Mercedes (2014) [Amazon]
  63. Revival November (2014) [Amazon]
  64. Finders Keepers (2015) [Amazon]
  65. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (2015) short story / collection [Amazon]
  66. End of Watch (2016) [Amazon]
  67. Sleeping Beauties (2017) [Amazon]
  68. Gwendy’s Button Box (2017) [Amazon] novella

What Do You Think?

Do you have anything to add? Mention it in the comment section below.