I'd argue that the first three books (Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Equal Rites) are best avoided for Discworld 'beginners' - CoM is a pretty generic comic fantasy novel, albeit a pretty good one, and The Light Fantastic is pretty much more of the same. Equal Rites, of course, introduces us to Granny Weatherwax, but it's still fairly obvious that a lot of what became 'core' Discworld ideas weren't quite there yet. A friend of mine wanted to get into the Discworld novels so I suggested these to him, based more-or-less on character: DEATH related: "Mort" (well, duh!) followed by "Reaper Man" and "Hogfather" City Watch: "Guards! Guards!" followed by "Men at Arms" and "Thud!" "The Fifth Elephant" is worth reading to because it's a cracking example of a detective novel, IMO. Rincewind: "The Last Continent", "Interesting Times" 'Standalone': "Pyramids" (my personal favourite), "Thief of Time", "Small Gods" Moist von Lipwig: A tie between "Going Postal" and "Making Money". The Witches: "Wyrd Sisters", "Witches Abroad" Tiffany Aching: All of them! Forget the 'young adult' tag - they're worth it for the Nac Mac Feegle (with occasional traces of Nanny Ogg). Haven't read "The Shepherd's Crown" yet, though. Sadly, I pretty much gave up after "Unseen Academicals" because it was becoming fairly obvious that PTerry's 'embuggerance' was making its presence felt - "Snuff" was pretty good, but "Raising Steam" just didn't do it for me. YMMV, of course.