Well Read Achievement Guide

Posted: by Arust

A guide for the Well Read achievement.  View all WoW hunter guides here.

So this weekend, I took on the task of reading all the old world books for the achievement Well Read.

It was fun, I got to read several old stories about my race’s folly, and the follies of such races as the dwarves. I was saddened because there were no books about gnomish folly, of which there should be volumes.

But with the help of wowhead, I got it done, and I am now well read with the achievement to prove it. One more way I’ve paid my dues.

I found that every Alliance capital and every starting zone, and follow-up zone had 3-4 books each. This is basically what I did: I made a list, printed it out in Notepad and then ran down the list by zone. After I hit all those zones, I had to go to Booty Bay, Ratchet, and Scholo.

Well Read Achievement Zone Guide


  • Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt – in the library
  • Aftermath of the Second War – in the library
  • Civil War in the Plaguelands – in the library
  • The Alliance of Lordaeron – in the library
  • The Battle of Grim Batol -library
  • The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind – Battlemaster Room
  • The Guardians of Tirisfal – in the library
  • The Kaldorei and the Well of Eternity – in the library
  • War of the Spider – Battlemaster Room
  • War of the Three Hammers – Dwarven District inn, 69,41 (using new map w/ Harbor)
  • Icecrown and the Frozen Throne – Elwynn forest 43,65 probably the Inn, second floor


  • Arathor and the Troll Wars – Explorer’s Hall
  • Charge of the Dragonflight – Explorer’s Hall (also in Ratchet)
  • Ironforge – the Awakening of the Dwarves – Explorer’s Hall
  • Rise of the Horde – Explorer’s Hall
  • The Alliance of Lordaeron – Explorer’s Hall
  • The Battle of Grim Batol -Explorer’s Hall
  • The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth – Explorer’s Hall


  • Kel’Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge – Inn
  • The Birth of the Lich King – Inn, top floor


  • Kil’jaeden and the Shadow Pact – Scarlet Rave Inn
  • The Founding of Quel’Thalas – in top floor


  • Archimonde’s Return and the Flight to Kalimdor – by Liv Rizzlefix
  • Lethargy of the Orcs – top of tower up the first hill in Northwatch Hold
  • The New Horde – bottom of tower up the first hill in Northwatch Hold
  • Mount Hyjal and Illidan’s Gift – Inn
  • The War of the Ancients – Inn


  • The Last Guardian – Inn

Booty Bay:

  • Beyond the Dark Portal
  • Empires’ Fall
  • Sunwell – The Fall of Quel’Thalas – second floor or inn
  • The Scourge of Lordaeron – go to Sea Wolf McKinley and down steps to lowest level, on shelves.
  • The Sentinels and the Long Vigil – In the room above “Sea Wolf” MacKinley‘s room, but have to go through neighboring building to get there.
  • The Twin Empires – In the room above “Sea Wolf” MacKinley‘s room, but have to go through neighboring building to get there.
  • Wrath of Soulflayer – same as above, at about 22,77


  • Exile of the High Elves – rogue training area next to Erion Shadewhisper (also in Ratchet)
  • Rise of the Blood Elves – 49,16 on the ground floor in empty building between Cooking and First Aid trainers
  • The War of the Ancients – upstairs in above building
  • The Betrayer Ascendant – 66,76 on first or second story
  • The World Tree and the Emerald Dream – Darnassus at 56, 4


  • Old Hatreds – The Colonization of Kalimdor – First room past Summoning Chamber
  • The Invasion of Draenor – northeast corner of room before the View Room
  • The Lich King Triumphant – first room, The Reliquary
  • The Seven Kingdoms – first room, The Reliquary

Now just print this Guide to the Well Read achievement and you’re all set to go. Well, if you aren’t a horde. And if you’re literate.

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  1. whitee says:

    the war off the ancients is not in ratchet, it an be found at the inn in the sw park, craftsmen´s terrace in darnassus and in scarlet monastary in the athenaeum

  2. Dharthus says:

    Any plans on posting the Horde side of the achievments? It’s hard to read while your’re running from guards and smart-ass lvl 80 (stealthed) rogues, that wait for me to become flagged… = /

  3. Ashamel says:

    This guide’s full of awesome! You did a great job on here. There were 1 or 2 left off, but I forgot to mark them down to add as I went along. Thanks for putting so much time and effort into this site and into the game… it makes all of us readers better for it. Makes us think, not follow. (At least it should…)

    Thanks again… long-time reader,
    Ashamel (Stormrage)

  4. Mehkaela says:

    This is great that you’ve put these here, I have been looking for these books for a while now and am going to be sure to do these as soon as I get a chance. If you have any of these for the Horde side too that would be amazing.

  5. Blargh says:

    For info on how to get this achieve for Horde side check it out on wowhead..srry I dunno how to post links…so get ye ol cut n paste out….
    Unlike my other rants…be thankful that this is much shorter than my usual ;P
    Hope it helps n happy reading! =]

  6. Blargh says:

    OH! Well FANCY that! It links itself! XD

  7. Vaeg says:

    I just finished this. I noticed there are tons of books in scholomance, which also appear elsewhere. So I recommend going to scholomance first, and then you might be able to skip some other locations. Also, quest helper has the ability to track this achievement, making it substantially easier.

  8. Kinnae says:

    Definately go to Scholo before travelling worldwide for these books. You will find most if not all in most of the rooms you run through, you just have to keep your eyes peeled and not forget what you’re doing there.
    I was very disappointed to find this out the hard way after searching all the above locations and then boosting a friend thought Scholomance only to see them all there!

  9. jakery says:

    thank you so much this helped tremdouly


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