Hello, there! Today I’m writing to give you an organized schedule of reading deadlines and some plans that Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku and I have for #ReadingValdemar. Originally, we planned a buddy read, meaning we would be accountable to each other, almost like a two-person book club. But when we announced our buddy read, we had a surprising reaction: loads of people want in on it! We decided to get more organized and think of #ReadingValdemar more like a read-along than a buddy read.
This morning, a friend on Facebook wrote, “Ooh, please tell me you’re reading the Vows & Honor series.” Uhhh, wat? I knew there were other Valdemar books in the Mercedes Lackey universe, but couldn’t think of this trilogy. After some quick research, I found that Lackey currently has 43 Valdemar universe books published! Jackie and I are reading 15. I knew there were more than 15, but hadn’t realized there were so many.
I’m okay with our 15 books, though. Some of the others are short story collections or take place thousands of years before what we’re reading, typically known as the “Herald Series.” I don’t need all that. The 15 I choose are clearly linked: a young girl who becomes the Queen’s own Herald kicks us off, then we go back to a legend of the universe, followed by books that move forward from the Heralds stories.
If you want to join us, you’ll find the schedule Jackie and I are following below. The dates are when we will post something about the book: a review, reading diary, YouTube video, etc. We hope you will do the same! At the end of each month, Jackie and I will share a “conversation” post. We welcome your thoughts in the comments.
Around June will we have a giveaway open to international bloggers. Jackie is organizing the details on how to enter. At the end of the year, we’ll host another giveaway for U.S. bloggers. The prize: a new Valdemar trilogy (not one of the 15 books — you should already have those) shipped right to your door. We want to encourage you to keep #ReadingValdamar! Did you know Mercedes Lackey is still publishing Valdemar books?
Happy reading, friends! And be sure to follow Jackie’s blog. We both have different blogger friends, strengths in book blogging (she knows stuff about BookTubing and BookInstagramming (Bookstagram?), linking up, etc.), and information about the read-along.