I was joined by Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku in 2019 while reading Mercedes Lackey’s (and later co-author Larry Dixon’s) large collection of Valdemar books. We got through 16 total, including the following series and one stand-alone novel:
This year, we’re cutting back a smidge and tackling 10 books total, including one stand-alone novel. We’re also switching some things up! At first, I was considering reviewing one trilogy at a time, instead of individual books. I asked other readers and bloggers how they felt about it, including bloggers who also read and review series. It can be a tricky balance between keeping readers along for the ride and losing people along the way.
However, looking at some #ReadingValdemar stats for the year, I found that there were 276 comments left on my reviews! Thank you so much for the conversation! Whether you read along, you appeared engaged with my thoughts on each novel.
Introducing. . . the new reading schedule and meme!
There will be some other changes, too: though Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I love talking about the books, we’re not getting much traction there with our blog readers in terms of conversation. My goal is to share 3 posts total per week — and no more! — at Grab the Lapels, so doing away with a thread that only Jackie and I and few others are interested in frees up some space for more engaging content.
That doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you in the comment section, especially if you are reading along or have read the books on our schedule before! Indeed, we’re getting a bit sneaky. At the end of our reviews, Jackie and I will each leave a question for the other to answer in the comments. Feel free to insert your two cents!
Afraid to commit? Consider reading only Brightly Burning, a stand-alone novel that doesn’t need context. Want to jump in for a little while? Read along with the Gryphon trilogy, which is the oldest (chronologically in the universe) and explains the make-up of the world before Heralds and Companions existed.
Buckle up for #ReadingValdemar 2020!