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A Reading Resolution: Read More Older SFF

I adore Tuesdays, the day that many new books are released. I have an (over) abundant collection of new releases, with more on the way. However, in the hustle and bustle of “shiny new pretty” some older gems fall by the side. This year, I resolve to read more older books that either were crushed by the weight of my to read pile or I haven’t discovered yet. My general rule is that the book has to be at least 5 years old and the goal is to read 12 this year.

My pick for January was recommended to me by a reader friend with some familiarity with my usual reads, and John DeNardo favorably reviewed it here in 2006, so I feel like I’m starting on the right page.

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress is full-length novel expanded from a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella (of the same name) from the early 1990s.

The synopsis:

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent … and one of an ever-growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other “Sleepless” are outcasts — victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society … and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “gift” — a world marked for destruction in a devastating conspiracy of freedom … and revenge.

If you prefer to read the original novella, you can buy it here. Just be aware that there are two more parts to the story.

Have any book suggestions to help me reach my goal?