It is not enough to resolve to read more in the New Year–as something like 12 percent of Americans do. You must have a plan, a program, a structure. And, crucially, a group of wonderful, intellectually adventurous people to be accountable to. Welcome to WIRED Book Club, back for 2017 and better than ever.
If this is your first time, here’s how it works. At the start of each month, we announce a new-ish sci-fi or fantasy title to read–“new-ish” meaning they’ve likely been released in paperback, so cost isn’t as high. Then we divide the book into chunks and post weekly check-ins where we use the comment section for open conversation about the book up to that point. (Best way not to miss these is to monitor the WIRED Book Club landing page.) At the end of the month, we interview the author, incorporating reader questions and feedback from the month’s discussion. Et voila! A reading regimen you can believe in.
Now, because it’s already the second week of January, and many of us are still a bit bleary-eyed and slow-moving after the holidays, there’s no point in burdening ourselves with a massive tome. Much better to set ourselves up for success with something manageable, something engaging. Something like a novella. For nearly half a century, the Hugo Awards have recognized a best novella of the year, and in 2016 the honor went to Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti. Now that its sequel, Binti: Home, is coming out at the end of January, it’s time we read the award-winning original–the story of a young woman who becomes the first of her people to be offered a spot at the galaxy’s top university. Since it’s only 90 pages, let’s finish it by next week; we’ll post a chat on Thursday. Intrigued? We sure hope so. See you soon, and happy 2017!