It’s that time of year. The time of year that I tend to sit back and dive back into some favorite books, rereading at a relaxing pace, spending time with old friends. Some Decembers, I reread the Harry Potter series or offshoot books. Some years, I revisit pre-blogging favorites or books from early in my blog years. In other years, like this one, I tend to revisit books I’ve loved throughout the current year.
After my disastrous reading of Aerie last month, which followed several disappointing or barely-remembered reads, I decided my brain needed to switch to books I was already familiar with. Books that had become comfort reads by starting as multi-read books (books I read multiple times in a row, not wanting to move on to others) seemed like the best choice, and that led me right back to where I was in January, with Words of Radiance. The giant novel and super-long audiobook has remained foremost among my favorite books of 2016. I’m still itching to get my hands on Book 3 (Oathbringer) even though, last I heard, it won’t come out until late next year. This world and these characters feel so real and alive to me, and as soon as I began listening to the book for the Nth time, I knew I’d made the right choice. Sometimes you just need familiarity, comfort, and old friends.