A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William StyronThrough a well-told story, I can live vicariously in another era, in another culture, or in an alternate universe. I can inhabit the experiences of a hero or villain, of a frail old man, an anxious teen-age girl, or a struggling single parent. These experiences have increased my empathy toward people whose lives are different from my own.
After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in this world. – Philip PullmanMaybe that's why, throughout human history, stories were told wherever people gathered. Your Thanksgiving table has hosted a tale or two, I'm sure.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you. -Mortimer J. Adler
I've learned that the same holds true with life. It's the problems we face and the fact that we overcome them that gives us hope and forces us to grow and eventually succeed.
So here's the last word on the subject.
Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.