Why should we read more?
We already spend a lot of time looking for distractions. Much of that might already be reading.
Games. Entertainment. News. All kind of distractions in their own right.
Reading fiction is a fantastic distraction. At the same time, we can be learning and exploring the edges of human creativity.
We already like the story format.
A good writer will have us flipping pages non-stop until our eyes go blurry. "A little help with the light, please." we'll ask to whomever else notices we're already snug in bed.
Stories give us ideas.
Neil Gaiman, a famous fiction author quoted Albert Einstein as saying, "If you want your kids to be smart, read them fairytales. If you want them to be even smarter, read them more fairytales." I'm taking some ideas from him and reading more of this type of thing. I'm forty-seven.
The Chinese have finally realized that American innovation comes a lot from people who grew up reading science-fiction. The creative genius that can happen in the imagination without the burden of having to produce can be powerful. But, many became engineers just because it's cool to make things. They now work for Apple and Microsoft and Amazon.
Ooh.. maybe I just realized what I should be doing. I like having the ideas -- I don't like having to spend years realizing something that could work in real life when I could get it working more quickly just in people's imaginations. To appease my creative desires I'll just write more fiction.
Reading is also a great way for dead authors to communicate with us.