There are several reasons.
1. I love hearing other people's stories, both in real life and in books. Even the minutia interests me. The little tidbits about people that I pick up along the way are part of what makes reading worth it.
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2. I almost always learn something new when I read a book, whether it's a new name, something about another country, or how to cook a dish that is new to me.
3. Reading helps me become a better writer. There's all kinds of data on this, none of which I can cite at the moment. I do know, however, that the more books I read, the more I can feel my writing "voice" develop. With every new book I read, it gets a little easier to write.
4. I read out of habit. I have been reading and being read to since I was a little girl, so it just feels natural whenever I have a free moment to pick up a book and start reading.