The question reminds me of Emily Dickinson's poem "The is no Frigate like a Book."
There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –
Here, Dickinson uses a frigate (or a warship) to illustrate the power of a book. The poem speaks to one of the many reasons why people read: to visit "lands away." Reading offers an escape for many readers.
Outside of escape, there are many powerful reasons for why one may read. Here is a list of reasons why a person may read.
-For a school assignment.
-For educational purposes (extending one's vocabulary or educating one on history, science, math, etc).
-In order to "associate" with like-minded thinkers (philosophers, philanthropists).
-To find shared experiences (battling depression, bi-polar disorder, suicidal thoughts, mental disorders).
-To visit "other worlds" (think 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
- To be frightened (Frankenstein), challenged/moved (A Child Called It), or entertained (Through the Looking Glass)
Regardless of the reason one picks up a book, the importance lies behind one's continuance of reading. It really only takes (for some) that one book which sparks an interest in reading.