Nancy Pearl says it better than I can:
"Reading has always brought me pure joy. I read to encounter new worlds and new ways of looking at our own world. I read to enlarge my horizons, to gain knowledge of others and myself, and to experience beauty and sadness. I read to find myself and lose myself. I read for company and for escape. I read to meet other people and enter their lives—for me, a way of vanquishing the “otherness” we all experience."
If you enjoy reading, you will love her books and website: