I love to read because I love words and language. I'll read anything, but I tend to read literary fiction and short stories. I used to read, when I was little, as a form of escape and I'm always looking for that same feeling again (though it doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd like).
I love the act of reading as much as books themselves. I feel disappointed almost to the point of offended when a book really fails to grab me. Because I'm reading for the excellent, sometimes relaxing, sensation of reading, as much as for the story itself.
Awhile back I got curious about the brain activity and chemistry of reading, but I don't have enough of a science background to hunt down and decode the literature that tells me what's going on. I'm convinced a good book releases endorphins and the like, though.
I love to read but I don't read all the time. Sometimes, I admit, I get busy or lazy. But once I pick a new book up, I get sucked in. My favorite genre is psychological thrillers. I enjoy Dean Koontz, Stephen King and F. Paul Wilson. I am a big Repairman Jack fan!
I also enjoy a good romance but not the typical kind. I prefer ones like The Accidental Tourist.
There is a book I read years ago and it has to be one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES is The Infidel.
Here is the link to amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Infidel-Georgia-Elizabeth-Taylor/dp/0312415982
This is not usually what I read but I must stress how GREAT it is!!!!
Now I am reading What The Night Knows by Dean Koontz. It's good and creepy! The way I like it!
I love to read because it keeps my mind working. I always have something to read in my hand. I usually have three or four books and a stack of magazines going at the same time!!
Most of what I read is history. I love to read memoirs. I actually enjoy many different types of memoirs: military, historical, music, sports, and just regular people with an interesting story. I also read some historical fiction, but I'm pretty picky about it. It has to be done well such as Michener or Jennings. I like true crime stories, also. I read a lot of Ann Rice. I almost never read fiction because it just doesn't interest me. I used to love fantasy, but I normally just re-read what I already have now. Once in a while, I'll read an adventure novel. I like reading.
I think reading is completely subjective. It's as individual as people.
Author of SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat
Fiction is the playground for my unconscious, which makes my experience highly subjective. I am often surprised, half way through a book, to discover that characters appear differently in my mind than on the page. Any genre works for me; my unconscious has varied tastes: general fiction, fantasy (mostly urban), spy novels (love the complex characters of Le Carre), science fiction, historical fiction.I also read to study the craft of writing, and as a source of creative inspiration. And I read a lot of non-fiction, because I just cannot stop learning.