I love what happens when I read... the rest of the world goes away for a moment and I am injected into someone else's world. I like my world just fine, but my world can get monotonous at times. I love holding paperback books. I love the anticipation of starting a book that I just might love and be able to tell others about. I love talking about books with other people.
Then there's reading to my kids. When I was teaching Kindergarten, my absolute favorite thing to do was to read to the class. I had a captive audience - and if some of the audience was a little unfocused, I had ways of getting them back - like saying, "AND THEN - now you won't want to miss this part..." - and they were all right back with me again... well most of them.
So now that I get to read to my own children every day - I get to use different voices and make those stories come alive. I LOVE that my five year old wants me to reread Fantastic Mr. Fox to her before the movie comes out in November - she would "like to have her memory refreshed." What's not to like about reading?
Silver Lining: If I don't like what I'm reading, it's a good way to have some day-dreaming time with no one suspecting a thing.