I read to escape the mental torment of feeling insignificant and thoughts of death. I've read so many fanfictions about one character I Mau as well be that person I know them so well. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't read.
Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a books around for those inevitable dead spots in life ---Stephen King
I literally blush and sheepishly smile when a character does something embarrassing. I feel their embarrassment. So that forces me to also close the book and blush. And blush. Till my red cheeks turn back to normal!