Here's the perfect answer to that exasperating question I'm sure most of you have been asked at one time or another - "Why do you read?" courtesy of Nancy Pearl, the author of Book Lust.
"...I read to encounter new worlds and new ways of looking at our own world. I read to enlarge my horizons, to gain wisdom, to experience beauty, to understand myself better, and for the pure wonderment of it all. I read and marvel over how writers use language in ways I never thought of."
*The photo is of Marilyn Monroe, who in case you didn't know, was also a bookworm.