Reading really grows one's mind and experiences. It's the closest thing we have to having knowledge uploaded into our brains like Neo in his Matrix training. Reading, besides making us smarter and expanding our vocabulary, feeds our imagination and lets you know the world (present, past, and future) and both real and fiction.
I was really hooked on The Clan of the Cave Bear and the rest of the books in the series back then.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire