"if you're currently resolving to read more books, I highly recommend it. In fact, I swear on the stack of the 55 books I read in 2014.
I didn’t start out thinking I’d read that much. I just knew I wanted to read more. I keep a running list on my iPhone of books I want to eventually read. One day I thought: So when am I going to get to them all?
It’s not like I have a lot of leisure time. I’m out almost every night for work. In 2014, I saw 307 stage shows – plays, comedy, opera and dance – and 161 movies. And I spend most of my time writing about them, editing articles about them, talking about them and interviewing people about them.
But nothing is as satisfying as being totally immersed in a book, entering someone’s consciousness and seeing the world – or another world, if it’s speculative fiction – through a different set of eyes. It’s no surprise that a study published in the journal Science found that reading literary fiction encourages empathy."