Reading is defined as the act of motivated looking at printed words and fluently understanding or comprehending what they say. It’s also the act of saying those words out loud.
But reading is a combination of perceptions through words. Reading is eating words as the ingredients of a meal that nourishes your brain. A dish of perfect sentences can take your mind to wander. A cup of tea of phrases can ease your heart in pain. A sweet dessert of poetry can make you smile and live. A coffee cup of philosophy can put your brain to work.
Reading is more than just looking at ink on paper and fluently making something out of it. It’s absorbing the sound and rhythm, breathing the words with an open mind. It’s letting paragraphs float inside your skull and make a difference in your life.
And if you’re a writer, you also read to improve your craft. You read like a chef who’s going to prepare a special meal and needs to handpick his ingredients for that, reading and browsing each chapter of a book like in booths, tables, and stands of a farmer’s market, or the aisles of a grocery store.
And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read more. You’ll understand. Read with your eyes connected to your brain, and your brain connected to your heart. Read more. You’ll see.