As sayings go, “You are what you eat” is accurate. However, I would argue that every book you read also changes you, so that you are what you read. You can’t help but be changed, particularly if you are one of those people who ‘live’ a book (like me).
The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read. – Terry Pratchett
This is an excellent reason for reading, well, just about everything! Don’t read just in your genre. Read textbooks. Read romances. Read newspapers and magazines (even the ones you would never pick up normally). Read Literary award winners. Read graphic novels and most certainly read comics. You will learn so many new things by reading outside your genre, and not just facts. You will see different ways of storytelling and discover…
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