I love learning, so I read to know. I love discussing ideas, so I read to connect with others. I am in awe of the innumerable people who live and have lived in this world, so I read to experience hundreds of different realities I will never encounter in person. I love words, so I read to marvel at the ways people use them. I love stories, so I read to find out what happens. I read to develop empathy, I read to understand, I read to laugh or cry.
I’ve heard many people answer this question by saying they read to escape. That’s never made sense to me. I don’t read to escape my life, I read to live it.