|I love the quote, of course.|
Interesting articles about books and reading:
Lionel Shriver says, "politically correct censorship is damaging fiction"
Why Books and Reading Are More Important than Ever by Will Schwalbe
I use all of the reasons to read that Schwalbe mentions.
To relieve stress, general avoidance, anxiety, etc.
Stop Reading Books that You Don't Actually Enjoy by Nick Douglas
Sometimes I keep reading because I don't have a back up, but usually,
I add books I'm not enjoying to the DNF list.
Your Favorite Book Characters Are as Real as You Feel They Are by Claire Fallon
"A new study performed by The Guardian and researchers from Durham University suggests that they are, in a way. The study found that, for 19 percent of readers surveyed, “the voices of fictional characters stayed with them even when they weren’t reading.” This included readers having thoughts in the voice of specific characters, experiencing narration of their life by a character, or simply having their own thoughts influenced by the tone or perspective of a character. " (from above link)
And, of course, because books are so influential, there is the idea of book banning or censorship. Blume's quote follows on the ideas that Shriver puts forth in the first link.