Sure reading is fundamental to learning and making your way in this life.
I mean that reading is, of course, of enormous utility. You need it as a tool to learn and get through school.
But outside of the necessary education, a reading life should be less serious than probably first considered.
Reading is not a contest or a diet, after all.
I think this is all such good advice.
You should be enjoying yourself.
I, for one, will try to heed the impulsive approach of Randall Jarrell.
Simply: Read at whim!
So one reason I usually decline to give reading recommendations is that I don’t want to encourage such habits of mind. But there’s a positive counterpart to this negative reason: my commitment to one dominant, overarching, nearly definitive principle for reading: Read at Whim. I learned this principle from the essayist and poet Randall Jarrell, who once met a scholar, a learned man
anda critic, who commented that he read Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim every year.
-Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures Of Reading In An Age Of Distraction