I said on post # 1589 that to read is just essential for most of people.
When the book is one of fiction the author builds the world and the characters as he thinks better or adequate for a purpose.
It is not a waste of time to read novels or theater or poetry.
Now I would like to add that also it is of a paramount importance whether the writer is a man or a woman. Their psyche is different, varied, and this feature influences on the novel or drama play for example. / Photo from: Typing Man www old-picture com