Some people read to escape. They like to take a break from their everyday lives, from the chaos or humdrum that surrounds them.
Others read to experience. I am one of these people. I love my life, but I realize that I only get this one, and that there is only so much I can do in this lifetime. Through reading (and writing, actually) I can experience the life of a dancer, a farmer, a baker. I can do anything I want, for hours at a time, and then happily return to my real life.
What about you? Do you read (and write) to escape or to experience?