Natasha Postolovski, writing for Envato:
Reading a book is the closest we can come to sharing the mind of a great thinker. After all, what is a book but thoughts transcribed? Spend a lot of time with great people and we cannot help but be transformed by the experience.
If you want to become a more interesting person, with a broader base of knowledge, more enlightened opinions, a vocabulary that expresses the nuances in how you see and experience the world, then reading well is a wonderful shortcut.