I love reading. It lets me live a number of different lives that exists only in dreams or fantasies. It let's me be me. Books provide me a place to go when I don't feel good. They make me happy. Reading helps me escape my reality and writing helps me face my reality. Both are necessary for living, I guess. Sometimes u just need to get rest and live in your own dreamland. But eventually you have to rise and be face to face with your problems. So, I guess books are not just necessary for life, they are life itself. Those who read and those who write tend to live not just their lives but the lives of all the characters they connect with.