I prefer reading many books all around because its important to read more. 'Knowledge is power.' In order to build on knowledge, you need to read more and before computers and the internet dominated much of what we read, it was the consistency for books that taught us from A-Z. Reading is the fundamental aspect to even consider picking up a pencil and start writing.
Reading is tiresome, but something I can retire to when I feel like needing to sit down and relax. I avidly read the newspaper every moring as well as learning how to play sudoku which I learned how to play from reading the paper.
Of course, different authors will come across differently with themes and elements of fiction and non-fiction because its there style to approach the readers, making it clearly authentic and more willing to read in order to generate the concept of understanding the different experiences.
I think, at the end of the day, reading is the fundamental aspect to,.......wait for it........'learn, grow, and change.' In other words, as my former grade 12 english teacher put it best, 'progressive development.' This is just like the characters in the novel that you read about because its really the same thing in reality from learning to tie your shoe laces and getting up and starting to walk to towards that bright light(success) in your future.