Have you gone your entire life without reading a book? It seems that many people have. Hester Lacey writes an interesting essay about reading in The Guardian.
"But if you don’t love reading, and particularly if you positively dislike it, why should you feel in the least bit bothered if you don’t polish off a serious novel a week? The reasons for reading, as far as I can see, are either to learn something new or, more often, for sheer enjoyment’s sake. If you are unlikely to achieve either via Jane Austen or Iris Murdoch or Carol Shields or Helen Fielding, why force yourself? We all have enough duties in our lives without adding the Booker candidates to the list, if that’s not our natural proclivity."