Beauty Laid Bare

You should read this lovely WSJ essay on the importance of books, and then go read a book! I'm currently halfway through Moby Dick (which I try to read every couple years), and next on my list: Spaceman by Mike Massimino, The Life-Writer by David Constantine, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. What are you reading? Also, this from Annie Dillard:

"Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened, and its deepest mystery probed? … Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaning, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?"