Of all of the wonderful and even magical things reading can do for us, the most important has seldom been suspected. According to a study that covered a large control group over many years, the reading of books can lengthen your life. From the New York Times:
Compared with those who did not read books, those who read for up to three and a half hours a week were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up, and those who read more than that were 23 percent less likely to die. Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.