When I was a teenager (way back in the 70’s), I liked to read, though I would never have admitted that to any of my friends. It just wasn’t cool to say that I couldn’t go out because I was reading a good book and wanted to finish. But sometimes it was true! I read many of the classic teen series and romance novels. As I got older and my tastes changed, I ventured into new genres. I particularly liked “near future” Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction. I still do!
Years later when my 3 sons came along, their father and I read to them every day. I was more focused on educational books, but I also read them tons of poetry. Shel Silverstein was their favorite, but I also included the classic poets in our daily sessions. Their father read them The Hobbit and Harry Potter series, which they remember fondly and even brag about.
My sons are all adults now, and 2 out of 3 are avid Fiction readers, and the 3rd focuses on reading relative to his career. I have a 3-year-old granddaughter too, and her parents are reading to her daily.
Reading improves your language and vocabulary skills. It also helps to form perceptions of the world as it relates to the subject matter.
It’s never too late to enjoy a good book, and to share your reading experience with those around you.
One more thought…consider listening to books. It’s easy to train your brain to listen to a book and do some other menial task, such as housekeeping, or walking.