What's funny is that my answer to this question changes ALL THE TIME.
I read to be a better writer.
I mean, EVERY writer needs to be a reader.
I read IT by Stephen King, because I wanted to be terrified.
I read Anna Dressed in Blood because I wanted to be creeped and terrified, and I really wanted to read a YA horror.
I read Lola and the Boy Next Door because I'd read Anna and the French Kiss, and because the premise sounded even better than Anna and I wanted an adorable love story. (it was)
I read Perfect Chemistry because HOLEE hot cover. And because Nyrae Dawn said I had to.
I've read The Great Gatsby a ton of times because I love the POV that the story is told from, and I think the writing is flawless. I so want the happy ending every time I read...sigh...
I read Jane Austen when I want a familiar story where I can imagine fun dresses, gentlemen in waistcoats and plenty of snark.
I read Twenty Boy Summer knowing it would break my heart, and I loved every second of my heart being broken.
I read The Sky is Everywhere for close to the same reason, and it remains probably my fav YA book.
I read Glimpse because it was in prose, and that's what I was in the mood for.
I read Boy Toy because as a former teacher I cannot conceive of this situation - even though I had more than one student come on to me...
I read Stay by Deb Caletti b/c Ockler has mentioned her many times and because Steph told me to. And wow. Just...wow. It was the only YA book on abusive relationships (except mine, lol) that rang true to me.
The reasons I read are different from book to book and from what I want.
I will say that I can't imagine NOT being a reader. I think back to some of my first years teaching and only reading a book or two a month. Think of all the lost time!!! All the amazing books I could have read!!
Despite having read SEVERAL (or many) books for friends to crit, I'm still 10 books ahead of my goodreads goal, and so yanno... sometimes I read to just make sure I stay ahead ;-)
Why do you read?