Reading to the mind is what exercise is to the body (Richard Steele, 17th-18th century Irish playwright).
It might be argued that learning to read is the most valuable skill that a person can master. It’s a tragic reality in some places that illiteracy has doomed many people to a limited range of opportunities. It may be even sadder that those who can read don’t take advantage of the vast array of literature that could help them grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them (1 Thessalonians 4:13).