Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading.
It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live us many more lives and as many kind of lives as we wish.
[T]hat I could find company and consolation and hope in an object pulled almost at random from a bookshelf—felt akin to an instance of religious grace.
Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Them when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.