Yes, it is important. This blog is focused greatly on writers and to a certain extent readers. So it’s not surprising I repeat quotes such as the one from Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Reading, though, is much more than that. By reading we can learn things, we can learn about places, we can jump into fantasy worlds, interface with intense drama or laugh ourselves silly or submerge in any part of the human (or sometimes even not so human) experience.
But look back at the key words I used in the last paragraph; interface, submerge, dive into, jump into – all of them are indicative of active interaction, not simply the scanning of words. Don’t you find even if it’s text from which you wish to learn something that it needs to grab your attention? That you have a difficult time learning from something that is dry and pedantic?