Sometimes, we need to be alone and occupied. The Angels say that reading can be a form of meditation, if you allow it to be. You can read meditation books or fantasy or non-fiction. It is the time that you take to be yourself, to be in a place where you are not wearing a mask, that makes this a wonderful experience.
When you read, you move to a state of mindfulness. Experiencing mindfulness over and over as you read, lets you experience it more often when you do other activities.
When people poke fun at you reading, and they will, never apologize for who you are. Readers have the gift of seeing more and seeing the bigger picture. Readers move more easily into the Great Unconsciousness.