"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a first hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we would also be happy if we had no books, and such books as make us happy we could if need be, write ourselves. But what we must have are those books which come upon us like ill-fortune, and distress us deeply, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us." -Quoted by George Steiner, "Language and Silence"
The picture is me reading a book on Knots...not necessarily a life altering read but tying knots is a challenging endeavor if you've never learned any worth tying.