I heard this on the radio last week:
Teenagers who read at least one book a month are much more likely to have rewarding careers in their early 30s. I can't remember the percentage, but it was high, something like 30 to 50 percent.
Here's the kicker: The study also found that it didn't matter what they read. Only that they read.
So for all those people out there who turn their noses up at romance novel readers or consider romance garbage, keep this in mind: reading is what's important. Not what you read. Reading romances can be just as important to your future as reading a literary novel or a non-fiction book.