I took a number of years off from reading. The exceptions being the Scriptures and the writings of a few of my very favourite saints. St. John of the Cross is at the top of my list. I love praying over his works and delving into his mystical wisdom.
That time off ended when I entered into the seminary. This was the biggest step of my life in the Journey with the Lord at that time. That was back in 1996.
Studying theology rewoke in me the hunger to delve into God's mysteries via the various course reading materials. I realized that I had been missing something over the previous number of years. I love to read! And, I really love to read and discover God!
The formation I received during my two year stay in the seminary taught me to augment the relationship I had with God with what I was learning. I could now bring what I was learning directly into my heart. This isn't to say that the process of absorbing what I was learning was a one step one that happened instantly. On the contrary, the process can take a lot of prayer and time.
Now, almost ten years later, I still love to read. Although now, I read what I sense the Lord is calling me to read and discuss it with him in our quiet times together.