Reading is not just a great way to learn, relax, or have fun. It's also a great way for painters and other artists to get their models to sit still for indeterminate amounts of time. A simple Google search of "readers in paintings" or something along those lines will more than prove my point. In case you'd rather not spend the time sifting through the thumbnails, here are a few of my favorites:
|Young Woman Reading, Jean Honore Fragonard|
I also think this one by Charles Edward Perugini is just beautiful. I wish I looked that good when I was reading; usually it's more than I absently have started sucking on my hair and forgot I was also chewing gum.