If you were given the choice between the power of flying, invisibility or being able to read, which power would you choose? As intriguing as the first two might be, I think reading wins hands down in terms of granting you access to the wisdom of the smartest people who ever lived. Reading might just be the most powerful skill a person can have. Readers can see the world from the viewpoint of someone else, protecting you from the mistakes and untruths of others as well as your own ignorance. And most importantly, reading has the power to transport you to different places and different periods of time.