Focusing on books that are non-fiction (truth based) instead of reading fiction which is made up (fake) might be more helpful than in the indulgence of escaping from reality (truth). A seeker is seeking truth not escapism.
So, it makes sense to read books, many books that are real and on topics of truth. Most Masters of the past read books that is why they are able to quote from the Bible, the Torah, the Koran and so many others to become so very knowledgeable in many subjects/topics. It is impossible to become awake if one decides that they need to escape reality by pursing fantasy which is all made up like “stuff” like Santa Claus.
It is really necessary to make our children believe in this Santa unless one really wants to teach themselves and their children that a man comes riding on a bunch of reindeers bearing gifts through your chimney!
This is clearly why we are all so conditioned to believe in the false so that truth goes on being suppressed generation after generation.
Some amazing authors and recommended books that must be read for the modern seeker would be the books that have shaped world. This allows for a better understanding of what others conditioning and programming is compared to our own. It opens the individual up to see other ideas, other thoughts and other forms. Reading is also a great way to become quiet, still and be in a meditative state while we learn. It allows for living mindfully while we can learn and study.
This is just a sample list of books and some authors that might want to start out with but others that are related to the modern awakening would be all fantastic reads.