Although reading is a blessing, we can fall into a trap. The trap is the assumption that reading is an end to itself. It should not be. Rather, reading ought to be a means to an end.
Those who spend quite a bit of time in theology texts can fall prey to reading as an end. I really don't care how many times someone has read Augustine's The City of God, Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, or Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics. When people begin to talk repeatedly about which great theologian they are reading, they may be walking down a dangerous pathway toward pride.
Works like the above three are great if they lead to something. We must read the bible in the same way. Reading should lead to lives of greater holiness, greater desire for Christ, greater care for the poor and needy, and ultimately greater glory given to God.
We have an embarrassment of riches in this country when it comes to books. We can purchase just about any bible in any combination we desire. We can easily order almost any book on theology, ecclesiology, the original languages, etc. that we want. We can read, and read, and read.
Interestingly, when we read the bible and we see what Jesus desires of us, we don't see much about reading. The difficulty of course is that we know God's will through reading the scriptures. But when we read what He commands, we don't see reading. Instead we see that God wants us to desire Him above all things, to care for those in need, to keep from the stains of the world, to share the gospel with the lost, and to edify and be edified by His church.
When God looks at our lives, He doesn't care how many systematic theologies we've read. He cares that we love Him and love others. He cares that we bear fruit in keeping with repentance. He cares about how we care for "the least of these."
Let us read as a means to the end of the glorification of God through our lives. Let us put an end to reading as an end in itself.