Writers, unless writing exclusively nonfiction, are liars. We tell people things that aren't true. Yes, our readers know they're being told lies, but not everyone understands the extent.
Some readers become convinced certain settings exist. I once had an acquaintance who spent his free-time searching for an old theatre described in a mystery novel. I thought he was bonkers, to be honest and have no idea if he ever found it. But, since writers DO weave facts inside stories, maybe it is out there in some form.
Even if you've never went as overboard as my acquaintance, I am sure books have gotten you in other ways. Who reading this hasn't cried over an ending, felt relieved when the protagonist won, or cheered when that dumb character finally dumped a cheating spouse? Stories can alter us... they have.
Maybe the truths within the lies are what make readers believe or feel. Or, perhaps, it is simply a desire to believe.
As of today, I am preparing to go to my mom's. I hope to hear about your excellent accomplishments when I return!