The definition of read is as follow: To have a specified character or quality for the reader. This is when we say a "book reads like a philosophy book", but can we extend the meaning of that word to non-books? Look at the example below.

For example:

Your thoughts read like a philosophy book for telepaths who delve inside of them.


In this context that works. Telepaths "read" minds so references to books makes sense as a metaphor.

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    more generally most places where "read" is used idiomatically, the referenced definition of read could be used. "His apology read as insincere", "The party read as one of superficial friends trying too hard", etc.
    – katatahito
    Jul 29 '19 at 1:03

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