I use an iPad Mini 6 with Apple Pencil 2 almost exclusively for reading.
I try to keep the list of installed apps intact, to not lose the purpose of having this device. The list is limited to:
I use a 3rd party paper-like screen protector from Nillkin. It is cheaper than the original Paperlike, yet it seems to be of better quality (I've used OG Paperlike on my previous iPad).