As famous film director Werner Herzog explains in an interview with Stephen Sackur on the BBC’s HARDTalk program on 24th December 2015 (video below), to write a good movie, you must read, read, and read. To write well, you must read, and to write good reviews, you must read, and that is why I read. My review of A Man Called Ove was my 145th review, and this year I’ve read and reviewed about 40 books, and just read many more that I didn’t get round to reviewing. I am looking forward to another year of many and worthwhile books. The scientific basis for reading and writing going together is that writing is not a skill that people develop separately from other processes. It combines many complex activities, including categorizing, building key terms and concepts for a subject, measuring one’s reaction to a subject, making new connections, abstracting, figuring out significance, and developing arguments—to name a few. But the highest cognitive functions are developed and supported through active and interconnected use of language—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Writing and reading is the chicken and the egg – the one cannot develop without the other. So, hooray for Werner Herzog, no matter how odd his accent or the expressions that he uses.