At the end of each year I have had the custom of making book recommendations for the following year. This year, I would like to begin with some remarks about the importance of actually reading. When we watch television, videos, and movies, we are, first of all, letting our imagination be passively formed by what we watch. When we listen to a speaker, whether in a live presentation or an audio recording, the words pass and are gone. If we get distracted for a moment, we easily lose the thread of the......