Bill Gates is definitely a person worth listening to when book recommendations are in question. Luckily for us, Bill is a type of person that does not hesitate to share his reading list and often recommends his favorites.
It is interesting that he does not only read books related to his work. In fact, Bill is quite a reader with a specter of different genres involved in his reading list. If you are a fan of Gates and his work, you should consider reading one of the books that he recommended for a summer vacation. Let’s take a look!
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved
Kate Bowler is a great author and her exploration of living with uncertainty is splendidly explored in this book. The protagonist is a woman who is diagnosed with cancer and who experiences all various good and bad stuff knowing that she might die the next day. As the title states, it questions some of the universal truths and sayings and explores them through a rollercoaster of things that the protagonist has to live through – both positive and negative.
Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson has already written books about other great people of history such as Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. Gates, being a fan of da Vinci, strongly recommends this book which serves as a spectacular insight into Leonardo’s life and mind. The book is mainly based on the latest discoveries regarding this great man, whom Gates called one of the most fascinating people ever. If you are a fan of da Vinci, and already know a lot about him, this book will certainly add to that knowledge!
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
The book written by David Christian is simply what it says it is – a history of our origin. Christian dives deep into the science and history and explains everything in a nice and easy way – a way that is perfect for vacation. Furthermore, the book not only dwells on history but also tries to predict how our future will look like.
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders, who has already become a legendary writer, wrote another book which puts Lincoln’s son Willie in the protagonist role. Willie died very young – at the age of 11, just when the bloody American war was about to begin. He finds himself in a type of a purgatory, speaking with ghosts and finding universal truths about human nature.
Bill Gates said that this was one of the most important books he had ever read. He said it had helped him to think clearly about the ongoings in the world. Factfulness actually has a full name: Factfullnes: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. It is co-written by three authors – Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and Ola Rosling.
Factfulness is an eye-opening book about the world we live in, and the authors explore human nature in regard to media, progress, and other important factors that affect us on a constant basis.