10 Books Recommended by Bill Gates That You Should Read This Summer

Keeping true to his tradition of sharing a summer reading list, Microsoft co-founder – Bill Gates has shared a list of books that he wants others to read. These books generally span across different genres. This year as well Gates has given his selection of books for people to read this summer. Here are the 10 books that have caught the attention of Bill Gates this year:

  • The Choice by Edith Eva Eger

At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945. Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

” Her unique background gives her amazing insight, and I think many people will find comfort right now from her suggestions on how to handle difficult situations.”

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“This is the kind of novel you’ll think and talk about for a long time after you finish it. ut if you’re in the mood for a really compelling tale about the best and worst of humanity, I think you’ll find yourself as engrossed in it as I was.”

  • The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger

Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. The competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger—think global—and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets.

Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“This is one of the best business books I’ve read in several years. Whether you’re looking for business insights or just an entertaining read, I think anyone would enjoy his stories about overseeing Disney during one of the most transformative times in its history.”

  • The Great Influenza by John M. Barr

At the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“We’re living through an unprecedented time right now. But if you’re looking for a historical comparison, the 1918 influenza pandemic is as close as you’re going to get. ”

  • Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on challenges, building on cutting-edge research in economics, explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for intelligent interventions toward a society built on compassion and respect.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

Banerjee and Duflo won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences last year, and they’re two of the smartest economists working today. Their newest book takes on inequality and political divisions by focusing on policy debates that are at the forefront in wealthy countries like the United States.”

  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe

The book offers simple but powerful meditation techniques that positively impact every area of physical and mental health: from productivity and focus to stress and anxiety relief, sleep, weight-loss, personal relationships.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“For years, I was a skeptic about meditation. Now I do it as often as I can—three times a week, if time allows. Andy’s book and the app he created, Headspace, are what made me a convert.”

  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

” If you’re looking to work on a new skill, you could do worse than learning to memorize things. Foer is a science writer who got interested in how memory works, and why some people seem to have an amazing ability to recall facts.”

  • Rosie Trilogy by Graeme Simsion

The first novel titled the Rosie Project centers on genetics professor Don Tillman, who struggles to have a serious relationship with women. With a friend’s help, he devises a questionnaire to assess the suitability of female partners. His plans are set off course when he meets Rosie, who does not fit many of Tillman’s criteria, but becomes a big part of his life.  A sequel, titled The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014, followed in 2019 by the third and final book in the trilogy, The Rosie Result.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about the book:

“All three of the Rosie novels made me laugh out loud.”

  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“I don’t read a lot of comics or graphic novels, but I’ve really enjoyed the few that I have picked up.  It’s a deeply personal book that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee.”

  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half is a combination of webcomic and blog written by Allie Brosh. The comic is drawn in Paintbrush and uses an exaggeratedly simple drawing style as an artistic device. It is a retelling of the author’s life and includes stories from her childhood as well as the challenges she faces as an adult.

Here is what Bill Gates has to say about this book:

“You will rip through it in three hours, tops. But you’ll wish it went on longer, because it’s funny and smart as hell.”

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