Bill Gates’ 5 New Book Recommendations for Your Holiday TBR

Looking for new books to add to that holiday TBR? Bill Gates has you covered this season! Here are his five book recs for 2022.

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It’s the holiday season, and what better recommendations than those from billionaire Bill Gates? Bill Gates shared a list of five books to add to your holiday TBR and now we get to share them with all of you. It’s no secret Gates is a reader and he apparently reads at least 50 books each year. That’s a big goal! I think I’m at 30 right now, but who is counting other than my Goodreads tracker? Out of those 50+, he chooses five and shares them. Keep reading to find out which five books made his list.

Gates published the list on his blog, and there seems to be a mix of everything on it, ranging from science fiction to Bono. One of the best parts? CNBC says,

“As a special bonus, he says a copy of each of his selections has been placed in 100 Little Free Libraries around the world.”

— CNBC

Let’s jump into which five books Bill Gates wants us to add to our holiday TBR!

1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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“The best guide to leading a country.”

— Bill Gates

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, wrote this modern classic about the political genius Abraham Lincoln exploring his unlikely presidency. Gates is fascinated by Abraham Lincoln and felt this book, in particular, is very relevant in 2022. Goodwin’s book is considered one of the most influential books of the past fifty years. 

Grab your copy here!

2. Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono

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“The best memoir by a rock star I actually know.”

— Bill Gates

Bono’s memoir released November 1, 2022 and even though Gates calls him a friend, the autobiography still surprised him. As an activist, artist, and lead singer of U2, Bono’s memoir is honest, irreverent, intimate, and profound. Surrender tells the story of the remarkable life he’s lived along with challenges he’s faced.

Click here to get the book!

3. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

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“The best introduction to grownup sci-fi.”

— Bill Gates

This novel is a true science fiction classic, and it’s a complete uncut version! Follow the story of Valentine Michael Smith who is human, but also raised by Martians on Mars. Another bit I should add? He’s never seen another member of his kind. As he is sent to Earth, he must learn how to be human. However, his beliefs and powers are far more than any of humankind has ever seen. His teaching and sharing of his ways will inspire a transformation that could change Earth forever.

Interested in reading? Buy it here!

4. The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

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“The best guide to getting out of your own way.”

— Bill Gates

This one I am very excited about as I’ve become a big tennis girly over the past few months. Originally released in 1997, the book continues to offer helpful ways to learn to trust yourself on the court. Yes, please! Because my backhand swing is just not going well. Learn how to find the state of “relaxed concentration” to allow yourself to play at your best! Mental preparation is a huge part of performance, and Gallwey’s book is the perfect read.

Get your copy here.

5. Mendeleev’s Dream by Paul Strathern

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“Best book about the periodic table.”

— Bill Gates

Have you ever been curious about the discoveries of chemistry and the Periodic Table? In 1869, a Russian scientist by the name Dmitri Mendeleyev puzzled over some sort of way to bring order to chemistry. Exhausted by his efforts, he fell asleep at his desk and what he dreamed changed the way we now see the world. Follow the life story of Dmitri Mendeleyev as he dreamt up the periodic table. 

Buy your copy ASAP here!

Hopefully Bill Gates influenced the next five book purchases you are going to make this holiday season!

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