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Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List

In the range of importance, celebrities’ reading lists typically weigh in heavier on the superficial “dieting secrets” side of things than revealing anything about their day-to-day thoughts. Taking his unsurprisingly insightful turn on the ‘summer reading’ circuit is philanthropist extraordinaire and sworn enemy of tech snobs Bill Gates. The globetrotting nerd dictated five of his recently beloved books on his blog GatesNotes, a title he no doubt labored over for as long as he did Windows 7.

As you could’ve probably seen coming from miles away, Gates’ summer reading list is heavy on books that expouse the virtues of math and science, encourage a symbiotic relationship with nature, and challenge their readers to ponder and pose critical questions. Add his five picks to your book-shopping list and watch a colorful animated video discussing them below:

For those allergic to videos or at work, Bill Gates’ reading assignment for you is:

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

How to Not Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg

The Vital Question by Nick Lane

The Power to Compete by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Noah Yuval Harari

If you’ve been blessed with the power of speed-reading and breezed through those books before you even closed this tab, Gates the Great and Powerful also spoke to The New York Times Magazine about his picks and threw out five more of his all-time favorites. Spoiler: one is The Great Gatsby, providing further proof that geniuses can be just like the rest of us.

Have you already read any of these titles? Does Bill Gates’ endorsement make you more or less interested in the books? Also, does your Windows Explorer keep asking you to update as well? Let us know in the comments!

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