Even though Bill Gates doesn’t have a lot of downtime, he still manages to read about fifty books per year. He even finds the time to write reviews on some of them on his blog, GatesNotes. For the past few years, he’s been posting a list of his favorite books of the year. According to Gates, all his choices are solid and a good way to wrap up 2019 and begin 2020. On Tuesday, he shared on his blog a complete list of his favorite books of the decade and all these books helped changed his view of the world.
For your reading pleasure, we have a small portion of that list for this past year of 2019 and last year, 2018, as well.
Top Winter Reads of 2019
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The story follows two newlyweds, Roy and Celestial who are forced into an impossible situation when Roy is convicted of a crime. Then, for the next five years, the two only communicate through letters, forcing both to make tough life decisions. Roy is sentenced to twelve years in jail and Celestial seeks comfort from her childhood best friend as she begins her doll making career. Then after five years, Roy’s ruling is overturned and he is ready to resume the life he and Celestial started.
These Truths by Jill Lepore
This book tells the history of America, from Christopher Columbus to Donald Trump. It talks about the promises America has made to the citizens and how a lot of those promises aren’t followed through. It is divided into four parts and starts off with the Declaration of Independence and how it failed to stand up to slavery.
Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities by Vaclav Smil
This novel takes an in-depth look at how fast organisms grow. Through bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities. Smil even examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable activities.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life by Diane Tavenner
This book gives parents a blueprint of how to stop worrying about their kids’ future but to help them prepare for it.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker loves sleep, and he wants the world to fall in love with it too. He believes we are in the midst of an epidemic of a silent sleep loss. Walker believes it is the greatest health challenge of the 21st century.
Top Books of 2018
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This memoir tells the tale of a young girl who struggles and escapes from violence and an emotional prison. It’s a story of strong family loyalty and how strong family loyalties also come from sorrow that arises from close family ties.
Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre
Paul Scharre explores the idea of what it would be like if machines had the ultimate authority to decide life or death. Also how weapons can be hacked and how predator drones can have as much autonomy as a Google car.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyou
A nonfiction story written by journalist John Carreyou, this book covers the rise and fall of a firm called Theranos as well as the multibillionaire biotech startup that is run by Elizabeth Holmes.
21 Lessons of the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
This book is broken up into five parts and it discusses how history is unfair. Also how if we don’t partake in a debate about our future the decisions about our future will be made for us.
The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
This novel offers advice on how to practice meditation techniques that positively impact every area of physical and mental health.
These are just a list of his favorite books from last year and this year. For a complete list of his favorite books of the decade, click here.
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