Bill Gates Holiday Season’s Gift (Books Recommendation)

The holiday is around the corner and everyone has different plans for this season. Why not we dedicate this season for reading.

Microsoft Founder, investor, philanthropist and a true book lover by heart William Henry Gates III (Bill Gates) released on his personal blog (GatesNotes) the top five books for this holiday season.

The world’s second-richest person who reportedly reads 50 books a year, released this list to help people to start 2020 on a ‘good note’.

Mr. Bill Gates stated in his personal blog;

For this year’s holiday books list, I chose five titles that I think you’ll also enjoy reading. I think they’re all solid choices to help wrap up your 2019 or start 2020 on a good note.

He further stated;

This year, I picked up a bit more fiction than usual. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but I seemed to be drawn to stories that let me explore another world.

Following are the books recommended by Mr. Gates;

An American Marriage

An American Marriage

Written by Tayari Jones
Pages: 336
Published in 2018
Awards: Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019)
Aspen Words Literary Prize (2019)

An American Marriage is a Tayari Jones’s fourth novel. This novel focuses on the marriage of Roy and Celestial, an African-American middle-class couple, who lives in Atlanta and is ripped apart when Roy is wrongly convicted of a crime he has not committed.

Mr. Gates stated in his blog;

It was his daughter Jenn who recommended the novel to him. An American Marriage is a light, easy read, but it’s so well-written that you’ll find yourself sucked into it despite the heavy subject matter.

These Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

Written by Jill Lepore
Pages: 960
Published in 2018

This book traces history from the Age of Discovery through the present day of American politics, law, culture, and technology.

Mr. Gates stated in his blog;

This book is not a deep or comprehensive account of individual events or people. The book covers centuries of history in its 800 pages, so Lepore can offer only quick glimpses at major events…

He further wrote;

I highly recommend the book. It’s packed with amazing details I had never read before.

Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

Written by Vaclav Smil
Pages: 664
Published in 2018

This book provides a systematic study of development in nature and culture in this magisterial volume, from small organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.

Mr. Gates stated in his blog;

As always, I don’t agree with everything Smil says, but he remains one of the best thinkers out there at documenting the past and seeing the big picture.

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life

Written by Diane Tavenner
Pages: 304
Published in 2019

This book is a guide that explores how parents should stop worrying about the future of their kids and begin to help them plan for it.

Mr. Gates stated in his blog;

Preparing our kids for college, a career, and life is a long journey. And as any parent or teacher will tell you, it’s not always easy. Diane has written a wonderful guidebook to help all of us make the most of the adventure.

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Written by Matthew Walker
Pages: 368
Published in 2017

This book gives us a new appreciation of sleep and dreaming’s vital importance. Book explains, Sleep is enriching our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions within the brain.

Mr. Gates stated in his blog;

Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is important—but what exactly counts as a good night’s sleep? And how do you make one happen? Walker has persuaded me to change my bedtime habits to up my chances.

If you see Bill Gates as your inspiration, then dedicate this holiday for reading and start the year 2020 in an inspirational mindset.

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