Bill Gates Summer Reads 2018 List
I have to admit that whenever I am willing to read a new book, I check the celebrities book list online every time. There are a few whom I follow religiously. In this section, I will post what are the celebrities of our times reading right now. For me, celebrities are the greatest minds of our times. They inspire us in becoming a better version of us. One of those celebrities is Bill Gates.
Since the beginning of Summer of 2012, Bill Gates has been releasing his book list for every Summer and Winter. This Summer, Gates published his list of Summer Reads on his blog.
Unlike common people who choose books for Summers from one of the “Beach Reads”, Gates picks up books that raise or answers big questions. Gates Booklist has always had some of the best books which will eventually make you a better read person. These books are recommended for a healthy mind, it makes you think about the world we live in. He mentioned in his blog that “his choice of books wrestle with the big questions” and that’s completely true. “What makes a genius tick? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where does humanity come from, and where are we headed?”, he adds. These are the questions one ponders upon and seeks answers in their life.
The subject of these books might be noteworthy but surprisingly these books are fairly short reads and easy. If you are looking for a good read you can always pick one of the following five books.
Leonardo Da Vinci The Biography By Walter Isaacson
As we all know Leonardo Da Vinci was a renaissance person, a polymath, jack of all trades. He is often attributed for his art but his areas of interest also included science, invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, music, mathematics, botany, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, writing, history, and cartography. His whole life has been an inspiration to all humans.
Walter Isaacson is a renowned American journalist and is honored with several awards. Gates mentioned in his blog praising Isaacson for his book on Leonardo Da Vinci, “Isaacson does the best job I’ve seen of pulling together the different strands of Leonardo’s life and explaining what made him so exceptional.” Gates recommends more writings by Isaacson, “A worthy follow-up to Isaacson’s great biographies of Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.”
You can read the Bill Gate’s full review of Leonardo Da Vinci By Walter Isaacson The Biography on his blog.
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies By Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. One day her life was shaken, when she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. And She began to question – Why me? Is it a test of character or something else? In her memoir Everything Happens for a Reason, Bowler described that she didn’t want to know how and why her cells were multiplying out of control. She began her search for answers to these deeper questions. It is a difficult situation for a god fearing person.
This memoir according to Gates is “a heartbreaking, surprisingly funny memoir about faith and coming to grips with your own mortality”. Gates also wrote in his review that this book should be shelved together with other masterpieces on the similar subject such as When Breathe becomes air By Paul Kalanithi, and Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end.
You can read the Bill Gate’s full review of Everything Happens for a reason and other lies I’ve loved by Kate Bowler on his blog.
Lincoln in the Bardo By George Saunders
Gates have read a lot of books on Abraham Lincoln. The third book in the list is a Man Booker Prize Winner of 2017 – George Saunders’s Lincoln In The Bardo. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it is a great tale. Gates says “I thought I knew everything I needed to know about Abraham Lincoln, but this novel made me rethink parts of his life”. The story is strongly woven with the historical facts of the Civil War.
“The book is a long conversation among 166 ghosts, including Lincoln’s deceased son,” writes Gates in his summer booklist. “I got new insight into the way Lincoln must have been crushed by the weight of both grief and responsibility. This is one of those fascinating, ambiguous books you’ll want to discuss with a friend when you’re done,” adds Gates.
The book is based on a play-like a format thus it is easy to read. I think I have found my next read.
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian
Historian David Christian has created the famous Big History Course. Same as Big History Course, the story of the Book Origin Story examines our past, explains our present, and imagines our future. The book begins with the big bang approximately 14 billion years ago and then taking its course to the complex societies, everything within the same narrative.
Gates writes, “Lifelong learners will appreciate this book about the history of everything”, as the title of the review of this book. He also writes, “Understanding where humanity comes from is crucial to shaping where we go next. Either way, the book will leave you with a greater appreciation of humanity’s place in the universe” praising the book.
Read the full review by Bill Gates on Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian on his blog.
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think By Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund.
Bill Gates has been recommending this book as soon as he read it. Rosling worked on the global health issue and has a video lectures series on the same topic.
Gates mentioned on his blog, “Hans, the brilliant global-health lecturer who died last year, gives you a breakthrough way of understanding basic truths about the world—how life is getting better, and where the world still needs to improve. And he weaves in unforgettable anecdotes from his life. It’s a fitting final word from a brilliant man, and one of the best books I’ve ever read.”.
Here’s a video of Bill Gates Talking about the book Factfulness on his Youtube Channel.
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