Did you know Bill Gates has a website where he talks a lot about the things that inspire, influence, and drive him? It is called gatesnotes, and it is a great site to check out now and again for some life advice and wisdom from the man himself.
Recently Bill Gates dropped a list on the site about what his five favorite books are for winter reading this year, because a great many of us know what it is like to be snowed in, and sometimes, a good book can make that time pass way quicker and more pleasantly.
The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui – “This gorgeous graphic novel is a deeply personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee.”
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – “Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. He gave me a better sense of what it is like to be poor in this country than anything else I have read.”
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, by Eddie Izzard – “Izzard’s personal story is fascinating: he survived a difficult childhood and worked relentlessly to overcome his lack of natural talent and become an international star.”
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen – “Despite how dark it is, The Sympathizer is a gripping story about a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into.”
Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil – “Smil is one of my favorite authors, and this is his masterpiece. He lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy.”
The one thing I will say with surprise, his reading list seems to have about the same amount of graphic novels as mine, which is really progressive of him.
So if you are looking for some knowledge and entertainment during these bleak, forthcoming winter months, look no further than Bill’s list to be your perfect 2017 winter reading guide!