One of the richest and most successful men in the world, Bill Gates now spends a lot of time reading since he is no longer at the helm of Microsoft.
Gates, has, since then, established himself as an influential book reviewer with his blog Gates Notes and for the fifth year in a row, he has revealed his top five literary picks of the year
“Reading is my favourite way to indulge my curiosity,” he wrote on the site, going on to add, “Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating places through my work, I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you.”
The list as mentioned by Gates includes:
The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui: An autobiographical graphic novel, this read explores the complicated relationship between parents and their children, as Bui learns through personal experience how challenging it is to raise a child.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond: This eye-opening book shows its readers a side to America not often seen, where thousands of Americans are evicted from their homes and forced to live in poverty every year.
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens: Eddie Izzard’s autobiography, the transvestite comedian demonstrates that it’s ok to be different and stand out from the crowd.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen: This story provides an insight into the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese point of view, with the aim of changing perceptions and promoting open-mindedness.
Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil: This piece of literature looks both into the past and into the future at the universal quest for renewable energy.