Bill Gates plans to do a lot of summer reading – perhaps more than he’s done since he was a teen.
He’s also sharing his reading list and reviews, and inviting people to recommend other books at his personal web site, The Gates Notes.
On the site, he talks about how he’s always used summer to catch up on his reading and used to max out his library card when he was a kid. Now he may get through a book a day on vacations, on which he takes “what is probably a ridiculous number of books along.”
Between family trips and some other travel I’ll be doing this summer, I probably have more reading time planned than I think I’ve had for a very long time, maybe ever since I started work. Still, I’m probably being too optimistic about what I’ll be getting to, because I’m taking a ton of books with me.
Here are some of the books that Gates recommends:
-“The Better Angels of our Nature” by Steven Pinker
– “The Quest” by Daniel Yergin
– “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China” by Ezra Vogel
– “The Cost of Hope” by Amanda Bennett
– “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo
– “Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update” by Donella Meadows
– “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler