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Recommended Book List

Bill Gates’s Recommended Book List

Bill Gates is a business leader in the world of technology and a generous contributor to humanity. He was grown up in Seattle, Washington, with a beautiful and encouraging family who supported his interest in computers technology at an early age. He crashed out of college to kick off Microsoft with his childhood friend named Paul Allen. He got married to Melinda French in 1994, and they have three children now. Nowadays, Bill and Melinda Gates runs a welfare trust together, a charitable foundation by their names, and can offer their wealth back to society.


Bill, along with his two sisters, were grown up in Seattle. His dad, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle lawyer and one of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s chair person’s. Mary Gates (late) was his mother, a school teacher at University of Washington regent, and a United Way International chairwoman.


Bill Gates, who usually reads one book a week, said reading is his preferred technique for learning about any innovative topic, as mentioned in one of his blog posts. Other than some of the novels, non-fiction books are his favourite books. The books he read and recommended are as follows.


The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger.


This book is about moving on after any trauma one can go through. The Choice is partly a journal and somewhat a guide to dealing out trauma. Melinda recommended this book to Gates. He was delighted to read this book and was later thankful to Melinda that she suggested an excellent book to him as everyone goes through a traumatized condition in life. There is the best therapy for how to move forward in life even after any trauma.


This story is about two sisters separated from their parents and later sent to the death camp, and both sisters had to live alone with this trauma. Moving on in life and how they treated themselves with their life was the story is all about.


This book is partly a guide to dealing with trauma. After passing through unbelievable horrors, and was moved to the United States and became a therapist. Her distinctive background gives her astonishing insight, and many people will find relief from her propositions on how to handle complicated situations.


Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell.


Cloud Atlas is one of the novels you’ll think and talk about it even after a long time as you finish it. It’s hard to explain the plot a bit as it includes inter-related stories which took place a lot earlier, such as in the 1800s. If you’re in the frame of mind for a compelling story about the best and worst of humanity, you’ll find yourself quite engaged in it.


British author David Mitchell has written this book named Cloud Atlas is formed from six inter-related stories set in several times and places. One involves a young American doctor on a sailing vessel within the South Pacific within the mid-1800s. Another joke about an editor trapped with gangsters—is set in London within the 2000s. Two of them placed within the future, one after an apocalypse has set civilization back to something just like the Stone Age, and other people speak distinctively. You must be putting your mind to read this book if a new story does not grasp you right away.



The Ride of a Lifetime, by Bob Iger.


Gates commented on this book as “This is one of the best business books I’ve read in several years”. Iger does a tremendous job explaining what it’s like to be the CEO of an outsized organization. Either you’re looking for business insights or just an entertaining read. I think anyone would enjoy his stories about controlling Disney during one of the most transformative times in its olden times.


Bill Gates said I don’t read a lot of books about how to run a business. Still, according to my experience, it is exceptional to find one that captures what it’s like to build and control an organization or that has tips that you can put into practice.


Gates think anyone would enjoy this book, whether they’re coming across any business approach or want a good read by a modest guy who rose the corporate ladder for productively leading the biggest companies in the world.


The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry.


We’re living through an unexpected time right now. But if you’re looking for historical comparison, the 1918 influenza pandemic is real close as you’re having right now. Barry has taught you almost everything you want to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history in this book. Year1918 was a very different time than today; The Great Influenza is a good prompt that we’re still dealing with several similar challenges.


Gates mentioned her grandmother Lillian Gates, who was lucky to survive the 1918 influenza pandemic. Unlike COVID-19, which is hitting older people the hardest, the influenza pandemic caused the highest mortality among people in their twenties. Pregnant women are the most vulnerable in this situation.

People have isolated themselves at home, the streets are empty, and the economy shut down. Doctors and nurses were courageous, putting their own lives at risk and running themselves to the bone.

To freshen up my memory about the certainty and lessons of that distressing pandemic, I recently gave a read to The Great Influenza (2004) by John M. Barry. He did a fantastic job of letting us know how overpoweringly that pandemic affected millions of families and the entire flow of the past times gone.





Good Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo.


Banerjee and Duflo have won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in the previous year, and they are one of the two brilliant economist’s of today. Luckily for us, they’re also very good at making economics available to an average person. Their newest book takes on discrimination and political divisions by focusing on policy debates at the front position in wealthy countries like the United States of America.


Gates said I think about every book every time I hear about economics and consider adding it to my bookbag, and I have no trouble finding books or articles written by well-groomed economists. But I sometimes worry that those economists won’t have any appropriate humility about what economic methodology can and cannot educate us, especially when the global financial system is in an unprecedented condition of extreme instability because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Two economists who are honest about economic restrictions and don’t generalize are Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s husband-and-wife set. They’re the married couple who started MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Gates have always admired their thorough, investigational approach of assessing the merits of different levels of fighting poverty and loved their first book, Poor Economics (2011). So he was pleased when he learned about publishing a second book, Good Economics for Hard Times.


The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness, by Andy Puddicombe.


According to Gates, He was a doubter for most of his life about meditation. After reading this book, he says that he does it as often as he can—thrice a week, if time permits. Andy’s book and the app he builds for the app store, Headspace, are what made me an adaptor. Andy was a former Buddhist monk, offers lots of helpful descriptions in explaining real tricky methodological concepts in meditating. Its a real blessing when we could use some time to de-stress and re-focus every day; this is a great place to start.


Gates and Melinda enjoyed Andy’s work so much that they were reached out to him to see if he might be willing to spend some time teaching their family, which he was glad to do, and it was a real treat to us.


Gates was unsure how much meditation would have helped him concentrate in his early Microsoft days because he was hardly focusing without it. But now that he’s married, has three children, and has a set of professional and personal interests, it’s an excellent tool for humanizing focus. It’s also helped in stepping back and obtaining some ease with whatever thoughts or emotions were bothering. Gates said, “He liked getting my own 10 minutes every few days, and he is grateful to Andy for helping him on this journey”.


Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer.

If you’re searching for working on a new skill, you could do not as good as learning to remember things. Foer is a science writer interested in how memory works and why some people seem to have a remarkable aptitude to recollect essentials.


Like most people, everyone will be fascinated by how the mind works, and memory is significant. One of this book’s beauty clarifies how memory and wise are not any two different things. Creating up the ability to reason and the ability to preserve information go hand in hand.

Most of us will have to practice it for months and months and maybe more than a more extended period than that. You have to be very strict about it. The book strikes a chord that we all have to start with pretty much of the same process for the most part, and we can be deliberate about strengthening them, or maybe not.


Foer, in this book, discovered about the people who win memory contests and use specific techniques for envisioning things; they were mostly developing in ancient Greece. They talked about what they will build a memory palace – often literally visualizing a house with several rooms and different people and things in each room, representing what they are trying to memorize. “Garlic on the driveway.” “Cottage cheese at the doorstep.” Things like that. The idea comes from a prehistoric Greek poet who remembered everyone killed when a temple collapsed during a feast. He had a visual memory of where everything and everyone was setting down at that time.


A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.


This novel’s main character is going through a situation that now feels relatable: He can’t vacate the building where he’s living, but he’ wasn’t jammed there because of an illness. It’s 1922, and he’s a Russian count who’s allocating a lifetime prison under house arrest in a hotel.

The Rosie Trilogy, by Graeme Simsion. All three of the Rosie novels made a laugh out loud. They’re about the genetics professor with Asperger’s Syndrome who was looking for a wife and then started a family. Ultimately the book is about getting inside the heart and mind of someone many people see as odd and discovering that he isn’t that different from anybody else.



Bill Gates, being a techno-person, is also into reading books and most of the time, it has seen that he was following the techniques mentioned by different writers in their books. As he was following things himself, in some cases, he also made his family follow, such as meditation in life to bring peace in mind and to the body. Books are an excellent approach to a healthy habit. Gadgets and technology are not beneficial every time. Bill Gates, a technology Guru, reads; his wife and family are also into reading stuff. The family is not into technology by all means, as we assume that they can be into the technological world.

Books are known to be excellent friends of human. Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have proved to the world that they are still reading books to enhance their knowledge, and readers can keep them well accompanied.


By considering this current technological era, nobody is willing to go through the coursebook just because technology has made it so much easier for everyone to find solutions online with a single click. Instead of moving forward, we are moving backwards as we have become totally technology dependent. We have stopped stressing our minds to think and work, and we prefer to move with ease by using technological gadgets such as laptops, mobiles, calculators to find solutions for us.