Bill Gates spends a lot of time reading. In fact, the billionaire consumes about 50 books per year. He also posts an in-depth review for several of them on his blog, GatesNotes. But every December for the past couple of years, Gates shares a year-end list of his favorites.
"December is a great time to take stock of everything you've done over the last twelve months — including all of the books you've read," the billionaire wrote Tuesday on his blog, sharing a list of his favorite reads in 2019. "They're all solid choices to help wrap up your 2019 or start 2020 on a good note."
Below is a complete list of books that the Microsoft co-founder says he loved reading this decade, according to his blog. These are the books that changed his worldview, and they include an eclectic mix of topics — from genomics to great leadership, memoirs to graphic novels, education to energy and so much more.
(You'll also notice a handful from scientist and policy analyst Vaclav Smil, whose new books Gates says he waits for "the way some people wait for the next Star Wars movie.")
Note: This compilation only includes lists from 2012 to 2019, since Gates did not post his year-end favorites for 2010 and 2011.
From 5 Books to Enjoy This Winter (2019):
From 5 Books I Loved in 2018:
From My Top Reads in 2012:
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