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7 Must-read books recommended by Bill Gates

Multibillionaire and Co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates loves to read books. He shares every year some of his favorite books to read. Bill Gates shares his recommendations on his blog – Gates Notes. He reads one book every week.  Here we have given the list of some books which Bill Gates recommend to read for sure. These books are his one of the favorite collection from the knowledge sea.

1. Everything happens for a reason – Kate Bowler

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The author of this book Kate Bowler is a professor of Duke Divinity School. At the age of 35, she gets diagnosed with colon cancer. Kate tries to understand the reason behind getting cancer.  She thinks about cancer as a test of her character. Bill Gates get affected by her story and the perception she has about her life. Her story of the book is about faith and mortality. “Everything happens for a reason” is a must-read book according to Bill Gates.

2. Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson

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This book is a biography of Leonardo Da Vinci. According to Bill Gates, Leonardo was a fascinating person. He was known as painter still he had interest in human anatomy and theater. Bill Gates says that Leonardo had the sense of curiosity and wonder. From this book, you will be able to know how special Leonardo was. According to Bill Gates, Leonardo Da Vinci is a must-read biography for book lovers.

3. Origin story: A big history of everything – David Christian

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David Christian has brilliantly written this book. In this book, he explains the history of the big bang and talks about the future of humanity as well. After reading this book, you will start to appreciate humanity. It is one of the favorite books of Bill Gates. He is also a fan of David’s online course “Big History.” In this book, you will get a history of everything. If you are a big historian then you will love this book.

4. The gene – Siddhartha Mukherjee

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The author of this book Siddhartha Mukherjee is a professor of Columbia University’s School of Medicine. He takes care of patients, conducts research and teaches medical students as well. In this book, you will learn about the past, present, and future of genome science. Bill loves his book and calls him as “quadruple threat.” Siddhartha Mukherjee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. In this book, he talks about the latest genome technologies.

5. Factfulness – Hans Rosling

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The author of the book Hans Rosling was a statistician and global health expert. This book will change your mindset of how you view the world. Bill started recommending this book from the day it published. The book will give you an insight into important questions such as –

How our life is getting better?

In which areas the world still needs improvement?

Hans also shares his real-life stories in this book. The author of this book was a brilliant man. He talks about his life-changing tales in this book as well. After reading this book, you will definitely see the world differently.

6. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

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Bill had an illusion that he knew everything about Lincoln he needed to know. This Novel led him to rethink about it. This book is a conversation among 166 ghosts including Lincoln’s son. The book is an award-winning novel. Bill Gates finds this book pretty ambiguous and fascinating. After reading this book, he realized that how much weight of grief and responsibility Lincoln had. To know historical facts and more detail about Lincoln, you should definitely read this book.

7. Life is what you make it – Peter Buffett

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The author of this book Peter Buffet is a son of billionaire Warren Buffet. In this book, he talks about how his father helped him to get success in music and philanthropy. Rather than inheriting his father’s wealth, he found his own path. In this book, he talks about his life experiences, ethics, values and his commitment to life. In this book, you will learn the importance of trust, tolerance, and passion. Bill and his wife Melinda have read this book and both loved it. You should give it a try as well.


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