Bill Gates is known to release a list of books for every season. The mastermind believes in the fact that reading expands your knowledge about the world. In this generation, where people have significantly reduced reading and prefer to rather short articles of knowledge, Gates is still trying to make people read. He has been releasing these lists of books for quite some time now, the list has gone up to as far as 226 approximately. He had released a list during the summer, and now on 22nd November, he released another list/ in this article, we will be having a look at the Top 5 Books under Bill Gates Recommendation for this Holiday Season.
In this holiday season edition, he has focused more on the genre of science fiction. His book recommendations tell a lot about his endeavors in the whole year. In 2021, Gates has been trying to find out technological innovations to counteract climate change. Hence, his book list this year has science fiction, non-fiction, and even historical fiction. Another reason for choosing science fiction is that Gates used to love the genre when he was a child. As he grew older, he got into the non-fiction genre. Yet, science-fiction holds a special place in his heart.
Like the last year, where Bill Gates was quite engaged in the study of races and racism and had released quite a good list. This year he had focused mainly on innovations and technology. Concerning the United Nations’ COP26 climate change discussion, even Gates made sure people paid attention to the topic. Finally, here are the Top 5 Books under Bill Gates Recommendation for this Holiday Season.
A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
Have you ever wondered how your brain exactly works? It is very well known that humans know only 10% of their own brain functioning. We cannot even use 100% of our brains. What is more fascinating is that the brain that has discovered and invented so much technology in this world, could not perceive itself that much.
This was what was going on in Hawkins’ mind when he was writing the book. He had given his theory on how exactly the brain works. He has proposed that perhaps the brain uses maplike structures which helps to build the model of the world that we perceive constantly. Through this theory, he discusses how the brain works in seeing the world and also having a sense of self.
The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson
This is the biography of Jennifer Doudna. She had won the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2020. The work that got her the Noble was her discovery in gene editing. This would help the future generation to cure diseases with the help of DNA and gene editing. Isaacson is known for writing biographies in a gripping manner.
Gates has often shared his love for the writer he was also the author of Gates’ rival Steve Jobs’ biography. However, Gates appreciates a person by his work, and he almost recommends him on every list.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
This one is a bit of a deviation from the strong scientific background that the previous books dealt with. This novel has a literary background. Maggie O’Farrell had narrated the story of Shakespeare in a very unique way. The story deals with Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who had died when he was 11. Farrel had tried to portray Shakespeare’s family life, and how does the greatest playwright deal with the grief of losing a child.
Gates had loved the emotion put into the work. The book has also won numerous awards one of them being the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020. She had also depicted how the grief had inspired the playwright to write one of his greatest tragedies “The Tragedy of Hamlet”.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is another science fiction written by Ishiguro. The story was described as a robot story, and Gates loves to read about AI and robots which are made humane. Ishiguro has tried to put forward a story that will make one feel sympathized with the AI named Klara.
The story draws a world which is quite similar to ours, people stuck inside their own homes, pollution eating up the world. However, the story of Klara seems to be a flower growing among the greyness of the world. Gates recommended the book because of the accuracy of the world portrayed and how the AI understands the importance of nature.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
This is science fiction was supposed to be Gates’ favorite as he loved Weir’s works. The author became famous with the release of “The Martian” and “Artemis”. The story runs quite similar to the Maritan. A high school teacher finds himself in outer space, and he is confused as he has woken up from a deep coma. The story is divided into two parts, and the narration cuts brilliantly between these two phases.
Gates has refused to say much about the book as he does not want to reveal much about the plot twists. He highly recommends this book and considered it to be quite gripping.
These were the Top 5 Books under Bill Gates Recommendation for this Holiday Season. A few of the writers were the same as in 2020. Gates usually aims at spreading his philosophy and recommends those books that he genuinely enjoys. You can keep an eye on his socials to get to know more about the next list that he will be releasing in 2022. Happy Reading!