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Be inspired by a peep into the private lifestyle of a great man! It is no longer news that Bill Gates reveals his favourite books yearly. 

This year is not an exception as the Microsoft founder has unveiled his favourite books from the past year, 2017.

Every year, Bill Gates reads about 50 books, although only a few make his annual list of favourites. For several years, Mr Gates usually chooses five titles he enjoyed over the past year and publishes reviews of them on his blog, the Gates Notes blog.

Below are 5 books he recommends from 2017, although he mentioned other favourites like Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby WarrickTurtles All the Way Down by John Greene, and The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.


1. "The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui

This book he says is "A personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee. The author’s family fled Vietnam in 1978. After giving birth to her own child, she decides to learn more about her parents’ experiences growing up in a country torn apart by foreign occupiers."


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2. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond

The book details how the issues that cause poverty are intertwined. Bill recommends you should read this book to learn about the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. He says,"Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. He gave me a better sense of what it is like to be poor in this country than anything else I have read."


3. "Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens" by Eddie Izzard

This is how he describes this book: "Izzard's personal story is fascinating: he survived a difficult childhood and worked relentlessly to overcome his lack of natural talent and become an international star. If you’re a huge fan of him like I am, you’ll love this book. His written voice is very similar to his stage voice, and I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading it."


4. "The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen

He said that this book gave him a different perspective about the Vietnam war, having only heard about the war from the perspective of the American accounts of it. He said, "Despite how dark it is, The Sympathizer is a gripping story about a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into."


5. "Energy and Civilization: A History" by Vaclav Smil

On this one, he has this to say, after describing it as a "masterpiece" and the author as one of his favourite authors, "He lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy. It’s not the easiest book to read, but at the end, you’ll feel smarter and better informed about how energy innovation alters the course of civilizations."

Have you not heard that readers are leaders? Oh well, take your time to embrace a strong reading culture. Maybe you should start this holiday with any one of these!

Happy reading.


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