Bill Gates does this yearly see more here also Gates list is below but first we compiled a list recently of top books based on our readers, recommended by famous investors etc. and we have more coming special lists of book recommendations- no one has done this as of yet, so stay tuned :) its semi secret so stay tuned for our surprise!

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First our list

Finally, before we get to this year some more from Bill Gates

2016 – five books to read for summer:

  1. Seveneves
  2. The Power to Compete: An Economist and an Entrepreneur on Revitalizing Japan in the Global Economy
  3. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life,
  4. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
  5. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2015

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
  2. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
  3. The Vital Question
  4. Being Nixon: A Man Divided
  5. Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open

Bill Gates 2014 summer list

  1. Business adventures” by John Brooks
  2. The Bully Pulpit ” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  3. The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion
  4. The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert
  5. Stress Test” by by Timothy F. Giethner
  6. Reinventing American Health Care” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Nine books

  1. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2013 by Carol J. Loomis
  2. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization by Vaclav Smil
  3. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  4. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
  5. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
  6. The Man Who Fed the World by Hesser Hesser
  7. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
  8. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  9. The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion

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Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity. Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating places through my work, I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you.

 

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This year I picked up books on a bunch of diverse subjects. I really enjoyed Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick. I recommend it to anyone who wants a compelling history lesson on how ISIS managed to seize power in Iraq.

On the other end of the spectrum, I loved John Green’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, which tells the story of a young woman who tracks down a missing billionaire. It deals with serious themes like mental illness, but John’s stories are always entertaining and full of great literary references.

Another good book I read recently is The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. I’ve been trying to learn more about the forces preventing economic mobility in the U.S., and it helped me understand the role federal policies have played in creating racial segregation in American cities.

I’ve written longer reviews about some of the best books I read this year. They include a memoir by one of my favorite comedians, a heartbreaking tale of poverty in America, a deep dive into the history of energy, and not one but two stories about the Vietnam War. If you’re looking to curl up by the fireplace with a great read this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

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Amazing Books Bill Gates Read This Year

The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

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

In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

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

With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to historical politics, sexual politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns, Eddie Izzard has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running and philanthropy.

Honest and generous, Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.

Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil.

Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. Life on Earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. Humans have come to rely on many more energy flows -- ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity -- for their civilized existence. In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel--driven civilization.

Humans are the only species that can systematically harness energies outside their bodies, using the power of their intellect and an enormous variety of artifacts -- from the simplest tools to internal combustion engines and nuclear reactors. The epochal transition to fossil fuels affected everything: agriculture, industry, transportation, weapons, communication, economics, urbanization, quality of life, politics, and the environment. Smil describes humanity's energy eras in panoramic and interdisciplinary fashion, offering readers a magisterial overview. This book is an extensively updated and expanded version of Smil's Energy in World History (1994). Smil has incorporated an enormous amount of new material, reflecting the dramatic developments in energy studies over the last two decades and his own research over that time.

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