Bill Gates shares 5 book recommendations for the holidays

  • Bill Gates released his annual list of winter reading recommendations on Monday.
  • Gates said he has been attracted to the types of books he loved as a child: science fiction novels.
  • Gates listed five books in total, including two sci-fi books and two non-fiction books on science.

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Bill Gates has published his annual list of five book recommendations for the winter.

Microsoft co-founder on Monday unveiled the titles and explained why they are some of his favorite books of 2021, in a blog post titled “5 books I loved reading this year.”

Gates, a famous ferocious reader who chews about 50 books through each year, said in the post that he has leaned toward non-fiction over time, but that has changed. “Lately, though, I’ve found myself drawn back to the kind of books I would have loved as a kid,” he said.

For Gates, it means science fiction, something he enjoyed with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with science fiction. Paul Allen and I spent countless hours discussing Isaac Asimov’s original ‘Foundation’ trilogy,” he said. “There was something so exciting about these stories that pushed the boundaries of what was possible.”

“Project Hail Mary,” by Andy Weir

This winter’s reading list includes two sci-fi novels that “made me think about how people can use technology to respond to challenges,” Gates said. One is Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary”, in which a high school science teacher wakes up on a spaceship in another solar system without remembering how he got there.

“Clear and the Sun,” by Kazuo Ishiguro

The second sci-fi book is Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun.” “I love a good robot story,” Gates said of the book.

“The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” by Walter Isaacson

Gates also recommends two non-fiction books on cutting-edge science. One is Walter Isaacson’s “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race,” which focuses on the discovery of CRISPR genre editing.

“A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” by Jeff Hawkins

In “A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence,” Jeff Hawkins, who co-invented the PalmPilot, explores artificial intelligence.

“The Harbor,” by Maggie O’Farrell

The last title on Gates’ list is “The Harbor,” by Maggie O’Farrell, a fictional re-creation of William Shakespeare’s life.

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