Bill Gates released his annual summer reading list on Tuesday, with an update.
The billionaire mentioned in your blog who decided to “mix it up” this year “because there’s so much more to life than reading.”
Unlike previous years, in which Gates shared a handful of book recommendations, the Microsoft co-founder included one of his favorite TV shows and a handful of songs for the summer, plus a few books he’s enjoyed.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
The story follows two friends, Sam and Sadie, who become successful video game developers, but face moral dilemmas and struggle to maintain their bond along the way.
Gates notes that he loved the book, even though he doesn’t consider himself a gamer. The billionaire believes the book shows “how a creative partnership can be equal parts extraordinary and complicated” and reminded him of his relationship with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
“An opening chapter describing how Sam and Sadie They worked until dawn in a dumpy Cambridge apartment.Massachusetts, could have been about me and Paul coming up with the idea for Microsoft,” Gates recalls.
“Like Sam and Sadie, we worked together every day for years. Paul’s vision and contributions to the company were absolutely decisive for his success, and he decided to move on. We had a great relationship, but not without some of the complexities that come with success.”
Born in Blackness by Howard French
Gates also recommended a nonfiction book. “Born Black” traces 6 centuries of African history in a way that reframes and “challenges common Western narratives about the continent,” Gates said on the blog.
“If you are interested in learning more about the history of Africa, its central role in the world, and the ways in which it has been misunderstood in the West, I highly recommend Born in BlacknessGates wrote.
Gates says that he has seen all 4 seasons of the Danish political series Borgen.
The series follows Birgitte Nyborg, a fictional Prime Minister who is Denmark’s first female leader, as she rises to power and struggles to balance the country’s multi-party system.
“It raises a lot of questions — about political commitment, juggling at work, media responsibility and what it means to be a good parent— and he’s not interested in giving easy answers,” Gates wrote of the series.
“I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in politics, coalition building, and the triumphs and challenges of leadership.”
The mix of summer, according to Gates
Gates also used the occasion to share his summer playlist on Spotify, which, he joked, “not bad for a grandfather”.
It includes a total of 34 songs from a wide range of artists, from Willie Nelson and The Beatles to Vampire Weekend and Maroon 5. Gates blogs that some of his “fondest childhood memories” include listening to records in his basement. Allen. Although, more recently, he has begun accepting song recommendations from his sons and his old friend Bono.
This is the full list:
- Holiday – Vampire Weekend
- Feels This Good – Jon Mero, LÒNIS
- Feeling Good – Nina Simone
- On The Sunny Side Of The Street – Billie Holiday
- Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day – Stevie Wonder
- The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
- Lean on Me – Bill Withers
- It’s a New Day – Skull Snaps
- This Love – Maroon 5
- Lady – Lady – Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, ?questlove, Akua Naru
- Dancing (English Version) – Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
- Don’t Fade – Vance Joy
- One – U2
- Eraser – Ed Sheeran
- Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
- No One – Alicia Keys
- Hercules – Sara Bareilles
- One Fine Day (Remastered) – Natalie Merchant
- Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbara Streisand
- Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
- Hey Jude (Remastered 2015) – The Beatles
- Daydream Believer – The Monkees
- Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
- A Whiter Shade of Pale (Original Single Version) – Procol Harum
- The Windmills of Your Mind – Dusty Springfield
- It’s Only A Paper Moon – Ella Fitzgerald
- Get Out Of My Life Woman – Joe Williams
- Orange Colored Sky – Nat King Cole
- Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
- Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
- Redemption Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Weather Bird – Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines
- St. Louis Rag – Max Morath
- The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (Man of La Mancha/1965 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered 2000) – Joseph Darion, Mitch Leigh, Richard Kiley
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What Bill Gates recommends reading, listening and watching this summer