What Bill Gates recommends reading, listening and watching this summer

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

Bill Gates recommends this book for summer reading.Penguin Random House

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

Bill Gates recommends this summer reading.
Bill Gates recommends this summer reading.Liveright

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.


Bill Gates recommends this series.
Bill Gates recommends this series.PHILIP DAVALI/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

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

Bill Gates' Spotify playlist.
Bill Gates’ Spotify playlist.Spotify

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:

  1. Holiday – Vampire Weekend
  2. Feels This Good – Jon Mero, LÒNIS
  3. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street – Billie Holiday
  5. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day – Stevie Wonder
  6. The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
  7. Lean on Me – Bill Withers
  8. It’s a New Day – Skull Snaps
  9. This Love – Maroon 5
  10. Lady – Lady – Tune-Yards, Angelique Kidjo, ?questlove, Akua Naru
  11. Dancing (English Version) – Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
  12. Don’t Fade – Vance Joy
  13. One – U2
  14. Eraser – Ed Sheeran
  15. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  16. No One – Alicia Keys
  17. Hercules – Sara Bareilles
  18. One Fine Day (Remastered) – Natalie Merchant
  19. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbara Streisand
  20. Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
  21. Hey Jude (Remastered 2015) – The Beatles
  22. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
  23. Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
  24. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Original Single Version) – Procol Harum
  25. The Windmills of Your Mind – Dusty Springfield
  26. It’s Only A Paper Moon – Ella Fitzgerald
  27. Get Out Of My Life Woman – Joe Williams
  28. Orange Colored Sky – Nat King Cole
  29. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson
  30. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  31. Redemption Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  32. Weather Bird – Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines
  33. St. Louis Rag – Max Morath
  34. 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