Bill Gates Names 3 Best Books He’s Read Lately And Which Books Are Next

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In numerous interviews over the years, Bill Gates has stated that being a lifelong reader of books is the key to success. Gates is quoted as saying that “every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.”

Gates has also gone on record, stating that no matter how much he doesn’t like a book, he never stops reading and reads until the end.

Gates told Time Magazine in 2017, “I refuse to stop reading a book in the middle, even if I don’t like it. And the more I dislike a book, the more time I take to write margin notes. That means I sometimes spend more time reading a book that I can’t stand than a book that I love.”

Gates loves books and reading so much. He can’t stop promoting other books, even in the middle of promoting his own book. During a recent Reddit AMA to promote his newest book – “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” – Gates mentioned three other titles he’d read lately that he absolutely loved.

Gates did a recap of the AMA on his own website, Gates Notes, and mentioned the three titles:

Barack Obama’s autobiography is good. ‘Overstory’ is a great fiction book a friend got me to read. I just read ‘Hot Seat’ about Jeff Immelt running GE.

A #1 New York Times Best Seller from former President Barack Obama, “A Promised Land” has been called “a riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.”

“Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company” shares the hard-won lessons former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt learned while steering the company post-9/11, through the economic devastation of the 2008–09 financial crisis, and into an increasingly globalized world.

Author Ann Patchett named the final book on Bill Gates’ list the “best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period.” Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, “The Overstory” by Richard Powers was called “a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world.”

As for what’s next on Gates’ reading list, the billionaire mentioned that he’s “starting a Jeff Hawkins book called ‘A Thousand Brains’ and “next will be Daniel Yergin’s ‘The New Map.’

[via Gates Notes]

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