A few weeks ago, Bill Gates posted his summer reading list. A self-confessed reading junkie — “sometimes I can get in as much as a book a day” — poking around in what is firing Gates’ reading lists these days is quite a treat.
And he has some great taste to boot. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo are just two of the titles he namechecks that are fantastic books with the accolades to back them up.
Well, Gates’ blog readers started sending in their own suggestions for him to read. This week, Gates shared his readers’ top 10 picks for him on his blog, which funnily enough, included Walter Isaacson’s bio on Steve Jobs.
While he says that he does prefer nonfiction, he is open to fiction suggestions as well. And if you’re wondering if Gates has read The Hunger Games, don’t worry. He has. And he enjoyed it.
Mr. Gates, there are a slew of excellent new titles coming out that, especially given your interest in philanthropy, would be awesome additions to your reading device of choice. May we suggest …
- Jonathan Kozol’s Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America (out Aug. 28);
- A brilliant set of graphic storytelling in Chris Ware’s Building Stories (out Oct. 2, you’ll want to buy this one in print);
- Seattle hometown hero Sherman Alexie’s Blasphemy (out Oct. 2, for fun, Alexie is just a great writer);
- Predictive Health: How We Can Reinvent Medicine to Extend Our Best Years by Emory University physicians Kenneth Brigham and Michael M.E. Johns about improving disease prevention efforts worldwide (out Oct. 2).
- And just for the hell of it, we hope that you’ve read Life by Keith Richards, which may be more up your fellow Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s boat, but is highly entertaining nonetheless.
GeekWire readers, other suggestions for Gates?