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If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift for a book worm, Bill Gates has some recommendations.

The Microsoft co-founder today posted a list of the seven books he read this year that were his favorites.

Not all were necessarily published in 2013, but they all taught Bill G. something he didn’t know.

“More generally, these books tell amazing stories of human ingenuity,” Gates wrote today. “It is this ingenuity that helps explain why the world keeps getting better, and why at the end of each year I look forward to the next one with hope and optimism.”

Sounds compelling enough to me. Here’s the list, in no particular order, linking to reviews written by Gates himself:

The Box, by Marc Levinson. Buy here.

The Most Powerful Idea in the World, by William Rosen. Buy here.

Harvesting the Biosphere, by Vaclav Smil. Buy here.

The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond. Buy here.

Poor Numbers, by Morten Jerven. Buy here.

Why Does College Cost So Much?, by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman. Buy here.

The Bet, by Paul Sabin. Buy here.

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