Summer Books? What Are They?
Summer reading is something of a successful habit to have when you are a blogger, academic or knowledge man. And when someone as prolific as Bill Gates brings out a list of your Summer reading, then the whole world looks to him. Summer reading is the custom of reading through your vacation period and prepare your knowledge for the next academic year or semester. Many notable personalities bring out their booklists which people usually follow for useful information. The books in the lists cover many diverse topics and categories. From fiction to biographies. From drama to science fiction, from Political commentaries to economic reforms, the books cater to everything. And that’s exactly why the lists are necessary. Bill Gates in his annual tradition, brings us his pick of the lot as the best.
The motto of this year’s presentation is Look Beyond You Experience and Point Of View. Bill Gates himself focuses on this motto while bringing the need to explore and expand. He talks to the younger generation with complete hope and optimism. Needless to say, his books reflect his ideas as to bring a sustainable change within our society. “The books on this year’s summer reading list pushed me out of my experiences, and I learned some things that shed new light on how our experiences shape us and where humanity might be headed,” he writes. Honestly, that’s something all of us need more and more these days. Social media is great, but one not-so-great thing about it is the way it’s replaced over-the-fence backyard conversations or encounters in the checkout line. Thus, we need to break out the inhibitions and go beyond.
The Top 5 BOOK Recommendations By Bill Gates For This Summer
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Bill Gates, an ardent follower of ‘The Daily Show’, shows us the power of good humour and great storytelling trends. The Book ‘Born A Crime’ from the Television presentation Trevor Noah, a globally popular talk show host. Bill Gates while recommending this particular book mentions that “Born A Crime”. The book documents the journey of a biracial child and the nativity issues. Speaking of the book, Bill Gates says, “Noah’s book speaks of many moving stories will often leave you laughing”.
- The summary of the book goes like Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.
- Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away.
- Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
- Thus, the relevant and relatable life journey of Trevor Noah is a good reflection of changes in the society.
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
This book, Bill Gates says he picked up after his wife Melinda Gates got it to him. She recommended him the book which tells the dramatic turn of events which occur right after a young man meets with an accident. The man suffers brain death, and the parents contemplate on the issue of transplant his heart, while it’s still beating.
- This is the only novel on Gates’s summer reading list, and he warns readers to expect to cry at least a little. The drama unfolds with a swift pace, but pauses between to question the humanity in us, and brings out questions which will be difficult for anyone to answer.
- The book was originally published in France and has been beautifully translated by Sam Taylor into prose that Gates says “closer to poetry than anything else”. Bill Gates is a huge admirer of this book and recommends it highly to every reader.
- The Summary of The Heart goes like, The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death.
- In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.
- As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerised readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Bill Gates prefers memoirs and nonfiction works which deal with real-world socio-economic scenarios. And nothing proves you this fact, then his next pick in the best summer picks. This memoir tale ‘HillyBilly Elegy’, speaks of the drastic evolution of American Culture, through two starkly different characters. Most of the concepts which the books touch in its narrative are getting all the acclaim for its bare all tone. It shows you the concepts of American Poverty which bring to fore issues which usually people of young generation ignore.
- Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, shares his experience growing up in a working-class Rust Belt town.
- Vance is an eloquent voice for that viewpoint, and although he is a conservative who did not vote for Trump, he did predict earlier than most that Trump would carry the Republican nomination.
- Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis, that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of the country that has been slowly dissolving over forty years. This has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never been written about as relevantly from the inside.
- J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline. The book feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Most of the books which we have in this list question the present scenario in which to question ourselves. The next entry that Bill Gates will have is a modern retelling of Anthropology of things, rather humans. Evolution of humankind in its cultural setup is what this book is all about. Gates recommended one of Harari’s books, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” last summer. In this follow-up, Harari explores the future of humankind. Specifically, what would happen if humans eradicated war, sickness, and poverty?
- Harari begins by arguing that humans are well on their way to solving many of our planet’s most pernicious problems, such as famine and war. (For example, for the first time more people die from eating too much than too little.) But once we’ve mastered these huge problems, what will we do next?
- The summary of this book becomes an essential read for anyone who is looking to mastery in the evolution. Bill Gates states that the book figures out a way to bring complex ideas to the fore in a simple but resounding way.
- “He (Harari) foresees a potential future where a small number of elites upgrade themselves through biotechnology and genetic engineering, leaving the masses behind. Then they create the godlike species of the book’s title. The situation is where artificial intelligence ‘knows us better than we know ourselves. After all, these Godlike elites and super-intelligent robots consider the rest of humanity to be superfluous,” Gates writes in his review of the book. Thus, comes the fourth entry within Bill Gates recommendations.
A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
The biographies inclusion that comes to fame on this list is A Full Life. This biography by former President Jimmy Carter brings you the story of the highs and lows of America’s successful businessman. Jimmy Carter examines his life as a businessman, politician, and humanitarian. He shares his regrets, which include leaving the U.S. Navy and losing his bid for re-election, as well as his lessons on the success he learned as President, a successful businessman and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Growing up in Central Georgia, drafting the presidential run, and bringing futuristic changes in a simple tenure marks the celebration of Jimmy Carter.
- Bill Gates, therefore, cites this book as his inspiration in the voice in which the work documents greater political agendas in a standard tongue.
- Bill Gates while explaining the essence of the book says, “The book will help you understand how growing up in rural Georgia in a house without running water, electricity, or insulation shaped, for better and for worse, his time in the White House”.
- “A Full Life feels timely in an era when the public’s confidence in national political figures and institutions is low.” He further adds.
These are the books which one of the most brilliant minds in the world Bill Gates suggests you read. Get your hands onto these books which we’re sure will make your world a better place to live in. A better option would be to get some samples from Amazon Kindle store and see their effectiveness in literary circles. Happy Summer Reading.!