Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Books - Bill Gates (Yearwise list 2012-2017)

I have been Following Bill Gates' personal blog  for quite some time now. He really helps so many people by giving out the details of the books that he reads. I get inspired to read some books now and then, because even the most richest person in the whole world has so much of time to read, then why don't I?

courtesy:    www.gatesnotes.com

In this blog post I will share with you the year wise list of the books which Bill Gates considered to be his favorite. Bill Gates started writing book reviews in GatesNotes in 2010. Let's have a very short glance at the achievements of Bill Gates.

He has been ranked as the wealthiest person in the whole world from year 1995 to 2007, then again in 2009, and since 2014 till date. 

 According to some internet data, Bill Gates' wealth doubled from $40 Billion in 2009 to about $84 in the year 2014.  Now, before I post the list of his favorite books, I want share  with you the number of books he reads per year.

He has posted eleven book reviews in 2010, but he didn't post his favorite books' list for the same year. In the following year of 2011, he posted reviews of about sixty books, yeah!! that is right sixty books. Wow! I can't even imagine that many books to read in five years, except if they are in audio format. Maybe even he didn't read them in the same year. 

In year 2012 he posted twenty five book reviews and also posted his favorite books' list, fourteen reviews in 2013, fourteen in 2014, seventeen in 2015, ten in 2016, and in 2017 he has completed seven book reviews till today. There are separate posts for the books he recommends as the best summer reads, and the books recommended for TEDx talks.

Ok, now here is the year wise list of the books and the links to order them to be delivered to your home or your friends' home from Amazon either in hardcover, Kindle or in Audio format. 

Let's start from the current year of 2017 and then back to the year 2012. 

what Bill Gates is currently reading in the Summer of 2017?
here is the list:
  1. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
  2. The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal.
  3. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance.
  4. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari
  5. A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter
 Reference: 5 Good Summer Reads - Bill Gates


Bill Gates' favorite books of the Year 2016. 

  1. String Theory, by David Foster Wallace.
  2. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. 
  3. The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 
  4. The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown.
Honorable mention: The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke. 

Reference:  My Favorite Books of 2016

Bill Gates' favorite books of the Year 2015.

  1. The Road to Character, by David Brooks. 
  2. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe.
  3. Being Nixon: A Man Divided, by Evan Thomas.
  4. Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open, by Julian M. Allwood, Jonathan M. Cullen, et al. 
  5. Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?, by Nancy Leys Stepan. 
  6. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck.
Honorable mention: The Vital Question, by Nick Lane

Reference: The best Books I Read in 2015  - Bill Gates

Bill Gates' favorite books of the Year 2014.

  1. Business Adventures, by John Brooks
  2. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty.
  3. How Asia Works, by Joe Studwell
  4. The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion.
  5. Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, by Vaclav Smil.
Reference: The best Books I Read in 2014  - Bill Gates


courtesy:    www.gatesnotes.com

Bill Gates' favorite books of the Year 2013. 

  1. The Box, by Marc Levinson.
  2. The Most Powerful Idea in the World, by William Rosen. 
  3. Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil.
  4. The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond.
  5. Poor Numbers, by Morten Jerven.
  6. Why Does College Cost So Much?, by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman.
  7. The Bet, by Paul Sabin.
Reference: The best Books I Read in 2013  - Bill Gates

Bill Gates' favorite books of the Year 2012. 
  1. The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker
  2. Deng Xiaoping by Ezra Vogel
  3. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
  4. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  6. One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? by Gordon Conway
  7. A World-Class Education by Vivien Stewart
  8. Academically Adrift by Richard Arum & Joshipa Roksa
  9. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff
  10. The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control by Franklin Zimring.

Reference: My Top Reads of 2012 - Bill Gates.

Please note that the links that I have shared, takes you to the Indian version of the website of Amazon, i.e. amazon.in. The rating or reviews of the books from the customers might not be large in number, but when you see the rating of the books on the global (.com) website, all of these books have good rating. I hope this would be helpful to you.

Thanks for reading!