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Bill Gates’ 5 must-read books for the Christmas break

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As the Christmas break fast approaches, meaning employees can soon enjoy two weeks of free time, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has shared his top five must-reads for the season. 

“For this year’s holiday books list, I chose five titles that I think you’ll also enjoy reading,” the billionaire wrote on his blog, Gates Notes

“I think they’re all solid choices to help wrap up your 2019 or start 2020 on a good note.”

Here they are:

  1. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Gates said he found the subject matter “heavy but thought-provoking,” and that he was “sucked in” by the protagonists’ tragic love story.

  1. These Truths by Jill Lepore

The Microsoft co-founder said the author, Lepore, managed to cover the entire US history in just 800 pages, and said he was “confident” readers would learn something new from the novel.

  1. Growth by Vaclav Smil

Gates said this novel “doesn’t disappoint,” and that the author was one of “the best thinkers out there”.

  1. Prepared by Diane Tavenner

“As any parent knows, preparing your kids for life after high school is a long and sometimes difficult journey,” Gates said, but that this was a “helpful guidebook” about how to make that process easier.

  1. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Gates says this novel persuaded him to change up his bedtime habits in order to get a good night’s sleep.

Gates also revealed he was currently trying to finish Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell before the end of the year, and recently finished The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion. 

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