An expanded role at Microsoft hasn’t slowed Bill Gates’ voracious reading habit. As he’s done for the past couple of years, Gates provided a list of some of his favorite books for those looking for a bit of summer reading on his personal blog, Gates Notes.
This year, he writes, Gates has made an effort to recommend some lighter than usual choices to read at the beach, including a collection of comics from XKCD creator Randall Munroe, as well as his humorous book of scientific answers to absurd scientific questions, What If?
There’s also dose of his usual weightier fare, with a book on the ethics and consequences of eating meat by perennial Gates favorite Vaclav Smil, and another on people’s fears about vaccinating their children.
Here’s Gates breaking down his seven choices:
Here’s the reading list, along with links to Gates’ full review when he has written one:
- Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
- The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins
- What If?, by Randall Munroe
- XKCD, by Randall Munroe
- On Immunity, by Eula Biss
- How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff
- Should We Eat Meat?, by Vaclav Smil