Although I tend toward novels, preferring to immerse myself in imaginary characters and plots, periodically I accidentally find a nonfiction book to read. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is at the top of my recommended list, and biographies of Cleopatra or one of the Roosevelts can always transport me.
Recently, I happened upon Bill Gates’ list of books on his blog gatesnotes – some fiction, but mostly nonfiction. Gates organizes his books by category: Most Recent, Title, Reviewed, Science and Technology,Business, Philanthropy, Politics and Policy, Heroes and Gamechangers, Saving Lives, Energy, Education – and he has read them all.
Although I did not relate to his reviews, I found two familiar titles of books I’d read and enjoyed: Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Just reading the list gave me a perspective on Bill Gates.
I also got some ideas for books to read – maybe you will too. A few I plan to order from the library include:
- One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs
- Tap Dancing to Work by Warren Buffett
- The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser