Bill Gates’ 8 Favorite Books

Billionaire Bill Gates is an avid reader and has read some great books. But which books are his favorite? Keep reading to find out Bill gates eight favorite books.

Bill Gates’ Blog

As someone who is always looking to add books to his reading list, going through other people’s favorite books list is a great way to discover new books. Bill Gates reads one hour a day before bed and that has somehow gotten him labeled as a super reader. While I beg to differ on that label, he is well read and even has a blog where he talks about the books he has read.

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Bill Gates loves to read

There are some very popular novels on the blog and at other times there are books I have never heard of. And that is how every reading list should be. I do like his taste in books and will be coming back here often to see what he is reading. Now, let’s dive into Bill Gates’ favorite books and what to make of them.

Bill Gates Favorite Books

  1. Grand Transitions by Vaclav Smil
  2. How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil
  3. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
  4. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  5. Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein
  6. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  7. The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
  8. All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

An Array of Books

Gates has said that he reads more nonfiction than fiction which is the complete opposite of me. My love of fantasy novels and world building is why I love reading novels from new authors and seeing where their imagination takes them from. But reading nonfiction books isn’t something I am against. There are a lot of real-life stories that are fascinating but the hard part is finding the right book. Also, I usually will read longform articles which are mini nonfiction books.

There are a couple of novels on this list that I have read and loved. A Gentleman of Moscow is an amazing novel that I loved and had to recommend to my friend. It focuses on Russian history but even if you know nothing about Russia, you will still love the way Towles narrates the novel. The other novel I read and also enjoyed a lot is All the Light You Cannot See and while it wouldn’t crack my favorite list, I can see why it is a favorite of his.


The other six novels are foreign to me but I will look them up and see which ones catch my eye. More celebrities should share their favorite book list because books tell you a lot about a person. Which celebrity do you follow that is an avid reader?

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