Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is known for sharing his summer reading recommendations each year. However, this time he decided to add a twist to his usual book list and try something different by including his favorite songs and a TV show that he has recently enjoyed.
- Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin
This novel tells the story of two friends who grew up bonding over playing Super Mario Bros. and later went on to create their own games together in college. Gates found this story reminiscent of his own relationship with Paul Allen and their work at Microsoft. Tomorrow was one of the most popular books last year, and Gates praises Zevin's writing, noting that she makes you care deeply about her characters.
- Born in Blackness, by Howard French
Howard French, an American journalist of African descent, challenges common Western perceptions of African history in this well-researched book. He debunks the notion that Africa was stateless and primitive when Europeans arrived, highlighting the existence of powerful African city-states with sophisticated political organization, military strength, trade, art, and exploration.
- Borgen (available on Netflix in the U.S.), Denmark, 2010-2022
Gates enthusiastically watched all four seasons of this Danish political drama. The show is named after the palace in Copenhagen where the Danish government is located. It revolves around a fictional female prime minister navigating the complexities of the political landscape. Gates finds the character of the prime minister, Birgitte Nyborg, to be principled and talented, yet fallible and occasionally misguided. Borgen not only entertains but also provides valuable insights.
Gates has shared a playlist that includes his favorite songs, both old and new, that he has been enjoying for many years. The playlist features a diverse range of artists, from Vampire Weekend and Billie Holiday to U2 and Adele.
Whether you're looking for a captivating book, an engaging TV show, or some great music to accompany your summer, Bill Gates' recommendations offer a variety of options to make the most of your leisure time.