As the year comes to a close, Bill Gates has once again shared his annual list of recommendations, covering the best books he read in 2023, an online economics course, and even a holiday playlist to get you in the festive mood.


  • The Song of the Cell, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist, takes readers on a journey through the evolution of cellular biology. This book provides a foundational understanding of cells, the building blocks of life, and their role in human health and disease.

  • Not the End of the World, by Hannah Ritchie

In this optimistic take on climate change, Ritchie, a data scientist, challenges the doomsday narrative surrounding environmental issues. She presents data-driven insights into how humanity can work towards a more sustainable future.

  • Invention and Innovation, by Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil, a renowned author, explores the concept of innovation throughout history. While he argues that we might not be in the most innovative era, Gates believes that Smil's book offers valuable insights into the past and the role of technology in shaping our present.

Bill Gates Shares Top Books, TV Shows & Music for Summer 2023
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.

Online Economics Lectures

Gates recommends online courses by Professor Timothy Taylor from Stanford University. They cover fundamental economic concepts and are suitable for both beginners and those looking for a deeper understanding of economics.

Holiday Playlist

Gates also compiled a holiday playlist featuring classic and modern holiday songs from around the world, perfect for getting into the festive spirit.

In addition to these recommendations, Gates mentioned enjoying the Netflix series All the Light We Cannot See, based on the book of the same name, emphasizing that the adaptation lives up to the quality of the original work.

So, whether you're looking for an insightful read, an engaging economics course, or some holiday cheer through music, Bill Gates' recommendations have you covered.