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Bill Gates recommends his 5 favourite books of 2021. Read any?

Bill Gates said he was obsessed with science fiction as a child and as he got older, he started reading a lot more non-fiction.

November 24, 2021 / 04:57 PM IST
Bill Gates stepped down as Microsoft president in 2008 and remained on Microsoft's board of directors until March 2020.

Bill Gates stepped down as Microsoft president in 2008 and remained on Microsoft's board of directors until March 2020.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday shared a list of his favourite books he has read in 2021. The billionaire philanthropist said he was obsessed with science fiction as a child and as he got older, he started reading a lot more non-fiction. “Lately, though, I’ve found myself drawn back to the kinds of books I would’ve loved as a kid,” he said in his blog.


“I really enjoyed reading these five books this year, and I think you will too,” Gates, 66, said on social media, sharing a video of him recommending the books as well as a link to his blog. The list includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction work.


Here are Bill Gates’s top 5 books of 2021:


  • A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins

  • The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the

  • Human Race, by Walter Isaacson

  • Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell

  • Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

Read the full review of each book by Bill Gates here.