If you find yourself too busy reading books, Bill Gates is about to prove that you can always make time for reading. He is the founder of Microsoft, executive, investor and patron of philanthropic causes, forced to read at least one book per month and makes sure to disclose the titles he liked the most at the end of each year.
For 2019, Gates suggested five books on his YouTube channel. Check out:
Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities, by Vaclav Smil about R $ 140, without translation to the Portuguese
The book, which in Portuguese free translation means Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities, aims to draw a parallel between the growth of society and the biological growth of organisms. Gates admittedly says Czech author Vaclav Smil is one of his favorites and has claimed to be so looking forward to the author's upcoming books that he even looks like a Star Wars fan waiting for the next franchise movie.
These Truths: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore about R $ 55, sold only in the United States, but delivered in Brazil
These Truths: A History of the United States (in Portuguese) tells different perspectives on United States history, from the arrival of the colonizers to the present day. For Gates, it is most interesting how the author tries to address all sides of the country's development, which he believes to be the most honest and flexible way anyone has ever told this story.
An American Wedding, by Tayari Jones about $ 20, translated to portuguese
The only fictional book on the list, An American Marriage tells the story of Roy and Celestial, a couple of black people living the true American dream, until Roy was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
With her husband in jail, Celestial ends up lovingly engaging with a childhood friend. After Roy's sentence is overturned, what was supposed to be 12 years in prison comes down to five and soon Roy wants to resume his life from where he had left, but Heavenly no longer knows if he wants to be with him.
Using the premise of a love triangle, Tayari Jones ends up addressing the structural racism of the American judiciary and black empowerment.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleeping and Dreams, by Matthew Walker about R $ 50, without english translation
From neuroscientist Matthew Walker, the book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams is the result of four years of intensive research into the effects of sleep on the body.
One of the most striking information about how a lack of a good night's sleep can cause disease is precisely what got Gates's attention. After reading Matthew Walker's book, Microsoft's founder changed his nighttime habits and placed more value on rest.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life, by Diane Tavenner about R $ 90, sold only in the United States, but delivered in Brazil
In English, the book's title means Prepared: What Children Need for a Fulfilled Life, and the content addresses this: as a founder of Summit Public School, a network of US public schools prepares students for entering universities, author Diane Tavenner talks about her successful method that has gradually been deployed in every other public school in the country.
In Gates's opinion, the book can help parents on the journey to instruct their children just out of high school.