Are you ready for a summer read? Bill Gates has a list for you

On his blog, GATESNOTES.COM, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates released his annual summer book list on Monday.
Through this list, Bill Gates wants readers to know well about “Upheaval” and how it influences society, both on individual and mass levels. He writes, “I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval … whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system.” These books examine what happens when our lives are disrupted by unfortunate events.
While none of the five books may be “what most people think of as a light read,” he says, they’re all thought-provoking and have uplifting aspects.
Here is Gates’ full summer reading list:

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

It is 1922 and Count Alexander Rostov has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life under house arrest in a hotel cross the street from the Kremlin. Brimming with humor, this mega best seller with more than 1.5 million readers is sure going to please anyone who is interested in learning more about Russia.
“Even if you don’t enjoy reading about Russia as much as I do (I’ve read every book by Dostoyevsky)”, Gates said. “A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story that anyone can enjoy.”

Nine Pints, Rose George.

Writer Rose George shares her own story with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and sheds a light on what it is like to live with the condition. This book is an eye opening exploration of blood, blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, nine pints reveals our life’s blood in an entirely new light.
Gates thinks everyone should know more about this topic. He says, “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood.”

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