It's hard to imagine that billionaire entrepreneurs like Bill Gates even have time to read for pleasure. But the Microsoft founder has been a voracious reader since childhood, knocking out on average one book a week, and says he still makes it a priority today.
On Monday, Gates published a list of his favorite books he's read in 2016. While topics range from entrepreneurship to genome science to tennis, one thing is certain: If it's good enough for Bill Gates, it's good enough for the rest of us.
If you're looking for reading material over the holidays, here are a few worth considering:
1. String Theory, by David Foster Wallace
An avid tennis player, Gates says you don't have to know anything about the sport to enjoy this collection of five essays. Wallace's writing is more of an exercise in language.
2. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
The Nike founder writes about his early days at the company in this memoir, published in April. Gates calls it "a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like: messy, precarious, and riddled with mistakes."
3. The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The physician, teacher, researcher, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about the ethical questions facing genetics discovery, and how its advancement will affect all of us in the coming years.
4. The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown
Brown, as Gates points out, had no way of knowing how relevant this 2014 book about leadership would be during the 2016 U.S. election. The Oxford University scholar argues that leaders who make the greatest contributions engage with others to "collaborate, delegate, and negotiate."
5.The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke (Honorable Mention)
Bakke's book feeds Gates's fascination with the electrical grid, born from his first job writing software to help control a Northwest power grid. But he says even if you haven't given the grid much thought, this book will convince you what a powerful contribution it has been, and the role it can play in a secure, sustainable energy future.