In my post Show me what you read and I will tell you what you think!, I tried to argue that our minds are like gardens and our jobs as gardeners is not only to plant the right flowers but to nurture the flowers and keep weeds from growing in our garden. Well, what better way to plant the right flowers (ideas) in your garden (mind) than from what you read. And perhaps understanding what other successful people are reading might help.
Bill Gates recently shared his summer reading list on his website, The Gates Notes. Unsurprisingly, the books he’s chosen this year, with topics ranging from economic theory to social issues around the globe, are appropriately smart and serious works. But when compared to what the rest of the world is reading this summer, based on the most popular ebooks of 2013 on Amazon.com, it becomes clearer why this is his world, and we just live in it.
Now, you may not have the same interest as Bill Gates and go all out for deeply intellectual non-fiction, but one of these books perhaps would inspire you to create your own summer reading list.You get the idea.
What Bill Gates is reading:
1. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? By Jared Diamond, 2012
2. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger By Marc Levinson, 2008
3. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character By Paul Tough, 2013
4. Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing By Vaclav Smil, 2013
5. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time) By Claude Steele, 2011
6.Patriot and Assassin ( The only fiction on Gate’s list) by Robert Cook , 2013
What the rest of the world is reading:
1. Inferno: A Novel By Dan Brown
2. Safe Haven:By Nicholas Sparks
3. Gone Girl: A Novel By Gillian Flynn
4. The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. Hopeless By Colleen Hoover