When Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and a shaper of tech as we know it today, takes a break from worldwide travel and expansive philanthropy, he indulges in a good book. “Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity,” he says. With the holidays just around the corner, his list of his top five favorite reads from this year arrived just in time.
From technical nonfiction to historical fiction, Gates’s list is sure to offer you the book you need to get lost by a roaring fire this holiday season. Check out the list below for the titles, and Gates’s own video for his deeper analysis.