|According to the New York Times, Gates reads about 50 books a year|
What made you decide to start the books blog and write reviews?
I have always loved reading and learning, so it is great if people see a book review and feel encouraged to read and share what they think online or with their friends...
How do you choose the books you read? Recommendations from family/friends/media?
It’s a mix of things. Melinda and I will sometimes exchange books we like. I also get recommendations from friends. After I finish something great, I will often try to find other books by that author or similar ones on the same subject.
Earlier this year Melinda and I saw the musical “Hamilton,” which inspired me to read Ron Chernow’s biography.
Is there one book that was an unexpected choice for you that you unexpectedly loved?
...I don’t read a lot of fiction but was surprised by how much I loved the novel “The Rosie Project,” by Graeme Simsion. Melinda read it first and kept stopping to recite parts of it out loud to me. Eventually, I decided to take a look.
I started it one night at 11 p.m. and stayed up with it until 3 a.m. It is very funny, while also showing a lot of empathy for people who struggle in social situations.
After I sent it and the sequel (“The Rosie Effect”) to dozens of friends and wrote about it on my blog, I heard from a lot of people who were touched by it. There is talk of turning it into a movie, which I hope happens. Rosie and Don Tillman would make a great on-screen couple.There's a lot more to the piece, so do take a look. I'm now curious enough to take a hard look at Gates's blog to see just how much time and effort he puts into it. Could be fun.