Even Bill Gates doesn't say just read books anymore: There are other things to do in life, like…

Even Bill Gates doesn't say just read books anymore: There are other things

Bill Gates is changing things up this year.

The world's fourth-richest man, who usually publishes his recommendations for books to read this summer, says this year that "there's more to life than reading".

"I'm only recommending two books, a novel and a nonfiction, plus a mix of other things I've enjoyed lately, including a TV series and a few dozen songs," he said.

Here are the books, songs and shows recommended by Bill Gates for this summer:

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, a novel centered around two friends who build a video game company together. "It was a beautiful story that reminded me a lot of my relationship with Paul Allen and our work together at Microsoft," Gates writes.

"Born in Blackness", an autobiography of an African student. Gates says he learned a lot from this book that reframes the history of the modern world with African history at its center.

Gates has recommended movies in the past, but this is the first time a TV show has made it onto his list of summer recommendations.

It is about the Netflix production "Borgen", which centers around a Danish politician who becomes the first female prime minister of her country.

List on Spotify

His playlist for Spotify this summer includes some of his favorite songs from artists ranging from Enrique Iglesias to Vampire Weekend.

"These days, I like to learn about new songs and artists through recommendations from my kids, who have great ears, and friends like Bono (whose ear isn't too bad either)," says Gates.