Bill Gates Reveals Five of His All-Time Favorite Books. One's By Bono

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert HeinleinGates raves about Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, the 1961 science fiction classic about a human raised by Martians, calling it "a favorite since middle school."

Surrender, by BonoThe most recent book on Gates' list is Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, a memoir by U2 frontman Bono that came out Nov. 1.

Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns GoodwinGates also raves about Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The Inner Game of Tennis, by Robert GallweyGates has recently been raving about the flourishing sport of pickleball, but he's also a longtime tennis player.

 And he recommends the 1974 book The Inner Game of Tennis, by Robert Gallwey. And it's not just for athletes.

Mendeleyev's Dream, by Paul StrathernYou've likely never read any book about the periodic table, but why not start at the top? 

Gates says Paul Strathern's Mendeleyev's Dream is the "best book I've ever read about the periodic table." And much as The Inner Game of Tennis isn't just for jocks, this book isn't just for science geeks, Gates says.