Ah, books, the great equalizer. Most of us can't live like billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, but we can read like him. On Monday, Gates recommended five diverse books he read in 2017 -- though some were published earlier. "It's been a busy year, but I've found time to read a number of great books," Gates says in a video posted to his Gates Notes blog. Here are his five picks: "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," by Matthew Desmond This 2016 book, in which Desmond closely follows residents of one black and one white neighborhood in Milwaukee, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. "'Evicted' is well worth reading for anyone who wants to better understand poverty in America," Gates writes in a review.  Gates and wife Melinda have begun to work with Desmond on this issue. "With support from our foundation, (Desmond) is calculating eviction rates for every city in the country," Gates writes. "He is looking deeper into these market failures to understand why housing prices stay so high even in low-income neighborhoods. (We funded this work long before I read 'Evicted'.)" "The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir," by Thi Bui Gates calls this graphic novel "stunning." Bui is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who came to America after the fall of Saigon, and becoming a parent inspired her to look into her own parents' traumatic history. "I was struck by how the experiences Bui illustrates manage to be both universal and specific to their circumstances," Gates said. "Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens," by Eddie Izzard Acclaimed comic Izzard is one of Gates' favorite performers, he says. The American billionaire was startled to realize how much he has in common with "a funny, dyslexic, transgender actor, comedian, escape artist, unicyclist, ultra-marathoner, and pilot from Great Britain." Like Gates, Izzard was a nerdy child who quit school and lost his mother to cancer.  But Gates warns that those who aren't already fans of the star might not be able to follow the autobiography. "You have to witness his brand of surreal, intellectual, self-deprecating humor," Gates writes. "Otherwise, it will be like