After fangirling hard over Emma Watson鈥檚 spontaneous book treasure hunt on the London Underground, we鈥檝e taken it upon ourselves to get back into reading on the reg. But we aren鈥檛 the only ones reliving our bibliophile roots: Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg committed to reading one book every two weeks, fondly calling it his Year of Books. His cultural and techie picks are thought-provoking and inspiring, and touch on current issues. Here are 13 books on his list that we can鈥檛 wait to read鈥 and impress our co-workers with.

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1. The End of Power by Moises Naim ($10): Exploring shifting power relations on a massive scale, once Mark Zuckerberg revealed this non-fiction as his first book club pick, the title immediately sold out on Amazon. 鈥淭he trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply,鈥 Mark wrote about the book in a corresponding Facebook post. (And yes, it鈥檚 now fully stocked and ready to ship with Prime.)

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2. The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker ($14): Even though violence is a steadfast theme in the media, statistics say that crime has actually steadily decreased throughout the years. 鈥淩ecent events might make it seem like violence and terrorism are more common than ever, so it鈥檚 worth understanding that all violence 鈥 even terrorism 鈥 is actually decreasing over time,鈥 says Mark. 鈥淚f we understand how we are achieving this, we can continue our path towards peace.鈥

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3. Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh ($12): A New York Times bestseller, this mega popular non-fiction tells the story of a true friendship between graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh and a gang leader named JT. It鈥檚 raw, heartfelt and deeply humanizing.

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4. On Immunity by Eula Biss ($12): There鈥檚 no question that Mark Zuckerberg is pro-vaccination (he even posted a Facebook pic of his daughter鈥檚 first routine shots). 鈥淰accination is an important and timely topic,鈥 he writes on a Facebook check-in. 鈥淭his book explores the reasons why some people question vaccines and then logically explains why the doubts are unfounded and vaccines are in fact effective and safe.鈥

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5. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace ($16): Written by the founder of Pixar, this business-savvy book is all about inspiring creativity in the workplace (with a little bit of Pixar trivia thrown in for the fandom).

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6. Dealing With China by Henry M. Paulson, Jr. ($11): If we had to define the US and China鈥檚 relationship on Facebook, we would say鈥 鈥淚t鈥檚 complicated.鈥 鈥淭his book is about Paulson鈥檚 experience working with Chinese leaders over two decades as US Secretary of the Treasury and as head of Goldman Sachs,鈥 Mark writes in a Facebook post.

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7. Orwell鈥檚 Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest by Peter Huber ($14): Most people have read (or skimmed) Orwell鈥檚 most famous work at least once in their lives. 鈥Orwell鈥檚 Revenge is an alternate version of 1984,鈥 writes Mark. 鈥淎fter seeing how history has actually played out, Huber鈥檚 fiction describes how tools like the internet benefit people and change society for the better.鈥 Sounds like just the book for the Facebook CEO!

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8. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander ($12): In this critically acclaimed book, Michelle Alexander details how the US criminal justice system discriminates against minorities. 鈥淚鈥檝e been interested in learning about criminal justice reform for a while,鈥 says Mark, 鈥渁nd this book was highly recommended by several people I trust.鈥

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9. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari ($22): From Barack Obama to Bill Gates to Mark Z himself, this book topped many to-read lists when it came out. An in-depth look at what it means to be human from both a biological and historical perspective, it鈥檚 a hard-hitting read that鈥檚 definitely worth the investment.

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10. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks ($9): Breaking pace from a slew of non-fiction books, Mark Zuckerberg squeezed a cheeky sci-fi on his to-read list. Featuring an advanced civilization full of tech innovations, it鈥檚 a great choice for a cozy November night in.

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11. Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven ($22): 鈥淚t鈥檚 mind-blowing that almost half the world 鈥 almost three billion people 鈥 live on $2.50 a day or less,鈥 says Mark. In this telling book, multiple authors try to systematically explain how the poor survives their everyday financial problems.

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12. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu ($10): Another sci-fi book that Mark chose for his Year of Books, this one鈥檚 actually so popular that there鈥檚 a Chinese feature film being made that鈥檚 based on the novel. There are aliens, political upheaval鈥 and, yes, there鈥檚 a whole lot of drama. Prepare for a great Saturday night.

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13. The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner ($12): 鈥淚鈥檓 very interested in what causes innovation,鈥 says Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. Taking a look at Bell Labs, the research and development wing of AT&T, this non-fiction creates a history of technological innovation that鈥檒l make you want to go on Shark Tank.

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