Barack Obama continues tradition of favorite books list for 2019

Former President Barack Obama has once again decided to enlighten us with a selection of books that he believes readers should have on their radar.

“This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too,” Obama wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy — work and family life, social and volunteer commitments — outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences.”

According to CNN, Obama’s book selections mirror a pattern from previous years, which shows a mix of historic non-fiction and some literary novels. In his Instagram post, he talked about the importance of literature and art, calling it “the fabric that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit.”

Check out what books made the cut in 2019:

  • “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff
  • “The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company” by William Dalrymple
  • “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep
  • “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
  • “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present” by David Treuer
  • “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell
  • “Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli
  • “Lot: Stories” by Bryan Washington
  • “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
  • “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson
  • “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom
  • “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • “Solitary” by Albert Woodfox
  • “The Topeka School” by Ben Lerner
  • “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” by Jia Tolentino
  • “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi
  • “We Live in Water: Stories” by Jess Walter

Obama had a shortlist of favorite books for “sports fans”:

  • “A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule” by Jim Rooney
  • “The Sixth Man” by Andre Iguodala