Barack Obama Reveals Favorite Books, Songs of 2017
On New Year's Eve, the former president shared a list of 12 books and 22 songs that he would recommend from the past year.
Former president Barack Obama remained plugged in to 2017's cultural offerings even during his two terms in the Oval Office, when he became known for sharing reading lists and creating Spotify playlists for his constituents.
On Sunday Obama released his list of favorite books and songs from 2017 on his Facebook page, a tradition he began during his presidency. (In 2015, Obama told People that he enjoyed Lauren Groff's book Fates and Furies and Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost"; his 2016 summer reading list included Paula Hawkins' Girl on the Train and Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.) "It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world," Obama wrote.
With what he called "extra time on my hands this year" since he ended his two terms as president, Obama selected 12 books and 22 songs to recommend in 2017. The list is diverse, with reading titles including Ron Chernow's 1,104-page biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Grant, Corey Taylor's memoir of her terminal illness Dying: A Memoir and Shea Serrano's NBA book Basketball (And Other Things).
Among former president Barack Obama's favorite songs this year are several chart toppers from artists like Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar, a song from a group of all-female west African musicians and a single from the elusive Frank Ocean. The former president also cited the blues version of Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." from the singer's 2017 Broadway show, Change The Rapper's "First World Problems" and "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" by The National as favorites from 2017.
See the full list of Obama's 2017 favorites below.