Barack Obama Reveals the Books that Made 2019 “a Little Brighter” For Him


TOKYO - NOVEMBER 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on U.S./Asia policy at Suntory Hall on November 14, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Obama is in Japan for two days prior to attending the 17th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Singapore. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
The year is wrapping up, which means Barack Obama is sharing his annual “Best of” lists. On Dec. 28, he kicked off the yearly tradition by posting his favorite books of 2019. “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,” he captioned the collection of titles. “Here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me. Most of them came out in 2019, but a few were older ones that were new to me this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.”

Considering his impeccable taste in literature, it should come as no surprise that the former US president included some real page-turners in his list. Between Sally Rooney’s gripping new coming-of-age novel, Normal People, and NBA star Andre Iguodala’s memoir, The Sixth Man, there’s a recommendation for everyone. Check out Obama’s favorite books of 2019 ahead, and stay tuned for his top film and music picks!

Image Source: Getty / Koichi Kamoshida

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