Barack Obama shares his favorite books, music and movies of 2018

Full list of Barack Obama's favorite books, songs and movies of 2018.

ByStephen Hubbard and Kenneth Simmons via via logo
December 31, 2018, 10:08 AM

If you're looking for something to read, listen to or watch heading into the new year, Barack Obama has shared his list of his favorite books, songs and movies of 2018.

"As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists,” Obama wrote on Facebook Friday. “It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers -- some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before."

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The first book on the former president's list comes as no surprise: it's former first lady Michelle Obama's candid memoir, "Becoming," which quickly became the bestselling book of 2018.

The former president noted, "Obviously my favorite!"

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Among his favorite artists of the year, singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde made Obama's list alongside tracks by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Prince, Mavis Staples, Anderson East and jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson.

Obama also seemingly spent a lot of time in movie theaters this year -- or at least, watching flicks at home. His list of favorite films of 2018 includes "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," and "If Beale Street Could Talk."

PHOTO: Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Senator Bob Casey and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Sept. 21, 2018 in Philadelphia.
Former President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Senator Bob Casey and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Sept. 21, 2018 in Philadelphia.
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Get all of his picks below.

Here are Obama’s favorite movies of 2018:AnnihilationBlack PantherBlacKkKlansmanBlindspotting BurningThe Death of Stalin Eighth GradeIf Beale Street Could Talk Leave No Trace Minding the GapThe Rider Roma Shoplifters Support the Girls Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Here are Obama’s favorite books of 2018:Becoming by Michelle ObamaAn American Marriage by Tayari JonesAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith PayneEducated by Tara WestoverFactfulness by Hans RoslingFutureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex WagnerA Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’oA House for Mr Biswas by V.S. NaipaulHow Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel ZiblattIn the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch LandrieuLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson MandelaThe New Geography of Jobs by Enrico MorettiThe Return by Hisham MatarThings Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeWarlight by Michael OndaatjeWhy Liberalism Failed by Patrick DeneenThe World As It Is by Ben RhodesAmerican Prison by Shane Bauer Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond ArsenaultAsymmetry by Lisa Halliday Feel Free by Zadie Smith Florida by Lauren Groff Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. BlightImmigrant, Montana by Amitava KumarThe Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis JohnsonLife 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark There There by Tommy Orange Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Here are Obama's favorite songs of 2018:Apes••t by The CartersBad Bad News by Leon BridgesCould’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin) Kevin’s Heart by J. ColeKing For A Day by Anderson EastLove Lies by Khalid & Normani Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by PrinceMy Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp) Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid Wait by the River by Lord Huron Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

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