By Andrea Romano
January 03, 2019
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New Year, new books to read.

Whenever Jan. 1 rolls around, many people out there are looking for some new ways to better themselves and enrich their lives. One way to do this is to gather up some good reads in order to expand your horizons in 2019.

But if you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck, because former President Barack Obama has some excellent recommendations.

It has become a yearly tradition for Obama to recommend his favorite books, movies, and music at the year’s end, and 2018 was no different.

The former president posted on social media to recommend his picks for the best in entertainment over the last year, including movies like “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” and “Annihilation,” as well as songs from artists like The Carters, Cardi B, H.E.R., and Hozier.

But his list of books is especially incredible for anyone in need of a few page turners.

At the top of the list, of course, was Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” which is already the best-selling hardcover book of 2018, according to The Washington Post.

Former President Obama’s other picks include “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, and “Florida” by Lauren Groff.

Below is a full list of Obama’s favorite books.

Becoming” by Michelle Obama

An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Educated” by Tara Westover

Factfulness” by Hans Rosling

A Grain of Wheat” by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

A House for Mr Biswas” by V.S. Naipaul

How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela

The New Geography of Jobs” by Enrico Moretti

The Return” by Hisham Matar

Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje

Why Liberalism Failed” by Patrick Deneen

"The World As It Is" by Ben Rhodes

"American Prison" by Shane Bauer

"Arthur Ashe: A Life" by Raymond Arsenault

"Asymmetry" by Lisa Halliday

"Feel Free" by Zadie Smith

"Florida" by Lauren Groff

"Immigrant, Montana" by Amitava Kumar

"There There" by Tommy Orange

"Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan