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.
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
“In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History” by Mitch Landrieu
“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
"Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" by David W. Blight
"Immigrant, Montana" by Amitava Kumar
"The Largesse of the Sea Maiden" by Denis Johnson
"Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence" by Max Tegmark
"There There" by Tommy Orange
"Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan
The full post can be found on former President Barack Obama’s Facebook page.