President Obama Continues Tradition Of Sharing Favorite Year-End List

President Obama, recently took to his Facebook page to share the books, music, and movies that not only held his interest but also were his favorites of 2018.

The President noted, “As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. 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.”

He added, “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. Here’s my best of 2018 list — I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.”

“Here’s a reminder of the books that I read this year that appeared on earlier lists,” the President continued:

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
2. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4. The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and 5. Die by Keith Payne
6. Educated by Tara Westover
7. Factfulness by Hans Rosling
8. Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
9. A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
10. A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
11. How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
12. In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
13. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
14. The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
15. The Return by Hisham Matar
16. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
17. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
18. Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
19. The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes

Second, he listed the following as his other favorite books of 2018:

1. American Prison by Shane Bauer 
2. Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
3. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday 
4. Feel Free by Zadie Smith 
5. Florida by Lauren Groff 
6. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
7. Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar
8. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
9. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark 
10. There There by Tommy Orange 
11. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Third, the following are listed as his favorite movies of 2018:

1. Annihilation
2. Black Panther
3. BlacKkKlansman
4. Blindspotting
5. Burning
6. The Death of Stalin
7. Eighth Grade
8. If Beale Street Could Talk
9. Leave No Trace
10. Minding the Gap
11. The Rider
12. Roma
13. Shoplifters
14. Support the Girls
15. Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Fourth, his favorite songs of 2018 include the following:

1. Apes••t by The Carters
2. Bad Bad News by Leon Bridges
3. Could’ve Been by H.E.R. (feat. Bryson Tiller)
4. Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
5. Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess 
6. Every Time I Hear That Song by Brandi Carlile 
7. Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde 
8. Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
9. I Like It by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin) 
10. Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole
11. King For A Day by Anderson East
12. Love Lies by Khalid & Normani 
13. Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe 
14. Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) by Prince
15. My Own Thing by Chance the Rapper (feat. Joey Purp) 
16. Need a Little Time by Courtney Barnett 
17. Nina Cried Power by Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples)
18. Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara 
19. One Trick Ponies by Kurt Vile
20. Turnin’ Me Up by BJ the Chicago Kid 
21. Wait by the River by Lord Huron 
22. Wow Freestyle by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
23. And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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