President Obama shares what he read and listened to in 2017

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On the last day of 2017, former President Obama shared his reading list and favorite songs in a Facebook post. Below is what the president said.

“During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.”

The best books I read in 2017:

  1. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  2. Grant by Ron Chernow
  3. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  4. Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
  5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  6. Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
  7. Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  8. Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  10. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  11. *Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

My favorite songs of 2017:

  1. Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
  2. Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
  3. Blessed by Daniel Caesar
  4. The Joke by Brandi Carlile
  5. First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
  6. Rise Up by Andra Day
  7. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
  8. Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
  9. Humble by Kendrick Lamar
  10. La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
  11. Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
  12. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
  13. Chanel by Frank Ocean
  14. Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
  15. Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
  16. Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  17. Little Bit by Mavis Staples
  18. Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
  19. Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
  20. Broken Clocks by SZA
  21. Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2

*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

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