Barack Obama shares his favorite books, music from 2017

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

With what he called "extra time on my hands this year" since he ended his two terms as president, Obama selected 12 books and 22 songs to recommend in 2017.

Former United States President Barack Obama plays a round of golf at the Old Course on May 26, 2017 in St Andrews, Scotland. Obama's list includes critically acclaimed music artists and authors who distributed something new a year ago.

Obama writes that he wanted to continue the tradition he stared during his presidency of sharing his reading and playlists. He explained that, "it was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world". Daniel Caesar;) "Rise Up" by Andra Day; "Wild Thoughts" by DJ Khaled (feat.

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The novel is the fourth one by Mohsin Hamid and was also shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize besides entertaining the former Democrat president who also shared his favourites including "The Power" by Naomi Alderman; "Grant" by Ron Chernow and a few others through his Facebook handle as 2018 ticked. He also included National Basketball Association legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book titled, "Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court".

Barack Obama has compiled a "Best Of 2017" playlist - and it's pretty damn great.

Meanwhile, his list of favorites tunes from 2017 was littered with popular hits like Kendrick Lamar's "Humble", Portugal.

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