Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2021 Dropped And We Want Them All

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Dust off your library cards because Barack Obama just shared his favorite reads and we must consume them all

It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year — the time that former President Barack Obama breaks out his favorite books of the year. It was so great to have a president who reads — and reads not just serious non-fiction but also novels. And on top of that, his book picks are pristine. We love the mix of memoir, deep dives, and literary fiction as well as the mix of diverse voices.

We’re so glad that even though his terms as our leader are over, we still get to peek at his bookshelves and benefit from his guidance and he and Michelle are still such staunch supporters of literacy and reading.

And unlike a lot of end-of-the-year lists, where are curated by helpers or influenced by marketing, Obama’s list is special because he really truly reads all the books that he recommends and picks them without assistance — they are a true reflection of the best things he sat down and read over the past twelve months. And we love that.

He released his summer list halfway through the year — we’re going to take a look at the 13 new books that he recommended for the second half of the year.

Barack Obama’s 2021 Recommended Reading List