On New Year's Eve, former U.S. president Barack Obama shared the songs that "got him moving" and the stories that inspired him in 2017 through a post on his Facebook profile.
"With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most," Obama said in the post on December 31.
"During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists," Obama said. "It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world."
Before leaving the White House in 2017, Obama told The New York Times that reading books allowed him to maintain his balance during his eight years as president.
Reading books provided Obama "the ability to slow down and get perspective, along with the ability to get in somebody else's shoes," he said, which he found invaluable especially "at a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted."
The best books Obama read in 2017:
Obama's favorite songs of 2017:
Here's Obama's full post:
In the past, Obama has shared his penchant for reading and listening to tunes through his summer reading lists and seasonal music playlists, the latter of which marked some of the most listened-to playlists on Spotify at the time.
As Obama said at a book reading in 2013, "Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you."
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