On Friday, former President Barack Obama shared his annual year-end list of the books, movies and music that he "found most provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved" in 2018.
"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," Obama wrote in a Facebook post on Dec. 28.
"As 2018 draws to a close, I'm continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists," he wrote.
Obama started the tradition of sharing his reading lists and playlists during his presidency as 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, Obama told The New York Times that reading books allowed him to maintain his balance during his eight years as president. At the end of 2017, almost a full year out of the White House, Obama noted that he had "some extra time" on his hands to catch up on leisure entertainment.
Unsurprisingly, his top-recommended book is wife Michelle Obama's recent autobiography, "Becoming," which quickly became a bestseller and was featured on many of this year's gift guides. "Obviously my favorite!" he wrote.
Other notable selections are "Educated" by Tara Westover, which also made Bill Gates' 2018 most-recommended reading list, Golden Globe-nominated film "Black Panther" and music by Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper.
Here are the books, movies and songs Obama most enjoyed in 2018.
Obama's favorite books of 2018:
Obama's favorite movies of 2018:
Obama's favorite songs of 2018:
Obama also added a classic album, "The Great American Songbook," to honor the late artist Nancy Wilson, whom he called "one of the great jazz singers of all time."
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