Dec 28, 2018 - Economy

Barack Obama's 2018 favorites include Michelle's book and Cardi B

Barack Obama

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Former President Barack Obama posted his year-end list of his favorite books, movies, and music that he found "most though-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved" on Facebook Friday morning.

Details: Obama's favorite book was his wife Michelle's, "Becoming" ("obviously my favorite!" he wrote). He also gave a shout out to movies like "Black Panther" and "Eighth Grade," as well as songs such as "I Like It" by Cardi B and Prince's "Mary Don't You Weep."

Some of Obama's mentionable favorites:


  • "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
  • "The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die" by Keith Payne
  • "Educated" by Tara Westover
  • "Factfulness" by Hans Rosling
  • "A Grain of Wheat" by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • "How Democracies Die" by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
  • "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History" by Mitch Landrieu
  • "Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela
  • "The New Geography of Jobs" by Enrico Moretti
  • "The World As It Is" by Ben Rhodes


  • "Annihilation"
  • "Black Panther"
  • "BlacKkKlansman"
  • "Burning"
  • "The Death of Stalin"
  • "Eighth Grade"
  • "Minding the Gap"
  • "Roma"
  • "Support the Girls"
  • "Won’t You Be My Neighbor"


  • "Apes••t" by The Carters
  • "Bad Bad News" by Leon Bridges
  • "Every Time I Hear That Song" by Brandi Carlile
  • "I Like it" by Cardi B (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
  • "Kevin's Heart" by J. Cole
  • "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monáe
  • "One Trick Ponies" by Kurt Vile
  • "Wait by the River" by Lord Huron
  • "Wow Freestyle" by Jay Rock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • "The Great American Songbook" by the late Nancy Wilson

See his full list here.

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