While one president is tweeting about “crazy Nancy Pelosi” a former president is sharing his annual list of his favourite books and films.
Barack Obama started the yearly lists of his top picks with books.
“Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my annual list of [favourites] — books, films, and music — with all of you. This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too,” Obama wrote on Instagram. “To start, here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me.”
A few of the books include Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli about the migrant crisis and The Topeka School by Ben Lerner about white male identity.
Canadian born author Jia Tolentino and her book Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion also made the list.
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Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my annual list of favorites — books, films, and music — with all of you. This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too. Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments—outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences. They’re the fabric that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit. To start, here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me. Most of them came out in 2019, but a few were older ones that were new to me this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
The former POTUS followed that up by sharing his list of favourite films from 2019. Among the year’s faves are Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”, acclaimed documentaries “American Factory”, “Amazing Grace” and “Apollo 11”, and the Olivia Wilde-directed teen comedy “Booksmart”.
He also listed three television series that he considers to be “as powerful as movies,” listing the second season of “Fleabag”, Netflx drama “Unbelievable” and HBO’s “Watchmen”.
Obama will also be releasing lists for his favourite music in the coming days.