Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Statehood for Puerto Rico and the obstruction of justice MORE released a list of his favorite books of 2019 Saturday, ranging from novels to nonfiction works and sports reads. 

“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,” Obama shared Saturday on Instagram. 

“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 president’s choices began with “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff, which delves into the relationship between society and the “digital future,” according to its description on Amazon.

Other picks in included “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell, “Normal People” by Sally Rooney, “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson and “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” by Jia Tolentino.

Obama also shared a list of books he recommended earlier in the year, ranging from the collected works of the late Toni Morrison to former Obama administration officials books, such as “Finding My Voice” by former Obama White House adviser Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Barack Obama to be first guest on Michelle Obama's new podcast The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” by former national security adviser Susan Rice and “The Education of an Idealist” by former Ambassador to the UN Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerSupport swells for renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to honor John Lewis after his death 'Obamagate' backfires: Documents show Biden, Obama acted properly 'Unmaskings' may be common — and that's the problem MORE

Obama regularly shares lists of his favorites songs, books and other media. He began sharing his top picks during his time in office.