Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Meghan McCain rips Blagojevich pardon: He is 'like the swampiest swamp creature in the world' Ex-Obama aides say Bloomberg-Obama relationship more 'complicated' than his ads portray 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 JarrettAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Obama reveals his top books of 2019 Comedian Roseanne Barr to speak at Trumpettes' Gala at Mar-A-Lago 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 PowerPresident Trump's strike of choice Obama reveals his top books of 2019 Former US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' MORE

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