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Obama shares favorite books, movies of the year

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Former President Obama shared his favorite books and movies for 2021 in social media posts this week.

“Art always sustains and nourishes the soul. But for me, music and storytelling felt especially urgent during this pandemic year—a way to connect even when we were cooped up,” Obama wrote in an Instagram post announcing his favorite books on Wednesday.

“I’ll start by sharing some of the books that I read this year that left a lasting impression, and I’m excited to share my favorite movies and music in the days to come,” he added.

Among the list of 13 books that Obama highlighted were, “These Precious Days” by Ann Patchett, “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner, “Harlem Shuffle” by Colson Whitehead and “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. 

“Since these are works I have actually listened to, watched, or read, I’m sure I’ve missed some worthy stuff. So if you have your own recommendations to share, I’ll add them to the stack of books and movies I hope to catch up on over the holidays!” Obama wrote.

The post also included a list of books that he recommended earlier this year, including “Land of Big Numbers” by Te-Ping Chen, “Things We Lost to the Water” by Eric Nguyen and “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir.

Obama later shared his favorite movies of 2021 in social media posts on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday. The list of 14 movies included “Drive My Car,” “West Side Story,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

“Each of these films tells a powerful story, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did,” Obama wrote.

The former president has previously shared favorite books and songs near the end of the year. For the last several years, Obama has also shared his summer playlist, which have included musicians and artists like SZA, John Legend, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder.

—Updated at 2:21 p.m.

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