As the year etches itself in the burrows of time, we decided to take a dive into the past. Former President Barack Obama started a tradition where he lists his favorite books of the year. In this post, we will be looking at Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2021!
A year has passed and that should have given many people some time to read some of the books that made the list. I even see a few books on this list that I was able to read and others that I would like to read. You can see the full list below!
Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021
- Matrix by Lauren Groff
- How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
- The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton
- The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
- Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott
- Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
- Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
- These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
- Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu
- Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
- The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
- Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
- At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop
- Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen
- Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe
- Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
- When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
- Under A White Sky: The Nature Of The Future by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen
- Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
- Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
Lots of Amazing Books
Two books that jump to me are Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead and Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. I loved both of these novels and would recommend them to anyone who likes reading a good book. Unfortunately, these are the only two books I have read on the list so far.
Some books that I have seen on various lists are The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. Hopefully I am able to read these books before the end of 2023.
It is impressive how Obama makes time for books and being consistent. Just thinking about making a list that’s going to be viewed by millions would stress me out. I look forward to this tradition and it is great to see what the former President reads in his free time.
How many books have you read on this list? Let us know in the comments below. Happy reading!