December 23, 2022

Barack Obama puts Michelle Obama’s book at the top of his 2022 favorites: ‘I’m a bit biased’

Barack Obama is back with his annual lists of his favorite entertainment of the year, starting with his top reads of 2022. And one title is from an author near and dear to his heart. 

On Friday, the former president dropped his favorites books of the year, topping the list with his wife’s novel, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” 

“I’m a bit biased on this one,” he wrote in parenthesis next to the book on his list.

Obama has made it a routine to share his favorite books, songs, and movies of the summer and at the end of the year, a tradition that started while he was in the White House.

Accompanying Michelle Obama’s latest, Obama also praised books that made USA TODAY’s top books of 2022 including George Saunders’ “Liberation Day” and “Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel.

“I always look forward to sharing my lists of favorite books, movies, and music with all of you,” he wrote. His has not yet shared his movies and music lists.

Barack Obama is listing off his pop culture favorites including his book picks for the year. At the top of the list? Michelle Obama's "The Light We Carry."

Here’s the complete list Obama’s picks this year: 

Barack Obama’s favorite movies of 2022

  • “The Fabelmans”
  • “Decision to Leave”
  • “The Woman King”
  • “Aftersun”
  • “Emily the Criminal”
  • “Petite Maman”
  • “Descendant”
  • “Happening”
  • “Till”
  • “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  • “Top Gun: Maverick”
  • “The Good Boss”
  • “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”
  • “A Hero”
  • “Hit the Road”
  • “Tár”
  • “After Yang”

Barack Obama’s favorite songs of 2022

  • “The Heart Part 5” by Kendrick Lamar
  • “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny
  • “POF” by Ari Lennox
  • “Something in the Orange” by Zach Bryan
  • “Last Last” by Burna Boy
  • “American Teenager” by Ethel Cain
  • “Communion in My Cup” by Tank And The Bangas ft. The Ton3s
  • “Pull up” by Koffee
  • “SAOKO” by Rosalía
  • “Rush” by Ayra Starr
  • “BREAK MY SOUL” by Beyoncé
  • “Life Is Good” by SiR, ft. Scribz Riley
  • “That’s Where I Am” by Maggie Rogers
  • “Dodinin” by Leyla McCalla
  • “Sunshine” by Steve Lacy ft. Fousheé
  • “Calm Down” by Rema
  • “Problem With It” by Plains
  • “Feelings 4 You” by Xavier Omär
  • “Belize” by Danger Mouse & Black Thought, ft. MF DOOM
  • “Tamagotchi” by Omar Apollo
  • “Home Maker” by Sudan Archives
  • “Where I Go” by NxWorries (Anderson .Paak  & Knxwledge), ft. H.E.R.
  • “Shirt” by SZA
  • “About Damn Time” by LIzzo
  • “‘Round Midnight” by Adam Blackstone  a Jazmine Sullivan

Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2022

  • “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama 
  • “Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel 
  • “Trust” by Hernan Diaz 
  • “The Furrows: A Novel” by Namwali Serpell
  • “South to America” by Imani Perry 
  • “The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan
  • “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson
  • “Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands” by Kate Beaton
  • “An Immense World” by Ed Yong 
  • “Liberation Day” by George Saunders 
  • “The Candy House” by Jennifer Egan 
  • “Afterlives” by Abdulrazak Gurnah

More:Barack Obama shares his favorite music, movies and books from being ‘cooped up’ in 2021

Last year, Obama’s literary favorites included Lauren Groff’s “medieval masterpiece,” “Matrix”; the “domestic epic,” “Crossroads,” by Jonathan Franzen; and Ann Patchett’s essay collection “These Precious Days.” Other featured titles included Amor Towles’ “absorbing” 1950s road trip tale, “The Lincoln Highway,” as well as the ’60s-based crime novel, “Harlem Shuffle,” by Colson Whitehead. 

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