Barack Obama Shares His Favorite Books, Music, and Movies of 2018: Critical Linking, January 3, 2019


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In the event you’re searching for one thing to learn, take heed to or watch heading into the new yr, Barack Obama has shared his listing of his favourite books, songs and flicks of 2018.

“As 2018 attracts to a detailed, I’m persevering with a favourite custom of mine and sharing my year-end lists,” Obama wrote on Fb Friday. “It offers me a second to pause and replicate on the yr via the books, films, and music that I discovered most thought-provoking, inspiring, or simply plain liked. It additionally offers me an opportunity to focus on proficient authors, artists, and storytellers — some who’re family names and others who you might not have heard of earlier than.”

It’s arduous to not miss the previous Reader-in-Chief, however I’m glad he continues to share his studying life. 


The ebook and movie have made it crystal clear that not solely do black children learn… white children (and adults!) will learn books with a black lead.

A black feminine lead, at that.

And THUG was solely the start. 2018 noticed the success of YA books like The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton and Dread Nation by Justina Eire, which each debuted on the New York Instances bestseller listing; Kids of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi has not solely stayed on stated listing for greater than 40 weeks, it was additionally the inaugural choose for the Jimmy Fallon E-book Membership and has a movie adaptation lined up; Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson and Pleasure by Ibi Zoboi had been sophomore novels launched to important acclaim (and a little bit of important controversy ― you inform ’em, Ibi!); bestseller The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo received the Nationwide E-book Award; and A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney was optioned for tv.

Love this piece that’s a reminder that black children learn—and that white children will learn books that includes black major characters. 


Stylish in black, Melba Whatley surveys her library, a 2,400-square-foot trendy construction with vaulted ceilings linked to her Tarrytown house in Austin through a walkway. Whatley devotes her time to her work on the boards of the Modern Austin and the Waller Creek Conservancy, of which she’s a founder. Rice College professor Carlos Jiménez designed the library, house to about 10,000 books, filed into ten-shelf-high maple bookcases. “It’s an awesome catastrophe to gather books,” Whatley says. “They require plenty of house. My husband, Ted, is a instructor of historical past, so he had a big assortment of historical past and biography, and I had fiction and artwork books. We had been meant to be along with these two collections.”

Swoon over these private library images. 


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