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What Barack Obama read, watched, and listened to in 2018

“It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” Barack Obama wrote in a Facebook post.Lynne Sladky/Associated Press/File

Barack Obama released his annual year-end lists on Facebook Friday, sharing what he read, watched, and listened to in 2018.

“It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” the former president wrote. “It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers - some who are household names and others who you may not have heard before.”

Obama opened with a roundup of books he read in 2018 that had appeared on earlier lists of his, the first among them “Becoming” by his wife and former first lady Michelle Obama. He called the memoir “obviously my favorite!”

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Other books on that list included Tayari Jones’s “An American Marriage,” Tara Westover’s “Educated,” Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt’s “How Democracies Die,” Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom,” Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” Michael Ondaatje’s “Warlight,” and Ben Rhodes’s “The World As It Is.”

Obama’s other favorite books of 2018 included Shane Bauer’s “American Prison,” Lisa Halliday’s “Asymmetry,” Zadie Smith’s “Feel Free,” Lauren Groff’s “Florida,” David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” Amitava Kumar’s “Immigrant, Montana,” Tommy Orange’s “There There,” and Esi Edugyan’s “Washington Black.”

The 44th president’s favorite movies of the year included “Annihilation,” “Black Panther,” “Black KkKlansman,” “Blindspotting,” “Eighth Grade” (written and directed by Hamilton native Bo Burnham), “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace” (directed and co-written by Cambridge native Debra Granik), “Roma,” “Support the Girls” (written and directed by Boston native Andrew Bujalski), and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

In terms of music, Obama’s favorite songs of 2018 included “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Brandi Carlile, “I Like It” by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “Kevin’s Heart,” by J. Cole, “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani, “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe, “My Own Thing” by Chance the Rapper featuring Joey Purp, “Nina Cried Power” by Hozier featuring Mavis Staples, and “Wow Freestyle” by Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar.

“And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time, who died this year, a classic album,” Obama added, “The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson.”

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