Barack Obama Shares His Annual Favorite Books and Music List for 2022

President  Barack Obama can’t have a summer 2022 playlist without Beyoncé’s “Break my Soul.” 

The former president is once again setting the tone for summer 2022 with his personal reading and music recommendations. On Tuesday, Obama released his annual list of favorite reads and tunes including books like Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s “Velvet Was the Night,” Emily St. John Mandel’s “Sea of Tranquility” and Hanya Yanagihara’s “To Paradise.” 

“I’ve read a couple of great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far,” Obama wrote on social media. “What have you been reading this summer?

He also shared his summer 2022 playlist with songs including Beyoncé’s glistening dance track “Break My Soul,” Harry Style’s jazzy ’70s pop vibe single “Music From a Sushi Restaurant” and electrifyingKendrick Lamar’s “Die Hard.”

“Every year, I get excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your replies—it’s an example of how music really can bring us all together,” Obama said. “Here’s what I’ve been listening to this summer. What songs would you add?”

What are your favorite books and music for 2022. Comment below.


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