Obama’s 2017 Book Recommendations: Critical Linking, January 3

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“With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it,” he wrote a few days ago on Facebook.

What follows is a catalog of the books and music that most impacted Obama last year.

A solid list indeed.


A pub in Edinburgh, originally named the Conan Doyle after Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been renamed the JK Rowling.

The exterior of the pub’s been painted over with the new name and the sign hanging in the street shows JK Rowling sitting at a table and enjoying some food.

The temporary change reportedly led to some uproar.


Getting back into reading books has been one of the singularly most rewarding things I have done for myself in my adult life. I carry my Kindle everywhere, which means I always have something to do when I’m in a waiting room. And getting into a warm bed with a good book is one of life’s singular great pleasures.

So do it. Read more books. Here are some ways to help you get started.

Tips for pursuing that evergreen goal.