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.

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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.