If you’d rather spend New Year’s Eve under a blanket with a good book than at a loud party, Barack Obama has your back.

The former president tweeted a list of the best books he read in 2019 on Saturday, with some of the year’s most talked-about titles making the cut.

Novels making Obama’s list included Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other, Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive, Susan Choi’s National Book Award-winning Trust Exercise, and Sally Rooney’s buzzy Normal People.

He also recommended two short story collections: Bryan Washington’s Lot and Jess Walter’s We Live in Water.

The nonfiction books Obama loved reading in 2019 included Sarah M. Broom’s National Book Award-winning memoir, The Yellow House, Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, and David Treuer’s The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present.

The former president also included two recommendations for his fellow sports fans: Andre Iguodala’s memoir The Sixth Man and Jim Rooney’s A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney's Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule.

On Twitter, some of the authors who made Obama’s list reacted with delight and disbelief:


Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas–based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.