Former President Barack Obama released a list of his favorite books of the year, forgoing the temptation to include his own memoir A Promised Land.

“As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year, deliberately omitting what I think is a pretty good book—A Promised Land—by a certain 44th president. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.”

Obama’s list is heavy on fiction; 11 of the 17 books he selected are novels. Among those are Ayad Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half, and Phil Klay’s Missionaries.

He also endorsed Jack, by his friend Marilynne Robinson, as well as two Kirkus Prize honorees: finalist James McBride’s Deacon King Kong and winner Raven Leilani’s Luster.

Obama’s nonfiction picks include Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste, another Kirkus Prize finalist, as well as Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile, Natasha Trethewey’s Memorial Drive, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s The Undocumented Americans, and Anne Applebaum’s Twilight of Democracy.

Rounding out his list are C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold, Liz Moore’s Long Bright River, Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel, Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road, Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future, and Kawai Strong Washburn’s Sharks in the Time of Saviors.

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.