President Obama’s Summer Reading List 2016

By August 13, 2016News, Political, Reading Habits

This will be President Obama’s final summer as President of the United States, and who knows what will follow. As such, this is the final reading list from the man who made history and became the first person of colour to become president.

Those who have followed President Obama’s Summer Reading Lists from the White House in previous years will know that Obama likes a mix of books, and this year it’s a mix of fiction, and non-fiction, a Pulitzer prize winning memoir, a thriller and a science fiction novel. Here are the selections in full.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan

Barbarian Days is billed as an old-school adventure story and social history about a life spent chasing waves, and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2016.

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The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad is salvation to many, including Cara, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. This is a powerful historical novel, recreating the horrors of the pre-Civil War era.

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H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

Costa Prize Winner, H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s determination to become a falconer, taming the wildest of animals.

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The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Soon to be a movie, The Girl on the Train divided our readers and for everyone who said how brilliant it was, there was someone else calling it terrible. Personally I thought it was a fantastic psychological thriller, with horribly damaged and dislikeable characters.

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Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

It looks like The PoTUS has been taking advice from Bill Gates as Seveneves appeared on his reading list a few months ago. Technical science fiction would be the best description!

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So they are the five books making the cut for President Obama’s Summer Reading List 2016, and if you like these, then here are last year’s selections too if you missed them.

All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Washington: A Life – Ron Chernow

Now you can read like the President, until the upcoming elections at least.

Man Booker Prize Announces One-Off 50th Anniversary Award

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The Man Booker Prize is an award given each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. The award is very prestigious and notable winners include the likes of Thomas Keneally for Schindler’s Ark, Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient, and Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin.

The Man Booker Prize was first established in 1969 and, to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary, a one-off award is set to be given to the writer of the best work of fiction from the last five decades. The candidates have been chosen by five judges, but the final say will be given to the public who can vote for the writer they deem most deserving. Read More

Lego Announces New Harry Potter Sets, Take a Sneak Peek!

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With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, and the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s safe to say that the magic of Harry Potter has returned to our normal muggle lives. If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, and you enjoy constructing LEGO kits, then you’ll be pleased to learn that LEGO has announced a new range of Harry Potter-themed LEGO sets are set to be released this Summer. Read More

Audiobooks on… Vinyl?

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase Coming Soon

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back!

The Hexagonal Phase is arriving in 2018 on BBC Radio 4 for the 40th anniversary of the popular book/radio play/film/television series. The radio play is based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas Adams, and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs.

And Another Thing… was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate to mark the 30th anniversary of the first novel. It is set to include unpublished  material by Douglas Adams, sourced from notebooks full of Hitchiker’s notes that have been kept safe in the library at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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