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.

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Coming soon from Sony Pictures is a brand new animation of Beatrix Potter’s classic bunny tale. Originally due in March 2018, the combined live-action and CGI animated film is now due for release on the 9th of February 2018, possibly as a result of the speed of the production. It seems like a host of stars also voice the characters we know and love.

Eagle-eyed members of the public spotted the film crew in Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District. A local toy shop was adapted to be Mr McGregors’, which was very exciting for the locals.

Check out the cheeky rabbit’s trailer for the film below!

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