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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
How familiar is this… you see the title flash up of one of your favourite books and you realise it’s being made into a film. You sigh. Will they ruin it? Will they cut out huge chunks? Will the actors look right? Will I wish they’d never made the film and ruined the book? Read More
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.