President Obama’s Reading List

It’s no mystery that President Barack Obama loves to read. In fact, the 44th President of the United States has made a tradition of releasing his reading list every year. Recently, President Obama shared his official reading list for 2016, which includes a mix of fiction and nonfiction. 

To celebrate, we’ve collected a few of our favorite titles from President Obama’s reading list. Which book are you most excited to read?

The Underground Railroad

In Whitehead’s powerfully expansive novel, the all-too-real horrors of slavery are juxtaposed with surreal and allegorical elements to create a gripping story as much about America’s present as it is about its past. The Underground Railroad is, to put it simply, a tour de force, and an effort so timely that it inspired the re-launch of Oprah’s Book Club.

The Girl on the Train

What starts as the simple story of a girl who rides a train quickly cascades into a psychological thriller of Hitchcockian proportions. Utilizing fast-paced writing and a not-so-reliable narrator, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train instantly captivated audiences and became an immediate bestseller.


“What would happen if the world were ending?” is the simple question that Seveneves seeks to answer. After a catastrophic event leaves the Earth with a definitive end date, the world nations join forces in a last ditch attempt to save to human race. While a fantastic work of fiction on its own, this book also incorporates major themes of  science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature to give us a view of a not-too-fictional future.

Want more recommendations from President Obama? Check out his full reading list.

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