Barack Obama reveals favourite books of 2018 - and Becoming tops list

Barack Obama reveals favourite books of 2018 - and Becoming tops list

Barack Obama has revealed his favourite books of 2018—and his wife Michelle's memoir Becoming (Viking) has topped his list.

Becoming, which held the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a third week, was also the firm favourite of the former president as he continued his annual tradition of revealing his favourite books, films and songs of the year.

Posting the list on his official Facebook page—Obama broke from his usual alphabetised format to put the former first lady at the top, noting the memoir was "obviously my favourite."

Man Booker shortlisted Washington Black (Serpent's Tail) by Esi Edugyan made the list alongside Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry (Granta), Feel Free (Hamish Hamilton) by Zadie Smith and Tommy Orange's There There (Harvill Secker).

Discussing the list, Obama said: "It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers—some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before."

Obama's "other favorite books of 2018" included; American Prison (Penguin Press) by Shane Bauer, Arthur Ashe: A Life (Simon & Schuster) by Raymond Arsenault, Florida (William Heinemann) by Lauren Groff, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster) by David W. Blight, Immigrant, Montana (Faber) by Amitava Kumar, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Jonathan Cape) by Denis Johnson and Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Penguin) by Max Tegmark.