Obama releases list of favorite 2019 books

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama gesture as he attends the “values-based leadership” during a plenary session of the Gathering of Rising Leaders in the Asia Pacific, organized by the Obama Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

(CNN) — Former President Barack Obama continued his tradition of sharing his annual list of favorite books. Posting on Instagram, he listed off a rundown of books that he says made the past year a little brighter for him.

Similar to previous years, Obama’s book picks for 2019 are a mix of historic non-fiction and some literary novels.

Courtesy: Barack Obama Instagram

It includes:

  • The “Lost Children Archive”: a book about the migrant crisis;
  • The Sally Rooney novel “Normal People”: which is being adapted for a Hulu series;
  • “The Topeka School”: which is an exploration of white male identity

On Sunday, the former president also released his favorite movies and TV shows of 2019 in a tweet.

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