Former President Barack Obama is setting the tone for the summer with his personal recommendations.
Obama released a list of his favorite reads and tunes this week including books like “Klara and the Sun,” “Project Hail Mary” and “The Sweetness of Water” and songs including “Pick Up Your Feelings” by Jazmine Sullivan, “Walkin'” by Miles Davis and the earworm “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic (Anderson.Paak and Bruno Mars’ new duo).
“While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites—and over the years, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all,” Obama wrote on Instagram. “Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.”
The 44th president of the United States selected 11 books to highlight across many genres, many of them already getting critical acclaim like “Sweetness of Water” which was selected as the newest addition for Oprah Winfrey’s book club in June.
“Come and #ReadWithUs, y’all,” Winfrey’s book club account commented.
Obama released a two-page long summer music playlist a day after his book recommendations, describing the music selections as “a mix of old and new.”
“With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. I put together a playlist of some of the songs I’ve been listening to lately,” He wrote.
Obama made his first playlist in 2015 after creating a Spotify, according to an article written by Obama White House staff.
“When asked to pick a few of his favorite songs for the summer, the President got serious,” the article read. “He grabbed a pen and paper and drafted up not one, but two separate summer playlists: One for the daytime, and one for the evening.”
The inaugural playlist included songs like “Green Light” by John Legend, “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra and “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone.