Michelle Obama's Becoming in Barack Obama's list of 2018 top books

Former US first lady Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, sold more than two million copies in North America in its first 15 days.
Former US first lady Michelle Obama's book, Becoming, sold more than two million copies in North America in its first 15 days.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (NYTimes) - Michelle Obama will have no complaints.

Her bestselling book Becoming was listed among the picks of her husband Barack Obama who has posted some of the books, movies and music he found most inspiring or thought-provoking in 2018.

The wide-ranging list includes songs by artists as varied as Cardi B, Janelle Monae and Nancy Wilson, who died this month.

Becoming topped his list of books, which featured multiple works by women and authors of colour.

The former American president started sharing his reading lists and playlists during his White House tenure and has continued that tradition into retirement.

An avid reader with a deep appreciation of pop culture, he not only celebrated art during his presidency but also brought it into the White House.

In 2009, before Lin-Manuel Miranda was a household name, he invited him to a White House poetry jam, where the composer performed an early version of the opening song from Broadway musical Hamilton.

A love of books has always been one of Mr Obama's defining features. Nearly every night in the White House, he would read for an hour or so, The New York Times' former chief book critic Michiko Kakutani reported.

Here are some of his 2018 favourites. Books Becoming (Michelle Obama) An American Marriage (Tayari Jones) Feel Free (Zadie Smith) A Grain Of Wheat (Ngugi wa Thiong'o) A House For Mr Biswas (V.S. Naipaul) Movies Annihilation Black Panther BlacKkKlansman If Beale Street Could Talk Shoplifters Songs Every Time I Hear That Song (Brandi Carlile) I Like It (Cardi B (featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin) Make Me Feel (Janelle Monae) Mary Don't You Weep - Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version (Prince) The Great American Songbook (Nancy Wilson)