Goodreads Voice: Obama's Summer Reading List

By Patrick Brown | Published Aug 22, 2011 01:40PM

It's become an annual rite of summer, like the Little League World Series or back to school sales -- President Barack Obama announcing his summer vacation reading list. This year, the president brought three books with him to Martha's Vineyard and purchased two more. The books on Obama's vacation reading list are:


As expected, the books on Mr. Obama's list have already enjoyed a sizable uptick in interest following the announcement of the president's list. For instance these graphs show the number books added to Goodreads shelves for two of the books Mr. Obama chose, The Bayou Trilogy and Rodin's Debutante:





It appears the president will have plenty of people with whom to discuss his summer reads. Perhaps he'd be interested in joining a book club?

Tags: ficiton, politics, president, reading-lists, and summer-reading

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message 1: by Robert (new)

Robert Makes for a good story but I wonder how much reading time the president will actually have. I imagine he didn't get any in today.

While I want my president to be well-read, I will forgive any who claims to be too busy. :)


message 2: by Sheila (new)

Sheila good taste in books. I've read a few of them. Presidents generally read real fast.


message 3: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa No wonder I couldn't renew my copy of Cutting for Stone from the library. I've also noticed comments about it on Facebook. I'd wondered why the sudden rise in popularity.


message 4: by Morticia (new)

Morticia Adams Well, President Obama has a much livelier pile of books to get through than those which Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, chose to take on holiday - nearly all economics text books!

If you want to make yourself feel depressed, here they are: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/wi...


message 5: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Thank God for presidents who actually read books.


message 6: by Liz (new)

Liz Brown it is nice to read that we have a president that reads and promotes reading. he seems like an intellegent man, i am so glad to see a man that doesn,t mind letting people know that he likes to read. bravo for him.+and that he promotes reading to his children is good also, he has my respect and i appreciate that he promotes reading.


message 7: by Steven (new)

Steven Robert wrote: "Makes for a good story but I wonder how much reading time the president will actually have. I imagine he didn't get any in today.

While I want my president to be well-read, I will forgive any w..."


They should be well read by the time they get into office, surely.


message 8: by Stacey (new)

Stacey Cynthia wrote: "Thank God for presidents who actually read books."

yes, i second this! :)


message 9: by Anne (new)

Anne L The president has my respect. Maybe I'll go and check out some of these books, they actually looks quite interesting.


message 10: by aPriL eVoLvEs (new)

aPriL eVoLvEs Obama is a reader I'll be following long after he leaves office.


message 11: by Mary Ann (new)

Mary Ann Are we that naive that we actually think the President has time to make a book list? I'm sure some secretary or assistant has the responsibility of making recommendations. I'm not doubting he reads but making a list..come on!!


message 12: by Byron 'Giggsy' (new)

Byron  'Giggsy' Paul Cynthia wrote: "Thank God for presidents who actually read books."

I'd rather have a president that can fix the healthcare system


message 13: by Marti (new)

Marti Bradish If a person, (U.S. Prez., or otherwise)is truly an avid reader, which the Prez.'s list of books indicates he is, there is never enough time to read everything one NEEDS to read let alone what one WANTS to read.
I, myself, tend to always be reading several books & work related manuals/manuscripts/policies all in same day. Some I may complete in one day some are ongoing. One person's brain is capable of compartmentalizing everything being taken in, & another person's brain may not be able to do so. If you have a "one track" mindset, perhaps that isn't possible to do.
Happy reading to all!!


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