If Other US Presidents Besides Barack Obama Shared A List Of Their Favorite Books

President Barack Obama puts out a list of his favorite books each and every year. Did you know, however, that every other US president has also shared their favorite books with the American public? Well, that’s not true, but we’re here today to imagine what it’d be like. Here is an original funny list by Better Book Titles contributors exploring the subject!

Below are a few books each American president would have loved if they lived long enough to read them.


Enjoy!


If Other US Presidents Besides Barack Obama Shared A List Of Their Favorite Books:

by Dan Wilbur, Jay Welch, and Jake Currie

George Washington

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Zadie Smith’s White Teeth: America’s first president aspired to have them.

Later, after he was president for a while his favorite book was Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

His review of both: “…”

John Adams

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The second president loved Mr. Grumpy and John A. Farrell’s Attorney For The Damned

Thomas Jefferson

By all accounts, this man was a little full of himself. His favorite book was Thomas Jefferson: The Art Of Power “What a read! I killed it!”

Other books on his list include: Black Beauty and How Stella Got Her Groove Back

His review: “Damn! She sounds sexy!!”

James Madison

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He loved Stuart Little, Little Men, The Hobbit, Measure for Measure, The Big Short

OK, we get it.

James Monroe

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100 years of Solitude – his favorite book and doctrine!

Andrew Jackson

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Larry McMurtry’s Comanche Moon

His review: “If I were in charge of the Texas Rangers, we’d have caught that horse thief!!”



William Henry Harrison

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As I Lay Dying 🙁

Also, he loved the Carhartt Winter Coat Catalog

His review: “Fuck, it’s cold!!”

James K. Polk

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His review: “We’re going to California whether it’s a good idea or not!”

Also on his list: The Westing Game, Finders Keepers, and Continental Drift

Zachary Taylor

Love In The Time Of Cholera 🙁

James Buchanan

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Gone With The Wind

Sure, slavery is reprehensible, but not if you sort of ignore it.

Abraham Lincoln

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Frankenstein and Twilight

Though he loved the plays of Shakespeare most (in fact, he loved plays to a fault), America’s most goth president loved horror.

Andrew Johnson

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Vaught’s Practical Character Reader: A Beginner’s Guide to Phrenological Madness

The president who ended Reconstruction loved to have scientific backing for his heinous opinions.

He also loved Hillbilly Elegy. Ugh.

Ulysses S. Grant

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Drinking: A Love Story

His review: “*Buurp*”


Teddy Roosevelt

Into The Wild

His review: “I coulda done it without dying.”

Also on his list: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Howard Taft

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Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Lovin’ It, Livin’ It

To be read from his famously massive bathtub. Other titles on his list of favorites: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, A Moveable Feast, Green Eggs and Ham

Woodrow Wilson

Why Do Women Nag? And How To Quit Nagging For Good

His review: “Fine, give them whatever they want! Just tell them to leave me alone already!”

His wife insists he also loved Can You Forgive Her?

Warren G. Harding

John Updike’s Rabbit novels

“Sure, I had a secret love child and ruined her mother’s life, but at least I’m not as bad as this guy.”

Herbert Hoover

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Hillbilly Elegy

His review: “You see?! The poor did it to themselves! They need to be less poor without government help!”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Master And Commander

His review: “Hell yeah! I love boats almost as much as I love pussy!”

Another favorite: The Swimmer

Harry S. Truman

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Decisive: How To Make Better Choices in Life and Work

His review: “I rest my case.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance

I’m not saying Chomsky liked him, I’m saying Eisenhower tried to tell us to calm down with the weapons, and Chomsky agreed.

John F. Kennedy

John Updike’s Rabbit novels

“This guy seems all right.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Killing Kennedy

“Kidding!!”

He also loved The 48 Laws of Power

Richard Nixon

The Bible

“It’s what you beatniks need.”

Also on his list: In Search of Lost Time (about the 18 and a half minute gap).

Gerald Ford

Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale



Jimmy Carter

The Fatigue Solution: Increase Your Energy In Eight Easy Steps

Maybe if he’d said the Malaise Speech a little faster not everyone would have hated it.

He also loves Mr. Peanut, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, and, of course, Matthew 5:27

Ronald Reagan

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Atlas Shrugged

Obviously. He also loved the second half of Flowers For Algernon and The Sun Down Motel

George HW Bush, Sr.

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Also: The 9/11 Commission Report

He mostly loved it as a joke after reading the truth in his CIA briefings.

Bill Clinton

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Devil In A Blue Dress

Also, 50 Shades of Gray and I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, The Scarlet Letter

George W. Bush

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Where’s Waldo 

Not the biggest reader per se.

His review: “By 2007, I sorta gave up on finding him.”

Donald Trump

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The 4-Hour Workweek

Additional titles: The Art of The Deal (he literally said this)

Joe Biden

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Train Dreams, The Polar Express, Thomas The Tank Engine (note–he didn’t like Strangers On A Train because people on a train should be friends)

Also: Clifford The Big Red Dog

“Come on, man. That’s all anyone wants. Look at him. That big fucking dog. I love him.”

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