Over the next few days, I'll share my annual list of favorite books, music, and movies. Art always sustains and nourishes the soul. But for me, music and storytelling felt especially urgent during this pandemic year. I'll start by sharing some of my favorite books of 2021:

Since these are works I have actually listened to, watched, or read, I’m sure I’ve missed some worthy stuff. So if you have your own recommendations to share, I’ll add them to the stack of books and movies I hope to catch up on over the holidays!

Next up are my favorite movies of the year. Each of these films tells a powerful story, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

I've always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I listened to a little bit of everything this year. I hope you find a new artist or song to add to your own playlist.

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@BarackObama @teddyafromuzika is the most treasured artist of our time. We’re honored you like his song. Armash, has deep meaning. For those of us who deeply care about Ethiopia, this song makes us cry but also gives us hope. In God we trust! A better day will come for 🇪🇹

@BarackObama I guess my age is showing but I've never heard of a single one of the songs or singers. My wife (of eh same age) though, apparently knows them all :) Guess I will give them a listen

@cheekinseeoup @BarackObama Ethiopians, don't fall for Obama's charm b/c he chose our song, he doesn't do anything without agenda, so don't get excited, let's not forget to turn blue to red in the coming election, it is Obama policy that is hurting Ethiopia until now. #NoMore

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