by Zoë Pollock

Ian Crouch heralds the latest nerd gossip: Obama's summer reading list (above). Instead of the expected biographic tomes, it's heavy on contemporary fiction and highlights the instinct for narrative that's been crucial to his political success. Obama seems like one of the rare political figures who seems as comfortable curled up with a good book as he is behind a podium.

Ujala Sehgal rounds up the best over-analysis the internet has to offer about his heavy fiction choices, while Alyssa offers some alternative reading recommendations. Samuel P. Jacobs compiled what Obama's consumed since 2008. Full timeline after the jump: