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What's On My List To-Read? 

I am very selective about the books I chose to read. If the book is listed below, it is because the next step is to read it, and hopefully enjoy it.

My 2018 To-Read List.

A Sick Life: TLC ’n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage by Tionne Watkins**

Another Country by James Baldwin

Bedlam by Dominick Bosco **

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Higher is Waiting by Tyler Perry**

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov **

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela **

Money by Tris Dixon

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (2003 copyright edition)

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams**

Reluctant Courage: A Family's Fight for Survival in Nazi Occupied Oslo

by Rica Newbery

Stand by Your Truth by Rickey Smiley**

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis**

The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Women Warriors by John M. Wills **

...books on my Amazon List
...books on my Goodreads List

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