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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.

Another Country by James Baldwin

Bedlam by Dominick Bosco

Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts

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 Soul of a Man 2 by Elissa Gabrielle

The Unwanted by Kien Nguyen

Women Warriors by John M. Wills

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

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