March’s Book of the Month: Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

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7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for a female memoir.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for March is Around The Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


From Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both in the home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.

Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

About the Author

Taraji Henson is an American film and television actress. She is best known as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire for which she won a Critics’ Choice Award, a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2008 she received an Academy Award nomination for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson is also a singer and provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006.

Henson is a graduate of Howard University where she studied drama, a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and is the single mother of a grown son.

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Taraji for being the third book of the month for 2017!

Feel free to leave comments below or at We are looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

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Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you want to get in better physical shape, save more, travel more, learn a new language, or just be more centered. Now that we are a month into 2017 and the dimness of the New Year has started to fade, how are you doing? Still going strong or struggling? However you are doing with your resolutions, here are some books offering guidance, motivation, and inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

Health & Fitness

Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life    by Oprah Winfrey

Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You by Tia Mowry and Jessica Porter

Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear by Jessamyn Stanley

The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life by Hilaria Baldwin

Namaslay: Rock Your Yoga Practice, Tap Into Your Greatness, & Defy Your Limits by Candace Moore

Money & Finances

The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life by Lauren Greutman

Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg

Starting Point: How to Create Wealth that Lasts by Kevin L. Matthews II


Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke by Off Track Planet by Off Track Planet

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer; Dylan Thuras; Ella Morton

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes

Scratch the World


Learn Something New

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner

The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim

The Bedside Baccalaureate edited by David Rubel

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17 Mocha Girl Romances + Romance Is In The Air Giveaway

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We could all use some happily ever afters, so I put together a list of  17 new romance novels written by or about mocha girls dropping in 2017. Scroll to the bottom to enter to win either:


1.  Back To Your Love by Kianna Alexander


This new series follows line brothers who pledged Theta Delta Theta fraternity in college and the women  they fall in love with. I’m reading this now and if you are from North Carolina you will so appreciate this book. Release Date: April 4th 2017






2. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole


A former slave and British  spy go undercover together  in Richmond, VA to spy for the Union Army during The Civil War. Release Date: March 28th 2017







3. To Me I Wed by K.M. Jackson


Fed up with marriage expectations Lily Perry decides to marry herself. Chef Vincent Caro thinks she is crazy, but he also think she might be everything he’s ever wanted. Release Date: April 25th 2017






4.  The Left of Love by Love Blevin


In Belvin’s new series an overindulged suburban princess meets an aspiring entertainer from the inner city. Release Date January 1st 2017.







5. Winter Wonderland by B. Fel


A winter time short story collection. Release Date: January 8th 2017.







6. The One Missing Piece by Alida Alana


Unfinished business and regret leads a woman to her ex-fiance’s Brooklyn book signing. Release Date: January 5, 2017.








7. He Said, She Said by Danielle Burton


A Hollywood scandal forces Carlie DuBois back home to Honeywell, Alabama where she meets a blast from her past. Release Date: January 3, 2017







8. Playing by the Rules by Reese Ryan


Meredith Jones risks it all when she starts falling for her ex boyfriend’s older brother. Release Date: January 3, 2017






9.  How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart by Kathy Douglass


A widowed police chief gets his second chance at love. Release Date: January 17th 2017







10. Breathless by Beverly Jenkins


An Old West story from historical romance legend Beverly Jenkins. Release Date: January 31st 2017







11. Ante Up by Christina C. Jones


A dark, suspenseful contemporary Las Vegas romance. Release Date: Jan. 31st  2017







12. Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson


Reformed bad boy Striker Jenning’s latest assignment is to protect Margo Connelly.






13. The Inheritance by Rochelle Alers


In this new series a group of friends leave their bustling lives in Manhattan to open an inn in New Orleans. Release Date: February 28th 2017






14. Lessons That Taught Love by G.L. Thomas


A soldier returns to his small town a changed man. Can he find happiness with a woman with secrets of her own ? G.L. Thomas  is a pen name for the sisters behind the Twinjas book blog.






15.  A Pleasing Temptation by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Kamaya Bordeaux secretly own a lucrative male strip club and falls for Wesley Walter–an infamous stripper who stepped out the limelight to climb the corporate ladder. Kimani has a lot of books releasing  in 2017 and I picked this one mostly because it reminded me of Jada Pinkett Smith’s character in Magic Mike XXL. Release Date: March 21, 2017






16. Hot on Ice by Various Authors


This hockey anthology has 18 stories about the players of the New Orleans Cajun Rage hockey team and features quite a few  black romance authors including Robin Covington, Xio Axelrod and Nana Malone. Release Date: March 21, 2017 (The Kindle pre-order is only .99 !)






17. To Marry a Prince by AC Arthur


An LA hairstylist meets a Caribbean Prince and add a little more melanin to the term royal wedding. Release Date: May 1st 2017






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Voting for March’s Book of the Month: Female Memoir

For the month of March, we are going to read a FEMALE MEMOIR book.  As always there are some really great titles up for the vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be February 19, 2017. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins. But if there is a tie there will be a 48-hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll, you will find the title of the books linked to more information on Amazon.

*Note: If a book is found to have accumulated fraudulently votes, it will be disqualified and the second runner up will be our book of the month.*


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