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Black Men On The Lives That Matter

Alike the book … many men are standing in the gap for justice, African American treatment by law and perspectives on rights. … tells his son a story about being black in this world at a time the world thought it’d never see again. Presently, the world of races is under attack again and there are a few more men taking stands on unequality in America.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside The US


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by the Broke and The Bookish.

 I’m ready to get back into my Tuesday posts !  I really liked the topic of books that take place outside the United States because they really get us American readers out of our comfort zones.




190571. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (Australia)

A few years before  Markus Zusak’s runaway hit The Book Thief swept the world he published this YA novel about a teen taxi driver who starts receiving some mysterious messages.






2.  The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ancient Greece)

This retelling of the story of Achilles through the eyes of his lover Patroclus is about  a fictional version of Ancient Greece inhabited with centaurs, gods and goddesses, but I’m still counting it.




134531043. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson  (Brazil)

This book is like The Hunger Games, but with a lot more people or color. It’s about a futuristic  matriarchal Brazil  where every year a teenage boy is crowned the summer prince and then killed at the end of the summer.


4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Czech Republic )8490112

This is one of my favorite YA series  ! It follows an art student who was raised by chimera and discovers an ancient war has been waging right in front of her eyes. Taylor paints the scenery of Prague wonderfully and it works so well with this magical book.





5. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Australia)

Another Australian book, but this is one of my favorites. It takes place over 12 hours and follows a group of Australian teens searching for the street artists Shadow and Poet. But what they don’t know is Shadow and Poet are with already with them. I loved this on audio, the accents really brought the story to life.




6. When A Scot Ties A Knot by  Tessa Dare  (Scottish Highlands )

I am not a big historical romance  reader, but I really enjoyed this romance between an woman with social anxiety who creates a fake fiance to avoid her Season and a Scottish captain fresh from the Napoleonic Wars.




7. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (Israel)

I’ve stopped and started this book a lot over the years, but it’s an interesting look into the life span of three modern Israeli women.




8. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (France)17453983

This is the quintessential YA romance about an American girl who is sent to boarding school is Paris and falls for a British boy named Etienne. I like how Perkins didn’t just show the the tourist-y parts of Paris and explores the more eclectic parts of the city.




9. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius (South Africa)12204857

This is the memoir of a man who suffers from locked in syndrome and lived for 8 years without anyone realizing it. I thought it was   interesting that despite Pistorius being South African the computer he uses to talk only comes with an American accent and how much of a sticking point that is for his family.






10. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling24490481

I’m sure this is on every bookworm’s list. This was one of the first books I ever read that didn’t take place in America and it was such a culture shock for 9-year-old me because I had never seen that before.




August’s Book of the Month: I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel by Terry McMillan

Your votes have been counted!
7 days of nominations!
7 days of voting!
And this is the first book I nominated that won in five years.  Whoot.  Whoot.
We have a winner for our August 2016 book of the month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for August is I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.
Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.

About the Author

AMCMILLANwTerry McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. She burst on to the literary scene in 1987 with her wildly acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mama, which won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction award in 1986 and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1987. Terry’s signature humor, wisdom, and warmth made Waiting to Exhale, A Day Late and A Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy, Disappearing Acts and Who Asked You? all New York Times Best Sellers. Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were made into award winning major motion pictures that proved huge at the box office, and Disappearing Acts and A Day Late and A Dollar Short were adapted into successful made-for-TV movies. Terry was awarded an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Beloved by her fans, Terry’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Author’s Website: http://terrymcmillan.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ms.terrymcmillan/

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Congratulations to Mocha Girl Terry for being August’s book of the month. Feel free to leave comments below or at Goodreads.com. We are looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

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