Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On my home today, I hear the news.  Author of Love in the Time of Cholera (among other books) Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away.  According to Wikipedia, he passed away yesterday from pneumonia in Mexico City, Mexico.  He was 87 years old and is (according to the President of Colombia) the “Greatest Colombian to ever live”.
The literary world has lost another great voice.
Thank you for bringing Magical Realism to us and giving diversity a beautiful background.

Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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(Click on the covers to go to the Amazon page)
 and many many more.  All books are in English and Spanish as well as several other languages.
Thank you Gabo for leaving us Magical Shelves of Books.  You will be missed.
Goodreads list of books and author page (here)
Wikipedia page with bio (here)

Let’s Vote Mocha Girls

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Man of Mystery!

(Books written by male authors in the thriller/mystery genre)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the month of May we are going to read a book by a male author in the thriller and/or mystery genre.

As always there are some really great titles up for 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 April 20, 2014. (10:00pm 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 a brief description.  Now… may the best book win!!

The Bat (Harry Hole Series #1) by Jo Nesbo

Critical Conditions: An Alan Gregory Thriller by Stephen White

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

The Eye of God (Sigma Force Series) by James Rollins

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Series #1) by Stieg Larsson

The Hangman’s Daughter (Hangman’s Daughter Series #1) by Oliver Pötzsch

Innocence by Dean Koontz

Lightning by Dean Koontz

The Long Fall (Leonid McGill #1) – Walter Mosley

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

The Polished Hoe: A Novel by Austin Clarke

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas

A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey

The Warlord of Willow Ridge by Gary Phillips

Nominations Are Open for May’s Book of the Month

159084950Mocha Girls Read members it’s that time to pick a new book for the month of May.  The theme for May’s book nominations will be…Man of Mystery. (Any book of by a male author in the mystery/thriller genre.)

*Note:  If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed*

Nominations are from 4/7/14 – 4/13/14

For selecting our book of the month Mocha Girls Read uses a democratic system for monthly selections. What do I need to do? In the comments section below, tell us what you want to read next (author and title).  How many books can I nominate? Just pick 1 title off your TBR (to be read) list. Then what? We will put the list of nominations up for everyone to vote on.  Once the voting is over, the winner will be selected as the book for May. What if there is a tie? We will put the two books to a head to head competition. The two books will be re-posted and everyone will be able to vote again but only in a 48 hour window of time. When do the nominations start and end? The nominations start today and will close on April 13, 2014 at midnight.  Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below. You can also email your nominations to us at mochagirl@email.com.

If you need some suggestions check out the titles below.  Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.

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April’s Book of the Month: The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our new book of the month.

Mocha Girl Read  Book of the Month is The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott .  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.

Synopsis

647526Jill Scott’s first-ever poetry collection delivers the same earthy, personal, and tell-it-like-it-is voice that fans have grown to know and love. Writing poems and keeping journals since 1991, she shares her personal poetry collection in The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours. Praised for her honestly erotic, soulful and very real lyrics, Jill Scott uncovers the beauty in healing, the comfort of family, and the stunning vitality of life.

Meet the Author: Jill Scott

Jill Scott At Barnes & NobleJill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter, actress, and poet. Since 1999, Scott has made a reputation for being a classic, thought provoking artist gained by her 2000 multi-platinum selling debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. Their followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 released in 2004, and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released in 2007 both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? in 2007. She also appeared as the lead role in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Scott has established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses. The Blues Babe Foundation offers financial assistance to students between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one, and targets students residing in Philadelphia, Camden, and the greater Delaware Valley. Scott donated USD$100,000 to help start the foundation. The foundation was named after Scott’s grandmother, known as “Blue Babe.” On the foundation’s website, it defines its mission statement as one where it “seeks to provide financial support and mentoring for those students who have shown the aptitude and commitment to their education, but whose families may not have the resources to ensure completion of their undergraduate degrees.”

In Spring 2003, the Blues Babe Foundation made a donation of more than $60,000 to the graduating class of the Creative Arts School in Camden, New Jersey. Any student, who maintained a 3.2 GPA received a yearly stipend for the next three years, that was put toward his or her college education.

At the Essence Music Festival in July 2006, Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in the lyrics of rap songs, and in rap music videos. Scott criticized the content for being “dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted” and urged the listening audience to “demand more.”

Author’s Website
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Buy the Book

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Feel free to leave comments below or at Goodreads.com.  I am looking forward to hearing what you all think of this month’s selection.

Keep the pages turning.

Time to Rock the Vote Mocha Girls!

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Poetry Book!

(Books of poems)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the month of April we are going to read a book of poems in celebration of April being National Poetry Month.

As always there are some really great titles up for 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 March 16, 2014. (Midnight 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 a brief description.  Now… may the best book win!!

Ain’t I A Woman! by Illona Linthwaite

Chasing Utopia by Nikki Giovanni

The Essential Rumi by Rumi

Gitanjali: A Collection of Indian Poems by the Nobel Laureate by Rabindranath Tagore

Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez

Literary Sexts by Amanda Oaks

Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav

The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott

Sublime Blue: Selected Early Odes by Pablo Neruda (Spanish and English Edition) by Pablo Neruda

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