Let’s Vote: February’s Book of the Month – Historical Black Fiction

For the month of February, we are going to read a HISTORICAL BLACK FICTION.  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 JANUARY 21, 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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My 2018 Reading Goals

It’s the first week of 2018 and like every single year, I have resolutions and goals set for the new year. This year is no different. Every year I make resolutions in several areas of my life like, financial, spiritual, physical and of course bookish. I sit down usually the first weekend of the new year and write them all in a book. Before making the list of resolutions, I go back to the previous years and check off the ones I accomplished. Some take longer to do like losing weight or drinking tons of water a day but I find myself checking a few off the old ones off before I get to the new ones.

2018 Reading Goals

This year I have some career goals and personal goals (yes, lose weight) that I want to hit so the more motivation I get the better.  Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen is an older book that has been on my TBR list for…I don’t know…decades.  So I think this year should and would be a good time to get to it.  The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone is one tht I stumbled upon recently when Audible had it’s “Two Books for One Credit” sale. The title got me and I was sold.  I just started it and so far it’s good.  Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff is another Audible purchase.  I want to be better at pitching ideas and thoughts to people so the title completely sold me (of course).   Yes, there is a trend here.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is the holly grail of self-help books so I heard.  Everyone and their mama seems to have read this one and so I am going to add it to my 2018 list.




Every year since I joined Goodreads I have done their reading challenge.  And I always set my reading goal to 55 books a year.  So in 2018 I’m going to set the goal to …drum roll… 55 books.  Yes.  The Same!  One year I will add more books and try to be a “100 A Book Year Person”.  That right there are #LifeGoals.  I would have to learn how to speed read and put down my phone games.  Yes…one year.

For the past, I don’t know, let say 3 years my audiobook listening has grossly outweightmy physical book reading.  I miss sitting down reading, turning pages, and using bookmarkers.  I have a few cute ones that are now dust collectors.  It breaks my heart to see them not being used.  But for some reason, everytime I sit down to read I keep thinking about all the other things I could be doing.  So that is where #4  comes in.



This one defiantly falls under the heading “FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS”.  The life of a single woman in LA with too much on her plate makes it hard to find time to SIT and read.  I can commute and listen to an audiobook like a pro.  I can audiobook on my walks.  But sitting down and reading like I use to back in the day (about 4 years ago) is becoming harder and harder.  So this year I want to make time to read a book (see #3).  LOL!  Currently I have one I am reading right now one hour before bed.




There are just so many amazing folks out there in the great big world and they have some really interesting stories.  I have to admit I am mostly a non-fiction person but books like Hunger by Roxane Gay seem like a must read for me (since everyone else has read it too).   I have also had Yes Chef by Macus Samuelsson and Wild by Cheryl Strayed on the TBR list.  I am not aiming for a number of autobiographies yet but it would be great to move them to the Read list this year.






I think I will add a reading challenge or two to my 2018 Reading Goals but right now these are the focus.  Now it’s your turn.  What are some of your reading goals for 2018?  Do you make reading goals?  Why not?  Is there a new genre you want to try?

Happy Reading Ladies!

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From Compton to Congress Virtual Book Tour

As part of the sponsorship, our book of the month gets a virtual book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions.  From Compton to Congress will be on several blogs from today to January 22.  Below is the schedule.  Take a minute to stop by these blogs and show your support by leaving a comment or two.

January 8th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 8th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

January 11th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

January 12th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

January 13th: Promo Post @ T’s Stuff

January 15th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

January 17th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

January 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

January 20th: Promo Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

January 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

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Nominations for February’s Book of the Month: Historical Black Fiction

Welcome to 2018 ladies!

It’s that time to pick our first book of the month for 2018.

              The theme for February’s book nominations will be…

Historical Black Fiction. 

(Hint:  Slavery is not our only history)

Note: If you are nominating a book in a series then only book 1 is allowed. And all nominations should be published in e-book and physical form.

Nominations are from 1/8/18 – 1/14/18

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 of the month. 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 January 14, 2018 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.

Here are some suggestions.  Click the book covers to read or buy the books on Amazon.












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