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What Did You Think Of- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hey Mocha Girls!

I hope you all are enjoying a great start to the month of December! My local Mocha Girls Read chapter held our monthly meeting on Saturday to discuss this timely book, and I wanted to hear your thoughts about the novel!



  1. What did you enjoy the most from the book?
  2. Is there anything that you didn’t enjoy? Were all your expectations met?
  3. During our meeting, the topics of education, literacy, and parent-child interactions came up, as they relate to the contents of the novel. What topics came up in your mind/in your group as you read?
  4. Who were your favorite characters?

Please sound off in the comments below!

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January Book of the Month: From Compton to Congress by Walter R. Tucker III

*** BIG NEWS! ***

Every single month we nominate and vote for a theme based book to be our Book of the Month. This month will be a bit different. This month we are not going to nominate and vote. Why? Well, for the month of January we are honored to have our first Sponsored Book of the Month. What is a sponsored book? The author and or publisher has agreed to pay Mocha Girls Read (non-profit) book club for the honor of being our Book of the Month. Along with this honor the book, author, and publisher are going to get some really great things as well.

The first Mocha Girl Read Sponored Book of the Month for January 2018 is From Compton to Congress: His Grace for My Race by Walter R. Tucker III.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Meet the Author

Pastor Walter R. Tucker III

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from U.S.C. in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate  from Georgetown Law School in 1981, Walter worked as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, established his own law firm, served as Mayor of Compton, California, and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1993–all by age 35.

While in his second congressional term, Walter was indicted for receiving bribes while he was Mayor of Compton. Walter fought the case against him, but was convicted in 1995, and sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison. After his conviction, Walter received his call to full-time ministry. He began his ministry inside prison, and upon release in 1998, he served as Manager of Helps Ministry at Crenshaw Christian Center (Los Angeles, CA), then as the Los Angeles Area Director of Prison Fellowship Ministries (Los Angeles, CA), and was finally ordained in 2003 as a pastor by From the Heart Church Ministries (Suitland, MD) in 2003.

In 2012, after pastoring From the Heart Church Ministries of Chicago for nine years, Walter returned home to the Los Angeles area and founded his own ministry, Truth and Love Christian Church, located in Carson, California. The church has over 300 members 40 different ministries and oversees churches in Africa.

Pastor Tucker has been called to help saints overcome their past and enjoy “daily

victorious living” through his teachings on “True Prosperity.” God has also graced him to train and equip ministers and church leaders to carry out the purpose of God, fulfill their destiny in Christ, and be a part of effecting a Great Harvest of souls in these End Times.

Walter has been happily married to Reverend Robin Tucker for 31 years and they are the proud parents of Walter R. Tucker, IV,  and Spencer and Autumn Tucker-Rodney, and have one wonderful grandson, Spencer Rodney, Jr.

Walter is still the youngest African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representative from the state of California. (read more)

Author’s Links

Author’s Website



Buy the Book

Congratulations and Thank you Walter Tucker III being our first Sponosred book of the month and the Book of the Month for January 2018!

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.

Keep the pages turning ladies.

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2nd Annual Black Friday Readathon ’17: Completed and Winners

Hosted by DuLivre, Mocha Girls Read, and Books and Sensibility

We are done.

Another read-a-thon completed.

You did it!!

This read-a-thon was good.  We had a great time reading, doing reading challenges, and chatting on Twitter.  Of course, there were naps.  I mean how can you not take a nap after eating Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers for lunch.  That is nap waiting to happen.

So I completed 1 book..   

…and started two others.  I think I will finish one of them before Monday.  Unfortunately, finishing the two books will not get me caught up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I need to get a few childrens book from the library to get to the 55 books a year goal.

Tons of tea was consumed too.










Now on to the winners of the reading challenges.

10 WORD STORY Twitter winner is Exo Supremacist.  He won a mystery book package.


Mocha Girls Read BOOK PUZZLE winner is Areeba Naaz.  She won a book from Amazon ($10 value)

And last but not least the Facebook BOOK POETRY winner is Emmanuelle Schick.  She won an audiobook of Nightshade for Waring by Bailey Cattrell.

Congratulations winners!!

See ya all next year everyone!

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