2016 MGR Reading Challenge

MGR Reading buttonHappy 2016 ladies! While there are many reading challenges out there for you to choose from, we thought it might be fun to do a Mocha Girls Read inspired challenge. The challenge is simple because the are three to pick from.

  1.  You can pick SPELL IT OUT CHALLENGE.  The idea is to have fun reading books with titles that will spell out “MOCHA GIRLS 16” by the end of the year.  That is a total of 12 books.
  2. You can pick the BOOK OF THE MONTH CHALLENGE.  The easier one is to read all the books selected for the book of the month.  That will be a total of 12 books.
  3. There is one more for you to select the CHAPTER CHALLENGE.  You can read one book set in the cities or state Mocha Girls Read calls home.  Total of 4 books.

How it Works

You can do this challenge in many ways: 

SPELL IT OUT CHALLENGE: Choose books with TITLES that spell out “Mocha Girls” (1 title per letter of the alphabet). The title must begin with the letter you are completing.

Confused? Here’s an example using all of methods above: 

M – My Grandfather Would have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege,
O – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
C – Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
H – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
G – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I – Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
R –The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
L – Light by Michael Grant
S – Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden
1 – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
6 –  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
BOOK OF THE MONTH:  Read all books nominated and voted on by you the members each month.
CHAPTER CHALLENGE:  We have four chapters in three states (Los Angeles, CA.; Tempe, AZ.; New Lenox, IL. and San Diego, CA).  Read one book set in each city or state.


To keep things fun, choose the level from the three options below you feel most comfortable attempting. However, once you pick a level, please stick to it throughout the challenge.

  1. Off like a rocket – completion of one challenge listed above.
  2. Out of this world – completion of two challenges listed above. (No overlapping books)
  3. Warp speed –  completion of all three challenges listed above.  (No overlapping books.  A whooping 28 books!)
Add your participation level in the comments below. If you complete the level you signed up for, you will be entered for a giveaway valued at $30.00!

Sign Up and Spread the Word:

If you’re a blogger grab the button (above) and write a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. Add your post to the sign up below, and continue to update your post with your progress throughout the year.

If you’re not a blogger, create a Goodreads shelf for the challenge and use the link to sign up. Also, you can still help spread the word by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

Sign ups End 12/1/2016

Click the blue button to add your information.

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  • I’m aiming for the “Out Of This World” level.

    • Mocha Girl Vivian. We have hit the half way point. How is the challenge coming?

      • I’ve almost completed the “Off Like a Rocket” level, only have 2 books left on this level. I’ve also completed 3 of 4 books in the “Chapter Challenge” level (opting for the states versus the cities). I may actually meet my goal for this year since I only have 3 books left.

  • Gwen Humphries

    I am aiming for the Book of the Month level

    • Mocha Girl Gwen. How is the reading challenge coming along? 6 months down 6 to go.

      • Gwen Humphries

        Going pretty well. I am one book behind.

  • Heather

    Warp Speed again

    • Hey Heather. 6 months down and 6 to go. How is the reading challenge coming?

      • Heather

        So poorly. I’m sure Josephine will win this year.

  • Natasha Collins

    I’m shooting for “Out of this World”

    • Hey there Mocha Girl Natasha. We are at the 1/2 way point in the reading challenge. How are you doing?

      • Natasha Collins

        It’s going well I think. I’m currently reading my 11th book out of 16 😊

  • Latonya Whitehead

    I chose “Out of this World”

  • Patrice Grimball

    I am going to go off my rocket and do the “MOCHA GIRLS 16” challenge.

  • Classy Green

    I am going for “Warp Speed.”

    • Hey Mocha Girl Classy. How are you doing in the reading challenge? 6 months down, 6 to go.

      • Classy Green

        I have 4 books to complete for the SPELL IT OUT CHALLENGE &
        CHAPTER CHALLENGE. I am up to date on the Book of the Month (except Just Above My Head).

  • Taleiah

    I’m doing Off Like a Rocket

  • Tina Greene

    I’m going Off Like a Rocket

  • Tanisha

    I will sign up for the Book of the Month Challenge

  • Z

    Warp speed

  • Shonte Lewis

    I’m aiming for “out of this world”

  • A Boyd

    I’m going for warp speed….pray for me.

  • Pamela Sanders

    I am doing “off like a rocket”.

  • Lisa

    Baby steps, so… ‘Off Like a Rocket’ level here.

    • Mocha Girl Lisa. We are 6 months in. How are you doing?

      • Lisa

        Had a few setbacks – lagging behind a bit. :-/ But still going the distance 😉 May have to do a Book Binge weekend!

  • CORN

    I’m “Off Like A Rocket”!

    • Hey Mocha Girl Cornethia . How are you doing?

      • CORN

        Currently finished 5 out of the 12 for the Spell-It-Out Challenge.

  • Jo’ie D. Taylor

    I’m going Warp Speed!

  • So much going on thi s year so I am going to just try one challenge. Off like a rocket.

  • I am going for WARP SPEED!!!

    • 6 months in. How are you doing Ms. Josephine?

      • I am so far behind!!! But I do have faith that I will finish the challenge even though I have not read two of the books of the month club yet!!! They are part of my challenge! Thanks for asking and keeping me on track! ☺😵😢

  • Classy Green

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a book set in Arizona?

  • Bernie

    Here are the books I’ve read in 2016 to complete the SPELL IT OUT CHALLENGE:
    M – Many rivers to cross by Tom Zigal
    O – Only time will tell by Jeffrey Archer
    C – The coming by Daniel Black
    H – His woman, his wife his widow by Janice Jones
    A – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    G – Grounded by Netta & Dave Jackson
    I – Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
    R – Rubye by Cynthia Bond
    L – Last train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin
    S – Strong medicine by Arthur Hailey
    1 – One crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia
    6 – Six O’Clock by Katrina Spencer

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