May Nominations are Open

It’s Nomination Time!

It’s that time to nominate a book for the month for May.  The theme for May’s book nominations will be…Crime Time!  Only fiction!  The book can be written during any time period but must be a crime, mystery type of book.  A “Who Done It!”

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.  (Must fit the theme) How many books can I nominate? Just pick 1 title off your wish 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 15, 2012 at midnight.  Voting will start the next day.

Take out your list ladies and let us know what you want to read next. You can also email your nominations to us at  If you need some ideas on Crime Time! book, here are some suggestions. Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.

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Welcome SignFinally!  Mocha Girls Read has a new home.  Sorry it has taken me so long to get this place together but we are finally here. First let me say, the site is still under construction and there are a few things that still need to be worked out.  Like the book section is not working and I have no idea why.  It’s like moving into a new house before the electric is turned on.  We will have to use candles for now.

With the new site there are few new things here, like:

~The comment section is hosted by livefyre and it is a real time commenting section.  That means you can log in to with your Facebook or Twitter account and when you mention someone they will get a notice to come and be apart of the conversation.  So we will be able to chit-chat on a post like we do on Facebook and Twitter.

~There is a video cam section in the menu bar that will allow us to video chat book club meetings.  All you have to do is click the web cam and press “Allow” for the software to access you camera.  And your on!  There is a number count on there as well to let you know how many people are on.  Right now we have a max of 9 people (I think).

~There are sections for Newsletters, FAQ, Giveaways, About us and of course Join Us!

We are currently working on fixing the Book section, the Review section and the missing share buttons.  (I hope that is all!)  That reminds me!  A BIG shout out goes to Jimmy the IT guy helping me.  More like doing…all the fixes and getting all of this amazing work behind the scenes.  He is like the our website doctor.  Thank you Jimmy!!

Welcome to the new and soon to be improved web site for Mocha Girls Read.  Make yourself at home.  Please feel free to let me know if you encounter any problems.

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Why I Love Wednesday

Why I Love Wednesdays…Tear Jerkers

Reflections of a Bookaholic

Mocha Girl Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday.  What is a Meme you ask?  According to wikipedia…The term “Internet meme” refers to a catchphrase or concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the Internet, largely through Internet-based email, blogs, forums, Imageboards, social networking sites and instant messaging.  Basically, a topic from the meme host (Alexis) is posted on participating blogs with blog authors answering it on their site (here).

The topic this Wednesday is…Tear Jerkers

The first one that came to mind was the death of Rue in The Hunger Games.  Even though I knew it had to happen and I was quietly preparing myself for it, in my heart I didn’t really think it would.  And after seeing the movie, seeing Rue’s cute face and big eyes just made it worse for me.

I’m very hard to catch. And if they can’t catch me, they can’t kill me. So don’t count me out.“―RueRue was the smallest and youngest tribute, from District 11 who was selected to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. She is described as being small and easily underestimated by other competitors. Rue died in the 74th Hunger Games at the age of 12 when Marvel thrust a spear in her stomach. She had formed an alliance with Katniss Everdeen after warning her about a nest of tracker jackers. Rue decided to trust Katniss only because of the pin she wore over her heart, the famous mockingjay pin. As a memorial of Rue’s death, Katniss covered her in flowers and sang to her, indicating to the Capitol that Rue was not just a piece in their games. –From The Hunger Games Wiki

What book brought you to tears lately?  Any good tear jerkers?

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Review: Assata: An Autobiography

Author:  Assata Shakur
Genre:  Autobiography

Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Release Date:  November 1, 2001
Paperback: 320 pages

Book Description
On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka Jo Anne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local state and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper.  Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

This intensely personal and political autobiography bellies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the stare.  With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weakness, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at he hands of government officials.  The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place along side The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison.  She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

Reviews by Mocha Girl Book Bloggers
Mocha Girl Tazzy’s Review:  Loved it! A very interesting read! A powerfully strong woman of color!
Mocha Girl Sherrill’s Review:  Interesting, enlightening, and thought provoking.


Did you read Assata: An Autobiography?  What did you think of the book?  Leave your review in the comments.
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Voting is Closed

Voting for April’s Book is Officially Closed!  Tomorrow our April’s book will be posted for all to see.  :)   I know you are feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve but I promise the wait won’t be that long.

While you are waiting here are a few things you can do.

1.  Click on a button in the menu and read a few Mocha Girl‘s blogs.  They are really good and have great book reviews.

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