March Nominations Are Open

Nomination Time Again Ladies! Yes, it’s that time to nominate a book for the month for March.  The theme for the March’s book nominations will be…Inspirational Woman. Any genre such as fiction, non-fiction or YA.  Since March is Women’s History Month let’s celebrate and read!  Thank you Mocha Girl RYCJ for the wonderful theme idea.

Mocha Girls Read uses the democratic system for monthly book 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 of your favorite books 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 March. 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 February 12, 2012 at midnight.

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 A Book about an inspirational woman, here are some suggestions. Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.





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  • Okay, here’s a suggestion which definitely fits the theme IMO: “The Voice of Hope” by Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • Bonita Mills

    Hello Ladies,

    The One Year Book of Inspiration for Girlfriends: Juggling Not-So-Perfect, Often-Crazy, but Gloriously Real Lives by Ellen Miller

    Looks like a good book of the month. Check it out.


    • Bonita this book looks really interesting but it is more of a self help book. We are looking for a story about a woman for Woman’s History Month.

  • Hello Mocha Girls!

    I’d like to nominate “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. It’s fiction, takes place in Atlanta, and I am currently reading it now, and will read again and again! I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jones on a book tour in San Diego. The NAACP has nominated this novel for 2012 “Outstanding Literary Work: Fiction”. She will participate at the 2012 LA Times Book Festival, and is scheduled to appear at Eso Won Bookstore on April 19, 2012 to read and sign books. As you can probably tell from this entry, I am totally inspired by Ms. Jones’ work, and want the rest of the Mocha Girls to experience her as well! Here is a link for more information:

    • Angimia: Your nomination is in and I am looking forward to seeing her at EsoWon. Thanks for the heads up!

    • I second. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

    • Silver Sparrow was a wonderful read. One of my fave books of 2011.

  • Kimberly Cable

    Hello Ladies,

    I’d like to nominate “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust ” by Immaculee Ilibagiza.

    Book Description: Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
    Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
    It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.
    The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

    • Kimberly your nomination is in. Thanks! 🙂

    • Dee

      I second ‘Left to Tell’ by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Good read.

  • Jacquae Walker

    I nominate Assata, by Assata Shakur

  • Lisa

    I nominate “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi.

    Book Description:

    “Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they removed their veils and began to speak more freely–their stories intertwining with the novels they were reading by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the women in Nafisi’s living room spoke not only of the books they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments”.

  • I nominate Sisters in the Struggle : African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement edited by Bettye Collier-Thomas.

  • Hello, I’d like to nominate ‘Glorious’ by Bernice McFadden:
    In a sweeping epic set in the Jim Crow South, Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Era, writer Easter Venetta Bartlett carves out a tumultuous path to success, ruin and revival. Along the way, she forms relationships with interesting characters—both real and imagined. There’s Rain, the sensuous and passionate dancer in Slocum’s Traveling Brigade. There’s Colin, Easter’s husband, who’s provoked into assassinating the Universal Negro Improvement Association leader, plus poet Langston Hughes and shipping heiress Nancy Cunard. It’s a compelling tale of struggle and triumph as Easter vies to find peace in a racially polarized country, and an audacious exploration into the nature of self-hatred, love, possession, betrayal and redemption.

  • Wanda

    I would like to give a second nomination for Lisa’s book selection of “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”

    • I have that book but never finished it! Your nomination is in Wanda! Thanks.

  • elania

    i nomination I got this by: Jennifer Hudson

  • Yesterday I Cried, Celebrating the Lessons of Loving and Living by Iyanla Vanzant

  • Cheryle Grace

    Good Afternoon Readers,

    I nominate The Thing Around Your Neck, a phenomenal book by author Chimamamda Ngozi Adichie, this incredible author pens a spellbinding story. Her second book, Half Of A Yellow Sun, also a good read, is currently being produced as a film.

    • Hey Cheryle. Thank you for your nomination. It’s in!

  • Brenda

    i nominate Infidel by Ayaan Hirsch Ali which is her autobiography about her childhood in Somalia, the impact of religion on her life, to her activist role today. I’ve already read this book but I can read it again and again.

    • Hey Ms. Brenda! Your nomination is in as well. Thank you! 🙂

  • Rochelle Johns

    I would like to nominate: (1) The Face of Our Past by Kathleen Thompson

    Ordinary black women, more than any other group in America, have been left out of history. As Darlene Clark Hine points out in her introduction to this powerful and affecting book, “disseminating a visual history is more important with Black women, perhaps, than with any other single segment of the American population. We know all too well what this society believes black women look like. The stereotypes abound, from the Mammy to the maid, from the tragic mulatto to the dark temptress. America’s perceptions of Black women are colored by a host of derogatory images and assumptions that proliferated in the aftermath of slavery and, with some permutations, exist even today. We have witnessed the distortion of the image of black women in movies and on television. We have seen black women’s faces and bodies shamed and exploited. What we have not seen is the simple truth of their lives. This book will help to eradicate, or at least to dislodge, the many negative and dehumanizing stereotypes and caricatures of Black women that inhabit our consciousness.

    What do black women look like? What do they look like at work or with their families? What faces do they choose to present to the world, and what faces has the world forced them to acquire? We can look in vain to most pictorial histories of America and even of African America for images of Black women. With noteworthy exceptions, even scholarly studies in Black women’s history tend to include few, if any, photographic images. Of the images that previously have been presented in print, the majority have been of famous Black women.

    The Face of Our Past brings the ordinary Black woman to center stage, showing how she lives, loves her family, works to survive, fights for her people, and expresses her individuality. In addition to 302 cartefully chosen images, Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin provide quotations from letters, diaries, journals, and other sources

    (2) Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones and (3) Peace from Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant

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