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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  • Bernie

    I nominate “A Kind of Freedom” by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

  • Keena Laster

    Tumbling Kindle Edition
    by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

  • disqus_ePjryakSsJ

    “Homegoing” – Yaa Gyasi

  • Jordan B.

    Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

  • Maya

    I nominate Fire from the rock by sharon draper

  • Linda Jules

    Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  • Akilah

    I have three books I want to nominate. Narrowing it down was hard. But I will play by the rules.

    I nominate Unforgivable Love by Sophfrina Scott.

    These were my runners up. I’m not nominating these, but I hope someone else does (*cough cough*): Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley / Sula by Toni Morrison.

    • Classy Green


    • CateyesMD


    • Thank you Mocha Girl Akilah. Your nomination is in.

  • DDub

    Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward.

    • Jacey

      This is my nomination as well

      • Angela Reid

        Mine, too!

    • Thank you Mocha Girl DDub. Miss you and your nomination is in.

  • Linda Jules

    Little Bee Chris Cleave

    • I feel like Little Bee (which I read) is not Historical Black Fiction. The plot centers around a white couple and their trip to Africa. The Africans are not the center of the story at all.

      Would you like to nominate another book?

  • Chelsi Campbell

    I nominate “Mudbound”- Hillary Jordan

  • Leola Ailene

    The Wedding by Dorothy West

    • Classy Green

      I’ve heard good things about this book.

    • Thank you Mocha Girl Leola. Your nomination is in.

  • Vanessa

    I nominate, “The Underground Railroad” by author Colson Whitehead.

    • Classy Green

      We read this book in June 2017.

    • Alexis sims

      Same nomination!

    • Like Mocha Girl Classy said we read this one last year. Would you like to nominate another book?

  • Gladiolla011

    I nominate The Watsons go to Birmingham
    By Christopher Paul Curtis

  • Tiffani

    I’m nominate Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley, a mystery set in the 1940s. If we could nominate two books, my second choice would be An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole a romance set during the Civil War.

  • Shanika Sanders

    I nominate “Billy” by Albert French.

  • Sely

    I nominate perfect place by Daniel black

  • Kendra J

    I would like to recommend Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza.

    • Kendra J

      Wait, disregard. That one is really long. My second choice is The Wake of the Wind by J. California Cooper.

  • Erica Gibson

    “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Gwen Humphries

    I nominate Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

  • Passing by Nella Larsen

    • Leola Ailene

      This is $0.99 on Kindle right now! Looks like a good read, so I just went ahead and bought it. 🙂

      • Kendra J

        Thank you for the tip. Was on my TBR. ☺

      • It is good.

    • Thank you Mocha Girl Teresaelectro. Your nomination is in.

  • Michelle Hall

    Midnight without a moon by Linda Williams Jackson

    • Anna Rosenburg

      Wow this sounds interesting

    • Thank you Mocha Girl Michelle. Your nomination is in.

  • Oooo there are some good nominations here

    • Leola Ailene

      Yes, I was saying the same thing!

  • CateyesMD

    I nominate “Rush Home Road” by Lori Lansens.

  • Kendra J

    Taffy by Suzette Harrison (my other choice doesn’t have an e-book; sorry)

  • Linda Jules

    The Known World by Edward P. Jones

  • Anna Rosenburg

    I nominate Pleasure Seekers by Rochelle Alers. This book presents Intelligent young black women that are exposed to the worlds they never imagined while growing up…. The storyline presents black women in a positive light instead of other things. This book is not necessarily historic but it is a great read about black women in their thirties and the opportunities offered to them.

    • Mocha Girl Anna. This is tooo contemporary to count as Historical. Is there another book you would like to nominate?

  • Jessica

    Darktown by Thomas Mullen

  • Karen Rae’Lynn Walton

    The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

  • I’m nominating a Queen Bev (Beverly Jenkins) title, FORBIDDEN. FYI, this is a sexy and sassy historical romance.

  • bianca watts

    Someone knows my name by Lawrence Hill

  • TehilaYah Ysrayl

    I nominate, Renaisance: The Nora White Story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

  • Katie Cuevas

    “Queen Sugar” – Natalie Baszile

  • I nominate Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

    • Angela Reid

      That’s one of my favorite Isabel Allende books. I’m currently reading “Daughter of Fortune.”

    • Thank you Mocha Girl Tiffany. Your nomination is in.

  • Kelecia

    The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

  • Disgruntled by Asali Solomon

  • Valerie Coaxum

    I nominate perfect peace.

  • I nominate DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST by Julie Dash.

  • CC Stinson

    I nominate The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe. A historical fiction novel about the first black student to attend Vassar in upstate New York.

  • Charlene Porter

    It was only yesterday that I learned about Mocha Girls Read. Then now that I learned that the theme for February’s book nominations is Historical Black Fiction. If I still lived in Southern California I’d eagerly attend tomorrow’s Meetup at Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine. However, I now live in Denver, Colorado.

    Nevertheless, hope it’s permissible for me to nominate my own historical novel, BOLDFACED LIES, and to ask you to consider it for your February selection.

    This book is anchored in my background as a fourth generation African American Denverite. Also my extensive research. Set in 1925, Denver, Colorado, it is about Margaret Browne, the wife of a ruthlessly ambitious Ku Klux Klan leader, when she learns that she is one-quarter Negro.

    That BOLDFACED LIES so closely reflects current headlines – such as Donald Trump’s blatant remarks only two days ago – confirms that “historical” is relative.

    Thank you, very much, for considering this book for Mocha Girls Read’s February 2018 selection. It is available on Amazon.

  • “Provenance: A Novel” by Donna Drew Sawyer won the 2017 Award for Historical Fiction from Maryland Writers’ Association and was a Finalist for the debut fiction award at Harlem Book Festival.Would love to share the history of race, class and gender in African American society in Paris between the World Wars. African American history is rich and diverse and not just about slavery.

  • Latonya

    One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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