April’s Book of the Month: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for a book by an Asian Author.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for April is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

About the Author

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017.

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Congratulations Celeste Ng for being the fourth book of the month for 2017!

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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Let’s Vote: Asian Authors!

For the month of APRIL, we are going to read a book by an ASIAN AUTHOR.  As always there are some really great titles up for the vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be March 19, 2017. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins. But if there is a tie there will be a 48-hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll, you will find the title of the books linked to more information on Amazon.

*Note: If a book is found to have accumulated fraudulently votes, it will be disqualified and the second runner up will be our book of the month.*

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The Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop

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2016 was a hard year for all of us for one reason or another.  But there were a few great reads that helped us through it all.  The Bookhounds is hosting “The Best of 2016” Giveaway Hop to help us share the best books we read last year.

A few Mocha Girls want to tell you about their best reads and other bookish things from 2016.

Mocha Girl KaShawn is up first with her 2016 Bookish Review

Next up is Mocha Girl Didi with her favorite books from 2016.

Last but not least, Mocha Girl Ashely here with her 2016 Favorite Books.

Now to the giveaway part.

~The Prize~

One paperback copy of a book from one of the videos mentioned above.

~The Rules~

Enter using the Rafflecopter
Must be a US Resident
Ends 1/31

Good luck and hop on to the other blogs below to win more great 2016 reads.

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A Look Back On Being A “Bad Ass”

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Remembering pieces of a book you’ve read can be difficult when life interferes into our fairy tales with it’s demands. This month, I pledged investing into a book journal to assist in remembering some our beloved lines and catch phrases of this month book. How’d you do? [Read more…]

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January’s 2017 Book of the Month: The Heart Don’t Lie by Yasheca Lasha

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our first book of 2017.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for January is The Heart Don’t Lie: Jewel’s Dilemma by Yasheca Lasha.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.

Synopsis

Jewels is an around-the-way girl who prides herself on being the sexiest amongst her crew. Black, is her tall, dark, and handsome lover who will do anything to protect her. She soon discovers that loving a man like Black, a drug dealer, comes with many ups and downs.
After learning of Black’s infidelities with another woman in the bed they shared, Jewels decides to get revenge by playing the field. Things take an unexpected turn and spiral out of control when she meets LaShaun, and her sexuality is tested.
Relationships are ruined and friendships are destroyed, as Jewels struggles to figure out who really has her back. She soon discovers that nothing is safe when it comes to matters of the heart.
The Heart Don’t Lie: Jewels’ Dilemma, becomes a roller coaster ride full of twists and suspense, as the unveiling of adultery, murder, sex, and drugs begin to consume Jewels’ almost perfect world.

About the Author

Yasheca is a self-published author, editor, proofreader, and ghostwriter. She is an avid reader of all genres but has a special love and loyalty to urban fiction and street literature projects. As a teenager attending Doyle Middle School in Troy, New York, is where she began writing poetry and song lyrics inspired by the street flow and lyrics of Rhythm and Blues and Hip Hop music. Reading A Hustler’s Wife by Nikki Turner encouraged her to begin writing and go after her dream of having the world read her work. The support of family and friends encouraged her to complete her first novel “The Heart Don’t Lie: Jewels’ Dilemma.”

Yasheca is currently pursuing an MBA at Western Governors University and working on her second novel.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, spoken word and reading.

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Congratulations Mocha Girl Yasheca for being the first book of the month for 2017!

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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