BookTube Channels Worth Checking Out

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It’s a great time to be reader, especially if you love talking (or writing) about what you read. Technology has made it incredibly easy to create book related communities with people far and near. With online book clubs, sites like Goodreads and Library Thing, book blogs, and now BookTube readers can share their love of books with other readers from around the world.

What is BookTube, you ask? It refers to the slice of YouTube devoted to video blogs about books. BookTube comes in all kinds of flavors. There are videos of people discussing and analyzing books, unboxing videos, and videos commenting on the goings on in the book world. Basically if there is a topic related to books, there is probably a BookTube channel devoted to the topic. And if there isn’t – now’s your chance, create one!

This week (September 12 – 19) happens to be #diverseathon in the BookTube world. Created by Christina Marie, Monica, Joce, and Whitney, #diverseathon is a reminder of why diversity in books is so important. All week Christina Marie, Monica, Joce, and Whitney have been encouraging people to read and celebrate diversity of books. Although #diverseathon has already started it is not too late to join in the fun.

For more information about #diverseathon check out this video from Christina Marie, one of the co-hosts of the event:

 

Here are more interesting BookTube channels for your viewing pleasure:

Thuthug-notesg Notes

The tag line for Thug Notes is “Classic Notes, Original Gangster” and it is all kinds of awesome. Enjoy their funny delivery and insightful summaries.

 

 

Books and Big Hair BooksAndBigHair

She has big hair and loves books – what’s not to love? She also loves paper products (i.e., journals and planners) and for that reason is one my favorites.

 

climbthestacks Climb the Stacks

Host Ashley mostly reviews literary fiction, classic literary, and memoirs. She also has a great blog of the same name. She reviews books, gives suggestions on where to start with a particular author or genre, and much more.

 

Also check out BookTube News to see what else is happening in the BookTube world.

What are your favorite book channels? Let me know in the comments.

Mocha Girls Read Banned Books 2016

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This month’s theme is Banned Books. As it is every September. But why do we read a banned book? And what is the big deal? Banned books are a real thing. Organizations are petitioning libraries and schools to remove books from their shelves and children’s reading list. Books for children, teens as well as adults are in their cross hairs. No book is safe! Not even…The Bible.

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Members of the Nazi Youth participate in burning books, Buecherverbrennung, in Salzburg, Austria, on April 30, 1938. The public burning of books that were condemned as un-German, or Jewish-Marxist was a common activity in Nazi Germany. (AP Photo) #

One month a year, the American Library Association (ALA) along with the book community as a whole (publishers, book clubs, bloggers and more) do just the opposite.  We (yes I said we) take a stand and buy, read and talk about these books in question.  We defend our right to read.

Below are 6 videos of Mocha Girls talking about Banned Books and what it means to them.  Hear what they are saying and remember a book you love could be banned one day too.
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Mocha Girl Sabrina

Mocha Girl Whoopi

Mocha Girl Chistina

Mocha Girl Janae

Mocha Girl Shanna

Mocha Girl Roberta

What do you think? Tell us about your view on Banned Books? What book do you love that is on the banned book list? How many banned books have you read?

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Nominations for October’s Book of the Month: It’s a Crime

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Mocha Girls Read ladies it’s that time to pick a book for the month of October.  The theme for October’s book nominations will be…It’s a Crime. (A fiction book in the crime, mystery, thriller genre.)

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 9/5/16 – 9/11/16

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 September 11, 2016 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

Here is some Scandal to get you in the mood.  ***SPOILER*** This is from Season 5 Episode 21 and if you don’t want to know what happens don’t watch.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.

If you need some suggestions check out the titles below.  Click the book covers to read a synopsis and the reviews of the books.

August Giveaway Winners!

giveaway-logoSummer is done and gone?  Time to get ready for the fall and the cold.

We hosted a giveaway on this website in August and now is the time to announce the winners.
First, let me first say, thank you so much to everyone for stopping by Mocha Girls Read website, commenting and entering the giveaway.
Now on to the winner… *Drumroll*

Congratulations

Sandra R.

for winning a book from the video by Mocha Girl Tamara.

See you can actually win something here.  LOL!  Stay tune a new monthly giveaway will start on Sept 25.  And there will be a giveaway on Twitter (Sept. 5.) and there is one on Facebook right now.

So like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Subscribe to this website to be the first to know.

What Did You Think of… Between the World and Me?

What did youToday we are going to talk about July’s book of the month, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  But first, let’s check out this book and see what it is all about.

Synopsis

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Questions to think about and/or answer:

1. Why did Coates use manhood as an overlying theme? Would it have been less, equally, or more effective for him to incorporate the black female struggle as well into this text?

2. Can this book also be seen as a plea for education reform? When Coates says that “the schools were not concerned with curiosity,” but rather with “compliance,” what does that tell us about how the educational institution in America perpetuates racial injustice?

3. Rather than categorizing people as either good or bad in two distinct categories, it is clear that Coates speaks of humans as having pure and dark intentions and actions simultaneously. It is not the bad white people vs the good black people. That being said, how does Coates speak of humanity and its complexities? Give examples.

4. Coates refers to the word “people” as a political term and frequently references white people as those who “believe themselves white.” What can this kind of dissociation from race do as the United States progresses? Moving forward, how can reminding people that race is purely a social construct aid in this fight?  (Questions from Alexis Elafros, University of Central Florida)

Reviews

“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory.”—Toni Morrison

“Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Really powerful and emotional.”—John Legend, The Wall Street Journal

Mocha Girls Speak

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What an amazing piece of work! I see why Toni Morrison said it should be required reading. This is one black man’s experience of living in this country and if you read it with an open mind then you will begin to understand the plight and fear that many of our black brothers must deal with on a daily basis. Between the World and Me should be required reading and it should also serve as a conversation starter if we ever want to get to the point of having a real and honest dialogue on the topic of race and what it means to be black in the United States.

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Why I read this book: One of my friends was reading this book and said it made him think of me and that he thought it would be something I would like. So he ordered it for me as a gift of kindness and had it shipped to my house. I’m glad he did.
I agree with Toni Morrison’s assertion that this book is required reading, but I’d like to take a moment to clarify exactly why. I’ve read many good reviews of this text, but none of them have capitalized on or defined why one would recommend this as required reading.
First, this text is widely personal, real and evidence-based and provides a level of insight and awareness related to the core of race issues in America in a way that very few texts have.
Secondly, the documentation of his first-hand experiences, coupled with Coates’ ability to engage the reader with his unique and eloquent writing style, create a unique and powerful experience for the reader.
Finally, the reader is blatantly faced with realities, ones that they may not have been aware of to begin with, and have no other choice but to face them. To swallow them. To wake up and smell the coffee.
So with those things considered and clarified, this is, indeed, required reading. For everyone.
I was amazed at how many good, deep and profound quotes this book contains. Ones that will likely live on forever. Coates is an amazing writer, and amazing storyteller and a brilliant intellect. With all of that said though, I disagree with the comparisons to Baldwin. The primary commonalities between Baldwin and Coates are that both of their works demonstrate their strong and passionate abilities to examine the states of Black America, the impacts of racism and their abilities to summarize the Black experience. But their styles and their approaches are vastly different. It’s okay to have more than one talented black intellect without categorizing them or forcing the act of one piggy backing on the other. They’re different. And amazingly individual.

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Really deep brotha. Made me wish I went to Howard. Didn’t know Howard was that Mecca as he calls it.

Mocha Girl Lady

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What did you think of Between the World and Me?