Voting is Open for November’s Book of the Month

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For the month of November, we are going to read an AWARD WINNING book.  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 October 16, 2016. (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.


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National Book Award Finalists Announced

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On October 6, 2016 the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Award. Established in 1950, the literary prize is awarded in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. To be eligible a book must have been written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1. 2015 and November 30, 2016. Winners receive $10,000.

This year’s finalists are as follows:







Young People’s Literature


The winners will be announced on November 16.


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Nominations for November’s Book of the Month: Award Winners

Mocha Girls Read ladies it’s that time to pick our second to last book for 2016.  The theme for November’s book nominations will beAward Winner. (Any book that has won an award in 2016.)

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 10/3/16 – 10/9/16

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 October 9, 2016 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

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

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

Links to some Awards from this year

2016Newbery Award Winner

2016 YALSA’s Alex Award Winners

2016 The Edgar Winners

2016 Christian Book Award Winners (ECPA)

And now to the books


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MGR is Celebrating 5 Years of Sista’s Reading!

63200135 years ago I went to my first book club meeting in a nice neighborhood with several nice women I found on  I had read The Help by Kathryn Stockett quickly the week before in preparation of this book club meeting.  I even brought a cheesecake with me.  Since I was the new girl I didn’t want to show up empty-handed.

See I have been a reader since I was little.  Book characters were my friends.  Books and libraries were the things that I loved most next to chocolate.  Having a mom that was a reader helped too.  Every time we moved to a new state or city my mom would always take us to the library to get new library cards.  The Redondo Beach Public Library was my home away from home.  Just the smell of books made me smile.  It still does.tumblr_o789onptus1v9479no1_r1_250As I sat in that book club meeting excited to talk and meet other female book lovers, I noticed something.  I was the only Black woman in the room.  No big deal because I have been in this situation all my life.  From school days to current work situation.  Most of the meeting I listened more than I talked because hey, I’m the new girl in the room.  Then it happened.  Someone made a comment about the book not being based on reality.  A few “yeah”, “I think so too” and other agreements popped up.  I swear to you I started to laugh.  No more like a chuckle.  I don’t know why I started laughing but needless to say, all eyes landed on me.  I asked the millennial who said the statement, why did she think that?  She mentioned the infamous pie and the toilet seats in the front yard.  (If you read the book, you know what I mean.)  Well, I looked to my right and out the big clear window overlooking the city and said a few things regarding my grandmother being the help to a Jewish family her whole life.  I told them of the time my cousins and I were dressed in our Sunday best and taken off to the house to meet that family.  Play date?  No.  We were lined up in the foyer, shoulder to shoulder and smiled at.  My grandmother was beaming with pride at her grandchildren, and then she had to go back to work, and we had to leave. Yep!  That was it.  They didn’t ask for our names we didn’t speak and we sure didn’t play with their kids who were the same age.  The book club members were silent and didn’t say much after my little story.  I was the buzz kill!  Meeting was adjourned and the food was consumed.  30 minutes or so later I was in my car and not interested in returning even though I was in love with the next book they were going to talk about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

I then started the internet search for a new book club to join.  Like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” nothing was right about them.  One cost too much for just sitting and talking about books.  One was not accepting members anymore because 12 was there max.  And most of the Black women based book clubs only read books by Black Authors.  I have nothing against that but you mean I won’t be able to talk about books by Amy Tan, Sophie Kinsella, Isabel Allende along with my favorite Black authors like Octavia Butler, Bebe Campbell Moore and James Baldwin.  Then there was the hosting in your house issue.  I live in LA in a one bedroom apartment that is perfect for me and a (very) small group of people.  The parking sucks and I just can’t see dealing with all of that.  And I don’t know these folks like that!tumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640

Conversations with my BFF ultimately turned to “Why don’t you just start your own book club?”  I think she was over me talking about it.  Well in August 2011 I made a web page here on WordPress and in October, after I made a Meetup page, 12 Black women showed up to a local independent bookstore in Inglewood, Ca.

Apparently, I was not alone in my quest for a book club that was just right!

5 years later, we are 4 chapters in 4 cities, online here, along with Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.  We have 2 “Book Club of the Year” awards and have grown by leaps and bounds.  See Mocha Girls Read!giphyIn celebration of our 5th Anniversary each chapter will be hosting giveaways, parties and events.  That is true for this website as well.  Every week there will be 3 giveaways and they are good.  We will be hosting giveaways for books, gift cards and other cool stuff.

I can’t say THANK YOU enough to all the Mocha Girls and Mocha Girls Read supporters out there for all of their outstanding help, love, encouragement and stories.  Mocha Girls your stories of what this book club means to you and how it has changed your life keeps me going.  It’s my joy to see that Mocha Girls Read has meant to you what it means to me.  And I THANK YOU!  To the publishers that have shipped tons of books to us over the years.  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  Your support has been overwhelming.

This week look for this banner and see what goodies we have for you.


Thank you again Mocha Girls and keep the pages turning!

Love ya sista girls!

Mocha Girl Alysia

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Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop


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Welcome to another monthly giveaway.

This month is all about Banned Books here at Mocha Girls Read.  Our book of the month is a banned book.  Have you read The Absolute True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Well if not, you should!  It’s a great book.

I bet you are asking yourself …”What’s a banned book?  And what is the big deal?”

Take a minute to watch this 3-minute video from the ALA (American Library Association).

Now on to the giveaway

Enter the rafflecopter below to win 1 copy of any of the books mentioned in the video above.

Must be 18 yrs old and a US resident.

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Now hop on to the other blogs listed below to win some more bookish prizes.

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