World Book Night is Tonight

Tonight is a big night!

World Book Night!!!

Join Mocha Girls Read – Los Angeles Chapter tonight at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills (4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008)

Who is helping give out half a million free books across America on April 23rd? I am.

On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially- printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers like myself will help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies of a book we love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of our local bookstores and libraries, we’ll be sharing them in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools, and more.

  •   This is not a random giveaway. I will ask people if they are readers first. If they are avid readers already, these free editions are not for them. Avid readers are asked to participate next year as a giver by signing up for the WBN e-newsletter for World Book Night 2015.
  •   World Book Night is making a short, free original e-book available to everyone at their website on April 23.
  •   All information, including FAQs and links to our social media —including giver experiences and photographs— at


    World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 —Shakespeare’s birthday— and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011.

    As part of World Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers. WBN’s reach includes all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI, and overseas military bases.

    The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and YA authors, as well as classics, books in Spanish, and books in Large Print. The assortment of 39 WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender, ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by booksellers, librarians, and givers.

    Bestselling author Scott Turow said: “I can’t imagine any greater compliment to a book —or an author— than to know his work has been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading.”


    Volunteers applied online to be givers by stating where they intend to seek out book recipients, and noting which of the special WBN Book Picks they’d like to hand out.

    The volunteer givers come from all walks of life: teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents, and more.

    Of note: It is too late to volunteer to be a giver this year, but anyone can sign up for the WBN e- newsletter in order to be notified when the giver application process begins anew in the fall for 2015.


Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On my home today, I hear the news.  Author of Love in the Time of Cholera (among other books) Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away.  According to Wikipedia, he passed away yesterday from pneumonia in Mexico City, Mexico.  He was 87 years old and is (according to the President of Colombia) the “Greatest Colombian to ever live”.
The literary world has lost another great voice.
Thank you for bringing Magical Realism to us and giving diversity a beautiful background.

Books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Click on the covers to go to the Amazon page)
 and many many more.  All books are in English and Spanish as well as several other languages.
Thank you Gabo for leaving us Magical Shelves of Books.  You will be missed.
Goodreads list of books and author page (here)
Wikipedia page with bio (here)

February’s Book of the Month: The House Girl

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner.

Mocha Girl Read February Book of the Month is The House Girl by Tara Conklin.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


9780062207395_custom-a58b589a2dc61b5e2a913e7d5de24450815da2d0-s6-c30The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Meet the Author: Tara Conklin

tara-conklin-final-author-photo_vert-1b832e97254c9cb31dfc0ee656892049b181b914-s6-c30Tara Conklin is a writer and lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. Most recently, she worked as a litigator in the New York and London offices of a corporate law firm but now devotes herself full-time to writing fiction. Prior to law school, Tara worked in a variety of jobs in a variety of locales. She dealt cards at a casino in Costa Rica, planned events at a press center in Moscow, taught English at a school in Madrid and waited tables at a hotel in Montana.  Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Tara was born in St. Croix, USVI and grew up in Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).

Author’s Website
Author’s Twitter Page
Author’s Facebook Page

Buy The Book

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Feel free to leave comments and thoughts here as you are reading the book. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and hearing what everyone thinks of it.  Keep the pages turning!

Movie Trailer: Divergent

divergent-poster-fullJanuary’s Book of the Month Divergent is coming out in the theaters March 21, 2014.  The book is a hit and more than likely the movie will be too.  Long lines. Screaming fans!  The whole 9 yards just like Twilight, Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

And just like those books this one is book #1 of 3 which means there will be at least 2 more films to come.

I thought you would enjoy watching the trailer as you are reading this book.

What do you think of the casting?  Does Tris look like the Tris you imagined as your were reading?

Voting for January 2014′s Book of the Month is Open!


Future Fiction!

(Books that are setting in 2015 and beyond)

It’s that time ladies.  Time to Rock the Vote!  For the first book of 2014.  For the month of January we are going to read a book that have are set in the future. Time to look ahead.

As always there are some great titles up for 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 December 22, 2013. (Midnight 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 a brief description.  Now… may the best book win!!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Legend by Marie Lu

The Running Man by Stephen King

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

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