My 2018 Reading Goals

It’s the first week of 2018 and like every single year, I have resolutions and goals set for the new year. This year is no different. Every year I make resolutions in several areas of my life like, financial, spiritual, physical and of course bookish. I sit down usually the first weekend of the new year and write them all in a book. Before making the list of resolutions, I go back to the previous years and check off the ones I accomplished. Some take longer to do like losing weight or drinking tons of water a day but I find myself checking a few off the old ones off before I get to the new ones.

2018 Reading Goals

This year I have some career goals and personal goals (yes, lose weight) that I want to hit so the more motivation I get the better.  Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen is an older book that has been on my TBR list for…I don’t know…decades.  So I think this year should and would be a good time to get to it.  The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone is one tht I stumbled upon recently when Audible had it’s “Two Books for One Credit” sale. The title got me and I was sold.  I just started it and so far it’s good.  Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff is another Audible purchase.  I want to be better at pitching ideas and thoughts to people so the title completely sold me (of course).   Yes, there is a trend here.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is the holly grail of self-help books so I heard.  Everyone and their mama seems to have read this one and so I am going to add it to my 2018 list.




Every year since I joined Goodreads I have done their reading challenge.  And I always set my reading goal to 55 books a year.  So in 2018 I’m going to set the goal to …drum roll… 55 books.  Yes.  The Same!  One year I will add more books and try to be a “100 A Book Year Person”.  That right there are #LifeGoals.  I would have to learn how to speed read and put down my phone games.  Yes…one year.

For the past, I don’t know, let say 3 years my audiobook listening has grossly outweightmy physical book reading.  I miss sitting down reading, turning pages, and using bookmarkers.  I have a few cute ones that are now dust collectors.  It breaks my heart to see them not being used.  But for some reason, everytime I sit down to read I keep thinking about all the other things I could be doing.  So that is where #4  comes in.



This one defiantly falls under the heading “FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS”.  The life of a single woman in LA with too much on her plate makes it hard to find time to SIT and read.  I can commute and listen to an audiobook like a pro.  I can audiobook on my walks.  But sitting down and reading like I use to back in the day (about 4 years ago) is becoming harder and harder.  So this year I want to make time to read a book (see #3).  LOL!  Currently I have one I am reading right now one hour before bed.




There are just so many amazing folks out there in the great big world and they have some really interesting stories.  I have to admit I am mostly a non-fiction person but books like Hunger by Roxane Gay seem like a must read for me (since everyone else has read it too).   I have also had Yes Chef by Macus Samuelsson and Wild by Cheryl Strayed on the TBR list.  I am not aiming for a number of autobiographies yet but it would be great to move them to the Read list this year.






I think I will add a reading challenge or two to my 2018 Reading Goals but right now these are the focus.  Now it’s your turn.  What are some of your reading goals for 2018?  Do you make reading goals?  Why not?  Is there a new genre you want to try?

Happy Reading Ladies!

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December Book of the Month: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Your votes have been counted!

7 days of nominations!

7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our December 2016 book of the month.

The Mocha Girl Read Book of the Month for December is You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about.


Book Synopsis

Bestselling author, speaker, and success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver. Full of blunt humor, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, You are a Badass offers its readers new opportunities for growth through 35 chapters of exercises, suggestions, and hilariously inspiring stories.

From “Fear is for Suckers” to “Your Brain is Your Bitch” these chapters provide enlightening lessons: How to stop doubting your greatness, how to love what you don’t love about yourself, and how to tap into source energy to live a bigger life than you’ve ever imagined.

Meet the Author


Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, success coach and motivational cattle prod. She’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her seminars, public appearances, newsletters, products and books such as, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” and the forthcoming (woot!) “You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.”
She’s spoken on stages all over the world and has helped her clients build their dream businesses, become NY Times Bestselling authors, navigate million dollar business deals, find their soul mates and forgive their bitchy mothers who they now realize were doing the best they could. Jen has run her business from all corners of the globe and is really sick of writing in the third person.
I got my first real job, one that didn’t involve wearing a hairnet or bending over the hood of a wet car with a towel in my hand, in the early 90′s working for CBS Records. While there I started my first of several rock bands and eventually wrote my first book, the semi-autobiographical novel, “Don’t Sleep With Your Drummer.”
When my plans to become a world-famous rockstar didn’t pan out, I decided to try being a lesbian instead, didn’t pull that off either, and wrote my second book, the national Bestseller “The Straight Girl’s Guide To Sleeping With Chicks”.
My hope is that by speaking, coaching and writing about all the things that make me excited to be spinning around on this planet of ours, I’ll inspire you to recognize, and pursue, whatever it is that floats your banana, to tap into your own little badass, to be you times two, large and in charge, huge like The Nuge.

Please sign up for her free newsletter at JenSincero.Com

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Keep the pages turning ladies.

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Voting is Open: December’s Book of the Month

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For the month of December, we are going to read a SELF-HELP 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 November 20, 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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Nominations for December’s Book of the Month: Self Help!

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Mocha Girls Read ladies it’s that time to pick the last book for the month of 2016.  The theme for December’s book nominations will be…Self Help (Any book that we can read/do in one month to help you be a better you.)

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 11/7/16 – 11/13/16

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 November 13, 2016 at 11:00pm. Voting will start the next day.

Let us know what you want to read next in the comment section below.  Remember it can’t be a yearlong activity book.

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

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Black History Month: Black Books #8

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Stephanie Norris’ “Trouble in Paradise” (Ends 2/28)

Earnessa T. Carter’s “32 Candles” (Ends 2/28)

This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.

Rewrite Your Story: An Autobiography

MGR:  Welcome to Mocha Girls Read Shivawn.  Thanks so much for taking time to chit chat with us.  Can you tell us about your book?

SM:  Rewrite Your Story is based upon my life experiences. I’m very transparent with my life failures, heartbreaks and repeated poor choices. I cover loving someone more than yourself, trying to keep up with the Joneses’, loneliness, redefining who you are and defining your purpose. Its like you have the privilege of sitting in on my counseling session with me and you learn by my journey. In the book I am very vulnerable in revealing my hurt but I also shine light on how to rewrite your story.  It’s my open journal to get women to stop hiding and masking there issues but instead to deal with them head on and to keep getting up everyday to live the best life possible.

MGR:  That is very brave of you.  What was the inspiration for this book?

SM:  Other women that I encountered that were going through the same things I had been through. I really got tired of seeing women pretending that everything was okay but deep down inside they were hurting and didn’t know how they could recover to have the life they desired. I couldn’t see myself learning from my mistakes and not sharing it with other women. I wanted to be that support they needed without feeling ashamed to ask for help. I wanted to show women that you mess could turn into your message.

MGR:  What were some of the obstacles you encountered with this book?

SM:  Whew! I had a lot of learning experience with this book since my book is through my own company “Signature Publishing”. However, the biggest obstacle came recently when one of my family members finally finished reading my book. The family member wasn’t that pleased with the book. They felt like I shared too much of my “business” and was worried about how people would perceive me. I’ve always been pretty confident in my decisions but after hearing that it was a blow to my momentum. It’s a hard pill to swallow when someone you care about isn’t “feeling” what you are doing. But, I know my book is needed so I decided to keep it moving and remember everyone won’t understand what my purpose is!

MGR:  What are you working on now? Can we get a sneak peak?

SM:  I’m in the process of working on publishing another book for one our new authors. Hopefully her book will be out by the end of 2012! No sneak peak…sorry!!! In addition I am working on my second book which will deal solely with relationships.

MGR:  What are you reading now?

SM:  The Five Love Languages (single edition) Gary Chapman; Marriage Talk Kim W. Brown; The Pocket Stylist Kendall Farr; The 4-Hour Workweek Timothy Ferriss

MGR:  Who are some of your favorite authors?

SM:  E. Lynn Harris; Robert Kiyosaki; Sister Soulijah; KiKi Swinson; John C. Maxwell

MGR:  As February comes to a close, what does Black History Month Mean to you?

SM:  Its means that I get to live the dreams I desire because of what people did before me. They lived their purpose so we could have freedom today. Black History Month is more than February it is the legacy that I will leave behind for my family, friends and associates to be motivated by. Black History Month allows me to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for but so much more that we could be doing everyday.

MGR:  Amen! What do I do for fun?

SM:  I am a social butterfly. So I love meeting new people and going to different places. I’m also a foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants. Of course shopping is a must!!!

MGR:  You and I are so on the same way length.  LOL!!  What is your guilty pleasure?

SM:  Krispy Kreme doughnuts are my best friend!!

MGR:  Ohhhhh!!  and when they are hot!!  ok ok ok ….When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

SM:  A model during the summer and a teacher during the fall. I had a plan (smiles).

MGR:  You were a girl on a mission.  🙂  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

SM:  I plan on having multiple authors who are published by my company Signature Publishing and to have written at least two more books myself. To have opened at least two more boutiques with my business partner (The Beauty Boudoir). In addition to have more women that I am working with at my company L.O.V.E. Inc. (living out visions eternally). Finally to be married with children.

MGR:  Wow!! I love it.  What is your favorite holiday and why?

SM:  Valentines Day. I am a hopeful romantic! I love to give love and to receive it as well. It’s the ultimate day to go all out in addition to what you should already be doing for your significant loved one.

MGR:  What are 2 things on your bucket list, Shivawn?

SM:  To go to Australia and to sky dive!

MGR:  Thank you so much for hanging out with us.  Would you like to give a Shout Out?

SM:  To everyone who has a dream and is too afraid to take the next step. Just do it! Step in fear….don’t allow yourself to stop you from living your dreams LOUD!

MGR:  I usually like to give authors the last word but that deserves an.. AMEN!!

Author Shivawn Mitchell’s Bio

Shivawn Mitchell is a Counselor, Author, Purpose Motivator, Speaker and Entrepreneur. Born and raised in Chesterfield County, VA, Shivawn’s parents always pushed her to pursue owning a business and taught her to make a difference while doing so. This is something she took to heart and quickly applied to her life.

Shivawn fell in love with the written word as a child when she received her first journal, and she’s been writing ever since.

After high school, Shivawn attended Norfolk State University and graduated with a degree in counseling and a minor in sociology. Though she began the Master’s program at Liberty University, after a semester and a half, she discovered her heart wasn’t in it, and she decided to move on.

She soon realized she wanted to provide woman with support on how to pursue their purpose and passion, and in December 2010, Shivawn launched L.O.V.E., an organization focused on empowering women’s total life and developing change agents for the world. As a result L.O.V.E. Academy has become L.O.V.E.’s first extension. L.O.V.E. Academy is specifically designed to help women take that next step in starting a business, redefining their personal life or pursuing their purpose.

Shivawn then struck interest in publishing upon realizing its influence on people and discovering that words can affect change or create chaos. As a result, Shivawn established Signature Publishing & Media (a division of L.O.V.E. Inc) in March 2011. She decided to pursue her first love even further and self-publish her first book, “Rewrite Your Story” with additional titles on the way.

In addition, Shivawn is the part owner of The Beauty Boudoir. The Boudoir’s charge is to inspire and encourage every woman, everywhere to build confidence in her distinct uniqueness, knowing that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Our goal at the Boudoir is to ignite inner and outer beauty in all women.

Shivawn’s sole desire is to empower women to live the life they dream of while also inspiring young ladies along the way to do the same. She recognizes that every time she is given a chance to speak it is her way of living her visions eternally and paying it forward. She believes that its time for women to step up and create a higher standard for the lives they are living.

“Don’t Just Have a Vision But Live it Loud”

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