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Reading Challenge Check in!

This is the end of the third month of the year.  3 Down! 9 To Go! If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution or joined a reading challenge, we want to hear how you are doing?  Did you start yet?  How close you are you to your goal?  What changes have you made to make it your goal?

My Reading Challenges for 2012 are:

POC (People of Color) Reading Challenge – I have read 4 out of 9 books by people of color

Audiobook Challenge – I have listened to 5 out of 12 audiobooks

Dusty Bookshelf Challenge – I have read 2 out of 10 books on my dusty bookshelf

TBR (To Be Read) Pile Challenge – I have read 5 out of 10 books on my TBR list Reading Challenge – I have read/listened to 15 books out of my goal of 35 books for the year

My  personal goal of losing 30 lbs by June – not started yet!  ARGGH!!

If you are like most people (and me) your challenges and resolutions fell off into the waste side around January 20th.  If not sooner!  But there is no reason why you can’t start again today.  There are so many reading challenges that are open all year. Check out and A Novel Challenge.  At Novel Challenges there is a reading challenge for every kind of book out there. Picture Books, Audio Books, Non Fiction, Thick Books,  Short Stories.  Everything!!

So go to the comments section below and start bragging about your goals and how you are doing with them.  Or let us know you need a cheerleader to help get your motivation a kick-start.

Let’s make 2012 AMAZING!!

Bloggiesta 2012

Yes!  I am going to commit to doing Blogiesta this year!  Never heard of it.  Well, I hadn’t either until a month ago when I saw this cute button on so many sites.  About 100+ have  signed up to this event.  Here is the basics of it.  From March 30, 2012 to April 1, 2012 bloggers commit to completely finishing their Blogging To Do List.  And like all great blogging events there are mini-challenge giveaways and tons of Tweeting.  If you want to join the party, go to It’s All About Books.
If you decide to participate, here’s what you can expect:
  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
  • to make new blogging friends!
  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!
If all that sounds like something you’d like to do, please write a post letting us know and link up! OLE!
For the Mocha Girls Read blog
1.  Export post to new site  (there are a million of them.  aarrgghh!!)
2.  Label all the post
3.  Pay for the redirect (Only $12.00)
4.  Launch new site
5.  Add new and update widgets
6.  Fix the site button for other blogs to add to their blogs
7.  Update each page
8.  Update and create review pages from the first 4 books
9.  Complete my weekly posts and memes
10.  Add newsletters to the new site
So here is my to do list for my blog My Little Pocketbooks
1.  Complete my weekly posts and memes
2.  Complete my two unfinished reviews
3.  Add a FTC Disclosure and copyright information
4.   Add blogs to the blogroll
5.  Clean up my Picasa page
6.  Figure out how to link my blog post to Twitter
7.  Update Challenge page.
8. Update old review from January to the new format and rating system
Whew!!  This list is making me freak out!  There is soo much to do.  If I can get the book club site launched then I can work on the other stuff later.
If you are interested in joining us click this LINK and sign up on the linky.

Why I Love Wednesday

Why I Love Wednesdays…Tear Jerkers

Reflections of a Bookaholic

Mocha Girl Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday.  What is a Meme you ask?  According to wikipedia…The term “Internet meme” refers to a catchphrase or concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the Internet, largely through Internet-based email, blogs, forums, Imageboards, social networking sites and instant messaging.  Basically, a topic from the meme host (Alexis) is posted on participating blogs with blog authors answering it on their site (here).

The topic this Wednesday is…Tear Jerkers

The first one that came to mind was the death of Rue in The Hunger Games.  Even though I knew it had to happen and I was quietly preparing myself for it, in my heart I didn’t really think it would.  And after seeing the movie, seeing Rue’s cute face and big eyes just made it worse for me.

I’m very hard to catch. And if they can’t catch me, they can’t kill me. So don’t count me out.“―RueRue was the smallest and youngest tribute, from District 11 who was selected to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. She is described as being small and easily underestimated by other competitors. Rue died in the 74th Hunger Games at the age of 12 when Marvel thrust a spear in her stomach. She had formed an alliance with Katniss Everdeen after warning her about a nest of tracker jackers. Rue decided to trust Katniss only because of the pin she wore over her heart, the famous mockingjay pin. As a memorial of Rue’s death, Katniss covered her in flowers and sang to her, indicating to the Capitol that Rue was not just a piece in their games. –From The Hunger Games Wiki

What book brought you to tears lately?  Any good tear jerkers?

Review: Assata: An Autobiography

Author:  Assata Shakur

Genre:  Autobiography
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Release Date:  November 1, 2001
Paperback: 320 pages
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka Jo Anne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local state and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper.  Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder.

This intensely personal and political autobiography bellies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the stare.  With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weakness, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at he hands of government officials.  The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place along side The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison.  She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.

Reviews by Mocha Girl Book Bloggers
My Little Pocketbooks


Mocha Girl Tazzy’s Review:  Loved it! A very interesting read! A powerfully strong woman of color!


Mocha Girl Sherrill’s Review:  Interesting, enlightening, and thought provoking.



Did you read Assata: An Autobiography?  What did you think of the book?  Leave your review in the comments.
Please use the 1 click Review as well.  Pick one of the following selections for your overall feeling of this months book.

April’s Book of the Month: Love In the Time of Cholera

In this chronicle of a unique love triangle, the Nobel laureate’s trademark “ironic vision and luminous evocation of South America” persist. “It is a fully mature novel in scope and perspective, flawlessly translated, as rich in ideas as in humanity,” praised Publisher’s Weekly.

After all the books nominations and seven days of voting…Mocha Girls Read April book selection winner is Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  Take a minute to see what this book and the author are all about.


Love in the Time of CholeraIn their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.

Author’s Biography

Author Picture Gabriel Garcia MarquezGabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (born March 6, 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. He is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, and is the earliest winner of this prize who is still alive. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on, he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha; they have two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

He started as a journalist, and has written many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magical realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo (the town mainly inspired by his birthplace Aracataca), and most of them express the theme of solitude. –From Wikipedia


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Congratulations to Gabriel Garcia Marquez for becoming Mocha Girls Read book for the month for April 2012.

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

Keep the pages turning!

♥Mocha Girl Alysia♥

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