February 2016 Signature Drink

We've paired our February Literary Selection with the Hennessy Black Trailblazer: a strong, dark cocktail demanding your full attention.

Why, Hennessy for our Black Excellence month? Check out Ebony.com's article about the cognac's obscure historical connection to the African American community: 

Hennessy + Blacks, Straight Up

And then, peep the recipe at hennessy.com.



BookTini's Winter 2016 Selections

A few good books in the new year!

January 2016

     Literary Selection - Dark Placesmovieposter

Books to the Big Screen theme

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben...


February 2016

Black Memoir, Biography, or Social Commentary

Charles M. Blow’s mother was a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, and a job plucking poultry at a factory near their segregated Louisiana town, where slavery's legacy felt close. When her philandering husband finally pushed her over the edge, she fired a pistol at his fleeing back, missing every shot, thanks to “love that blurred her vision and bent the barrel.”(more)


BookTini's December 2015 Literary Selections

December is one of two Chapter Free For All months throughout the year. Chapters can select a local read or take a break for the holidays. 

See below for our various selections that stretch across multiple genres:

Oakland/East Bay Chapter


Chick Lit theme

Four women. Two years. A friendship to last a lifetime.

The only things that Sharita, Thursday, Risa, and Tammy have in common are their disastrous love lives. But the year three of them turn 30 will be different, they... (more)


Brooklyn Chapter

Romance/Erotica theme

Was meeting again an unfortunate twist of fate? Or was it just serendipity? Julia McKinnon was convinced she’d found the one – the man of her dreams, the most seductive, experienced lover she’d ever known – and the night they’d spent... (more)


Washington, DC/DMV Area Chapter

Short Story Collection theme

An electric debut story collection about young African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.

In "Harvest," a college student's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront... (more)


Sacramento Chapter

Spiritual/Self-Help theme

In Singing with the Sirens, experts Ellyn Bell and Stacey Bell address the long term complex trauma that results from the sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and young women, drawing on their personal and professional experiences to explore... (more)

BookTini’s Fall 2015 Reading List

Fall means football, pumpkins, turkey, cuffing season, and ...cozy reads to usher us close to the new year. This fall, we'll be reading:


    crazy rich asians crazy rich asians2

International Setting theme

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions... (more)



you are a badass

Inspirational/Womanhood theme

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. (more)



women of brewster place

Classic Novel theme

IN HER HERALDED FIRST NOVEL, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak inner-city sanctuary, creating a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and open-hearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects—a common prison and a shared home. Naylor renders both loving and painful human experiences with simple eloquence and uncommon intuition. Her remarkable sense of community and history makes The Women of Brewster Place a contemporary classic—and a touching and unforgettable read. (more)