The Essentials

Oakland/East Bay chapter, January 2016 in the  Oakland Tribune

Oakland/East Bay chapter, January 2016 in the Oakland Tribune


To diversify the reading palates of our members by reading quality, entertaining works from various literary genres; engage in social activities for like-minded women who enjoy wine and spirits; strengthen friendships and expand personal networks; and spread the gift of literacy through charity.


About Us

BookTini Book Club is a national social organization that brings women together each month to discuss good books over delicious cocktails.

Our monthly meet ups are known as Drinks & Discussion.

To add variety to our reading list, we delve into a different genre each month.

We also add a few fun activities to our yearly calendar to spice things up, and participate in biennial national and local retreats.

Annual events include:

Oakland Hills chapter, May 2016

Oakland Hills chapter, May 2016

  • A community service project/initiative to spread the gift of literacy

  • Support a Black Owned Book Store month- February

  • Coed Cocktails - June

  • Girlfriends Appreciation month - August

  • Local and national Getting to Happy Retreat - October


The brain child of Nakia White and Mikele Lewis, BookTini was founded when they noticed a mutual friend gushing over her book club on social media. Both women commented that they would love to be part of a similar group in their hometown, and soon decided to link up to start one themselves. Joined by Danielle Hill, the book club held their first meeting over brunch at Oakland Grille on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, CA. The literary selection was Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey, and the Signature Drink was a Strawberry Mimosa.

During their second meeting, ten additional ladies joined the threesome to discuss PUSH by Sapphire over dinner after watching the movie Precious at AMC Bay Street Theater in Emeryville, CA. The theme of pairing books with cocktails was born, and the group was officially christened "BookTini" (suggested by LaRoux Pendleton). 

In August 2010, a sister chapter in Phoenix, Arizona was chartered. Both chapters attended BookTini's first "Getting to Happy" Fall Retreat, November 5-7, 2010. The Phoenix chapter dissolved in February of 2011.

A sister chapter in Brooklyn, New York joined the club in September 2011. The Washington, DC/DMV chapter soon followed, joining in October 2011. Sacramento joined the club in March 2014. We have since added two new Oakland chapters to the club: the Oakland Hills Chapter in December 2015 and the Uptown Oakland chapter in January 2016. Our first midwest chapter, hailing from the Twin Cities, St. Paul & Minneapolis, Minnesota, was chartered in July 2016. Memphis, TN became our first southern chapter in January 2017. We chartered two more chapters in California in 2017:  Fremont, CA (January), and Carson, CA (March). Our Hampton Roads, Virginia chapter was chartered in April 2017. 

We welcomed five new chapters in 2018: Long Island, NY (February); Atlanta, GA (March), Long Beach, CA (March); Santa Clarita, CA (May); and Charlotte, NC (May).

Our newest chapter, Antioch/East Bay (CA), joined in March 2019.

BookTini has nearly 200 members, and has read over 100 books, paired with just as many cocktails.


BookTini is a casual social organization, but on the national level, bylaws are in place for structure and a blueprint to follow if ever needed. Each member receives a copy of said bylaws with their New Member Packet.

2019 Reading List