What we're about

"Cocoa Risers Reading" launched in 2016 and has hosted nearly 40 book discussions! We've even participated in a few books-to-movie screenings and author events. We've gone back to being a FREE book club. Please make sure to update your RSVP for events so I can provide headcount for the restaurants we visit.

This club is for people who would like to read books by black authors. We will work from lists of top books and group member suggestions. We may revisit some old classics or read them for the first time. We will delve into both fiction and non-fiction, newer authors and literary icons.

If you're new to the group, here are some of our favorites:

"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

***"Chocolate Souffle" by Trish Ahjel (shameless plug for my own book! lol!)

***Check out my book page on my website: https://honeybutterflyz.com/books

"Kindred" by Octavia Butler

"Born a Crime - Stories of a South African Childhood" by Trevor Noah

"The Perfect Find" by Tia Williams

"An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones

We will read one book per month and discuss over Sunday brunch at alternating locations. Don't worry if you can't attend every month - just do the best you can. If we select a longer title, we may take two months instead of one.

I coined the term "Cocoa Riser" to describe a fan of black literature who acknowledges s/he is sexy, funny, smart and so much more, and also wants to improve the global condition by working in community to reach common goals for our families, our neighborhoods and ourselves.

Let's not just read, let's "RISE!"

Here are a few lists to give you some ideas:


I look forward to meeting everyone and discussing some great books!


Upcoming events (3)

“Who Fears Death” by Nnedi Okorafor

Online event

A friend of mine chose this book as one of her top ten! I had never heard of it before, but it looks really interesting. I hope you’ll join me for a virtual discussion. You’ll have to make your own brunch at home, though. I think I’ll be having pancakes. 😊 Here’s the link: Who Fears Death https://www.amazon.com/dp/0756407281/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1B4LEb8A714G3 I hope to see you on zoom! I’ll post the link soon. Trish 💕

“More Myself” by Alicia Keys

At The Comfort of Your Home :)

I love Alicia Keys’ music and have really become a fan since she took off her mask. Looking forward to checking out her autobiography. If we get lucky, maybe we can move this one to a restaurant. More Myself: A Journey https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250153298/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GczXEbX4AKVED I hope 2 c u there! Trish 💕

“Thinking Outside the Chrysalis” by TrIsh Ahjel Roberts

I hope we can meet in person to discuss my new book, “Thinking Outside the Chrysalis: A Black Woman’s Guide to Spreading Her Wings.” 🦋🦋🦋 Pre-sales begin on June 4. Launch date is July 4th! ❤️ I will post links when they become available. For now, you can use this link to sign-up for book updates: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/4d3YFa1/honeybutterflyz I hope 2 c u there! Trish 💕

Past events (40)

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Soul Vegetarian

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