Spring Reading List BCP Reading shotMy Spring 2013 Reading List

By Jorge Antonio Vallejos

It’s a new season and that means a new reading list!

Every season I look through my piles of books, some old and some new, and I make a new reading list.  It’s fun but a little hard.  A lot of books don’t make the list that I want to read.  There’s only so much time I have.

And not all the books on this list will be read.  I tend to find new books as the season goes on and I pick up books that aren’t on the list.  For the most part I’m very disciplined and I stick to the list but there are times when I find a book at my local GOODWILL or used book store that I have been dying to read, or a friend gives me a book they know I’d like, and it’s on!

Every list I make has a lot of old books and recently published books.  There are only three 2013 books on the list and they are all poetry: Archives of the Undressed, Einsteins Cat, and These Burning Streets.


Archive of the Undressed by Jeanette Lynes

Children of Ararat by Keith Garebian

Einsteins Cat by Zoe Landale

I’ll Be Right Back by Tom Wayman

My Best Friend Is White by Klyde Broox

Where Water Comes Together With Other Water by Raymond Carver

White Shirt by Laurie Macfayden

These Burning Streets by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back

The Eel Ladder by Nancy Jane Bullis

The Last Thing Standing by Ann Shin

The Long Dance By David A. Groulx

The Time Traveller by Joyce Carol Oates

Spring Reading List 2013 Poetry


Fat City by Leonard Gardner

Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton

Fresh Girls and Other Stories by Evelyn Lau

The Contender by Robert Lipstye

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Spring Reading List 2013 Fiction

Memoir and Essays

The Night of the Gun by David Carr

The Prisoner’s Wife by Asha Bandele

Upside Down by Eduardo Galeano

Urban Scrawl by Erika Ritter

Spring Reading List 2013 Memoir and Essay

Motivation and Spiritual

Become A Better You by Joel Osteen

Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott

I’m Here To Win by Chris McCormack

The Lombardi Rules By Vince Lombardi Jr.

Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Spring Reading List 2013 Motivation

Writing Reference

Poem Crazy: Freeing Your Life With Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

The Situation and The Story by Vivian Gornick

Spring Reading List 2013 Writing Reference

Is this a long list?  Yes!

Is this a lot of books?  Yes!

After someone read my Summer 2012 reading list they said, “It’s ambitious!”

I’m ambitious.

I’ll never read every book I want to in this life, but I’m sure gonna try.

If you want to join me in reading something together drop me an email at

Let me know what you think about the list by commenting below.

Now get reading!

Check out my Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 reading lists also.

Tune into Black Coffee Poet Friday April 5, 2013 for a VLOG showing all the books on my Spring 2013 reading list.


About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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2 Responses to MY SPRING 2013 READING LIST

  1. Pingback: VLOG: MY 2013 SPRING READING LIST | Black Coffee Poet

  2. buriedinprint says:

    What a great combination of books to look forward to! And I’m sure you’ll find lots more along the way. Good luck with turning all those pages!

    I have the Galeano book on my stacks (along with another of his) and Poemcrazy as well. I’ve always meant to read the McCullers, but I don’t know if I have a copy. Off to check now…

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