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#52Booksin52weeks

Are You Taking Part in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge? We Are!

For the past few years, we've been taking part in the #52Booksin52Weeks challenge, mostly with limited results. But since we started this bookstore journey, we've happily been achieving our goal of averaging a book a week (and then some!).


One big help to reading this consistently is audiobooks. We read/listen to great books in the car, specifically books that are read by their authors so we get a sense of how they sound and a little of their personality too. We're in the car 8-10 hours a week, so listening to audiobooks has made our commute so much more pleasant (and filled with so much less road rage!). 


Here's our Books Read list for 2019: 


48. EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes

47. SHATTER THE SKY (SHATTER THE SKY, #1) by Rebecca Kim Wells

46. THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali

45. WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING by Kristin Newman

44. THE SUMMER DEMANDS by Deborah Shapiro

43. THE POCKET PEMA CHODRON by Pema Chodron

42. I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM by Malaka Gharib

41. THE BODY PAPERS by Grace Talusan

40. THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo

39. TELL ME WHO WE WERE by Kate McQuade

38. THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY by Genevieve Cogman

37. INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY AND LOVE by Dani Shapiro 

36. NOMADLAND: SURVIVING AMERICA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Jessica Bruder

35. THE ORACLE YEAR by Charles Soule

34. WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews

33. SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR by Ruth Reichl

32. THE BROKEN COUNTRY: ON TRAUMA, A CRIME, AND THE CONTINUING LEGACY OF VIETNAM by Paisley Rekdal

31. THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin

30. THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

29. GETTING INTO TOWN: A LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK by Roz Chast

28. I.M.: A MEMOIR by Isaac Mizrahi

27. IMMORTAL LIFE: A SOON TO BE TRUE STORY by Stanley Bing

26. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

25. ROCKET FANTASTIC: POEMS by Gabrielle Calvocoressi

24. THE WATER CURE  by Sophie Mackintosh

23. THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS AND THE LOST LEGACY OF MILICENT PATRICK by Mallory O'Meara

22. THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO by Julie Orringer

21. A RIVER OF STARS by Vanessa Hua

20. MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante

19.  THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai

18. THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS by Ross Gay

17. BOOKSELLING FOR DUMMIES by Tere Stouffer Drenth

16. THE RESURRECTION OF JOAN ASHBY by Cherise Wolas

15. THE OTHER WES MOORE: ONE NAME, TWO FATES by Wes Moore

14. HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH by N.K. Jemisin

13. AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE: DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM THE PRIVATE SKETCHBOOKS OF ARTISTS, ILUSTRATORS AND DESIGNERS by Danny Gregory

12. HEAVY: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR by Kiese Laymon

11. BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD by Trevor Noah

10. WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan

9. A CONJURING OF LIGHT (SHADES OF MAGIC #3) by V.E. Schwab

8. MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER'S WILL TO SURVIVE by Stephanie Land

7. A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (SHADES OF MAGIC #2) by V.E. Schwab

6. DOPESICK: DEALERS, DOCTORS, AND THE DRUG COMPANY THAT ADDICTED AMERICA by Beth Macy

5. THE DREAM OF REASON by Jenny George

4. THE PERFECT NANNY by Leila Slimani

3. THE FINANCIAL DIET by Chelsea Fagan

2. BROTHER by David Chariandy

1. WENCH by Dolen Perkins-Valdez


If you have questions about any of these books, feel free to send us an email. Or you can check out our Goodreads ratings (under Jhoanna Belfer). 


Happy Reading! 

XOXO Jho (founder of Bel Canto Books)

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