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Welcome to Novel Pairings, a podcast dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun. Each episode we’ll discuss one classic book and share some recommendations for more contemporary reads that feature similar themes. As two nerdy bookworms, we appreciate the role of classic lit, but we but we won’t get too academic about it. We’ll talk about the books we love and the books we loath, and help stock your TBR pile with old and new reads for every literary taste.

Novel Pairings


    • Jan 24, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    110. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes and stories of community, music, and home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 53:56


    Chelsey and Sara discuss Langston Hughes's 1930 novel: Not Without Laughter,  the story of a young boy coming of age in small-town Kansas with his matriarchal family. His mother Annjee works as a maid and cook for a wealthy white family, his grandmother Hager takes in laundry work, and his Aunt Harriet has big dreams of performing. His wandering father, Jimboy makes appearances as does his upper class Aunt Tempy. As a collective, these characters reveal varied philosophies and histories of the Black diasporic experience.  We expected to enjoy Hughes' use of language and imagery, but we did not anticipate the rich tapestry of history and themes explored in this  short classic. We hope you take something away from this spoiler-free episode before, during, or after listening, whether you choose to pick up the book or one of our contemporary pairings. These pairings include complex families in fiction, sweeping historical accounts, and blues-y musings on the power of music.  Are you ready for deeper reading in 2023? This spring we're exploring the world of Classic Children's Literature in your podcast feed and with our Patreon community. Together, we're learning to be better, more critical and thorough readers of classic and contemporary literature. We love discussing books and reading with all of you and hope you'll join our group of nerdy readers at patreon.com/novelpairings. Annual subscriptions are now available at a discounted price.  Pairings Timestamp: 29:50 . . . Books Mentioned: A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby Perish by Latoya Watkins Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong   Links & Things Mentioned: "Done Made Us Leave Our Home": Langston Hughes's Not without Laughter--Unifying Image and Three Dimensions - R. Baxter Miller (JSTOR)

    109. Reading classic children's literature with Alice, Anne and Aslan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 34:20


    This spring semester, we are trying something a little different. We hope you all are up for venturing into uncharted territory together as we spend a few months reading Classic Children's Literature! From fantasy to historical fiction to adventure, we will explore the influences of children's stories on contemporary literature. Using our signature literary lens, we intend to reflect on some of our favorite books as young readers while scrutinizing how well they hold up to the modern kid lit canon.  We will discuss each of these selections on the main feed, but if you'd like to dive deeper into the themes, history, and connections between these texts, consider joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings.  A quick note: we don't share which books are our book club selections for each month, because we haven't chosen them yet! We'll put out a poll on Patreon. Novel Pairings Spring 2023: Classic Children's Literature  February: Fantasy  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman Patreon Lecture: Reading Children's Classics with a Literary Lens March: Historical Fiction Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman Patreon Seminar: Should Grown-Ups Read Twilight?: The role of children's literature in the adult reader's life April: Orphans and Scamps The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Patreon Lecture: From Alice to Amari: The Hero's Journey in Children's Fiction May: Books in Translation Inkheart by Cornelia Funke The Wild Book by Juan Villaro Patreon Office Hours

    108. Our favorite (and least favorite) books of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 71:39


    Today we enter the towering stack of “Best Book” lists, but we like to think our annual episode stands out from the crowd. Instead of narrowing down a list of favorites every year, we share superlatives to include a wider variety of genres, themes, and reading experiences in our year end wrap up episode. Check our stories at @novelpairingspod on Instagram for templates to share your 2022 superlatives, and please do not forget to tag us! We would love to see which books you select in each category. For more superlatives, go to patreon.com/novelpairings. We will share a bonus episode on Friday FULL of more titles we loved this year.    Podcast episodes mentioned: Maryanne Wolf and Ezra Klein discuss “deep reading” All about hyped books Buzzy summer 2022 books we both read   Books mentioned: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinBabel by R.F. Kuang Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott  Book Lovers by Emily Henry Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver Trust by Hernan Diaz Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk Search by Michelle Hunevan Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon Invisible Storm by Jason Kander A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa  The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O'Neill Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King The Long Answer by Anna Hogeland The Trees by Percival Everett Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout Recitatif by Toni Morrison Have I Told You This Already? By Lauren Graham Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk These Precious Days by Ann Pachett Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles   Share your own superlatives! Here's the list: Lived up to “the hype” Didn't live up to “the hype” Most likely to become a modern classic Best surprise Biggest disappointment  Most comforting/helped through a hard time Best characters  Best UNlikeable characters Kept you thinking the long after reading Most discussable Best under the radar Best audiobook experience Book you would recommend to a friend  

    107. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo and adapting the classics for modern readers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 39:03


    Join us as we discuss the sumptuous, sexy, and speculative adaptation of The Great Gatsby: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. We adored Vo's language, voice, and inventive storytelling and will give you a heads up for brief spoilers [20:35-25:00]. In addition to classic themes with a contemporary twist, we also discuss what we've learned over the course of this adaptation-themed semester in Novel Pairings University.  We are not offering pairings for this episode, but we highly recommend checking out our popular bonus episodes on classic literature from the 1920s Part One and Part Two.   If you've enjoyed our eclectic and educational content this season, we would love for you to join us for our exciting December and January events in our Patreon community. You can find calendars and details in our newsletter or on our Patreon page.  To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend! Books & Links mentioned: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor Nghi Vo on the Poured Over podcast Was Gatsby Black? Deconstructing the American Dream: Identity and Illusions in Nghi Vo's The Chosen and the Beautiful

    106. Revisit West Egg with Novel Pairings: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 75:09


    Readers, today we are taking it way back to September 2020 (a lifetime ago!) when we discussed The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This month's book club is The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (a Gatsby retelling) so we're taking this opportunity to refresh our memories about the plot, characters, and themes of Fitzgerald's iconic work. We hope you enjoy this blast from the past, and we're so excited to discuss Vo's novel with you next week!     Books mentioned: Chelsey's Pairings:Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo VillavincencioThe Diviners by Libba Bray Sara's Pairings:The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell The Affairs of the Falcons by Melissa RiveroSeverance by Ling Ma Coming UpNext Week: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi VoTo support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    105. A stack of sparkling novels set in the Roaring 20s

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 40:32


    In anticipation of this month's book club read, we're sharing a whole stack of novels set in the 1920s. We are giving you a little bit of everything in this list: historical fiction, romance, mystery, backlist books, and new releases to help you step back in time and witness the opulence and turbulence of the Roaring 20s. We hope you find the perfect glittering, scandalous, or suspenseful novel to escape into.  Pairings Chelsey: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo  Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich Sara: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh Jazz by Toni Morrison The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters   Coming Up November: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo   To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    104. The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and pairings for theatrical, political, or fantastical readers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 70:37


    Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth. It's been awhile since we discussed a Shakespeare play and we're thrilled to be back with the Bard for spooky season to chat about witches, ghosts, murder, and betrayal. Take a listen to hear us discuss why Macbeth feels different from other tragedies, the way staging decisions can impact the meaning of this play, and how much of this story is inspired by the real King James I's fears and paranoias. We also touch on what we actually admire about the Macbeths' marriage and just how much Game of Thrones owes to the Scottish Play. For today's pairings we have a Macbeth retelling set in Appalachia, two tales of things gone wrong in the theater, plus a modern classic, an epic fantasy novel, and a quiet meditation on the power of prophecy. This episode is great for Shakespeare lovers as well as readers less familiar with his works.   Listen to Our Pairings: [51:35]   Chelsey: All's Well by Mona Awad If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter   Sara: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith  Serena by Ron Rash The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin   Coming Up November: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    103. Shakespearean titles to topple your To Be Read stack

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 48:02


    Today, we are toppling your TBR with Shakespeare-inspired stories, retellings, and adaptations. We have ten books for you today, but there are so many more we could have discussed. Join our community over on  Patreon for three additional recommendations from each of us!    Pairings   Chelsey: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston That Way Madness Lies, edited by Dahlia Adler Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel All's Well by Mona Awad   Sara: The Third Witch by Rebecca Reiser A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler New Boy by Tracy Chevalier Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin   Coming Up October (next week!): Macbeth by William Shakespeare November: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo   To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    102. Perplexed by Persuasion on Netflix

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 31:22


    Today, Chelsey and Sara are discussing the new Netflix film adaptation of Persuasion starring Dakota Johnson, Cormo Jarvis, and Henry Golding. We lament the anachronistic language, mull over the casting, and consider the obvious influences of Fleabag, Bridgerton, and Schitt's Creek, all while attempting to figure out just what this movie had to say about Jane Austen's most romantic novel. Additionally, we talk about the Austen adaptations we wish we had and which supporting cast members saved the movie for us. This episode is made possible by our supporters on Patreon. Join us this month for all things Shakespeare, including a class on deciphering difficult texts, a live book club discussion of Macbeth, and a Macbeth movie watchalong. In joining our Patreon community, you also get access to weekly bonus episodes along with the archive of all previous bonus content. Your Patreon support keeps our podcast afloat and allows us to keep creating the coziest corner of the bookish internet. Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend! Turning Persuasion into Fleabag was a truly terrible idea Persuasion review: The Netflix film is an absolute disaster Persuasion review: The present intrudes into the past Brandon Taylor's review: persuasion is a hate crime  

    101. Ask a Shakespeare Professor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 58:34


    Welcome to Shakespeare 101! It's a perfectly fitting episode number for today as we invite a Shakespeare professor to answer YOUR questions about the Bard's staying power, how to read his works, and how to interpret Lady Macbeth. We always say we won't get TOO academic here, but we're getting pretty academic thanks to Chelsey's former Shakespeare professor. Professor Doug Green taught at Augsburg University, including Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, writing, drama, and film. He also helped develop and taught Augsburg's first course in queer studies. He has an abundance of knowledge and advice to share with us as we read Macbeth together this month, so jump in and travel back to the college classroom with us today.    Books, authors, and resources mentioned: Paradise Lost by John Milton Samson Agonistes by John Milton The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan  The Bacchae of Euripedes  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Ben Jonson Beaumont & Fletcher John Dryden Alexander Pope Theater Mu Penumbra Theater Ovid Plutarch Holinshed's Chronicles Chaucer The Guthrie Theater Classical Actor's Ensemble 10,000 Things Barbarian Tony Kushner  Colson Whitehead James McBride Toni Morrison Louise Erdrich Margaret Atwood Robert Frost Mary Oliver Lucille Clifton Ross Gay Richard Blanco Elizabeth Alexander   Shakespeare Supplements: The Oxford English Dictionary Folio Facsimile The Folger Library MIT Global Shakespeare Norton Shakespeare   Macbeth on Film: Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021, stream on Apple TV) Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth (1970, stream on Amazon Prime) Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (1957, stream on HBO Max or Amazon Prime) Find Doug's work: Jumping the Median with Doug Green

    100. Persuasion by Jane Austen and romantic novels with plenty of pining

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 69:53


    It's our 100th episode, readers! Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming along with us on this nerdy creative endeavor. We are immensely grateful for those of you who listen to the podcast, share it with friends, and support us on Patreon.  Today, we are talking about Persuasion by Jane Austen, often described as Austen's most autumnal work. Persuasion is a deeply romantic novel about longing, loss, and found family. We discuss Anne as an Austen heroine, and Wentworth as her perfect match. We discuss coming of age, family strains, and other exceedingly modern themes. Finally, of course we could not stop ourselves from diving into the theme of the season: adaptation, and why we think there is a resurgence of interest in this story right now.  Pairings Chelsey: Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan A Lady for a Duke by Alexis Hall Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass Sara: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt Other Links Oxford classes  Cynthia Erivo narration of Persuasion on Spotify Backlist coming of age novels for book clubs and beach reads Coming Up October: Macbeth by William Shakespeare November: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    99. Literary adaptations we can't wait to read this fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 56:39


    Welcome to fall, readers! Today, Sara & Chelsey dive into all things adaptations: why we enjoy them, when they fall short, and how adaptations fit into literary and pop culture conversations. We discuss how literature thrives on adaptations, and Sara shares some salty opinions. Subscribe to our newsletter for more resources on adaptations and the topics we covered in this episode. Books Mentioned Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)  Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Chelsey: Epically Earnest by Molly Horan (The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde) The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells)  Two Wrongs Make A Right by Chloe Liese (Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare) Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley) Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese (The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)  Marmee by Sarah Miller (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)  Sara What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe)  Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra (Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare) Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix by Anna-Marie McLemore (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)  Ithaca by Claire North (The Odyssey by Homer)  Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)  Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) Coming Up   September: Persuasion by Jane Austen October: Macbeth by William Shakespeare November: The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend!

    98. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and stories as big as Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 89:48


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. This novel surprised us in the best ways, and we loved reading along with you all summer. Tune in to hear us talk about the fantastic characters and McMurtry's narrative style in this sweeping tome, drawing surprising similarities with Jane Austen. This novel touches on themes of love, family, masculinity, and so much more. If you're looking for a fantastic book club selection with more to discuss than could possibly fit in an hour, consider this novel along with some of our pairings.  This episode is mostly spoiler free, with warnings included before we share important plot details. To support Novel Pairings: Write a review in Apple Podcasts.  Subscribe to our newsletter at novelpairings.substack.com Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Send this episode to a bookish friend! Books Mentioned  Some links are affiliate links. Every time you make a purchase through one of these links, it helps us keep the podcast running. Thank you!  Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry  Listen to our pairings: [56:15] Chelsey: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke  Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann Montana 1948 by Larry Watson Sara:  Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin  The Sun by Philipp Meyer  The River by Peter Heller A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza  Pick of the Week: Chelsey: The Harder They Fall (Netflix) Sara: The Watch: Lonesome Dove

    97. Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay and postcolonial novels to expand your world

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 56:36


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay. We discuss the classic nature of this novel along with some of its modern elements, as well as our own personal impressions and individual reading experiences of the book. This Harlem Renaissance novel explores themes that pushed the boundaries of its time: disability, the physical body, race, migration, post-colonialism, Marxism, economics. If you're looking for a short classic novel that covers many modern ideas, consider this one alongside some of our pairings.    Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores.   Books Mentioned  Some links are affiliate links. Every time you make a purchase through one of these links, it helps us keep the podcast running. Thank you!    Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay (Penguin Classics)    Listen to our pairings: [41:05]   Chelsey:  At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop  A Country for Dying by Abdellah Taïa   Sara:  Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin  You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi    Also Mentioned:  The Best New Novel Was Written 90 Years Ago by Molly Young (Vulture)  A Book So Far Ahead of Its Time, It took 87 Years to Find A Publisher by Tayla Zax (NYTimes)

    96. Must-read books of the summer paired with beach-worthy backlist titles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 66:37


    It's that time of year, readers! Pull out your favorite book tote and get thee to pre-ordering (or library requesting) because we've got an episode full of our most anticipated reads for summer 2022. Since we can't help ourselves, we've paired each buzzy new title with a backlist pick. We're also talking about summer reading hopes (not goals), our favorite summertime genres, and what's happening in Classics Club this season.  If you're enjoying our content, please write a review on Apple Podcasts, share an episode with a friend, or shout us out on social media. Growing this show is only possible because of our lovely listeners. Thank you! A Special thank you to The Lost City for sponsoring this episode. Love these episodes? Support us on Patreon patreon.com/novelpairings and get bonus episodes full of reading recs this summer.  Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned (thanks for supporting us by shopping our Bookshop affiliate links!): May 5/3 The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price, Sense & Second Degree Murder 5/3 When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister 5/17 We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 5/17 Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces by Elamin Abdelmahmoud Piccolo is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture by Jordan Calhoun 5/24 Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward  5/31 Half-Blown Rose by Leesa Cross-Smith Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, Half Light  June 6/7 Woman of Light by Kali Farjado-Anstine A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi 6/7 Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 6/14 Horse by Geraldine Brooks The Son by Philip Meyer 6/28 American Royalty by Tracey Livesay The Royal We, Red, White & Royal Blue, or American Royals Like Lovers Do by Tracey Livesay July 7/5 Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link 7/5 Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty There, There by Tommy Orange, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw 7/12 The Crane Wife by C.J. Hauser The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy 7/12 Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevinn The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer 7/19 Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    95. Love and Freindship by Jane Austen and adding pure FUN to your TBR list

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 51:09


    Today Sara and Chelsey discuss Jane Austen's silly, ridiculous, and absolutely delightful work of juvenilia: Love and Freindship. From fainting spells to the history of parody, this episode is full of nerdy information and fun Austen context. If you're looking to lighten up your reading life with irreverent novels and humorous romance, today's pairings are for you, regardless of whether you've picked up Love and Freindship.  Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: Love and Freindship by Jane Austen Chelsey: The Princess Bride by William Goldman Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortburg When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare Miss Austen by Gill Hornby Sara: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbetson Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

    94. Ask Us Anything with Chelsey, Sara, and a surprise guest

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 74:38


    How did Sara and Chelsey meet? What goes into making a Novel Pairings episode? And how do they find time to read with busy, curious babies in their lives? Today's episode holds all the answers to YOUR questions about classic literature, teaching English, baby bookworms, reading habits, and more. (Plus plenty of book recommendations. We can't help it.) The show notes are full of links today, so be sure to scroll down in your app or visit novelpairings.com.   Some links are affiliate links. Every time you make a purchase through one of these links, it helps us keep the podcast running. Thank you!   Books Mentioned: Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Episode: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward Episode: The Crucible by Arthur Miller We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry Episode: The Odyssey by Homer The Martian by Andy Weir The Time Traveler's Wife by Aubrey Niffenegger Episode: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Episode: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann Circe by Madeline Miller Episode: Passing by Nella Larsen Episode: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Episode: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Episode: Beloved by Toni Morrison The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Houghton Let's Look at Animals by Marion Deuchars LMNO Peas by Keith Baker A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi Episode: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Episode: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery Episode: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Episode: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Episode: Emma by Jane Austen Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare Love and Freindship by Jane Austen   Also Mentioned: @fictionmatters @chelseyreads He Read She Read Podcast The Novel Pairings Ultimate Spreadsheet Sandra Boynton: Frog Trouble Album Raising Readers with Anne Bogel The Sleepy Bookshelf Podcast @clumsy.words   Don't forget to: Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores.

    93. Middlemarch by George Eliot Part Two: Pairings

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 46:49


    Today Sara and Chelsey consider Middlemarch by George Eliot through a contemporary lens with paired books about marriage, community, and time-tested advice. You don't need to read Middlemarch to put a book recommendation in your pocket today, so enjoy this unique collection of titles and a spoiler-free conversation.    We're recording an Ask Us Anything episode! Submit your questions to novelpairingspod@gmail.com, DM us on Instagram, or stay tuned for a question box in our Instagram stories.  Need more Jane Austen in your life? Of course you do. Check out Live from Pemberley, from the creators and hosts of Hot & Bothered.  Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned:Middlemarch by George Eliot (Penguin Classics Deluxe) Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka Wahala by Nikki May

    92. Middlemarch by George Eliot Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 53:38


    Today Sara and Chelsey check in and discuss Middlemarch by George Eliot. What does this 800-page Victorian novel have in common with Love is Blind on Netflix? Tune in to hear literary analysis, pop culture connections, and personal reflections on reading this giant tome. Plus, Sara and Chelsey reveal plans for a new episode format, coming soon.  Join our Patreon community at patreon.com/novelpairings. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned:Middlemarch by George Eliot (Penguin Classics Deluxe)Emma by Jane Austen (The Annotated Version)Love and Friendship by Jane Austen Picks of the week: Chelsey: Love is Blind (Netflix) Sara: My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead  Also mentioned: “It Can Be Embarrassing to Love Dorothea” The Paris Review

    91. Bookish superlatives from an unprecedented reading year

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 47:40


    After a few months off, we're back in your feeds today to discuss some of our favorite (and least favorite) books of 2021. We've organized this episode into bookish superlatives that let us share books you may not hear us talk about otherwise. We also offer a reflection on our reading year as a whole, including what it's been like to read with newborns around. It's great to be back at the mic talking all things books! For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Links: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers Beautiful World Where Are You by Sally Rooney The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson Wintering by Katherine May Insurrecto by Gina Apostol Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark We're All in This Together by Amy Jones Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleiman Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley Detransition, Baby by Torrie Peters The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Seven Days in June by Tia Williams A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

    90. Our love/hate relationship with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 61:01


    “Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents.” So begins the book that launched a million little girls' love affair with reading. While we here at Novel Pairings have pretty mixed feelings about Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, our discussion of this beloved childhood classic is one of our favorites.  Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some discussion of Little Women, so whether you love them or loathe them, we hope you enjoy today's rerelease as we deep dive into the world of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books Mentioned: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Amazon) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Amazon) Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Amy Boyd Rioux (Amazon) So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan (Amazon) March by Geraldine Brooks (Amazon) Also mentioned: Episode 40 with Annie B. Jones Skip to the pairings with this timestamp: [36:14]   Shop the pairings with our affiliate links below:   Chelsey's Pairings:  More to the Story by Hena Khan (Amazon) Most Likely by Sarah Watson (Amazon) Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Amazon)   Sara's Pairings: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (Amazon) The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas (Amazon) The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Amazon) Picks of the week: Home Cooking Podcast Why the British Tell Better Children's Stories

    89. Behind the scenes of the shop around the corner with Annie B. Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 67:00


    Here at Novel Pairings, if there's one thing we love almost as much as reading it's supporting independent bookstores. Today, we're re-airing an interview with one of our favorite indie bookstore insiders, Annie B. Jones, owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie shares a little about her own reading life and tastes, and offers some sweet and moving book pairings for one of her favorite classics: Little Women.  Remember, you can support The Bookshelf or your favorite local indie bookstore and the Novel Pairings podcast by signing up or gifting a Libro.fm membership. Use our code NOVELPAIRINGS when you join, and help boost business at your favorite bookstore through another difficult holiday season. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: Our book list includes a mix of affiliate links and links to The Bookshelf inventory. If you want to own one of the books we talked about today, we hope you consider supporting The Bookshelf with your purchase.    East of Eden by John Steinbeck Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Little Women by Louisa May Alcott An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott The Baby-Sitters Club Box A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza The Mothers by Brit Bennett Franny & Zoey by J.D. Salinger From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konig Bloomability by Sharon Creech Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Amy Boyd Rioux Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani  HRH by Elizabeth Holmes Passing by Nella Larsen Emma by Jane Austen Also mentioned: “The Baby-Sitters Club Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know About Literary Fiction”

    88. A new-to-us and nuanced novel of manners: There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 56:45


    We love revisiting our favorite books for episodes of Novel Pairings, but there's also something truly special about finding a new-to-us classic that becomes a forever favorite. There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset was a book neither of us had read or even knew much about before deciding to cover it on the podcast.  What we found was a beautiful and nuanced novel of manners that both echoed many of our favorite works while offering something wholly original. We keep this episode spoiler-free to encourage more readers to give this novel a chance. We hope you'll listen and then pick up this too long neglected Harlem Renaissance classic. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Skip to the pairings with this timestamp: [33:15]   Shop the pairings with our affiliate links below:   Books mentioned: There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset (Amazon) Passing by Nella Larsen (Amazon) [30:39]   Chelsey's Pairings   Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Amazon) [36:06] This Lovely City by Louise Hare (Amazon) [42:23] Becoming by Michelle Obama (Amazon) [49:18]   Sara's Pairings   On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Amazon) [33:33] No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (Amazon) [39:35] Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (Amazon) [45:52] Picks of the week: Chelsey: How WWI Sparked and Artistic Movement that Transformed Black America [53:30] Sara: New Yorker article on Fauset (by Morgan Jerkins) [52:09] and Women of the Harlem Renaissance by Cheryl A. Wall [52:40]

    87. Perfectly paired gifts for every bookworm

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 46:36


    Our penchant for pairings goes far beyond books and in today's gift guide rerelease we're offering a variety of suggestions for what to give the literary minded loved ones in your life. Each book and gift pairing is put together with a particular type of reader in mind to help you find the perfect holiday gift no matter who you're shopping for this season.  Our Gift Guide: https://novelpairings.com/2020/11/10/35-a-2020-gift-guide-for-every-literary-taste/ For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: Luster by Raven Leilani (9/1) Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Normal People by Sally Rooney Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (9/1) The Mothers by Brit Bennett Daddy by Emma Cline (9/1) The Girls by Emma Cline Florida by Lauren Groff Sabrina & Corina by Kali Farjado-Anstine Lot by Bryan Washington Recommended for You by Laura Silverman (9/1) Tweet Cute by Emma Lord By the Book by Amanda Sellet Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (9/1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 13th on Netflix The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander When They See Us on Netflix Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Pride by Ibi Zoboi His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie (9/1) Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivers (9/1) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Episode 18 The Odyssey When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (9/1) The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Jack by Marilynne Robinson (9/15) Lila by Marilynne Robinson Gilead by Marilynne Robinson New Gilead covers The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (9/15) Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (9/29) How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo (9/29) The Best Worst Man by Mia Sosa Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman (10/6) Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab (10/6) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Dolly Parton's America She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh (10/13) Natural Acts: Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music by Pamela Fox Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (10/20) Dare Me by Megan Abbott Jane in Love by Rachel Givney (10/27) The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn Austenland by Shannon Hale Cobble Hill by Cecily Von Ziegesar (10/20) Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger  I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom (11/17) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

    86. Palpable tension and shocking twists in Passing by Nella Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 62:08


    When we first released our episode on Passing by Nella Larsen in June of 2020, we were already professing our excitement for the new movie starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Nega. This month, the film is finally releasing on Netflix.  We can't wait to watch and see how the palpable tension and twisty tone translate to the screen. This episode contains spoilers, but we give you ample warning so feel free to listen before or after watching. Our discussion includes:  Gatsby connections galore, and an argument for replacing Gatsby with Passing [16:35]  Intersectionality and Irene's struggle with loyalty across race, gender, and class lines [27:56]  Who should pick this up? [32:15] Plus, as always, we're recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic,  including a literary thriller and one of this summer's buzziest books. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Show Notes: Emily Bernard's intro Excerpt from Vanishing Half @reggiereads review Chelsey's Pairings: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite [40:48] Black is the Body by Emily Bernard [47:05] The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert [53:17]   Sara's Pairings: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson [37:50] Born a Crime by Trevor Noah [43:14] The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett [50:00]   Pick of the Week: You Must Remember This podcast “Passing for White, Merle Oberon” 13th the Ava DuVerny documentary

    85. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and perfectly psychological pairings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 70:03


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. We've read this story more times than we can count—as students and as teachers, and today we're sharing new insights and appreciation for its themes, tone, and terrifying ending. We cover connections to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's biography, historical context, and deeper analysis as we talk through this 1892 classic and classroom staple. In Short Story Club we do share spoilers, so read this story for free and then tune in to our discussion—or listen to see what you remember from a previous reading experience. As always, we offer pairings with similar themes to add to your TBR.   For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Skip to the pairings: [48:10]   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Read “The Yellow Wallpaper” for free “The Yellow Wallpaper” audiobook on Hoopla Chelsey: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (Amazon) Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black by bell hooks (Amazon) Sara: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Amazon) Mrs. March by Virginia Feito (Amazon) Picks of the week: Chelsey - “The Yellow Wallpaper” The Musical and All's Well by Mona Awad Sara - Gaslight (1944)

    84. Literary terms, book recommendations, and learning about the horror genre with Raelyn Torngren

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 43:36


    Today, we welcome Raelyn Torngren to the podcast to educate us on the horror genre. From defining tropes to engaging in literary criticism to offering excellent book recommendations, we cover a lot of ground! This episode is excellent for readers who are ready to lean into their darker tastes this season or readers who are new to the genre. You can find Raelyn on Instagram @reading.reverie and follow her Youtube channel, Reading Reverie for video essays and book recommendations. She also hosts a horror book club! For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Novel Pairings  Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Amazon) The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (Amazon) Powers of Horror by Julia Kristeva (Amazon) White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi (Amazon) Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Amazon) The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez (Amazon) The Shining by Stephen King (Amazon) The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Amazon) The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Amazon) Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe (Amazon) White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson (Amazon) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Amazon) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Amazon)   Also mentioned: Silent Hill video game Alien Midsommar Fear Street Cosmic Horror/Lovecraftian Horror

    83. Revisiting Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 68:55


    This season we've been getting into the autumnal mood with Gothic short stories, Victorian fiction, and an upcoming exploration of horror literature. Today, we're rereleasing our episode on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a work that fits perfectly into our seasonal theme. We hope listening or relistening to our discussion about this classroom staple will be enhanced by all the additional Gothic content in the Novel Pairings feed this fall. Show notes Our discussion includes: Sara's experience with teaching Frankenstein in the high school classroom [8:20] The stranger-than-fiction true story behind the novel [10:30] Defining “Gothic novels,” historical and contemporary [20:05] Plus, as always, we're recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic,  including graphic novels and absorbing nonfiction. Shop our pairings: https://bookshop.org/lists/novel-pairings-for-frankenstein Sign up for Libro.fm: https://libro.fm/redeem/novelpairings What to read or skip in Frankenstein:   Victor thinking about creating his creature Creating the monster Monster talking to Victor Skip all of the wandering around the countryside   . . . . . . . . . . Shop the pairings:   Chelsey's Pairings: The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Millicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara [43:30] WSIRN Episode w/Mallory Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaughter by Brea Grant & Yishan Li [50:40] The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey [58:20]   Sara's Pairings: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [40:02] Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood [46:45] Destroyer by Victor LaValle, illustrated by Dietrich Smith [53:51]   Picks of the Week: Chelsey: Penny Dreadful on Showtime/Netflix Sara: Mary's Monster by Lita Judge  illustrations: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781626725003

    82. How to read a BIG book: an introduction to Middlemarch by George Eliot

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 36:25


    In case you missed it, we're reading Middlemarch together! We're both excited (and, let's be honest) a little apprehensive about diving into George Eliot's Middlemarch with you this fall and winter. This is a BIG book filled with lots of historical references and Eliot's signature attention to the smallest of details. It's also a cozy and thoughtful depiction of a small town that brings us relationships to root for, villains to hate, and characters we'll remember for a long time to come. Today, we're sharing some logistics of how our big book readalong will work, basic background information on the text, and tips for making your reading experience valuable and enjoyable. We can't wait to get reading with you! For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Links: Middlemarch by George Eliot (Penguin Classics Deluxe)  Middlemarch on the Serial Reader app  Middlmarch on Spotify  A brief biography of George Eliot  "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists" by George Eliot  Virginia Woolf on George Eliot  Henry James' review of Middlemarch  Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith  My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney 

    81. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe and creepy fictional houses to explore

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 65:40


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. This delightfully creepy story ushers in (that pun was NOT intended, but let's go with it) chilling fall breezes, spooky October vibes, and atmosphere galore. We walk through a close reading of this classic horror story and cover Poe's signature writing style and the horror tropes he plays with here, leaving a legacy for modern authors and even filmmakers in the horror genre. As always in Short Story Club, we offer four contemporary pairings to add to your gothic reading pile this fall.  For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Skip to the pairings: [43:50] . . . Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe Poe's stories on audio A collection of Poe's short stories Chelsey: His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler (Amazon) The Whispering House by Elizabeth Brooks (Amazon) Sara: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (Amazon) The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Amazon) Both (Bonus): Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Amazon) Picks of the week: Chelsey - For students: The Poe Museum  & Common Lit For teachers: Drunk History, Edgar Allan Poe feuds with Rufus Griswold Sara - The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez and The Fall by Bethan Griffin

    80. Forecasting our fall reading with anticipated backlist titles from our shelves

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 42:26


    Today, Sara and Chelsey share the backlist books they're putting on their To Be Read lists for the next few months. We speculate on which books will carry us through the early days of motherhood and which reading formats might work best in a totally unpredictable season. This episode is for anyone who wants to read more backlist, readers who have a hard time focusing right now, and bookworms eager to add overlooked titles to their book stacks.  For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Amazon) The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power (Amazon) Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin (Amazon)  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke (Amazon) Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Amazon) A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (Amazon) The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Amazon) A Quiet Life in the Country by T.E. Kinsey (Amazon) Poldark by Winston Graham (Amazon) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Amazon) A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas (Amazon) Middlemarch by George Eliot (Amazon) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Amazon) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (Amazon) Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (Amazon) Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (Amazon) Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper (Amazon)  The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (Amazon) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Amazon) Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (Amazon) A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Amazon) The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Amazon) The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (Amazon) Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Amazon) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Amazon) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Amazon) Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemain (Amazon) Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (Amazon) The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian (Amazon)   Also mentioned: Marlon and Jake Read Dead People

    79. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 74:11


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss chapters 27 through the end of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. We discuss Jane's journeys from coming of age to literally hiking on the moors, the juxtaposition of Rochester and another romantic interest, the ending (of course), and whether or not we think this qualifies as a “feminist text.” Plus, we offer six pairings that touch on the tone, themes, and legacy of Brontë's iconic novel. We think you'll be shocked by one of Sara's pairings and can't wait to hear what you think! For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Skip to the pairings: [46:35] . . . Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë   Chelsey: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Amazon) The Governesses by Anne Serre (Amazon) My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, et al (Amazon)   Sara: Twilight by Stephanie Meyers (Amazon) White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi (Amazon) The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (Amazon) Picks of the week: Chelsey - What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell (Amazon) Sara - Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës by Isabel Greenberg (Amazon)

    78. Raising Readers with biblio therapist Anne Bogel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 53:05


    When Chelsey and Sara found out we were both expecting new family members, literally just a few days apart, many conversations of course turned to all things pregnancy and baby. We wanted to consider how motherhood would impact our reading lives and today we're thrilled to have Anne Bogel on the podcast to talk about raising readers and reading in the hazy newborn days. Anne is an author, blogger, and host of the What Should I Read Next podcast. She's also one of our favorite literary therapists, who happens to be a mom of four. In this conversation, we talk about simple strategies to encourage a love of reading in kids as well as tips for maintaining a robust reading life as a new parent. And, of course, we couldn't let Anne leave without recommending a few books to us! She shares some of her favorites for readalouds alongside some adult fiction that touches on themes of parenthood. Preorder Anne's new book journal, My Reading Life (out September 21st), to access a batch of preorder goodies that are perfect for avid readers. And keep up with Anne's reading life by following her on Instagram at @annebogel and @whatshouldireadnext or by visiting her blog ModernMrsDarcy.com. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis Press Here by Herve Tullet Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault and Bill Martin The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger  Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger  Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger  The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili Landslide by Susan Conley Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

    77. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 73:03


    Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss chapters 1-26 of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. We've each read this Victorian Gothic novel multiple times, learning something new with each reread. In today's conversation, we reflect on past reading experiences and dive into analysis. We share our thoughts on the early coming of age chapters, Jane and Rochester's romance, and what's going on in the attic at Thornfield. We'll give you a heads up for major spoilers, but we think this is a great episode to listen to before, during, or after you read Brontë's iconic novel.    We'll discuss Part Two on September 21st. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com.   Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter   Also mentioned: Charlotte Brontë biography Sorry, but Jane Eyre Isn't the Romance You Want It to Be, from JSTOR Daily Bluebeard fairytale    Picks of the week: Chelsey - The Rom Pod series “On Eyre” Sara - Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

    76. Our favorite tips, tricks, and insights for reading Jane Eyre

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 36:58


    Today, Sara and Chelsey share some of their favorite tips for getting the most out of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Our tips include some general advice for reading a dense Victorian novel alongside our thoughts about the genre conventions and stylistic elements of Jane Eyre that can enhance your reading of this novel in particular. This episode is designed to help you get the most out of this novel whether it's your first read or your fifteenth!   Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get weekly reading updates and podcast news or joining our Patreon community, where we share bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and a whole bunch of book talk at patreon.com/novelpairings.com.   Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.

    75. Wrapping up summer with our favorite reads and reflections

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 51:20


    Today, Sara and Chelsey reflect on their summer reading season with short reviews of their favorite reads, and they look ahead to their upcoming fall season. Do you enjoy hearing about our recent reads? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get weekly reading updates and podcast news or joining our Patreon community, where we share bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and a whole bunch of book talk at patreon.com/novelpairings.com.   Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Amazon) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Amazon) Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Amazon) The Guide by Peter Heller (Amazon) The River by Peter Heller (Amazon) All's Well by Mona Awad (Amazon) Bunny by Mona Awad (Amazon) The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) The Sentence by Louise Edrich (Amazon) The Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley (Amazon) The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee (Amazon) The Guncle by Steven Rowley (Amazon) Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Amazon) Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb (Amazon) Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Amazon)   Read with us this fall season: Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre Norton Critical Edition (great introduction, annotations, and scholarly articles)Jane Eyre Vintage Classics (wide margins for annotating, affordable, and a nice paperback weight)Jane Eyre Penguin Classics Deluxe (one of the coolest covers out there) The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan PoeRead the story for free online The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe: Collected Works  The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins GilmanRead the story for free online The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Gibbs Smith Women's Voices Series)The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Penguin Vitae Collection)

    74. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor and stories of friendship, community, and resilience

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 61:01


    Today, Sara and Chelsey gush about a new favorite novel-in-short-stories: The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor. We focus on Naylor's memorable prose and mastery of structure, avoiding spoilers so you can listen before reading. Plus, as always, we offer six contemporary pairings that capture similar themes, featuring short story collections and well-crafted memoirs. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Skip to the pairings: [34:43]   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (Amazon) The Men of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (Amazon) Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Amazon) Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty (Amazon)   Chelsey The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Amazon) The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw (Amazon) Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Amazon) Sara Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor  (Amazon) Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz (Amazon) Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey (Amazon)   Picks of the week: Chelsey: The Women of Brewster Place Reissue Review (NPR) Sara: The Promise podcast

    73. Greek mythology-inspired novels to topple your To Be Read list

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 57:36


    Influenced by a delightful book club discussion with Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas, Chelsey and Sara share a pile of  mythology-inspired books in today's TBR toppling episode. Myth retellings and adaptations might be a hot trend in publishing right now, but their popularity dates back centuries. In today's discussion, Chelsey and Sara explore the resurgence of Greek mythology, what makes a great retelling, and which mythological novels they love or want to read. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!    Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Amazon) Circe by Madeline Miller (Amazon) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Amazon) A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Amazon) The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Amazon) The Women of Troy by Pat Barker (Amazon) Lovely War by Julie Berry (Amazon) xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer (Amazon) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Amazon) The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (Amazon) Bull by David Elliot (Amazon)Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Amazon) Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Amazon) Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Amazon) Weight by Jeanette Winterson (Amazon) The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Amazon) Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Amazon) Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (Amazon) Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Amazon) Mythos by Stephen Fry (Amazon) Troy by Stephen Fry (Amazon)   Also mentioned: Episode 18: The Odyssey by Homer and mythology retellings for adventurous readers The Last Five Years

    72. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and contemporary novels with plenty of drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 70:12


    Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss a melodramatic classroom staple: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. We relive our classroom experiences, investigate why this play is still taught, and dig into the iconic characters made famous by Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the 1951 film adaptation. Plus, as always, we offer six contemporary pairings that capture similar themes. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Skip to the pairings: [43:50] . . . . Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Chelsey Luster by Raven Leilani (Amazon) Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (Amazon) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (Amazon) Sara Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Amazon) Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Amazon) Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Amazon)   Picks of the Week: You Must Remember This: On the Waterfront and Eliza Kazan The Morgan Tennessee Williams Exhibit

    Storybound with Laurie Frankel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 31:52


    We have an extra special Friday bonus episode for you! We've expressed our love for Laurie Frankel and her new book One Two Three on the podcast. Today, we're sharing an episode from Storybound, in which Laurie reads an excerpt from her book. This is paired with an original piece of music to make an immersive soundscape of original music and sound effects.  Storybound comes to you from The Podglomerate and Lit Hub Radio. Season 4 is the best yet, so subscribe today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you're listening now.  

    71. Superlatives for the best books of 2021 so far

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 52:19


    Today, Sara and Chelsey share their favorite books of the year (so far) with a series of bookish superlatives to guide them. From most surprising to most disappointing, we discuss the books that have shaped our reading lives in the first half of 2021. We love this low pressure format for sharing "the best" books and would love to hear about YOUR favorites, using our superlatives list. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!  Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jandrowski (Amazon) Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (Amazon) Anna K by Jenny Lee (Amazon) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Amazon) The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Amazon) Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Amazon) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Amazon) Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Amazon) Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First by Laura Tremaine (Amazon) One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Amazon) Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Amazon) Wintering by Katherine May (Amazon) How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon (Amazon) Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Amazon) Malibu Rising  by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon) Matrix  by Lauren Groff (Amazon)  You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union (Amazon)

    70. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and glittering contemporary books full of social commentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 73:46


    Chelsey and Sara discuss The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton*, a glittering Gilded Age classic that feels particularly relevant today. We chat about our experiences rereading one of Wharton's early novels, how we felt about the divisive character Lily Bart, and our recommendations for contemporary pairings—including one of our favorite essay collections and a coming of age novel set at a boarding school.  *This episode does include spoilers, so listen carefully for spoiler warnings if you haven't read The House of Mirth yet. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Listen to our pairings: [45:58]   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting us by shopping our affiliate links! Chelsey The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls series) by Joanna Shupe (Amazon) Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Amazon) Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Amazon) Sara The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Amazon) The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell (Amazon) Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (Amazon) Also mentioned: The Gilded Age Girls Club series (Duchess by Design #1) by Maya Rodale The Gossip Girl of Her Time: On the Pleasures of Edith Wharton

    69. A short story to read in one sitting this summer: The Prairie Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 48:17


    Today in “Short Story Club,” Chelsey and Sara are discussing “The Prairie Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. It's a quick, absorbing read about summer camp, social media, and how stories shape our identities.  We'd love to hear your thoughts on it! Note: Short Story Club episodes do contain spoilers. Read the story first, and then come back to hear our nerdy discussion. Join our Patreon community for an extended Short Story Club discussion on Discord.  Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter.  Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. . . . . . . These links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, Novel Pairings will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support! Short stories for summer from Bustle Chelsey Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Amazon) Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler  (Amazon) Under the Influence podcast with Jo Piazza  Sara No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood  (Amazon) Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey  (Amazon) Be There in Five podcast with Kate Kennedy

    68. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson and contemplative books for moody summer reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 60:47


    Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss The Summer Book by Tove Jansson*, a contemplative and vivid book in translation about a young girl, her grandmother, and the little island they inhabit. We discuss our favorite vignettes, the endearing characters, and our recommendations for contemporary pairings—including memoir, literary fiction, and poetry.  *This episode is spoiler-free. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Listen to our pairings: [31:50]   Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting us by shopping our affiliate links! Moomin books by Tove Jansson (Amazon) The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (Amazon) . . . Chelsey: Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge (Amazon) A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver (Amazon) Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas (Amazon)   Sara: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson  (Amazon) // SSR Episode 87 Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson (Amazon) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Amazon)   Pick of the week: Chelsey: We Can Do Hard Things podcast: What the hell is FUN and why do we need it? Sara: Tove Jansson's Moomins and her private universe.

    67. Sweeping family sagas for classic and contemporary reading tastes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 46:15


    Today, Sara and Chelsey share their favorite classic and contemporary sweeping family sagas. We recommend intergenerational stories that take place over decades or centuries—or across multiple continents. We also define and discuss this sub genre and speculate about why it's become such a popular phrase in publishing. Do you have a favorite novel that fits on our list? For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: Thank you for supporting the show by shopping our affiliate links!    The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Amazon) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Amazon) Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Amazon) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Amazon) Middlemarch by George Eliot (Amazon) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Amazon) The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Amazon) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Amazon) Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (Amazon) Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley (Amazon) The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley (Amazon) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Amazon) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Amazon) A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Amazon) The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Amazon) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Amazon) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Amazon)

    66. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 74:59


    Today Chelsey and Sara discuss the second half of The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Chapters 7 through 14. In this episode, we cover new characters, prominent themes, and final thoughts on spending so much time with the Trueba family, plus our contemporary pairings! We've paired Allende's masterpiece with novels of magical realism from all over the world, and we can't wait to hear your recommendations for further reading.    For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Skip to this timestamp for our pairings: [41:55]   Books mentioned: Thank you for shopping our affiliate links!   The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Amazon) In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Amazon) The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (Amazon)   Chelsey Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup (Amazon) Eartheater by Dolores Reyes, translated by Julia Sanchez (Amazon) The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina (Amazon)   Sara The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia (Amazon) Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (Amazon) Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (Amazon)   Pick of the week: Chelsey: “Everyone called me crazy for getting divorced in my 70s” Sara: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir on PBS

    65. Classic novels to read with your book club and tips for getting more out of book club discussions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 43:51


    Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss: when it comes to the classics,  what makes a great book club pick? They also share a handful of highly discussable classics, plus their top tips for better book club  discussions. Tell us which classics your book club loved (or loathed) on Instagram. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned:  Thank you for shopping our affiliate links and supporting the podcast! Passing by Nella Larsen (Amazon) // Episode 16 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Amazon) // Episode 26 The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Amazon) // Episode 10 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Amazon)  Myths and Retellings // Episode 18 Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Amazon) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Amazon) // Episode 33.5 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Amazon) // Episode 20 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (Amazon)   Also mentioned: Literary Theory & Critical Lenses Episode 5: Feminist Theory

    64. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 62:05


    Today Chelsey and Sara discuss the first half of The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Chapters 1 through 6. There's so much to discuss in this jam-packed, sweeping family novel. In this episode, we cover initial impressions and approaches to the book, Allende's style, and key characters. We'll share contemporary pairings in Part Two on June 22nd!  For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Pick of the week: Chelsey: Research the slave trade in Chile and Indigenous Chileans for even more historical context  Sara: Magical Realism: Embracing the Absurdity of Latin America | Andrés Hermida

    63. Brand new summer books and backlist pairings to topple your TBR

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 68:50


    We’re kicking off the summer reading season with a TBR toppler full of highly anticipated summer releases and backlist pairings! This episode is full of books we haven’t read and our best guesses at which books might be readalikes or thematic pairings. With buzzy books and under-the-radar releases from every genre, you’re sure to find at least one book (or maybe ten) for your summer To Be Read list. We can’t wait to hear which books you put on hold at the library or pick up from your local bookstore! For bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores.   Books mentioned (affiliate links):   June: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon) - 5:35  The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Amazon)   The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Amazon) - 8:25  When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (Amazon)   Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia - 11:26 (Amazon) Loyalty Bookstore The Diviners by Libba Bray (Amazon) The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry (Amazon)   Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford (Amazon) - 15:15 This is My America by Kim Johnson (Amazon)Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Amazon) Walking on Cowrie Shells by Nana Nkweti (Amazon) - 19:00How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin (Amazon)The Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires (Amazon) Grown Ups by Marie Aubert - 21:45Emma Straub — try All Adults Here (Amazon)  The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood by Krys Malcolm Belc (Amazon) - 25:05Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Amazon) Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Amazon) - 27:40Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo Anstine (Amazon)Lot by Bryan Washington (Amazon) God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney (Amazon) - 31:24 The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Amazon) July: Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy (Amazon) - 35:43City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Amazon) Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub (Amazon) We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen (Amazon) 39:38 For All Mankind on Apple TV All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Amazon)Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Amazon)   The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam (Amazon) - 43:08The Circle by Dave Eggers (Amazon)The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Amazon)   August: All’s Well by Mona Awad (Amazon) - 47:00If We Were Villains by M. Rios (Amazon) The Turnout by Megan Abbott (Amazon) - 50:00Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet from Itself  by Chloe Angyl (Amazon) In The Country of Others by Leila Slimani (Amazon) - 54:50The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (Amazon)Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Amazon)This Lovely City by Louise Hare (Amazon) The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye (Amazon) - 57:17Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Amazon)The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig (Amazon) Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Amazon) The Guide by Peter Heller (Amazon) - 60:01The River by Peter Heller (Amazon) Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Amazon)

    62. Quarterly Favorites: page-turning reads and reflections on Spring 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 54:31


    Every quarter, we stop to reflect on our reading lives and share a few of our favorite reads. Today, we’re looking back at books from our spring reading season, from palate-cleansing pageturners to nuanced nonfiction. We’d love to hear what you read this spring! Let us know at @novelpairingspod on Instagram.  For bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Books mentioned: The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan (Amazon)  - 5:00 The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (Amazon)  - 8:38  What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer (Amazon)  - 14:30 Infinite Country by Patricia Engel (Amazon)  - 15:09 The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (Amazon)  - 18:25 Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salasses (Amazon)  - 22:10  Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Amazon)  - 27:10 Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Amazon)  - 30:45 Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (Amazon)  - 34:00 Disfigured on Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc (Amazon)  - 36:00 The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (Amazon)  - 39:55 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Amazon) - 44:50   Summer lineup - 49:22

    61. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, plus books about complicated families, romance, and boundaries

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 63:49


    Today Chelsey and Sara discuss The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. This classic Cinderella story follows Valancy Stirling as she receives life-changing news that shakes up her whole world and leads her to happiness. Her coming-of-age story includes a few highly discussable plot points that we couldn’t help but spoil, so if you haven’t read the book, scroll down to get a timestamp to avoid spoilers. As always, we’re recommending contemporary pairings for our classic, including a whip-smart rom-com and a dreamy fantasy novel.  For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com. Connect with us  on Instagram or Twitter. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Get two audiobooks for the price of one from Libro.fm. Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS and support independent bookstores. Spoilers start here: [29:15] And our Pairings start here: [35:52] . . . Books mentioned (affiliate links): . . . . Chelsey Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (Amazon) Mrs. Martin's Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan  Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by Karen Auvinen (Amazon) Sara The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Amazon) The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Amazon) Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (Amazon)   Picks of the week: Want to buy an island in Canada?  The History Chicks: Lucy Maud Montgomery episode

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