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Welcome to Novel Pairings, a podcast dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun. 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.

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    • 4.8 • 404 Ratings

Welcome to Novel Pairings, a podcast dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun. 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.

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

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

    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.

    • 56 min
    Perfectly paired gifts for every bookworm

    Perfectly paired gifts for every bookworm

    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. 

    • 46 min
    Palpable tension and shocking twists in Passing by Nella Larsen

    Palpable tension and shocking twists in Passing by Nella Larsen

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and perfectly psychological pairings

    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and perfectly psychological pairings

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Learning about the horror genre (and picking up book recommendations) with Raelyn Torngren

    Learning about the horror genre (and picking up book recommendations) with Raelyn Torngren

    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.

    • 43 min
    Revisiting Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Revisiting Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
404 Ratings

404 Ratings

one child of grace ,

My favorite podcast

My dilemma: race to listen to the new episode the moment it drops, or store it up for a stressful day? The hour I spend with Sara & Chelsea in my ear is one of the most therapeutic of the week.

hill country bookworm ,

Always worth it

I’ve been a listener for a while now and just love the way that Sara and Chelsey discuss books, poetry and short stories. It’s fun to revisit books I read when I was younger and hear their takes on the ones I have not yet gotten to. They don’t take themselves too seriously but they do read widely and clearly know their stuff. It takes a lot for me to listen to a podcast instead of an audiobook, but this is one I listen to as soon as I can each week.

m-rose27 ,

Fantastic backlist episodes

As I’ve been enjoying the newest episodes since I joined a couple of months ago, I’ve started looking into some older episodes. The episode discussing Beloved by Toni Morrison was fantastic! I really appreciated the way Chelsea and Sarah described the book and the thoughtful discussion of the importance of the book and Toni Morrison and her genius. The pairings are spot on too. It’s a great listen!

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