Novel Pairings

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.

38. The Best Audiobooks We Read in 2020

Have we mentioned how much we love audiobooks? We’ve both been avid listeners for a long time, but between pandemic life and Sara’s Aspen Words reading,  this has been a banner year for audiobooks. Today, we’re each sharing twelve of our favorite listening experiences. With a mix of literary fiction, romance, nonfiction, and YA, today’s episode has an audiobook recommendation for every reader. 

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Chelsey’s Favorites:

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Switch by Beth O’Leary // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary // Amazon // Bookshop //

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert // Amazon // Bookshop //

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall // Amazon // Bookshop //

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi // Amazon // Bookshop //

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert // Amazon // Bookshop //

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo // Amazon // Bookshop //

Here for It: Or How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas. // Amazon // Bookshop //

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid // Amazon // Bookshop //

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones // Amazon // Bookshop //

Sara’s Favorites:

The City We Became by NK Jemison // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner // Amazon // Bookshop //

Members Only by Sameer Pandya // Amazon // Bookshop //

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby // Amazon // Bookshop //

Stamped The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi // Amazon // Bookshop //

Intimations by Zadie Smith // Amazon // Bookshop //

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit // Amazon // Bookshop

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich // Amazon // Bookshop //

Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham // Amazon // Bookshop //

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Annaparra // Amazon // Bookshop //

The Remains of the Day // Amazon // Bookshop //

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