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.


All Episodes

21. Book & Wine Pairings with Jamise Harper and book recommendations from our recent reads

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting with Jamise Harper of @spinesvines and @diversespines. Jamise is a champion for independent bookstores, for authors, and for the books she loves. We’re delighted to have her on the podcast today to share more…

20. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and romantic Black feminist heroines

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the perfect book to discuss on a sweltering summer day. Sara read and did not finish this classic in high school. We talk about where she stopped and why,…

19. Short Story Club: All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury and descriptive dystopian novels

Today, in “Short Story Club,” Chelsey and Sara are chatting about “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Brudbury. This short story is about a group of young schoolchildren living on Venus, who have never seen the sun in their lifetime. It’s about…

18. The Odyssey by Homer and mythology retellings for adventurous readers

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about Homer’s The Odyssey. Sara reveals her nerdy middle school obsession, Chelsey has strong opinions on defining “the classics,” and we have a LOT of fun discussing the complicated character of Odysseus. You…

17. Buzzy Summer Books and backlist titles to read while you wait on your library holds

Today Chelsey and Sara are  toppling your TBRs with backlist books to enjoy this summer. We know hardback books are pricey and library waitlists for the hottest new releases are long, so we’re going to be pairing some of 2020’s most exciting…

16. Passing by Nella Larsen and books about complicated sisterhood

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about Passing by Nella Larsen. Published in 1929, Passing is a book about two women: Clare and Irene, who grew up in the same middle class Black community in Chicago and come back into each other’s lives as adults….

15. Literary Throwbacks and reading YA for fun: a chat with Alli Hoff Kosik of The SSR Podcast

We’re excited to welcome our first guest on the podcast today! Alli Hoff Kosik is the host of the , where she breaks down an old school read from her tween and teen years with a special guest every Tuesday. Today, we’re chatting about classic and…

14. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and light summer reads with literary nostalgia

Today Chelsey and Sara are chatting about I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, one of the first novels categorized as Young Adult fiction. We discuss the nostalgia associated with our favorite children’s books. Today’s discussion includes:   …

13. Quarterly Favorites: The Best Books We Read in Spring 2020

As we wind down our spring season,  Chelsey and Sara are talking about our favorite Novel Pairings episodes and the best books we read over the last three months. We also discuss some of the books we’ve both read recently including a celebrity…

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