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Novel Pairings

Aug 24, 2021

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


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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 Brontë
Jane 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 Poe
Read the story for free online
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe: Collected Works 

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Read 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)