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Novel Pairings

Feb 1, 2022

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!

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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