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Novel Pairings

Apr 12, 2022

How did Sara and Chelsey meet? What goes into making a Novel Pairings episode? And how do they find time to read with busy, curious babies in their lives? Today’s episode holds all the answers to YOUR questions about classic literature, teaching English, baby bookworms, reading habits, and more. (Plus plenty of book recommendations. We can’t help it.) The show notes are full of links today, so be sure to scroll down in your app or visit


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Books Mentioned:

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Episode: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Episode: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

Episode: The Odyssey by Homer

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Aubrey Niffenegger

Episode: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Episode: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann

Circe by Madeline Miller

Episode: Passing by Nella Larsen

Episode: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Episode: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Episode: Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Houghton

Let’s Look at Animals by Marion Deuchars

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi

Episode: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Episode: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Episode: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Episode: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Episode: Emma by Jane Austen

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Love and Freindship by Jane Austen


Also Mentioned:



He Read She Read Podcast

The Novel Pairings Ultimate Spreadsheet

Sandra Boynton: Frog Trouble Album

Raising Readers with Anne Bogel

The Sleepy Bookshelf Podcast



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