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Novel Pairings

Novel Pairings

Welcome to Novel Pairings, a podcast dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun. 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.

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Latest Episodes

If aesthetics, British aristocracy and nostalgia sounds like an appealing combination, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh is the book for you. In today's episode, we talk through the key themes, relationships, Waugh's stated purpose for writing Bri... more

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18 days ago

Today, Chelsey and Sara share their most anticipated spring book releases paired with backlist selections. After  listening today, your TBR will be filled with delightful fiction, thrilling mysteries, historical romance and literary books from favori... more

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a month ago

In today’s episode, we’re wrapping up Wharton in Winter with a conversation about The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton. We focus on Undine and question whether she’s a signature unlikable heroine or an anti-hero. Our conversation also digs into... more

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2 months ago

Reading The Custom of the Country this winter has felt like stepping into the most lush, dramatic, and marathon-worthy period piece–so today we’re sharing some of our favorite period dramas and pairing them with excellent books for cozy winter readin... more

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2 months ago

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 732 ratings
  • Like the content but hard to listen

    This is the second time I’ve followed the show, because I love reading, and I love what these hosts are trying to accomplish. I think they are great at what they do as far as the content goes. But I wish there was better editing or more preparation on the hosts part. It sounds like there is just so much dead space while they think about what to say and constant uses of “umm” and “like” that is really hard to listen to. I came back to this podcast after about a year thinking that maybe that woul... more

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    :)Amy45
    United Statesa month ago
  • Wearing thin.

    I loved the podcast when I found it. As time has gone by I do find some of their desire to be seen as progressive a little bit tiresome. I’m a liberal, left-leaning woman but even I am sick of the self-flagellation that so many podcasts like this seem to revel in. The latest episode was an entertaining discussion of a book that I have really enjoyed reading, but I found myself listening to a bashing session against white women. It feels like they try to make their discussions sound loftier in in... more

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    3
    lyraloo77
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Should a great podcast!

    Great chemistry and conversations! A fun listen

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    K.Dooot
    United States2 months ago
  • My Book Club and English Class

    I’ve listened to Novel Pairings for almost 4 years now, and it is my favourite bookish podcast. Chelsey and Sara’s conversations are like a joy-filled book club with your best friend, and also like all the best parts of any English class I’ve ever taken. Listening to this podcast has both gotten me to pick up classics I’ve only thought about reading, and introduced me to so many contemporary reads. Chelsey and Sara have enriched and broadened my reading life, and I can’t recommend this podcast h... more

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    5
    TKLum
    Canada2 months ago
  • Great podcast

    I feel like Chelsea and Sara are the English teachers I always needed. This podcast not only helped me dive into books like Beloved, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, and more, but also gave me the tools to get more out of my reading experience. I also really enjoy the contemporary pairs that have helped me find amazing authors and grow my TBR list. Whether it's for walking with my dog or cooking dinner, listening to this podcast always brings a smile to my face. Thank you Chelsea and Sara, it’s a pleasu... more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    María Sol Autelli
    Argentina2 months ago

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