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48. Fairytale retellings for readers of all ages

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  • 18 days ago
  • 45:43

Today, Sara and Chelsey topple your TBR lists with fairytale retellings for every type of reader. They reminisce about the book that sparked their love of retellings and discuss why fairytales are still so appealing to adult readers.   You can find titles and links for every book mentioned in this episode at novelpairings.com. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1  and support independent bookstores. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Books mentioned: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon) The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon) Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon) The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon) Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Amazon) Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Amazon) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Amazon) Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Amazon) Austenland by Shannon Hale (Amazon) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)  by Marissa Meyer (Amazon) Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (Amazon) Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Amazon) Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (Amazon) A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Amazon) Thorn by Intisar Khanani (Amazon) House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (Amazon) The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Amazon) Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory McGuire (Amazon) The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Amazon) Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (Amazon) Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia (Amazon) The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg (Amazon) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer  (Amazon) An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (Amazon) The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (Amazon) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Amazon) The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (Amazon)   Also mentioned: SSR Podcast Episode 12: Ella Enchanted Gail Carriger’s Heroine’s Journey  Maureen Murdock’s Heroine’s Journey More heroine’s journey resources   Up next: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

47. There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset and ambitious family stories that span generations

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  • 25 days ago
  • 55:58

Today Chelsey and Sara are discussing There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset. We loved this Austen-like Harlem Renaissance novel, and we kept this episode spoiler free in the hopes that it’ll encourage you to pick it up! Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic, with a mix of historical fiction and satire.   Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Skip to the pairings with this timestamp: [33:15]   Shop the pairings with our affiliate links below:   Books mentioned: There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset (Amazon) Passing by Nella Larsen (Amazon) [30:39]   Chelsey’s Pairings   Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Amazon) [36:06] This Lovely City by Louise Hare (Amazon) [42:23] Becoming by Michelle Obama (Amazon) [49:18]   Sara’s Pairings   On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Amazon) [33:33] No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (Amazon) [39:35] Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (Amazon) [45:52] Picks of the week: Chelsey: How WWI Sparked and Artistic Movement that Transformed Black America [53:30] Sara: New Yorker article on Fauset (by Morgan Jerkins) [52:09] and Women of the Harlem Renaissance by Cheryl A. Wall [52:40]

46. Love letters to books: nonfiction books about the reading life

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 42:18

Readers, today’s episode is inspired by Helene Hanff’s love of books, nonfiction, and observation. We’re sharing a bunch of nonfiction books about books, reading, and readers. Some of these are longtime favorites and others are on our endless TBR lists. This episode is extra nerdy, a little nostalgic, and supremely bookish. We hope you find a title to add to your TBR today.  Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates on what we're currently listening to.  Nonfiction loveletters to books 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (Amazon) Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (Amazon) Ex Libris by Michiko Kakutani (Amazon) A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (Amazon) I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel (Amazon) The Possessed by Elif Batuman (Amazon) Well Read Black Girl edited by Glory Edim (Amazon)  The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (Amazon) Bezi @beingabookwyrm The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Amazon) Susan Orlean on Twitter Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Amazon) Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman (Amazon) Bibliophile by Jane Mount (Amazon) Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount (forthcoming) The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett,  Winnifred Brown-Glaude,  Cassandra Jackson,  Piper Kendrix Williams (Amazon) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux (Amazon) My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland (Amazon) Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life  by Heather Cass White (Amazon)  

45. 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff and charming books for devoted bibliophiles

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 56:41

Today Chelsey and Sara are discussing 84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff, the ultimate comfort read for bibliophiles. Chelsey can’t believe she hadn’t read it sooner, and Sara revels in her rereading experience. We cover everything from the epistolary form to Helene’s unique reading habits to the satisfaction of a bittersweet ending. Plus, as always, we’re recommending six contemporary books to pair with our classic, with a mix of charming memoir and plucky historical fiction.   Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Skip to the pairings with this timestamp: [30:05]   Shop the pairings with our affiliate links below:   Chelsey’s Pairings: Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence (Amazon) Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce (Amazon) Dinner with Edward: An Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent (Amazon) Sara’s Pairings: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Amazon) Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani (Amazon) My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland (Amazon)   Picks of the week: The Repair Shop (Netflix) The Crown (Netflix)  

44.5 Anticipated book releases for winter 2021 and backlist books to read while you wait

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 53:13

Today Chelsey and Sara are ready to topple your TBRs with highly anticipated winter releases and backlist books. Our goal is to hype up the buzzy new books and under-the-radar releases while offering pairings that are easier to get at the library (or more affordable in paperback). There are a TON of titles  mentioned in today’s episode, so be sure to visit our show notes at novelpairings.com to find full lists of every book we talked about.  Find show notes HERE. Follow Novel Pairings on Instagram or Twitter.  Use our Libro.fm affiliate code NOVELPAIRINGS to get an audiobook subscription and support independent bookstores. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get updates and behind-the-scenes info. Books mentioned (affiliate links): January 5 The Push by Ashley Audrain (Amazon) Long Bright River by Liz Moore (Amazon) Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (Amazon) Members Only by Sameer Pandya (Amazon) Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (Amazon) Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Amazon) Outlawed by Anna North (Amazon) True Grit by Charles Portis (Amazon) Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Amazon)   January 12   The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell (Amazon) Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Amazon) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Amazon) The Captive by Fiona King Foster (Amazon) Scribe by Alyson Hagy (Amazon)   January 19   The Divines by Ellie Eaton (Amazon) The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Amazon) The Girls by Emma Cline (Amazon)   January 26   A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Amazon) The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Amazon) Troy by Adele Geras (Amazon)   February 2   The Removed by Brandon Hobson (Amazon) Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Amazon) Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (Amazon) My Year Abroad by Chang Rae-Lee (Amazon) The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Amazon)   February 9   A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett (Amazon) A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (Amazon) The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (Amazon) My Fake Rake by Eva Leigh (Amazon)   February 16   The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (Amazon) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Amazon) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Amazon)   March 2   Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Amazon) Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Amazon)   March 9   Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman (Amazon) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Amazon)   There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset (Amazon) Anna K by Jenny Lee (Amazon)