90. Our love/hate relationship with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” So begins the book that launched a million little girls’ love affair with reading. While we here at Novel Pairings have pretty mixed feelings about Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, our discussion of this beloved childhood classic is one of our favorites.  Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some… Continue reading 90. Our love/hate relationship with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

89. Behind the scenes of the shop around the corner with Annie B. Jones

Here at Novel Pairings, if there’s one thing we love almost as much as reading it’s supporting independent bookstores. Today, we’re re-airing an interview with one of our favorite indie bookstore insiders, Annie B. Jones, owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. Annie shares a little about her own reading life and tastes, and offers… Continue reading 89. Behind the scenes of the shop around the corner with Annie B. Jones

88. A new-to-us and nuanced novel of manners: There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset

We love revisiting our favorite books for episodes of Novel Pairings, but there’s also something truly special about finding a new-to-us classic that becomes a forever favorite. There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset was a book neither of us had read or even knew much about before deciding to cover it on the podcast. … Continue reading 88. A new-to-us and nuanced novel of manners: There is Confusion by Jessie Redmon Fauset

86. Palpable tension and shocking twists in Passing by Nella Larsen

When we first released our episode on Passing by Nella Larsen in June of 2020, we were already professing our excitement for the new movie starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Nega. This month, the film is finally releasing on Netflix.  We can’t wait to watch and see how the palpable tension and twisty tone translate… Continue reading 86. Palpable tension and shocking twists in Passing by Nella Larsen

85. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and perfectly psychological pairings

Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. We’ve read this story more times than we can count—as students and as teachers, and today we’re sharing new insights and appreciation for its themes, tone, and terrifying ending. We cover connections to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s biography, historical context, and deeper analysis as… Continue reading 85. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and perfectly psychological pairings

84. Literary terms, book recommendations, and learning about the horror genre with Raelyn Torngren

Today, we welcome Raelyn Torngren to the podcast to educate us on the horror genre. From defining tropes to engaging in literary criticism to offering excellent book recommendations, we cover a lot of ground! This episode is excellent for readers who are ready to lean into their darker tastes this season or readers who are… Continue reading 84. Literary terms, book recommendations, and learning about the horror genre with Raelyn Torngren

83. Revisiting Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This season we’ve been getting into the autumnal mood with Gothic short stories, Victorian fiction, and an upcoming exploration of horror literature. Today, we’re rereleasing our episode on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a work that fits perfectly into our seasonal theme.  We hope listening or relistening to our discussion about this classroom staple will be enhanced… Continue reading 83. Revisiting Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

82. How to read a BIG book: an introduction to Middlemarch by George Eliot

In case you missed it, we’re reading Middlemarch together! We’re both excited (and, let’s be honest) a little apprehensive about diving into George Eliot’s Middlemarch with you this fall and winter. This is a BIG book filled with lots of historical references and Eliot’s signature attention to the smallest of details. It’s also a cozy… Continue reading 82. How to read a BIG book: an introduction to Middlemarch by George Eliot

81. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe and creepy fictional houses to explore

Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. This delightfully creepy story ushers in (that pun was NOT intended, but let’s go with it) chilling fall breezes, spooky October vibes, and atmosphere galore. We walk through a close reading of this classic horror story and cover Poe’s… Continue reading 81. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe and creepy fictional houses to explore

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