79. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Part Two

Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss chapters 27 through the end of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. We discuss Jane’s journeys from coming of age to literally hiking on the moors, the juxtaposition of Rochester and another romantic interest, the ending (of course), and whether or not we think this qualifies as a “feminist text.” Plus, we offer six pairings that touch on the tone, themes, and legacy of Brontë’s iconic novel. We think you’ll be shocked by one of Sara’s pairings and can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Picks of the week:

Chelsey – What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell (Amazon)
Sara – Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës by Isabel Greenberg (Amazon)

78. Raising Readers with biblio therapist Anne Bogel

When Chelsey and Sara found out we were both expecting new family members, literally just a few days apart, many conversations of course turned to all things pregnancy and baby. We wanted to consider how motherhood would impact our reading lives and today we’re thrilled to have Anne Bogel on the podcast to talk about raising readers and reading in the hazy newborn days. Anne is an author, blogger, and host of the What Should I Read Next podcast. She’s also one of our favorite literary therapists, who happens to be a mom of four. In this conversation, we talk about simple strategies to encourage a love of reading in kids as well as tips for maintaining a robust reading life as a new parent. And, of course, we couldn’t let Anne leave without recommending a few books to us! She shares some of her favorites for readalouds alongside some adult fiction that touches on themes of parenthood.

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Preorder Anne’s new book journal, My Reading Life (out September 21st), to access a batch of preorder goodies that are perfect for avid readers. And keep up with Anne’s reading life by following her on Instagram at @annebogel and @whatshouldireadnext or by visiting her blog ModernMrsDarcy.com.

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault and Bill Martin

The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger 

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger 

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili

Landslide by Susan Conley

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

77. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Part One

Today, Sara and Chelsey discuss chapters 1-26 of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. We’ve each read this Victorian Gothic novel multiple times, learning something new with each reread. In today’s conversation, we reflect on past reading experiences and dive into analysis. We share our thoughts on the early coming of age chapters, Jane and Rochester’s romance, and what’s going on in the attic at Thornfield. We’ll give you a heads up for major spoilers, but we think this is a great episode to listen to before, during, or after you read Brontë’s iconic novel. 

We’ll discuss Part Two on September 21st. For more bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and extra book talk,  join our Classics Club: patreon.com/novelpairings.com.

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Books mentioned:

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Also mentioned:

Charlotte Brontë biography

Sorry, but Jane Eyre Isn’t the Romance You Want It to Be, from JSTOR Daily

Bluebeard fairytale 

Picks of the week:

Chelsey – The Rom Pod series “On Eyre”

Sara – Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

75. Wrapping up summer with our favorite reads and reflections

Today, Sara and Chelsey reflect on their summer reading season with short reviews of their favorite reads, and they look ahead to their upcoming fall season. Do you enjoy hearing about our recent reads? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get weekly reading updates and podcast news or joining our Patreon community, where we share bonus episodes, nerdy classes, and a whole bunch of book talk at patreon.com/novelpairings.com.

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Read with us this fall season:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre Norton Critical Edition (great introduction, annotations, and scholarly articles)
Jane Eyre Vintage Classics (wide margins for annotating, affordable, and a nice paperback weight)
Jane Eyre Penguin Classics Deluxe (one of the coolest covers out there)

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Read the story for free online
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe: Collected Works 

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Read the story for free online
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Gibbs Smith Women’s Voices Series)
The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Penguin Vitae Collection)

74. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor and stories of friendship, community, and resilience

Today, Sara and Chelsey gush about a new favorite novel-in-short-stories: The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor. We focus on Naylor’s memorable prose and mastery of structure, avoiding spoilers so you can listen before reading. Plus, as always, we offer six contemporary pairings that capture similar themes, featuring short story collections and well-crafted memoirs.

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The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (Amazon)
The Men of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor (Amazon)
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Amazon)
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty (Amazon)

Chelsey

Sara

Picks of the week:

Chelsey: The Women of Brewster Place Reissue Review (NPR
)Sara: The Promise podcast

73. Greek mythology-inspired novels to topple your To Be Read list

Influenced by a delightful book club discussion with Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas, Chelsey and Sara share a pile of  mythology-inspired books in today’s TBR toppling episode. Myth retellings and adaptations might be a hot trend in publishing right now, but their popularity dates back centuries. In today’s discussion, Chelsey and Sara explore the resurgence of Greek mythology, what makes a great retelling, and which mythological novels they love or want to read.

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Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann (Amazon)
Circe by Madeline Miller (Amazon)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Amazon)
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (Amazon)
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Amazon)
The Women of Troy by Pat Barker (Amazon)
Lovely War by Julie Berry (Amazon)
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer (Amazon)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Amazon)
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (Amazon)
Bull by David Elliot (Amazon)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Amazon)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Amazon)
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Amazon)
Weight by Jeanette Winterson (Amazon)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Amazon)
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Amazon)
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (Amazon)
Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Amazon)
Mythos by Stephen Fry (Amazon)
Troy by Stephen Fry (Amazon)

Also mentioned:

Episode 18: The Odyssey by Homer and mythology retellings for adventurous readers
The Last Five Years

71. Superlatives for the best books of 2021 so far

Today, Sara and Chelsey share their favorite books of the year (so far) with a series of bookish superlatives to guide them. From most surprising to most disappointing, we discuss the books that have shaped our reading lives in the first half of 2021. We love this low pressure format for sharing “the best” books and would love to hear about YOUR favorites, using our superlatives list.

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Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jandrowski (Amazon)

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (Amazon)

Anna K by Jenny Lee (Amazon)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Amazon)

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Amazon)

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Amazon)

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Amazon)

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Amazon)

Share Your Stuff, I’ll Go First by Laura Tremaine (Amazon)

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (Amazon)

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Amazon)

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon (Amazon)

Wintering by Katherine May (Amazon)

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Amazon)

Malibu Rising  by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon)

Matrix  by Lauren Groff (Amazon)

You Got Anything Stronger? by Gabrielle Union (Amazon)

70. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and glittering contemporary books full of social commentary

Chelsey and Sara discuss The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton*, a glittering Gilded Age classic that feels particularly relevant today. We chat about our experiences rereading one of Wharton’s early novels, how we felt about the divisive character Lily Bart, and our recommendations for contemporary pairings—including one of our favorite essay collections and a coming of age novel set at a boarding school. 

*This episode does include spoilers, so listen carefully for spoiler warnings if you haven’t read The House of Mirth yet.

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Also mentioned:

The Gilded Age Girls Club series (Duchess by Design #1) by Maya Rodale

The Gossip Girl of Her Time: On the Pleasures of Edith Wharton

69. A summer short story to read in one sitting: The Prairie Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Today in “Short Story Club,” Chelsey and Sara are discussing “The Prairie Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld. It’s a quick, absorbing read about summer camp, social media, and how stories shape our identities.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Note: Short Story Club episodes do contain spoilers. Read the story first, and then come back to hear our nerdy discussion!

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Short stories for summer from Bustle

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68. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson and contemplative books for moody summer reading

Today, Chelsey and Sara discuss The Summer Book by Tove Jansson*, a contemplative and vivid book in translation about a young girl, her grandmother, and the little island they inhabit. We discuss our favorite vignettes, the endearing characters, and our recommendations for contemporary pairings—including memoir, literary fiction, and poetry. 

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Moomin books by Tove Jansson (Amazon)

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (Amazon)

Chelsey:

Castle of Water by Dane Hucklebridge (Amazon)

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver (Amazon)

Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas (Amazon)

Sara:

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson  (Amazon) // SSR Episode 87

Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson (Amazon)

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Amazon)

Pick of the week:

Chelsey: We Can Do Hard Things podcast: What the hell is FUN and why do we need it?

Sara: Tove Jansson’s Moomins and her private universe.