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Novel Pairings: Comforting Classics and Other Engaging Reads

Sara and Chelsey of Novel Pairings share their favorite comfort reading classics along with lots of contemporary book pairings. These books range from cozy communities, to page turners, to comedies, to big books to keep you occupied during the pandemic. We hope you find something that soothes your spirit.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert /  3 hours 58 minutes

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the classic story of fantasy that has delighted readers young and old for decades. Dorothy finds herself transplanted to the magical land of Oz when her house is sucked up by a tornado. To get back home she must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard to help her get back to Kansas. Along... Read more »

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Passing

By Nella Larsen
Narrated by Robin Miles /  4 hours 5 minutes

First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world. Read more »

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: Book #1
By Jessica Townsend
Narrated by Gemma Whelan /  11 hours

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

“Nevermoor is The Unwanteds meets The Apprentice Witch, with a splash of Alice in Wonderland and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Seems like the perfect book right? This book weaves together a magical tale of cursed child, Morrigan Crow, who manages to escape her fate while traveling to alternate world. But how long can one really escape their fate? Morrigan must successfully complete every task to join the Wundrous Society, or risk being sent back home. I loved this adventure, and am sure that you will too!”

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Rebecca

By Daphne du Maurier
Narrated by Anna Massey /  14 hours 48 minutes

"Rebecca is a work of immense intelligence and wit, elegantly written, thematically solid, suspenseful.." --Washington Post

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as... Read more »

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Cranford

By Elizabeth Gaskell
Narrated by Wanda McCaddon /  6 hours 51 minutes

Cranford is Elizabeth Gaskell’s gently comic picture of life and manners in an English country village during the 1830s. It describes the small adventures in the lives of two middle-aged sisters in reduced circumstances, Matilda and Deborah Jenkyns, who do their best to maintain their standards of propriety, decency, and kindness. At the center... Read more »

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Vanity Fair

By William Makepeace Thackeray
Narrated by Frederick Davidson /  29 hours 51 minutes

“Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?”

Generally considered to be Thackeray’s masterpiece, Vanity Fair is a resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled A Novel without a Hero, it traces the changing... Read more »

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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
Narrated by Carolyn Seymour /  11 hours 28 minutes

The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by... Read more »

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American Love Story

A Multicultural Love Story
Dreamers: Book #3
By Adriana Herrera
Narrated by Sean Crisden /  8 hours 4 minutes

No one should have to choose between love and justice.

Haitian-born professor and activist Patrice Denis is not here for anything that will veer him off the path he’s worked so hard for. One particularly dangerous distraction: Easton Archer, the assistant district attorney who last summer gave Patrice some of the most intense nights of his life,... Read more »

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Court of Thorns and Roses: Book #1
By Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda /  16 hours 7 minutes

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is a completely original retelling of Beauty and the Beast by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas with, of course, a strong female lead, faeries, and an amazingly inventive world. Read more »

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by Imogen Church /  14 hours 14 minutes

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

“Does Ruth Ware keep getting better and better? Yes, she does. A down-on-her-luck protagonist, a too-good-to-be-true inheritance, and a creepy old mansion combine for a deliciously suspenseful tale. The plucky heroine, Hal, believes she’s mistakenly been identified as an heir to a great estate, but she decides to play along in the hopes of scamming a couple thousand pounds out of the situation. Once she’s arrived at the reading of the will, she quickly realizes that she is in way over her head. This is a deceptive and suspense-riddled thrill ride!”

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Good and Mad

The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
By Rebecca Traister
Narrated by Rebecca Traister /  9 hours 56 minutes

Journalist Rebecca Traister’s New York Times bestselling exploration of the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement is “a hopeful, maddening compendium of righteous feminine anger, and the good it can do when wielded efficiently—and collectively” (Vanity Fair).

Long before Pantsuit Nation,... Read more »

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A Quiet Life In The Country

A Lady Hardcastle Mystery
A Lady Hardcastle Mystery: Book #1
By T E Kinsey
Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden /  7 hours 43 minutes

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.

But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There’s a dead body in the... Read more »

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Little Weirds

By Jenny Slate
Narrated by Jenny Slate /  4 hours 19 minutes

Little Weirds

“Magical, delightful and amusing book of daydreams with a cupful of nonsense.”

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Gilead

A Novel
By Marilynne Robinson
Narrated by Tim Jerome /  8 hours 53 minutes

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel
A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that... Read more »

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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Narrated by Ensemble Cast /  1 hour 54 minutes

Known as one of the greatest comedies written in English, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest attacks Victorian manners and morals in what can only be described as the most maliciously delicious way. A witty satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, Wilde pulls the strings on his cast of late-Victorian characters making them appear, first... Read more »

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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Jesse Martin /  2 hours 25 minutes

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our... Read more »

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice
By Lewis Carroll
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds /  3 hours 5 minutes

Will you follow Alice down the rabbit hole? She shrinks, she grows, and she gets into all sorts of mischief in Wonderland. After eating a peculiar cake, Alice's adventures have just begin. She meets many interesting characters along the way, including the ever-late White Rabbit, the mellow Caterpillar, the grinning Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of... Read more »

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Middlemarch

By George Eliot
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson /  35 hours 35 minutes

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored:... Read more »

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I Capture The Castle - Abridged

By Dodie Smith
Narrated by Emilia Fox /  4 hours 52 minutes

This is the wonderful journal of Cassandra Mortmain, aged 17. A heartwarming and completely original coming-of-age story, it is the account of one year in her life and that of her extraordinary family. With great wit and sensitivity Cassandra reveals her eccentric father with writer's block, her clever younger brother Tom, and eldest sister... Read more »

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A Room of One's Own

By Virginia Woolf
Narrated by Juliet Stevenson /  5 hours 2 minutes

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction . . ." First published in 1929, A Room of One's Own is Virginia Woolf's pioneering work on women in literature. An accessible yet fiercely astute polemic, it is a crystallisation of the intelligent analysis behind her novels, and confirms her as a writer not only of style,... Read more »

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