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Novel Pairings: Comforting Classics and Other Engaging Reads
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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.

The Hating Game

A Novel

By: Sally Thorne
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 12 hours 17 minutes

Now a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.                     2) A person’s undoing                     3) Joshua TemplemanLucy... Read more

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The Duchess Deal

Girl Meets Duke

Girl Meets Duke

By: Tessa Dare
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned... Read more

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News of the World

A Novel

By: Paulette Jiles
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes

News of the World may be slight in size but it's expansive in story, scenery and characters. I found myself cheering out loud for Captain Kidd and Johanna at times and crying at others. The narration by Grover Gardener greatly added to my enjoyment of this book. He did an amazing job of capturing the characters of Captain Kidd and Johanna. Read more

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The Night Circus

A Novel

By: Erin Morgenstern
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Length: 13 hours 38 minutes

The Night Circus has to be one of my favorite stories ever and Jim Dale brings it to life in the most gorgeous, comforting, magical way. I think I've listened to it at least 20 times at this point and sometimes I'll put it on just so I can drift off to sleep. I literally can't recommend it enough. Read more

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Death Comes to Pemberley

By: P. D. James
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.
 
It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent... Read more

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The Heart's Invisible Furies

A Novel

By: John Boyne
Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 21 hours 9 minutes

“This is the novel John Boyne was born to write: A brilliant book of identity and redemption, both heartbreaking and humorous, intimate and expansive. Cyril Avery has been constantly reminded he doesn't belong, first by his adopted parents, then by the church and his country. As we follow him on his journey to acceptance, we are shown the cruelty... Read more

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Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion

By: Jia Tolentino
Narrated by: Jia Tolentino
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire
 
Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times • “A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia...
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The Likeness

A Novel

Dublin Murder Squad: Book #2

By: Tana French
Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
Length: 22 hours 17 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Tana French, author of the forthcoming novel The Hunter, is “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post) and “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker).

“Required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting.”...
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Here for It

Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays

By: R. Eric Thomas
Narrated by: R. Eric Thomas
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the creator of Elle’s “Eric Reads the News,” a heartfelt and hilarious memoir-in-essays about growing up seeing the world differently, finding unexpected hope, and experiencing every awkward, extraordinary stumble along the way.

“Pop culture–obsessed, Sedaris-level... Read more

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

By: L. M. Montgomery
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 10 hours 19 minutes

Listen to the timeless classic about the beloved Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan with a fiery spirit, before the new NETFLIX series premieres. This audiobook includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this children’s favorite! 
 
Eleven-year-old Anne Shirley has never known a real... Read more

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A Novel

By: Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee & Juliet Mills
Length: 8 hours 5 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there... Read more

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The Magicians

A Novel

Magicians Trilogy

By: Lev Grossman
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 17 hours 23 minutes

Lev Grossman’s new novel THE BRIGHT SWORD will be on sale July 2024

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on SYFY

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.”
—George R.R. Martin
 
“Sad,...
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What Alice Forgot

By: Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt Smith
Length: 13 hours 32 minutes

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE HUSBAND'S SECRET AND BIG LITTLE LIES.

A “cheerfully engaging”(Kirkus Reviews) novel for anyone who’s ever asked herself, “How did I get here?”

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a... Read more

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The Other Typist

By: Suzanne Rindell
Narrated by: Gretchen Mol
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

A haunting debut novel set against the background of New York City in the 1920s…

Confessions are Rose Baker’s job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while... Read more

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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel

By: Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

“This book was such a comfort read - it felt like a warm hug and a chocolate chip cookie wrapped up into one story! I loved the characters, and I actually laughed out loud at certain points. It follows the life of Alex Claremont-Diaz, the charismatic and handsome son of the United States’ president, Ellen Claremont. Alex is just enjoying himself... Read more

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You Are Not Alone

A Novel

By: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik & Dylan Moore
Length: 11 hours

“Yup... They did it again. The dynamic duo of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkhan have another fabulous hit thriller on their hands. I hope these two fabulous writers never stop writing. Poor Shay - her life is not what she wants it to be. She would be so much happier is she had a challenging, fun job to go to every morning. She also is... Read more

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Like Water for Chocolate

By: Laura Esquivel
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes

“I love impossible love and heartbreaking romance, so that would be enough to get me reading, but this novel has so much more. Published in 1990, it was a huge success in Mexico. It was an international best-seller, and with good reason. Food has magical powers in this book, as do tears and sexual attraction. This story is a delight. It will... Read more

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Eloquent Rage

A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

By: Brittney Cooper
Narrated by: Brittney Cooper
Length: 6 hours 57 minutes

"...Cooper delivers a frank, conversational-style examination of the importance of black female friendships, respectability politics, and harmful stereotypes, among other topics. She blends candor and humor as she roots out toxic behaviors and beliefs we use in America to tear ourselves and each other down, while also offering paths forward.... Read more

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Outlander

Outlander (Gabaldon)

By: Diana Gabaldon
Narrated by: Davina Porter
Length: 32 hours 37 minutes

This stunning blend of historical romance and time-traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Outlanderintroduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills—as one woman is torn between past and present,... Read more

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 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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