Book Pairings.

readthisreadthatHave you ever read a book where you just do not want it to end? It’s the best and worst feeling in the world. I know for me, I get to the end and I wish I could start all over, not just begin again, but be the person I was before I read the book, before the words affected me or I experienced the twists and turns. And yet, a good book changes me (and you too, probably) and so I don’t want to go back either. So I’ve put together some pairings, like good wine with the perfect dinner, a pairing of books. If you liked one of the books, you will probably enjoy the other. (Also, by the by, these are affiliate links and some of links include free books…free books! Love!)

Gone Girl (book/kindle) | The Girl on the Train (book/kindle)

I devoured both. I can’t say more because well…if you’ve read one or both of them, any further explanations could endanger your experience. If someone tried to get between me and finishing these books, I would have gone feral.



Pride and Prejudice (book/kindle) | North and South (book/kindle)

Full disclosure: I watched the BBC Mini Series of North and South before reading the book. Also as an aside, it is amazing. Almost as amazing as Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. But basically, if you are into historical romances with guys and girls who are constantly misunderstanding one another, resulting in lots of heart flutters (and you know, the historical stuff too, of course) consider it.

read3Dark Places (book/kindle)|  In Cold Blood (book/kindle)

A fan of Gillian Flynn? Specifically, Dark Places, a true crime deal where one of the almost victims is certain she remembers the events of the night her family was murdered? Not only is In Cold Blood a classic, it’s a true story and all the more chilling because of it.

read4Hunger Games Trilogy(book/kindle) | MadAdamm Trilogy/starting with Oryx and Crake (book/kindle)

If you love dystopian literature than you need to read Atwood’s trilogy. Her writing is superb and this trilogy includes everything you love about the Hunger Games or Divergent, with a literary genius writing it.

read5Carry On, Warrior (book/kindle) | Traveling Mercies (book/kindle)

Glennon Doyle credits Anne Lamott as her muse in writing. If you want to be inspired to live a bravely vulnerable life, read both of these. Seriously. Don’t question it.

read6Bossypants (book/kindle) | Yes Please (book/kindle)

I love smart women. I love funny women. Tina and Amy qualify as both. I laughed more with Tina and I thought more with Amy but I would recommend either to you in a second. There is a reason they call each other their “comedy wives.”

read7Practical Magic(book/kindle) | Blackberry Wine (book/kindle)

If you like magical realism, either one of these books are incredible.

Do you have a pairing of books or a third to add to any of these pairings? Have you read this or that and loved it? Tell me! I am a voracious reader.




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35 thoughts on “Book Pairings.

  1. Anne

    I love this idea! I have a few of these on my list to read. I heard that The Girl on the Train is awesome! Can’t wait to read it. As I sat watching SNL last night and watched Amy Poehler I was willing my copy of her book to come in quicker…so many holds in our library for that book!

  2. Cassie

    What a great post! I bet this took some time to get together! I’ll be pinning this for the next time I’m looking for a good book!

    1. Nina Post author

      It did and didn’t. It has been percolating for awhile. 🙂 Thanks for appreciating it though, diggity!

    1. Nina Post author

      This is definitely different in that it is not YA but adult. But I liked the series a lot and thought it was very well written. I mean, Atwood is a living legend.

  3. Carly Blogs Here

    Looooved the North & South mini series too! I have the book on my kindle but haven’t read it yet. I have The Girl on the Train on hold from the library, but there are like 600+ people in front of me so I’m debating just buying the ebook instead. Loved this post!

  4. Carly Blogs Here

    Looooved the North & South mini series too! I have the book on my kindle but haven’t read it yet. I have The Girl on the Train on hold from the library, but there are like 600+ people in front of me so I’m debating just buying the ebook instead. Loved this post Nina!

  5. Faith

    Umm, can you do one of these once a month?? Lol! I just found tons of books to had to my to-read list!! Yay! I’m for sure putting Atwood’s trilogy on my list! And I loved both book and movie of both P&P and North & South! Amazing!

  6. Joan Somers

    Thank you for the recommendations. I do want to read the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler books. I haven’t even read 50 shades yet! I read a lot of cozy mysteries and just started my blog. Any advice for forums or community? Thanks.

    1. Nina Post author

      I am a part of the Peony Project. You can see it on my sidebar. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  7. Kati Rose

    I love this system! A few books I recently read were on this list and I wrote down the names of the try this paired with them, thanks for the recs!

    1. Nina Post author

      I started Dark Places twice before I actually read the whole thing. I could be wrong but maybe you didn’t like it because the narrator is hard to like. She isn’t likable. As a writer, I appreciated it (and the twists and turns). It’s easy to write a hero. She wasn’t. And it kind of went crazy. Did you read Gone, Girl? It was interesting to see her evolution since she wrote Dark Places before this. I am a total book/writing nerd.

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