12 Book pairings we recommend
By Ivy on November 17th, 2011
If foodies can enjoy a pairing of food and wine, why can’t readers benefit from a pairing of great books? That’s the question I posed to the OOM team this week. A good pairing is all about finding the right connectors between two stories. Whether the books are matched based on themes, plots, or characters, they can range greatly in styles and time periods. Sometimes paired books complete each other – one can’t seem to exist without the other – and sometimes they just make a fun companion read. Here we’ve listed some of our favorite books that we think would make a good pair. As always, be sure to share your suggestions in the comments!
Wayside School series and Harry Potter series – If you went to a regular, muggle school like me, these two books will give you a taste of what some other students experience at some untypical schools. Sometimes you’ll feel jealous of them, and sometimes you’ll feel fortunate you’re not one of them.
Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary – The best part about this pairing is that it doesn’t matter which of these two books you read first. You’ll enjoy reading the other for having read one of them first. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Sybil (or Shutter Island) – Multiple personalities abound may cause you to think more about your own personality.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chocolate Fever – Start with the dream of owning your own chocolate factory, follow-up it with the cold, hard facts that too much chocolate is not very good for you.
The Deadly Sister and Brother/Sister - the titles are enough to give us chills. Both are psychological thrillers dealing with…you guessed it! Siblings.
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