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Professional Book Nerds

We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
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Aug 16, 2018

On today's episode, Adam and Jill get to talk with Keiko Agena who played Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Along with acting, she is also a visual artist who has a new workbook for artists out now called No Mistakes. Part adult coloring book, part artistic exercises, this workbook is perfect for anyone wanting to stretch their artistic limits whether you are a writer, an artist, or still trying to find your creative voice.

Adam and Jill also offer up some recent reads for listeners. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Call by Peadar O'Guilin

Final Girls by Riley Sager

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Beard Science by Penny Reid

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Aug 13, 2018

On today's episode new best friend of the show R.O. Kwon joins Jill and Adam to discuss her absolutely Earth shattering debut novel The Incendiaries, wishing she could escape writing about religion and why she's a firm believer in the spine-in bookshelves (shudders). Check out her book and listen to us bond with the best person alive. 

Aug 9, 2018

Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and stories from authors with disabilities. These stories are a perfect way for readers to discover the world through people who may not look or sound like them. You'll love every one of them!

Aug 6, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what inspired Gail to write the book and what it's like to have your debut do so well.

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Aug 2, 2018

Adam and Jill are back with their monthly picks! Today they offer up some incredible books coming out in August.

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Vox by Christine Dalcher

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Nightblood by Elly Blake

Our House by Louise Candlish

Soul Stealer: Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas

Rust & Stardust by T Greenwood

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

Captive by Catherine Oxenberg

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Our Stories Our Voices ed. by Amy Reed

Relic by Alan Dean Foster

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden

 Toil Trouble by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Jul 30, 2018

On today's episode Adam is joined by two of the defining voices in Science Fiction writing, Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin! They discuss tired tropes of Science Fiction, diversity in writing and whether or not it's okay to tell another culture's story. This might just be my favorite conversation I've ever had...

Jul 26, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Emma and Meghan to offer up some Sharp Objects readalikes. Mother / daughter relationships! Small town secrets! Unreliable narrators!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

When the Light's Go Out by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

You by Caroline Kepnes

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Mine by J.L. Butler

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J Sullivan

Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Room by Emma Donoghue

Educated by Tara Westover

The Fever by Megan Abbott

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jul 23, 2018

On today's episode Adam chats with Joe Abercrombie, author of the ridiculously popular First Law series. They chat about the new covers of the original trilogy, the new trilogy he's currently writing (!!!) and what he discovered while re-reading his books as research. 

Jul 19, 2018

On today's show we have the wildly popular blogger Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the amazing everyday-reading.com. We discuss how she started blogging, how she finds time to read with a bunch of children running around the house, ways to get the youngsters to love reading and how audiobooks are a book nerds' lifesaver! 

Jul 16, 2018

On today's episode, Adam bonds with Sarah Jacoby over her jawdropping illustrations, her wonderful children's book and Jim Henson. It's amazing and she's amazing and you should all go read Forever or a Day right now. 

Jul 9, 2018

Today Adam is sitting down with author Katie Ganshert, a wonderful woman who writes Christian inspired titles for both adults and young readers. Her latest novel No One Ever Asked, is inspired by real world events, this is a riveting tale about the way we see one another, the lies we tell ourselves, the questions and stories that go unexplored.

Jul 7, 2018

Big Library Read is back! This time, readers voted on Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams, a historical western version of Pride & Prejudice. 

From July 9th until July 23rd, you can borrow Lacy's book from participating libraries without waitlists or holds. After reading, visit BigLibraryRead.com to participate in the discussion board with other readers!

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jul 5, 2018

Who is the best Harry Potter character? What's the worst side plot. Is Snape actually good. We tackle these and so many other important topics on today's episode! 

Jul 2, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with debut author Malcolm Hansen about his novel They Come in All Colors. This story touches on growing up a multicultural child in the tense societal times of the 60s and 70s in both NYC and the deep south. They also talk about Malcolm's Hunter S. Thompson like travels and the fascinating life he's led.

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Podcast Overview:

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 28, 2018

It's our July books episode! Adam and Jill is here with their monthly picks for July and Jill also talks a little bit about her time in New Orleans for ALA.

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode: 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

The Incendiaries by Ro Kwon

Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Don't You Ever by Mary Carter Bishop

Northland by Porter Fox

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey Stein

Scream and Scream Again! ed., RL Stine

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 25, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice. Her latest book, Every Note Played, is out now.

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 21, 2018

Today's episode is quite spicy! Get it? Bayou? New Orleans? Cajun? Sorry...

ANYWAY! Jill is going to New Orleans for ALA so we're handing out book recs set in the Big Easy. We then dive into a very important conversation about our own personal book rules. Have book rules of your own? Join our Reading Community on Viber and let us know about them! https://vb.me/pbn

Books mentioned in this episode:

Interview with the Vampire & The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson

Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Jun 18, 2018

Today's interview episode is one we've been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story she has crafted is beautiful and moving and we're so fortunate to have had her join us. Her book is the first release of Sarah Jessica Parker's new publishing house SJP for Hogarth and it is a must read. 

 

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Podcast Overview:

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Got something to say? Please feel free to contact us or join us on Viber!

Jun 14, 2018

It's Pride Month! For today's episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads.

For more information on the award, visit https://www.lambdaliterary.org

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

After the Blue Hour by John Rechy

The Gift by Barbara Browning

Hunger by Roxane Gay

How We Get Free, ed. by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

The Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

George by Alex Gino

The Pants Project by Cat Clark

 Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

 A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 11, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a tech company and her insanely time managed life. Elisabeth touches on the common misconceptions we all have about not only high powered business women but also the misconceptions we have when we think about the majestic craft of writing. 

 

Visit our website at https://professionalbooknerds.com/ to find us on social media and join our reading community! https://vb.me/pbn

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 7, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library's OverDrive collection!

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 4, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical fiction. They have a fascinating chat about classic literature and much more! 

 

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Podcast Overview:

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Got something to say? Please feel free to contact us or join us on Viber!

May 31, 2018

Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can't wait to read in June! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

There There by Tommy Orange

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Florida by Lauren Groff

My Plain Jain by Cynthia Hand

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Sick by Prochista Khakpour

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, ed. by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

Court of Shadows by Madeleine Roux

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

May 28, 2018

AHHHH! Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is out tomorrow.

 

Say Hello!

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com and join our Viber community for more great book recommendations!

 

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Podcast Overview

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

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