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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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Oct 18, 2018

On today's episode we're once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We've got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.

 

A comic written or drawn by a person of color

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Today's task recommendations: 

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

The all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter

 

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

FYI - Any Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie will work

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines

Oct 15, 2018

On today's episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!

Oct 11, 2018

It's a question we're asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America's favorite book and they've been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read they've found America's top 100 most popular books and all fall long they've been highlighting different genres and titles in their weekly episodes. On today's episode, Bill Gardner, the VP of Programming and Development at PBS stopped by to chat about the list ahead of the upcoming finale and unveiling of America's favorite book!

You can catch up on all the previous episodes and cast your vote for America's favorite book by visiting http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Oct 8, 2018

On today's episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed today. We also discuss story structure by comparing linear story lines versus circular stories with multiple points of view like her book WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT. We also discuss her absolutely amazing choice for her background music while writing. April is a delight of a human and this conversation was so much fun.

 

Go get yourself a copy of BONELSS MERICES today!

 

Today's episode was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learningproviders of incredible nonfiction digital content to hundreds of OverDrive library and school partners. To find your library or schools Britannica Digital Learning content, simply search for them by name in the search bar in Libby or on their OverDrive website. And if you’re a library or school library selector, be sure to check out all of EB’s wonderful titles in OverDrive Marketplace today!

Oct 4, 2018

On today's show we welcome in Mallory O'Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in our opinion, THE person to go to when you're looking for horror book recommendations. So now that October has arrived we HAD to bring her on. Our chat is all about the horror books she loves, both truly terrifying and others that are less so. We offer recommendations for everyone, regardless of your fright level.

 

ALSO: Mallory has written a book called The Lady from the Black Lagoon that comes out March 5th and you can recommend it to your library or preorder it right now. It tells the true story of Milicent Patrick, the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters and we can't wait to read it.

 

After you check out this episode be sure to subscribe to Reading Glasses as well. It's a phenomenal, weekly chat about everything in the book world between Mallory and her co-host Brea Grant. They are a Thursday release friend so you can enjoy both our shows together where they belong.

 

Mallory's horror book recommendations!

 

Definitely Scary:

A Head full of ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

 

Short story collections

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

 

Just a little Spooky

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

 

The book that made Mallory fall in love with horror

Creepshow graphic novel by Stephen King

 

Other books discussed

We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Deadhouse by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

Mallory's All Hollow's Read book

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

Oct 1, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time's Convert that is set in the same universe and she comes on the podcast to talk about what it was like returning to her world and characters, what her research process was like, and talks a little bit about the television adaptation of her popular series. 

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

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"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

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.

Sep 29, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Katherine Locke, author of the latest Big Library Read selection The Girl with the Red Balloon. The book is a mix of historical fiction and magical realism and it RULES. This chat features everything from 80s pop music to D&D nerding out, references to Bruce Springsteen and previous guests Marieke Nijkamp and Linsey Miller! 

 

About the Big Library Read

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. From October 1-15, readers at the 20,000+ participating libraries and schools can borrow the book without any waitlists or holds! Simply head to your library's OverDrive website or open up Libby and you'll see it front and center.

It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through your local library or school library and all you need to get started reading is a library card or student ID.

Sep 24, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Hank Green, one half of the VlogBrothers and just so many other amazing things on the internet. Hank's debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing comes on Tuesday (9/25) and it is genuinely stunning. Adam and Hank discuss society in the age of connectivity because of the internet and what it means for us as humans. At the end of the day his mysterious novel feels like a beautiful statement on where we are as a people today and how we can accomplish things by coming together. This book and this chat we're both simply wonderful. 

Sep 20, 2018

On today's episode, our good buddy Kerri Maniscalco returns to chat about her brand new book Escaping from Houdini! Want to know what sounds absolutely creepy? A murderous carnival on a cruise ship...

We get into where the idea came from and a whole slew of other things. It's always such a blast when Kerri stops by (via phone.)

Go read this book now!

Sep 17, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th is Read an Ebook Day! OverDrive's own holiday which celebrates a love for digital reading and for today's episode, Adam and Jill talk to some of their coworkers to find out what books they'll be reading. 

Visit www.readanebookday.com for more information and follow the hashtag #EbookLove to join the conversation

Books Mentioned in This Episode 

Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Educated by Tara Westover

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantaro

The Call by Paedar O'Guilan

Dune by Frank Herbert

More Deadly than the Male by Graeme Davis

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Descender by Jeff Lemire

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield

 

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

Music
"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

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.

Sep 13, 2018

TV Host, Comedy Writer, Stand up comedian, Memoirist. Guy Branum can do it all. On today's episode Adam interviews one of his favorite celebrities about his debut book My Life As a Goddess. Equal parts introspective and hilarious, this book breaks down Guy's personal upbringing, surviving law school, coming into his own as a comedy writer and the true meaning of Bohemian Rhapsody. I say this was an interview but truthfully it's more like a 30 minute pitch for Adam to get to be Guy's friend. 

Sep 10, 2018

On today's episode, we sit down with Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30 and author of the new Whole30 Slow Cooker. We disucss how Whole30 came to be, dispel the misconception that it's a diet and get into Melissa's life as a fellow book nerd. 

This episode was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Be sure to check out Melissa's new cookbook The WHOLE30 Slow Cooker Cookbook for 150 delicious, no-fuss recipes as well as The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook, the first cookbook ever endorsed by the Whole30. 

Sep 6, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as well as the new Broken Beautiful Hearts, The X-Files YA origin book Agent of Chaos and numerous other wonderful books. They discuss the importance of talking about tough topicswith young readers, how her writing career began on a dare and what it's like writing a story in a previously created universe like the X-Files. I could have chatted with her for DAYS!

Sep 3, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by Christina Dalcher whose debut novel VOX is getting all sorts of buzz. This dystopian story draws comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale with it's disturbing setting and the future it portrays where women are only allowed to speak 100 words per day. Christina has spent her life studying linguistics and the importance of language and we dig into how this played into her novel. 

Aug 27, 2018

On today's episode, Adam has a round table discussion with three of the best writers of modern day fairy tales. Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik all write magical, dark and enchanting stories that many classify as fairy tales and we dive into what that definition means and why these stories mean so much to readers. 

Books discussed:

Spinning Silver and Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Strange, The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Aug 25, 2018

On today's episode, Adam chats with James Moloney, an Australian author whose latest novel The Love That I Have was selected as our most recent Together We Read book club title for Australia and New Zealand. For two weeks all library card holders in that part of the world can visit their library's OverDrive website (Or Libby!) and borrow the book without wait lists or holds. 

Adam and James discuss why they feel World War II novels remain so popular today and how they force society to look at the current state of our world through a lens of events in the past. 

Aug 23, 2018

On today's episode it's all about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Adam & Jill begin with a series of topics about the HP community, what the houses mean to them and how the Wizarding World remains connected to their daily lives. Then Adam interviews Hikari Loftus of Folded Pages Distillery (https://www.instagram.com/foldedpagesdistillery/) about her fandom. 

Starting August 27th anyone with a library card at any North American library can visit the library's OverDrive website (or Libby!) and borrow the book without any wait lists or holds for two weeks! Check it out and join in the fun!

Thank you to Pottermore for helping coordinate this episode.

 

Aug 20, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, to discuss his new graphic novel Illegal. They cover topics like why he chose to write about African immigrants, how graphic novels can help struggling readers grasp stories and how people can help out others going through similar experiences. 

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

Music
"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

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

Music
"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

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

Music
"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

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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