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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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Feb 23, 2017

The Academy Awards are this weekend and five of this year's Best Picture nominees are based on books! As book and movie lovers, Adam and Jill decided it would be fun to discuss books that were adapted into films that became Best Picture nominees. We also look ahead to upcoming films and make our predictions for what will be future Oscar contenders. 

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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Fences by August Wilson

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Oil! by Upton Sinclair

The Martian by Andy Weir

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Capote by Gerald Clarke

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Double Indemnity by James Cain

Deliverance by James Dickey

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Room With a View by E. M. Forster

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Jaws by Peter Benchley

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Plays of Tennessee Williams

Plays of Arthur Miller

The Revenant by Michael Punke

Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter

Serena by Ron Rash

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Black Mass by Dick Lehr & Gerald O'Neill

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Shack by William P. Young

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 

It by Stephen King

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle

 

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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.

Feb 21, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Elizabeth Kostova, #1 bestselling author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves. Elizabeth has a new book coming out April 11 called The Shadow Land and so she was in Atlanta for the American Library Association Midwinter meetings where she spoke with Adam about her love of Eastern Europe, the research process for her books and, of course, Dracula! Elizabeth has a rich history with libraries as well and shared some wonderful insight into the writing process and her novels. 

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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.

Feb 16, 2017

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology was released last week and we decided to celebrate by discussing other books that deal with mythology and lore! 

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Gracekeepers by Kristy Loan

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Odyssey by Homer

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Grendel by John Gardner

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Piccoult

The Divine Comedy by Dante

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danieleweski

The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laurea van Den Berg

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

 

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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.

Feb 13, 2017

On today's episode, Adam interviews Jen Calonita in Atlanta during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. Jen has gone from being an editor at a teen entertainment magazine where she interviewed celebrities backstage to creating her own stories from her life experiences. Now, she's building magical worlds of her own through the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Adam and Jen chat about how she came to be an author and how Disney has been the through line of her career that led to the whimsical she's not writing. 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Feb 9, 2017

On this episode, Zoraida Cordova once again graces us with her wonderful presence to offer up some of her favorite recent romance reads. Zoraida is currently writing on a warm, tropical island (seriously look at her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoraidasolo/) but took some time out of her busy schedule to tell about the Romance books she thinks everyone should check out. She also gave a few non-romance picks as well. 

You can find the books Zoraida has written here: https://www.overdrive.com/creators/403210/zoraida-cordova 

Zoraida's Romance Recommendations

 

American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout

 

Inspire by Cora Carmack

 

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover

 

Neanderthal Sees Human by Penny Reid

 

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

 

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale

 

Necessary Risk by Tara Wyatt

 

New YA to check out: 

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Feb 6, 2017

Several of our co-workers absolutely adore Penny Reid and her Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series and suggested we interview her. After speaking with her for half an hour, Penny now has two new fans in both Adam and Jill. Penny is the first self-published author to be on the Professional Book Nerds podcast and she's an incredibly successful self-published author at that, so along with taking us through her writing process she also explains all the work that goes into being a self-published author as well. 

Penny writes what she calls "smart romance" and even if you're not a romance reader, we highly recommend listening to this delightful author interview and checking her books out.

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Feb 2, 2017

On the 88th episode of the pod, Jill and Adam read through a few listener emails and offer book recommendations based on what you, the listener, has been reading. If you'd like some recommendations just email professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com with what you're reading or follow us on Twitter! 

 

We then dive into all the big books coming out in February and have a mini excitement-panic attack over how amazing the audiobook of Lincoln in the Bardo is going to be. All books discussed can be found below (click on the titles to sample them). Take a listen! 

 

Reader Advisory picks and recommendations:

 

Reader James's picks

 

Stabbing Set with Sapphires by L. A. Nisula

 

The Domino Lady by Lars Anderson

 

Skin Game by Tonia Brown

 

Storm of Chains by Jeremiah D. Schmidt

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for James (and you!)

 

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

 

The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

 

The Dream Engine Series by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

 

The IceFire Trilogy by Patty Jansen

 

Reader Andrea's picks

 

Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen

 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Andrea (and you!)

 

The Splintered series by A. G. Howard

 

The Scarlet series by A. C. Gaughen

 

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

 

Reader Tina's picks

 

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Tina (and you!)

 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

 

Reader Jessie's picks

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

 

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Jessie (and you!)

 

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

 

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

 

Run by Ann Patchett

 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

 

Carsick by John Waters

 

Veeck as in Wreck by Bill Veeck & Ed Linn

 

Other Books Discussed

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

 

The full list of books coming out in February we're most excited about

 

Highlights:

 

Lincoln in the Bardo (the audiobook especially)

 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

 

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

 

Pachinko Min Jin Lee

 

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

 

The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Jan 30, 2017

In today's episode we hear the first of several interviews Adam did authors at the American Library Association Midwinter Meetings. Adam sat down with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, which comes out on February 7th. Min shared her experiences as an immigrant writer, writing about a separate group of immigrants as well as walked us through her writing and extensive research process. Min spent 13 years writing her first novel, Free Food for Millionaires, so she knows about determination and has some wonderful advice for aspiring writers as she tells her story of becoming a published author.

Adam and Min also spent a great deal of time bonding while discussing diversity in literature and much much more. 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.



Jan 26, 2017

Adam's back from ALA Midwinter and brought with him the big list of 2017 Youth Media Award Winners and a whole bunch of advanced reader copies that the whole OverDrive office is excited to read. 

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Quiet Until The Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens

The Marsh's King Daughter by Karen Dionne

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Celine by Peter Heller

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Speed of Life by Carol Weston

Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Prasley

 

The full list of YMA awards can be found here.

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Jan 23, 2017

Adam is in Atlanta for ALA Midwinter this week and left Jill all alone with a microphone mwahahahaha (j/k). So in this very off the cuff episode, Jill talks about all the ways you can keep track of the books you read and also goes over the books she has read thus far in 2017 as well as what she's currently reading (and listening to because audiobooks totally count). 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Miss You by kate Eberlen

The Magdalan Girls by V.S. Alexander

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Jan 19, 2017

If you like Gilmore Girls:

If you like (guilty pleasure) reality shows:

If you like HGTV:  

 

If you like gossip about behind the scenes drama on TV shows:

 

The Parks and Rec recs…

 

And here's a big list of books becoming TV shows in 2017!

Jan 16, 2017

In today's episode Jill & Adam talk to debut author Samuel Parker about his first novel Purgatory Road. He discusses his inspirations as a writer include Stephen King and why he choose Vegas as a setting. Jill and Adam also have a quick chat about their times in Vegas, some Broadway shows and they remember Alan Rickman because... he's amazing. 

 

You can borrow Purgatory Road from you library by clicking this link: https://www.overdrive.com/media/2839929/purgatory-road 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Jan 12, 2017

Like most book nerds, we love the website Book Riot and their annual Read Harder Challenge. But sometimes it's hard to know where to find titles that fit the categories if they are a little outside of your reading comfort zone so we decided to offer some suggestions throughout the year.

First up, we are tackling the LGBTQ+ Romance, Collection of Stories by a Woman, Books Written by an Immigrant or with an Immigration Theme, Sports, and Travel Memoir.

Bonus: We have a new email address (professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com) AND you can find us directly on Twitter at @ProBookNerds so if there are specific categories on the list you'd like help with, please reach out to us!

Read an LGBTQ+ Romance 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody

Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Roller Girl by Vanessa North

 

Read a Collection of Stories by a Woman

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Berman

 

Read a Book by an Immigrant or with a Central Immigration Narrative

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

 

Read a Book About Sports

The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab

You're Welcome, Cleveland by Scott Raab

Living Out Loud by Craig Sager

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

The Games by David Goldblatt

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander

 

Travel Memoir

Anything by Bill Bryson

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Shark Drunk by Morten Stroksnes

Carsick by John Waters

 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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.

Jan 9, 2017

Today's episode features an interview with world-renowned romance writer, Robyn Carr. Robyn recently received the Romance Writer's of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and is best known for for her Virgin River Series. In this interview, Adam and Robyn discuss her recent novel, What We Find, as well as the craft of writing. Robyn is extremely prolific and discusses the diligence it takes to continuously provide new books for her readers. She also shares her thought process as she writes series, how she chooses locations for books as well as the books that inspired her.

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Jan 5, 2017

 

Books Mentioned in this Episode: 

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The American War by Omar El Akkad

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

How to Hygge by 

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Separation
4321 Paul Auster

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson

 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Jan 2, 2017

On this very special episode of the podcast, Adam interviews Jill because she wrote a memoir title Running with a Police Escort and it's now available on OverDrive and everywhere you buy your books! Jill chats about how she decided to write her first book while also providing insight for potential authors on how she found a publisher. We've had a number of listeners ask us how authors juggle full-time jobs while also writing and Jill explains how she was able to handle this task personally. Adam and Jill share stories of being a part of the Cleveland Running community and, as always, have some fun with a special Nerd 9. 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Dec 29, 2016

On the last episode of 2016, Jill and Adam discuss the books coming out in January that they can't wait to read. The books discussed come from an overdrive.com list that you can look through and sample titles right here: https://www.overdrive.com/collections/22345/january-2017-new-releases-and-must-reads 

 

Books discussed on this episode:

 

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

 

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

 

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

 

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King

 

RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

 

Wires and Nerve, Volume One by Marissa Meyer

 

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

 

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

 

Scratch by Manjula Martin

 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

 

Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler

 

Huck Out West by Robert Coover

 

Freeks by Amanda Hocking

 

Three Days in January by Bret Baier

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

 

Dec 26, 2016

It's the last week of 2016 and for this final Monday of the year, Adam and Jill are back with another author interview! This time they spoke with Fleur McDonald, an Australian author known for her rural fiction. 

 

If the holidays gifted you with a new eReader, iPad, tablet, etc., be sure to check out your public library's OverDrive.com site to see what eBooks and audiobooks you can get through them! 

 

 

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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.

Dec 22, 2016

In today's episode, Adam speaks with debut novelist Kathryn Barker, author of the award winning In the Skin of a Monster. 

 

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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.

Dec 19, 2016

On this episode, YA author Zoraida Cordova returns for a 2nd time to discuss Labyrinth Lost, the strange life authors lead being solitary writers and then social butterflies while promoting books and having fans while being fans of other authors. Adam and Zoraida spend some time chatting about the social media aspect of being a public figure and the magic of the Young Adult book community.

They also discuss the Oreo scandal of 2016 and the culinary holiday traditions they both enjoy this time of year. 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Dec 15, 2016

It's the end of the year, which means it's time for the Professional Book Nerds to reflect and discuss their favorite books of 2016. For this episode we brought back some of our previous guests and asked them to share their favorite titles. (And, because we all read so much, we let them come in with their top three although even that proved difficult for some of us!) 

Books Mentioned in this Episode

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

The Nix by Nathan Hill

David Bowie: The Last Interview by David Bowie

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

While the City Slept by Eli Sanders

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Shrill by Lindy West

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

The Girls by Emma Cline

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Playing Dead by Elizabeth Greenwood 

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Porcelain by Moby

Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Something New by Lucy Knisley

Relish by Lucy Knisley

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval

Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

 Music

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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.

Dec 12, 2016

This is the one year anniversary episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast! Thank you so much to our listeners, whether you've been with us from the beginning or are a brand new listener, and everyone in between. We've come a long way since our humble beginnings and we wouldn't be here without all of you. 

As a fun treat, Adam and Jill got to interview author and actor Alan Cumming and took what can only be described as the best selfie ever. Alan discusses his books, his careers, and more in this special live interview. Alan is the author of the novel Tommy's Tale, the memoir Not My Father's Son, and the brand-new photo biography You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams.

Episode was recorded live at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library on December 4, 2016.

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

 Music

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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.

Dec 8, 2016

We are back with another romance episode! Our first romance episode back in February still remains our most popular episode and we decided to bring the genre back for another time. This time, Jill is joined by Liz, Meghan, and Emma as they discuss their favorite romance novels. For this episode we broke the titles down by heat level:

 

Room Temperature Titles (0:00-19:29)

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

Lovestruck Librarians series by Olivia Dade

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The Winters Family series by Crystal Hubbard

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

 

Simmer Titles (19:30-32:57)

Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare

Duchess of Love series by Sally MacKenzie

Naked series by Sally MacKenzie

This Earl is On Fire by Vivienne Lorret

The Debutante is Mine by Vivienne

When A Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorrett

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Iron and Velvet by Alexis Hall

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The Seduction Diaries series by Jennifer McQuiston

 

Full Boil Titles (32:58-48:00)

Breathless trilogy by Maya Banks

Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend

Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid

Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Redemption Series by Sarah Castille

Her True Match by Paige Tyler

 I Give You My Body by Diana Gabaldon

 

Books We Are Looking Forward to Reading (48:00-End)

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

 Lost Lord Series by Mary Jo Putney

Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney

The Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

 Music

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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.

Dec 5, 2016

In our 71st episode, Adam and Jill sat down with Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series. Lee gives audiences a glimpse into the newest Jack Reacher book Night School and takes questions from the audience, including the autobiographical nature of his books and the relationship he has with Reacher audiobook narrator Dick Hill.

Episode was recorded live Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Parma Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

 Music

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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.

Dec 1, 2016

On the 70th episode of the podcast, Jill & Adam spoke with Patricia Hruby Powell as a part of their Holiday Spectacular interview series. Patricia writes award winning, important biographical children's books including Josephine, which details the incredibly life of Josephine Baker.

Patricia discusses how she researches her stories, where her ideas come from and her life as a dancer and part-time librarian. For our library friends, this title is currently marked down as a part of our Holiday Spectacular Sale.

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

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