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Sep 21, 2017

On today's episode, Jill and Adam talk about Banned Books Week, the National Books Awards and their newfound love of the the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lootcrate. Below, you'll find all the books we discussed as well as the full Banned Books and National Book Award longlist collections from OverDrive.com:

 

OverDrive's Banned Books Week collection

 

The full National Book Awards longlist collection

 

2016's most challenged books

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Make Something up by Chuck Palahniuk

Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

George by Alex Gino

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki

 

Banned books that Adam and Jill will be reading during Banned Books Week

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

 

National Book Award longlist titles mentioned in the episode

 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman, Jr.

 

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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.

Sep 18, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Ben Blum who wrote the recently released Ranger Games. Ben's book is a nonfiction recounting of his cousin's life as he prepared to become an Army Ranger since he was a child only to be arrested the week before his deployment for robbing a bank. Ben goes into the indoctrination of Rangers as well as what led to Alex's crime and the aftermath. This book is incredibly important and is getting LOTS of buzz and it's entirely deserved. 

 

Today (Sept 18) is also Read an eBook Day so share why you love eBooks on social media using the hashtag #eBookLove for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE from OverDrive! Learn more at http://readanebookday.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.

Sep 16, 2017

Last weekend, Jill and Adam both watched the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT and loved it so much they decided to talk about it -- both the film, the book it is based on, and a little bit about the original TV miniseries. 

SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie yet!

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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.

Sep 14, 2017

In today's episode, Jill is joined by Melissa, Megan, and Briana to talk about a genre they all love: memoirs! From celebrity memoirs like Eddie Izzard's "Believe Me" to a behind-the-scenes peek at the romance publishing business with "Romance Is My Day Job" by Patience Bloom to the difficult but necessary books of kidnapping survivors like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, this episode has a little bit of everything for readers. 

 

Books Mentioned In Today's Episode

From cradle to stage by Virginia Hanlon Grohl

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin hart

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

Spoiler Alert by Michael Ausiello

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Keys by DJ Kahlad

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Morgue by Vince DiMaio

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughtey

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughtey

Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom

Crack the Cube by Ian Scheffler

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Hope by Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

On Writing by Stephen King

Growing Up Fisher by Joely Fisher

North by Scott Jurek

Unqualified by Anna Faris

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hunger by Roxane Gay

We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

The Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

 

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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.

Sep 11, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with author Adrian J. Walker and they instantly bond over their shared love of running, dogs and the dystopian genre that Adrian writes in. They discuss his books, The End of the World Running Club and The Last Dog on Earth as well as dealing with the tragic loss of heroes we may have never even met. 

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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.

Sep 7, 2017

Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book recommendations! 

Nancy's Recommendations

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett

Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

 

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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.

Sep 4, 2017

On Today's episode we finally get to share an amazing chat we had with E. Lockhart back in the Spring to promote both We Were Liars and her new release Genuine Fraud! We also discussed Broadway musicals and her inspiration for becoming a writer. We also touch on why she thinks adults still love YA books (us included) and so much more. Enjoy!

 

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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 31, 2017

It's our favorite episode of the month! Today we're talking about the new books coming out in September we can't wait to read. Jill and Adam go back and forth discussing September's big new releases for the first half of today's show but we also give you some bonus content! We break down the season finale of Game of Thrones and try to decide if it was as good as the internet seems to think it was. 

After you listen, let us know what books you're most excited for this month!

Books mentioned in this episode:

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Liner Notes by Loudon Wainwright, III

Warcross by Marie Lu

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

In the Dark by E. Nesbit

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Wizard's Cookbook by Aurelia Beaupommier

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

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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 28, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Jack Gantos, who has written books for readers of all ages. The conversation focuses on Jack's latest work, Writing Radar, in which he details all the ways aspiring writers can set themselves up for success. We also discuss the many twists and turns his life has taken, including getting caught for helping traffic drugs and how this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

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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 24, 2017

Half an hour after peak viewing time of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Jill sat down with three of her colleagues (including first time caller, long time listener Bob) to discuss science fiction! From hard science fiction to dystopian fiction to everything in between.  

 

Books Mentioned in Today's episode

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

The Martian by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson 

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

The Last One by Alexandra Olivia

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jamison

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'engle

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdhrich

 

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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 21, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with his favorite debut author of 2017, Amanda Foody! Amanda is the author of Daughter of the Burning City which Adam lovingly describes as a YA-Fantasy Carnival Freak Show Murder Mystery. That's a lot of words...

Amanda takes us through building her worlds, determining how magic works in these and explains why this incredible fantasy is a standalone novel. After taking a listen we absolutely implore you to get this book. It's magical and dark and mysterious and all and all wonderful.

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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 17, 2017

On today's episode, Adam is joined by frequent friends of the pod (and 2/3rds of the 3-headed Sass Monster) Andrea and Christina. The three of them hand out bunches of book recommendations that would best be categorized as falling under Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery AND/OR Romance. They talk diverse books, fan fiction, Andrea's birthday and the fact that since the birth of her child she's been reading some DARK novels.

Books mentioned on this episode:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

 

Hush by John Hart

 

The Last Child By John Hart

 

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

 

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

 

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

The Pigeon Man by Joel Edward Stein

 

The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

 

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

 

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

 

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

 

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

 

Big Little Lies by Lane Moriarty

 

The 6 Tudor Queens series by Allison Weir

 

The Clipped Wings Series by Helena Hunting

 

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbelestier

 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

 

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

 

Fragile by Jandra Sutton

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

 

Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

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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 14, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with the incredible Brandy Colbert. Brandy's well known for her debut novel Pointe and her latest book Little & Lion was just released. Brandy and Adam discuss diversity in YA novels, the importance of being able to find characters like yourself in books and what goes into creating her characters. 

We can't recommend Little & Lion enough. It's an incredibly powerful book about understanding and the strength of family bonds. Give a listen! 

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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 10, 2017

As a librarian who loves fantasy novels, Jill naturally loves fantasy novels that feature a fantastic library! For today's episode she's giving a rundown on some of her favorite fantasy libraries and librarians. 

Share your own favorite fantasy libraries by emailing us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com or find us on Twitter @ProBookNerds

 

Books Mentioned in this Episode

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss

The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Discworld series by Terry Prachett

Sandman series by Neil Gaiman

 

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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 7, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with the incredible and wildly popular bestselling author Meg Cabot. Meg is best known for her Princess Diaries series and she's written 8- books in total, having sold over 25 million copies. Meg is promoting her latest book Royal Crush but we touch on all of her work as she's written books for readers of all ages. 

Meg shares her experiences of struggling before finally getting published, writing under pen names and being persistent in her craft. She also tells us how she stays motivated to create as much content she does and informs us of a project she's working on that she hasn't told anyone else about yet!

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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 3, 2017

The calendar has turned to a new month which means we get to share our picks for the top books of August! Join us as we dive into the new releases coming this month we're most excited for including everything from bestsellers to debut authors, fiction and nonfiction alike! We're crossing all genres here so there is something for everything. Be sure to connect with us and share your favorite new books as well. Our TBR list can never be too long...

Books mentioned in this episode:

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

 

The Address by Fiona Davis

 

America 51 by Corey Taylor

 

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

 

Hail to the Chin by Bruce Campbell and Craig Sanborn

 

Sour Grapes by Jenny Zhang

 

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

 

Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson

 

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

 

The Half-Drowned King by Lianna Hartsuyker

 

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

 

The Readymade Thief by August Rose

 

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

 

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

 

Solo by Kwame Alexander

 

Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

 

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

 

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

 

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

 

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

 

I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers

 

The Kelloggs by Howard Markel

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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 31, 2017

On today's episode, Adam and Jill nerd out with Fiona Davis, author of the new book The Address. Fiona is well known for her debut novel, The Doll House as well as her time on Broadway. Naturally, the trio talk all things books, New York City and musicals. Fiona writes thrilling stories across multiple timelines with the true stars of her books being famous buildings in The Big Apple. 

This episode was recorded at The American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago which is why you'll hear some background noise. Just think, every sound you might hear in the background is created by a librarian! Magical, right?

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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 27, 2017

Who doesn't love a good murder to set off their summer vacation? In today's episode, Jill is joined by previous guests Emma, Meghan, and Kristin to discuss some of their favorite mystery, suspense, and thriller books! They also share some of the cozy mysteries they have been reading, complete with puntastic titles. 

Books Mentioned In This Episode: 

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Dark Room by Jonathan  Moore
Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
The Trespasser by Tana French
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne
Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle
Kale to the Queen by Nell Hampton
Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
Addressed to Kill by Jean Flowers
The Dying Game by Asa Avdic
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Caroline by Sarah Miller

 

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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 24, 2017

Tra la Laaa! Today's episode is a chat with legendary children's author and illustrator Dav Pilkey! Dav is best known for creating Captain Underpants which has been read by millions of children around the world and is responsible for countless people falling in love with reading. 

Dav shares how he created his characters and what it feels like to interact with so many fans around the world. He also happens to have the best "Favorite reading spot" of all time. 

 

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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 20, 2017

On today's episode, Adam and Jill chat with Nancy Pearl! Nancy regularly offers book recommendations on NPR, was named Librarian of the Year in 2011 by Library Journal and even has her own action figure. Nancy has long been known for her ability to recommend books and now she's written her own debut novel, George and Lizzie.

During the conversation, Nancy discusses her new book, libraries and a whole slew of other fun topics. She then does us the honor of providing loads of book recommendations (listed and linked below). Take a listen!

Books featured in this episode

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

 

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

 

The Passage by Justin Cronin

 

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

 

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

 

The True Flag by Stephen Kinzer

 

The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer

 

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

 

Half Magic by Edward Eager

 

Defectors by Joseph Kanon

 

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

 

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

 

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

 

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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 17, 2017

On today's episode, Adam is joined by #1 bestselling author B. A. Paris whose debut novel, Behind Closed Doors, became an instant international sensation. Her latest novel, The Breakdown, is being released on July 18th and is already garnering massive amounts of buzz and praise. 

During their chat, B. A. discussed the difference between writing her first novel as a complete unknown and writing her second with the expectations of so many readers and what is was like to experience her whirlwind journey to becoming a bestseller. Adam and B. A. spoke about how she finds her ideas in normal everyday experiences as well as the books she read growing up. 

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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 13, 2017

On today's episode, Adam and Jill travel to Chicago to speak with Colson Whitehead about his #1 New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad. Their conversation covered how this book came to be, how he views his book in relation to the incredible success it has achieved, race relations throughout American history and a dive into the music Colson listens to while writing. 

In addition to winning the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Underground Railroad was also selected as the winner of the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. Both Oprah and President Obama chose it for their respective book clubs and the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Buzzfeed and Esquire named it their best book of the year. 

It was an honor to speak with Colson and we'd love to hear your thoughts on this conversation!

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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 10, 2017

In today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with bestselling and award winning author Jonathan Safran Foer. Well known for his immensely popular novels Extremely Loud and Incredible Close and Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan published his latest hit, Here I am, in 2016.

 

During their chat, Jonathan discussed how he takes on the craft of writing, how he traveled to Eastern Europe to research his first novel and his thoughts on being considered one of the defining writers on contemporary Jewish life.

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@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.

Jul 6, 2017

It's our monthly episode of forthcoming books we can't wait to read! ::Insert Kermit Arms:: Like every month, Jill and Adam break down some of the books coming out this month that they can't wait to read. So get your TBR lists ready! 

Books Mentioned in This Episode

The Breakdown by BA Paris

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Because You Hate To Love Me by Ameriie
The Many Lives of Catwoman by Tim Hanley
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis
What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, et. al.
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
An Oath of Dogs by Wendy Wagner
The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer by M. William Phelps
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong
In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, A Father, a Cult by Rebecca Stott

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@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.

Jul 3, 2017

On this week's author interview episode we feature Greg Iles, the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Natchez Burning series. Greg talks about his experiences as a writer of the South and the importance of dealing head on with the past and the real life situations that inspired his series.

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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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