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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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Apr 18, 2019

On today's episode, Adam returns from LA to chat with Christina about the upcoming OverDrive Summer Reading Program! She breaks down the awesome collection available to our school and library partners and then dives into the titles she's most excited about.

You can find the Summer Reading Program page with complete information here: https://resources.overdrive.com/summer-read/

 

Books mentioned in this episode

 

Niko Draws a Feeling by Robert Raczka

Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids by Alain M. Bergeron

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? By Chris Ferrie

The Flight of the Swans by Sarah McGuire

The Vast Wonder of the World Extraordinary by Mélina Mangal

A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. (Terry) Nelson

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang

Apr 15, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with suspense writer Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the new book They All Fall Down. Jill and Rachel discuss Agatha Christie, seven deadly sins, and locked room mysteries. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019

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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.

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 11, 2019

Christina and Rickie are back, this time joining Jill to discuss books featuring sisters! From going into hell to save your sister's soul to helping your sister cover up multiple murders to fighting your sister over the King of England, there's a little something for everyone in this list. 

Books mentioned in this episode

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Lucky by Alice Sebold

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

City Infernal by Edward Lee

Sisters by David McPhail

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

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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.

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 8, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Emily Duncan, author of the new young adult book Wicked Saints

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019

 

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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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 4, 2019

Adam's out this week in Jury Duty, so Jill is on her own and decided to stay on brand and talk about some True Crime books!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

American Fire by Monica Hesse

A Serial Killer's Daughter by Kerri Rawson

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

The Lazarus Files by Matthew McGough

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Burned by Edward Humes

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Lucky by Ann Sebold

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

 

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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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 1, 2019

On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with Harlan Coben for a live interview in front of a sold out crowd of 400 readers at their home away from home, Cuyahoga County Public Library. Speaking of homes, his new book RUN AWAY, deals with tracking down someone who ran away from theirs...

They also discuss his work with Netflix, his ability to write anywhere, and using the things he sees in his daily life and the question, "What if" as catalysts for his writing. 

Mar 30, 2019

On today's very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story. Abu Bakr is an ESL student of Winnie's, who helped him tell his family's story of leaving the Middle East to start a new life in Canada and how the challenges they overcame, all while maintaining a beautiful outlook on life. Hear how they put the book together using frequent interviews, Google Translate, and the stories of Abu Bakr's family. 

Mar 28, 2019

April is around the corner, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! 

Books Mentioned In this Episode:

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Odd Partners edited by Anne Perry

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

White by Bret Easton Ellis

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

 

Other April Picks:

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michele Filgate

Mentors by Russell Brand

 

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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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Mar 25, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now.

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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.

Mar 21, 2019

Get your tissues ready, folks! No buzzer beaters. No brackets. Just a bunch of books that will absolutely make you cry. Adam and Jill are joined by Christina and Rickie to take a deep dive into some emotional reads. We also break the tension A LOT with jokes. Does Christina still cry? You'll have to listen to find out!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Shrill by Lindy West

Room by Emma Donoghue

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

He by John Connolly

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Mar 18, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, which was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick. Wayétu shares the impact of storytelling in Liberia's cultural history and the importance of African voices in literature. She also discusses her non-profit One Moore Book. 

Interview was recorded at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA during ALA Midwinter 2019 

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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.

Mar 14, 2019

On today's episode Adam and Jill chat with Gretchen Rubin about her new book OUTER ORDER INNER CALM and offer tips about how decluttering our lives can help bring us happiness. Before that, Jill and Adam share the books that spark joy within them as well as share some answers from former guests!

 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

 

 

The Books that Spark Joy for us

Jill's Books:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Misery by Stephen King

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

 

Adam's Books

The Annotated Alice by Lewis Caroll

The works of Henrik Ibsen

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 

R.O. Kwon - Episode 245

HOPSCOTCH by Julio Cortazar

 

Joe Abercrombie - Episode 248

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Melissa Hartwig  - Episode 263

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

 

Mallory O'Meara - Episode 315

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

 

Kerri Maniscalco - Episodes 168 & 266

A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC by Shel Silverstein

 

Brad Meltzer - Episodes 26 & 299

Justice League of America #150

 

Marie Benedict - Episodes 52, 121, & 302

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

 

Madeline Miller - Episodes 278 & 300

Watership Down by Richard Adams 

 

Alanna by Tamora Pierce 

 

Zoraida Cordova - Episodes 34, 75, & 90

DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Nicole Lemon

 

Marieke Nijkamp - Episodes 4, 56, and 200

HET RAD VAN FORTUIN by Thea Beckman

Mar 11, 2019

Oh my we have a superb episode for you fellow nerds! Adam chatted with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab about her all of her new upcoming projects including The Steel Prince (graphic novel), the re-release of The Near Witch (Fantasy), and her new Cassidy Blake series book coming later this year. She breaks down the difference between novel and comic writing and her need to inject humor into dark stories for the readers' sake. We also discuss our shared love of nonfiction audiobooks and dish out loads of recommendations.

Mar 7, 2019

For today's episode, Jill is joined by Tiffany and Sydney for a "No Boys Allowed" episode celebrating Women's History Month. Books by women, books about women, and all things awesome. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sing Unburied Sing by Jessamyn Ward

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Hunger by Roxane Gay

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Shrill by Lindy West

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michele Filgate

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

In the Woods by Tana French

The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zenter

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

 

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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.

Mar 4, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O'Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon while also sharing her own experiences in the film world. 

Feb 28, 2019

Jill and Adam are back with their monthly picks episode! This week they are diving into upcoming March books they can't wait to read. 

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara
The F*ck it Diet by Caroline Dooner
The Trials of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books by Edward-Wilson Lee
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The River by Peter Heller
The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Inspection by Josh Malerman
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
Woman 99 by Greer Macallister
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Funny Man by Patrick McGilligan

The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta

 

 

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.

Feb 25, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Samantha Shannon, internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season series to discuss her new high fantasy standalone novel The Priory of the Orange Tree. This sweeping saga tells epic stories of four main characters, a divided world, a queendom, and so many incredible dragons. 

Adam and Shannon discuss her world building process, devising stories out of history and legend, and how her editing process works. She also explains why this novel is 800+ pages instead of being a series. A must listen and a must read for any fantasy fan. 

Feb 21, 2019

 A few weeks ago, Adam talked about dog books and now Jill is back with books featuring and about cats! 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Dewey by Vicki Myron

Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe

Old Possom's Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot

The Cat Who... series by Lillian Jackson Braun

Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Warrior series by Erin Hunter

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

 

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 ebooka nd 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. 

Feb 18, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Alexandra Robbins, author of The Overachievers, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Pledged. Her latest book Fraternity is out now. 

 

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About the podcast

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 14, 2019

On today's episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes.

Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by category)

 

Book written by two or more authors

 

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Josh and Hazel's guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

My Plain Jane Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton

All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

 

Book that has appeared on the ALA's frequently challenged book list

Scary Stories to tell in the dark

Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Harry Potter

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Of Mice and men by John Steinbeck

A lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Grendel by John Gardner

 

 

Audiobook of a memoir or autobiography read by the author

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Still Foolin' em by Billy Crystal

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

We're going to need more win Gabrielle Union

In pieces by Sally Field

Hunger makes me a modern girl by Carrie Brownstein

Party of One by Dave Holmes

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

 

 

Retelling of a classic book, fairy tale, or play

The Hogarth Shakespeare series of books-

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (The Winter's Tale)

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice)

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (The Tempest)

 

The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell - Genderbent Robin Hood

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore - Swan Lake

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

A Blade so Black by LL McKinney

The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

Feb 11, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast's Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It's equal parts moving and funny and entirely whimsical. We also discuss her lifelong passion for fairy tales and Jim Dale doing her audiobook!

Feb 7, 2019

On today's episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. We discuss the wonderful people she met and the fun she had before getting into some good ole fashion reading recommendations. Come for the books, stay for the awkwardness of Adam and Jill laughing at each other. 

 

Books Mentioned in this episode:

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

 

Feb 4, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Lincoln Peirce, best known for his long running comic and novels in the Big Nate universe. He is back with a new book called Max and the Midknights, his first story outside of the the Big Nate world. They discuss the unique classification of his illustrated novels and how long it takes him to lay out a story and the comics combined into one book!

Jan 28, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

 

They discuss today's political climate, the struggle of lower class farmers, the effect the news and classism have society, and the similarities and differences between poverty in urban and rural areas. She also explains what led to her breaking free from the cycle of poverty and struggle in own family. 

 

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