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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 25, 2016

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Episode Overview

In this week's episode, Adam talks with Marie Bostwick, author of the popular Cobbled Quilt and Too Much, Texas series. Her new book, From Here to Home, comes out at the end of March and along with discussing that novel's unique protagonist Mary Dell Templeton, Marie also shares how she became the writer she is today, which happened almost accidentally. She also offers some really fantastic tips to all the writer's out there on how to achieve their own writing goals. Her love of reading and libraries started at an early age and she tells Adam about how she became the youngest card carrying member of her local library as a child. 

 

Growing up, some of Marie's favorite books included:

  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • Little House on the Prairie series
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

 

Marie's personal recommendations for our listeners:

 

For those readers interested in Marie's books, here are her own suggestions of where to start:

 

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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 18, 2016

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Episode Overview

In our ninth episode we are talking all things science fiction and fantasy! If you're not familiar with either genre that's okay because some of the recent reads that Jill, Quinton, and Rachel K. mention include some non-genre picks as well before discussing the differences between science fiction and fantasy. From there, they offer their best picks for those new to either genre and the differences between hard and soft science fiction. Quinton offers some readalikes for those who enjoyed The Martian and the trio share their favorite fantasy novels before discussing the forthcoming titles they are most excited to read. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Rachel K., and Quinton

 

Intro (0:00-4:09)

 

Recent Reads (4:10-10:09)

A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  

Shadows of Self by Brian Sanderson

Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

 

Differences Between Science Fiction and Fantasy (10:10 - 16:29)

Star Wars 

Interstellar by Greg Keyes

 

Genre Intro Books and Our Favorites (16:30-25:51)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Android's Dream by John Scalzi

Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Book 1 in the Dresden Files

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, book 1 of the Expanse series

Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, Book 1 in the Wheel of Time series

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Book 1 in A Song of Ice and Fire series

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens

The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

 

Hard Science Fiction v. Soft Science Fiction (25:52-29:15)

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

 

The Martin Readalikes (29:16-34:41)

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

 

Our Favorite Fantasy Novels and Other Books (34:42-40:25)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Book 1 in the Kingkiller Chronicle series

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Midnight Crossed by Charlaine Harris, Book 1 of the Midnight, Texas series

Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Book 1 of the Red Rising Trilogy

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Book 1 of the All Souls trilogy

 

Books Coming Soon (40:26-End)

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Arkwright by Allen Steele

Cursed Child script

 

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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 11, 2016

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

 

Episode Overview

In our second author interview, Adam interviews Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which takes place over one day during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Sunil shares why he chose that moment in history as the setting for his novel and gives some background and history of the protests. He also gives Adam and listeners a glimpse into his writing process and how some of his own life experiences were woven into the fictional characters he has created. Adam also asks him about what can only be described as a writer's worst nightmare: losing a manuscript, which happened to Sunil with the original 600 page draft of the book. But rewriting the novel offered Sunil the opportunity to reexamine his characters and focus on the ones that he was truly invested in.

Along with talking about her own book, Sunil shares memories of going to the library as a child and being a voracious readers, including reading Stephen King's IT at 12 or 13 and being terrified, but also loving The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl.

Sunil Yapa's other book recommendations:

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

 

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 4, 2016

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Find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Episode Overview

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so the staff librarians here at OverDrive decided to dedicate an episode to the Romance genre. But because we are all such well-rounded readers, we cover more than just your typical "bodice rippers," discussing some young adult titles and Amish romances, but also titles perfect for Galentine's Day and those single on this particular holiday. Of course, we can't discuss the Romance genre without mentioning some of our favorite punny titles as well. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Rachel W., Liz 

 

Intro (0:00-3:19)

 

Recent Reads (3:20-10:54)

Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

 

Favorite Punny Titles (10:55-13:00)

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah MacLean

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton

 

Jane Austen Retellings & Amish Romances (13:01-17:22)

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep

First Impressions by Sarah Price

Second Chances by Sarah Price

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (17:23-37:08) 

Galentine's Day Reads

Quirky Alone Day Reads

 

Pre-Pubs and Other Books (37:09-End)

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kaye

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas

 

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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