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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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Apr 28, 2016

Episode Overview:

400 years ago this month, William Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil but the show must go on, so OverDrive's Professional Book Nerds are discussing the man behind the myth in our latest episode. We also talk about whether or not it really matters if William Shakespeare actually wrote all of the plays attributed to him. After all, what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Regardless of reading choices, remember -- when the question is asked To Read Or Not To Read, the answer should always be to read!

Along with doing some Shakespeare fangirling, we cover all of the books we've recently read, some of the upcoming books we are (not so) patiently waiting for, and also offer tips on getting through book ennui. 

If you have a favorite Shakespeare play and/or modern adaptation, please feel free to let us know at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill and Liz

 

Intro (0:00-1:56)

 

Recent Reads: (1:57-17:09)

Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver

I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow

A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

George by Alex Gino

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Codex by Lev Grossman

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

Celebrating #Shakespeare400: (17:10-30:41)

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski by Adam Bertocci 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Fool by Christopher Moore

Will's Words by Jane Sutcliffe

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

Macbeth #KillingIt by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (30:42-End)

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Shadows of the Dark Crystal by J. M. Lee

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Erye Affair by Jasper Fforde, Book 1 in the Thursday Next series

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

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde, Book 1 in the Nursery Crimes series

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Grendel by John Gardner

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

 

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

Apr 21, 2016

Episode Overview

This week we are back with another author interview, this time with bestselling author Matthew Quick, the man behind the popular The Silver Linings Playbook which was also adapted into the Academy Award nominated film. In his conversation with Adam, Matthew shares how Silver Linings Playbook became both a book and a movie (and not necessarily in the order you might think!) and also talks about his writing process and how he transitioned into writing Young Adult novels. His newest book Every Exquisite Thing will be released in May.

 

Books Written By Matthew

The Silver Linings Playbook (novel)

Silver Linings Playbook (movie)

Love May Fail

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Every Exquisite Thing

The Good Luck of Right Now

Boy21

Sorta Like a Rock Star

 

Say Hello!

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

 

Apr 14, 2016

Episode Overview:

April is National Poetry Month and some of the OverDrive staff is celebrating by having a themed episode where we share some of our favorite poems and poets and even read a couple of poems on air. The professional book nerds also share some non-poetry recent reads and forthcoming titles we are looking forward to reading.

Feel free to let us know some of your favorite poems by emailing us at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Annie, Todd

 

Intro (0:00-3:01)

 

Recent Reads: (3:02-13:59)

Gone with the Mind by Mark Leyner

My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist by Mark Leyner

Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog by Mark Leyner

The Sugar-Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Girl In a Band by Kim Gordon 

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

 

Celebrating National Poetry Month: (14:00-31:59)

Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion by Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker

Some Ether by Nick Flynn

The Forgiveness Parade by Jeffrey McDaniel

The Endarkenment by Jeffrey McDaniel

Chapel of Inadvertent Joy by Jeffrey McDaniel

Bright Dead Things by Ada Lilmon

Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich

The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Spoons In the Grass Are There To Build a Moat by Linda Bruckheimer 

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (32:00-End)

Sex & Love & by Bob Hicok

Words for Empty and Words for Full by Bob Hicok

The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Motefiore

Certain Magical Acts by Alice Notley

 

Apr 7, 2016

Episode Overview

In our latest author interview, OverDrive's Adam talks to New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson. She shares insights into her writing process, including what it's like working with her sister, fellow author Nancy Bush, and the challenges that come with writing about some really evil characters. Lisa also gives a list of some of her favorite books and recent reads.

 

Popular Lisa Jackson books: 

Afraid to Die

Tell Me

You Don't Want to Know

Running Scared

Without Mercy

Malice

Shiver

Deep Freeze

 

Lisa Jackson's Recent Reads and Favorites:

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Shock Wave by John Sandford

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Marley and Me by John Grogan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

Say Hello!

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