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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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May 26, 2016

Episode Overview:

In this week's author interview, Adam talks with Ryan Graudin, young adult author of multiple books including Wolf by Wolf and its forthcoming sequel, Blood for Blood. She shares her writing process and she and Adam geek out over their shared love of fairy tales, tattoos, and travel. 

 

Other books written by Ryan:

Iron to Iron

The Walled City

All That Glows

All That Burns

 

Books recommended by Ryan:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard

Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shephard

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevive Tucholke

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

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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

May 19, 2016

Episode Overview

In today's episode, Adam sits down with writer Jewell Parker Rhodes, an author who is familiar writing for both adults and juveniles/YA. Her forthcoming book, Towers Falling, is all about teaching the story of the 9/11 attacks to children who weren't born when it happened. Like all of Jewell's books, Towers Falling features a diverse cast of characters and touches on important themes and events in America's history. In this interview, she talks about what prompted her to write a book about the September 11th attacks and the real life classroom that inspired her.

 

Books Written By Jewell

Sugar

Ninth Ward

Bayou Magic

Magic City

Douglass' Women

Towers Falling

Voodoo Season

Yellow Moon

Hurricane

 

 

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

 

May 12, 2016

Newcomers to the podcast Christina and Andrea join Adam to discuss their favorite Young Adult books and series. They also discuss why they think YA is such a popular genre. Christina and Andrea share their favorite types of characters and subgenres to read about, whether or not Christina would survive the Hunger Games and the importance of cake in her world. About halfway through we go into the YA books that make us cry and try to figure out why these books are able to move our emotions the way they do.

We also uncover some deep-seated struggles that Andrea and Christina have as friends in regard to whether it's appropriate to wait until a series is completed before you start reading it. Adam also unveils his love for all things Alice in Wonderland and we get sidetracked several times talking about baked goods.

Recommendations:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

They Call me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

Splintered series by A.G. Howard

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Something Strange and Dealy series by Susan Dennard

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

The Scarlet Series by A.C. Gaughen

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

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 by subscribing to the podcast. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

May 5, 2016

Episode Overview:

May 5th marks the start of OverDrive's AudioSYNC program so the OverDrive team is spending this episode talking about all things audiobooks! if you ever visit our Blue Sky Campus and walk around the office you'll see lots of staff members with headphones on -- there's always a good chance that they are listening to an audiobook. It's like being paid to read! 

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program designed for teens 13 years of age and over. Each week between May 5th and August 17th, users will be able to download two audiobooks per week and, best part is, after the audiobooks have been downloaded, users get to keep them! Reading in the summer can be challenging with busy schedules and traveling plans, which can lead to a summer slump, but with audiobooks, listeners can maintain their reading habits in a different format. We also feature an interview with Michelle Cobb from AudioFile magazine, OverDrive's partner in the SYNC program.

For more information, visit http://www.audiobooksync.com

If you have a favorite audiobook, let us know at  feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Adam, and Sheila

 

Intro (0:00-2:19)

 

Recent Listens (2:20-8:21)

The Verdict by Nick Stone

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

 

Books Written and Read by Comedians (8:22-11:18)

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

I Must Say by Martin Short

Brain Droppings by George Carlin

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage by Rob Delaney

You're Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black

Paddle Your Canoe by Nick Offerman

Gumption by Nick Offerman

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler 

America Again by Stephen Colbert

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Almost Interesting by David Spade

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer 

 

Foodie Listens (11:19-15:05)

The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

 

Audiobooks and AudioSYNC (15:06-23:03)

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman 

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

 

Interview with AudioFile's Michelle Cobb (23:04-End)

Art Dog by Thacher Hurd
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
28 days by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

 

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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