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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 25, 2017

Before Jill and Adam go on a series of travel adventures for work and play they get together to share the books coming out in June they're most excited to read. In this episode you'll hear discussions about new memoirs (HELLO EDDIE IZZARD), Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult and oodles more.

Adam also reads a wonderful listener email and we lament how fast time is flying in 2017. Shout at us with the books your most excited for this month for a chance to be mentioned on the podcast! Cheers and Happy Reading. 

 

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

If I Understood you Would I Have this Look on my Face by Alan Alda 

The Waking Land by Callie Bates 

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

The City Always Wine by Omar Robert Hamilton

The Space Between Stars by Anne Corlett

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My life, but When I do They're True and … by Jonathan Goldsmith

Indigo by Charlaine Harris 

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Quiet until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

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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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

May 22, 2017

On today's episode, Jill & Adam chat with debut author Caite Dolan-Leach about her debut novel Dead Letters. In addition to being an amazing writer and overall human, Caite is a literary translator who studied at Trinity College and the American University in Paris (Hashtag jelly). 

We discuss her life as a world traveler and, studying in the world's most beautiful university library and bucket loads more. Have 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.

May 18, 2017

We are an office full of readers and so for today's episode we decided to poll some of our co-workers and past podcast guests to see what everyone is currently reading or has recently finished. We love doing these episodes because they are always a great mix of titles so enjoy and be sure to let us know what YOU are reading by emailing us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com or by finding us on Twitter @ProBookNerds

 

Books Mentioned In Today's Episode:

Empire Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner 

By Your Side by Kasie West

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

A $500 House In Detroit by Drew Philp

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

If You've Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey

The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig

It by Stephen King

Since We Fell by Denis Lehane

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

You Are a Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

 Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

 

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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.

May 15, 2017

The Fierce Reads tour kicked off May 9, 2017 and Cleveland's own Cuyahoga County Public Library was the first stop! Adam and I got to moderate a panel discussion with three incredible Young Adult authors: Scott Westerfeld, Erin Beaty, and Taran Matharu. Kristen Orlando was originally scheduled but was ill the night of our event so she is not part of the interview. 

For more information about the tour and the authors we interviewed, visit www.fiercereads.com

Episode was recorded live on May 9, 2017 at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

Summoner's Series by Taran Matharu

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

 

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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.

May 11, 2017

On today's episode we are discussing short reads and quick books! We love big books and we cannot lie but not everyone does or has the time so today's episode is all about shorter books that can be read over a long weekend (which is perfect for our American listeners with Memorial Day right around the corner). 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
The sleeper and the spindle by Neil Gaiman
Fortunately the milk by Neil Gaiman
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
Different Seasons by Stephen King
The Giver by Lois Lowrey
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget
Almost Interesting by David Spade

I'm Just a Person by Tig Notoro

Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Rickle's Letters by Don Rickles
Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar
The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

 

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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.

May 8, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with Kate Moore, author of the incredible book The Radium Girls. This work of nonfiction recounts the story of the women who worked with Radium-based paint, ingesting poison every single day, and their fight to make sure the tragedies they endured never happened again. 

Kate discussed the massive amount of research she did to bring this story to life and also shared her experiences as a ghost writer and editor. Take a listen and then borrow, purchase and recommend this book. It's astonishing.

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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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

May 4, 2017

We're back with round two of our Book Riot Read Harder Challenge suggestions! Completing this challenge is a lot of fun and can help broaden your literary scope but it can be tough to find books that fit the categories. That's where we come in! In ep. 82 we did five different categories and today we have 5 more for you. Below are links to all the books we discuss. Take a listen!

 

Read a Debut Novel

 

Read a book published between 1900 & 1950

 

Read a book about books

 

 

Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country

 

Read a classic by an author of color

 

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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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

May 1, 2017

It's Children's Book Week and we are celebrating with a three-in-one author interview episode featuring authors Pat Mora, Cynthia Leitich-Smith, and Don Tate. 

Interviews were recorded at the Virginia Hamilton Conference, April 6-7, 2017.

 

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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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

 

Apr 27, 2017

May is just around the corner which means it's time for Adam and Jill to offer up their top picks for books coming out in May 2017!

Books Mentioned In This Episode: 

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
Astrophysics for People In a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Dating-ish by Penny Reid
Flame In the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
Men Without Stories by Haruki Murakami
Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession by Alison Weir
Where The Lost Girls Go by R.J. Noonan

 

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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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

 

Apr 24, 2017

In today's episode, Adam speaks with Scottish author Denzil Meyrick. Denzil's book, Whisky From Small Glasses was selected as our Together We Read Digital Book Club choice for our U.K. libraries. Together We Read is a Digital Book Club being featured through participating libraries in the United Kingdom from 11 – 25 May 2017. The club connects readers all across the United Kingdom with the same eBook, at the same time.

Denzil discusses how he went from being on the police force to writing crime novels as well as the importance of setting in his books, why you need to visit Scotland and so much more.

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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 

 

Apr 20, 2017

On Today's episode, Jill & Adam sit down with John Scalzi, one of the most prolific and success Science Fiction Writers of our time. John provides an introduction to his new book, The Collapsing Empire, and then explains what makes a good Sci-Fi story in his mind. John even provides some great "gateway" books for newcomers to the genre while also offering some graduate level options for Sci-Fi veterans.

John offers up some secrets to his writing process, where he sees this latest series going and then tells an incredible story about a fake story he wrote that every wishes he'd turn into a full length novel. 

 

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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. 

 

Apr 17, 2017

 

On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Christina, who tells us all about the titles included in this year's Summer Read program.

OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program designed to encourage K-12 students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected can supplement other summer reading programs and will offer free, simultaneous access to students from June 7th - August 7th. 

More information can be found at http://resources.overdrive.com/summer-read/

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Wild World of Buck Bray: The Miss Grizzly Cubs by Judy Young

Tig Ripley: Rock 'n' Roll Rebel by Ginger Rue

Happy Birthday, Spongebob! by JP Chanda

Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Predergast

Meet Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon Publishing

Mikey's Monster by Nickelodeon Publishing

Ray of Sunlight by Brynn Stein

Instant Winner by Gary Soto

Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin

The Pigeon Man by Joel Edward Stein

Audacious by Gabrielle Predergast

At the Edge of the World by Kari Jones

 

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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. 

Apr 13, 2017

It's National Library Week! As a library company, OverDrive knows the importance of libraries and as podcast hosts, we often ask our guest authors for their thoughts and memories about the importance of libraries as well. 

For this episode, we pulled together some of our favorite quotes from past guests. They talk about getting their first library card, the book that changed their life, the importance of reading, and so much more. Episode numbers are listened next to each author if you'd like to hear the full interview. 

 

Authors in this episode:

Jodi Picoult (Episode #64)

Jewell Parker Rhodes (Episode #22)

Kwame Alexander (Episode #97)

Brad Meltzer (Episode #26)

Marie Benedict (Episode #52)

Sunil Yapa (Episode #8)

Matthew Quick (Episode #18)

Marieke Nijkamp (Episode #4)

James Patterson (Episode #28)

Min Jin Lee (Episode #87)

Omar el Akkad (Episode #107)

 

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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.

Apr 10, 2017

On today's episode, Adam interviews Omar El Akaad about his debut novel American War, which tells the story of a second American Civil War taking place 100 years in the future. Omar has spent his professional life covering news in places like Iraq, Egypt and Guantanamo Bay and uses his incredible view of the world to shape this book.

In our intro Adam chats with his brother Jason who also works at OverDrive. Yep, that's right, Adam's has a brother who works with him that has never been on the podcast because Adam is a dumb-dumb. They discuss the books Jason reads with his daughter and his affinity for audiobooks with their trademark witty banter... A trademark listeners would know about had Adam brought Jason on any time in the first 106 episodes...

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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 

Apr 6, 2017

On today's episode, Adam interviews Lesley Crewe, whose book, Amazing Grace, was chosen as the Together We Read national digital book club selection for Canada. From April 13-27, library card holders of Canadian libraries can borrow the eBook of Amazing Grace without any wait lists or holds and then join our discussion board at https://togetherweread.com.

Lesley and Adam chat about her home in Cape Brenton, Nova Scotia where many of her stories are located as well as her love of wildlife and why she makes sure Cape Brenton is a part of her books.

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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 

Apr 3, 2017

On today's episode, Adam & Jill chat with George Saunders, bestselling authors and one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. George is renowned for his collections of short stories and his first full length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, recently debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. 

George explained where the idea for this novel came from, why Lincoln remains such an important character even today, how the incredible audiobook came to be and why absurdity fits so well into his stories. Take 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

Mar 30, 2017

 April is right around the corner which means it's time for Adam and Jill to talk about all of the forthcoming books they are excited in read!

 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling, read by Eddie Redmayne

The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Burntown by Jennifer MacMahon

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley

Marlena by Julie Bunton

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

When You Find Out the World Is Against You by Kelly Oxford

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

American War by Omar El Akkad

My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott Simon

Startup by Doree Shafrir

Just Lucky I Guess by Carol Channing

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

Twist in Time by Julie McElwain

Tell me how this ends well by David Samuel Levinson

Devil on the Cross by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

 

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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 27, 2017

On today's episode, Adam is left all by his lonesome for a sleep-deprived introduction where he talks about a local theater production he saw the night before and begs you to give us a 5-star rating before getting into the actual important part of the show, an interview with the awesome Brad Ricca. Brad is the author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, the incredible true story of Grace Humiston, America's first ever District Attorney, as well as Super Boys, the story behind the creation of Superman. 

Adam and Brad nerd out over comics and movies at a local library while breaking down researching lost stories and showing off some Cleveland pride. Take a listen and then be sure to borrow his books on OverDrive! (shameless plug).

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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 23, 2017

Take a trip back through time with today's episode where Adam and Jill discuss some of their favorite historical fiction picks! We not only help give a definition of what makes a book historical fiction, but we also discuss multiple timeline novels and "time slip" historical fiction. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

American Girl series

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

The King's Obsession by Alison Weir 

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

The Address by Fiona Davis

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford

Homicide for the Holidays by Cheryl Honigford

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Time and Again by Jack Finney

A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson

Outlander by Diana Gaboldon

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Trinity by Leon Uris

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

 

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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 20, 2017

On today’s episode Jill returns from jury duty and regales us with an exciting recap of sitting in a room for three days. Our heroes then discuss St. Patrick’s Day excitement (even though the holiday has come and gone). The main portion of this episode is a conversation Adam had with children’s author and illustrator Elise Parsley who is known for her bestselling “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! series of gorgeous picture books. Elise shares her background in design as well as how she’ll borrow ideas from the children she meets with at schools before discussing how she spent thousands of hours promoting literacy while studying full time in college.

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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 16, 2017

100 episodes! That's a big round number. On this, our first episode in the triple digits, Jill and Adam chat with Barry Lyga, best selling author of harrowing Young Adult books including I Hunt Killers and Boy Toy. His latest novel, BANG, comes out on April 18th. This heartbreaking novel tells the story of Sebastian who, at the age of 4, accidentally shoots and kills his infant daughter with his father's gun. Ten years later, Sebastian is still grappling with this tragedy and doesn't know how to make things better.

This conversation isn't ALL heavy. We also talk pizza, comics, podcasting and much more. Join us as we enter the realm of the 100's, aging gracefully like a fine wine.

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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 13, 2017

On today’s episode, Adam sits down with author and advice columnist Carol Weston. Carol’s new book, Speed of Life, comes out in April and she chats with Adam about how the book came to be, dealing with emotional loss as a teenager and what it’s like providing advice to teens for most of her life. They also discuss the autobiographical nature of Speed of Life, Carol’s writing process and much more!

Episode was recorded in January 2017 during ALA Midwinter conference in Atlanta, GA

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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 9, 2017

For college basketball fans, this month is the time for March Madness but we decided to switch it up by doing an episode titled March Sadness. These are the books that make us cry, sob, weep, bawl .... you get the picture. Basically, these are the books that make us FEEL ALL THE FEELS. 

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

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Speed of Life by Carol Weston

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Night by Elie Wiesel

George by Alex Gino

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman

Another Day In the Death of America by Gary Young

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott 

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 

 

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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 6, 2017

on today's episode, Adam sits down with Newbery Medal winner and bestseller Kwame Alexander. Kwame was in town promoting his latest book, The Playbook, which is a set of rules for children to use to be successful in life. Kwame and Adam chatted about the power of poetry and their shared background surrounded by books as well as Kwame's international literacy programs.

 

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 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.

Mar 2, 2017

It's a new month! That means it's time to talk about all the forthcoming books we are excited to read. Together, Adam and Jill have a mix of young adult and adult fiction, non-fiction, and everything in between! 

Let us know your March picks by emailing us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com or find us on Twitter @ProBookNerds 

 

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

 

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (book 2 of The Star-Touched Queen series)

 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

 

As Old as Time by Liz Braswell

 

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman

 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

 

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

 

A Colony In a Nation by Chris Hayes

 

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

 

Celine by Peter Heller

 

The Girl From Rawblood by Catriona Ward

 

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

 

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 

The Hollywood Daughter by Kate Alcott

 

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

 

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

 

The Stranger in the woods by Michael Finkel

 

 

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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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