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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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Jan 30, 2017

In today's episode we hear the first of several interviews Adam did authors at the American Library Association Midwinter Meetings. Adam sat down with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, which comes out on February 7th. Min shared her experiences as an immigrant writer, writing about a separate group of immigrants as well as walked us through her writing and extensive research process. Min spent 13 years writing her first novel, Free Food for Millionaires, so she knows about determination and has some wonderful advice for aspiring writers as she tells her story of becoming a published author.

Adam and Min also spent a great deal of time bonding while discussing diversity in literature and much much more. 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

 

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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.



Jan 26, 2017

Adam's back from ALA Midwinter and brought with him the big list of 2017 Youth Media Award Winners and a whole bunch of advanced reader copies that the whole OverDrive office is excited to read. 

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Quiet Until The Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens

The Marsh's King Daughter by Karen Dionne

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Celine by Peter Heller

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Speed of Life by Carol Weston

Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Prasley

 

The full list of YMA awards can be found here.

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

 

 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.

Jan 23, 2017

Adam is in Atlanta for ALA Midwinter this week and left Jill all alone with a microphone mwahahahaha (j/k). So in this very off the cuff episode, Jill talks about all the ways you can keep track of the books you read and also goes over the books she has read thus far in 2017 as well as what she's currently reading (and listening to because audiobooks totally count). 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Miss You by kate Eberlen

The Magdalan Girls by V.S. Alexander

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

 

Say Hello!

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.

Jan 19, 2017

If you like Gilmore Girls:

If you like (guilty pleasure) reality shows:

If you like HGTV:  

 

If you like gossip about behind the scenes drama on TV shows:

 

The Parks and Rec recs…

 

And here's a big list of books becoming TV shows in 2017!

Jan 16, 2017

In today's episode Jill & Adam talk to debut author Samuel Parker about his first novel Purgatory Road. He discusses his inspirations as a writer include Stephen King and why he choose Vegas as a setting. Jill and Adam also have a quick chat about their times in Vegas, some Broadway shows and they remember Alan Rickman because... he's amazing. 

 

You can borrow Purgatory Road from you library by clicking this link: https://www.overdrive.com/media/2839929/purgatory-road 

 

Say Hello!

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.

Jan 12, 2017

Like most book nerds, we love the website Book Riot and their annual Read Harder Challenge. But sometimes it's hard to know where to find titles that fit the categories if they are a little outside of your reading comfort zone so we decided to offer some suggestions throughout the year.

First up, we are tackling the LGBTQ+ Romance, Collection of Stories by a Woman, Books Written by an Immigrant or with an Immigration Theme, Sports, and Travel Memoir.

Bonus: We have a new email address (professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com) AND you can find us directly on Twitter at @ProBookNerds so if there are specific categories on the list you'd like help with, please reach out to us!

Read an LGBTQ+ Romance 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin by Colette Moody

Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Roller Girl by Vanessa North

 

Read a Collection of Stories by a Woman

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Berman

 

Read a Book by an Immigrant or with a Central Immigration Narrative

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu

 

Read a Book About Sports

The Whore of Akron by Scott Raab

You're Welcome, Cleveland by Scott Raab

Living Out Loud by Craig Sager

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

The Games by David Goldblatt

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander

 

Travel Memoir

Anything by Bill Bryson

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Shark Drunk by Morten Stroksnes

Carsick by John Waters

 

 

Say Hello!

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.

Jan 9, 2017

Today's episode features an interview with world-renowned romance writer, Robyn Carr. Robyn recently received the Romance Writer's of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and is best known for for her Virgin River Series. In this interview, Adam and Robyn discuss her recent novel, What We Find, as well as the craft of writing. Robyn is extremely prolific and discusses the diligence it takes to continuously provide new books for her readers. She also shares her thought process as she writes series, how she chooses locations for books as well as the books that inspired her.

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.

Jan 5, 2017

 

Books Mentioned in this Episode: 

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The American War by Omar El Akkad

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

How to Hygge by 

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis

The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Separation
4321 Paul Auster

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This is Just My Face by Gabourey Sidibe

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson

 

 

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.

Jan 2, 2017

On this very special episode of the podcast, Adam interviews Jill because she wrote a memoir title Running with a Police Escort and it's now available on OverDrive and everywhere you buy your books! Jill chats about how she decided to write her first book while also providing insight for potential authors on how she found a publisher. We've had a number of listeners ask us how authors juggle full-time jobs while also writing and Jill explains how she was able to handle this task personally. Adam and Jill share stories of being a part of the Cleveland Running community and, as always, have some fun with a special Nerd 9. 

 

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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