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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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Feb 27, 2017

On today's episode Adam and Jill are celebrating the upcoming launch of the latest Big Library Read event by chatting with Kate McDermott, author of Art of the Pie, which was selected as the eBook readers around the world will be reading at the same time starting March 16th as part of the largest digital book club on earth.

Kate shared how she got started baking and how she makes her living in the world of Pie. We have been craving sweets ever since so apologies in advance if you do as well. You can learn more about this reading event at http://biglibraryread.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

Feb 23, 2017

The Academy Awards are this weekend and five of this year's Best Picture nominees are based on books! As book and movie lovers, Adam and Jill decided it would be fun to discuss books that were adapted into films that became Best Picture nominees. We also look ahead to upcoming films and make our predictions for what will be future Oscar contenders. 

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Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Fences by August Wilson

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Oil! by Upton Sinclair

The Martian by Andy Weir

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Capote by Gerald Clarke

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Double Indemnity by James Cain

Deliverance by James Dickey

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Room With a View by E. M. Forster

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

Psycho by Robert Bloch

Jaws by Peter Benchley

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Plays of Tennessee Williams

Plays of Arthur Miller

The Revenant by Michael Punke

Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter

Serena by Ron Rash

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Black Mass by Dick Lehr & Gerald O'Neill

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Dinner by Herman Koch

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Shack by William P. Young

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 

It by Stephen King

The Dark Tower by Stephen King

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle

 

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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.

Feb 21, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Elizabeth Kostova, #1 bestselling author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves. Elizabeth has a new book coming out April 11 called The Shadow Land and so she was in Atlanta for the American Library Association Midwinter meetings where she spoke with Adam about her love of Eastern Europe, the research process for her books and, of course, Dracula! Elizabeth has a rich history with libraries as well and shared some wonderful insight into the writing process and her novels. 

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.

Feb 16, 2017

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology was released last week and we decided to celebrate by discussing other books that deal with mythology and lore! 

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Gracekeepers by Kristy Loan

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Odyssey by Homer

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Grendel by John Gardner

Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Piccoult

The Divine Comedy by Dante

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danieleweski

The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laurea van Den Berg

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

 

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.

Feb 13, 2017

On today's episode, Adam interviews Jen Calonita in Atlanta during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. Jen has gone from being an editor at a teen entertainment magazine where she interviewed celebrities backstage to creating her own stories from her life experiences. Now, she's building magical worlds of her own through the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Adam and Jen chat about how she came to be an author and how Disney has been the through line of her career that led to the whimsical she's not writing. 

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.

Feb 9, 2017

On this episode, Zoraida Cordova once again graces us with her wonderful presence to offer up some of her favorite recent romance reads. Zoraida is currently writing on a warm, tropical island (seriously look at her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoraidasolo/) but took some time out of her busy schedule to tell about the Romance books she thinks everyone should check out. She also gave a few non-romance picks as well. 

You can find the books Zoraida has written here: https://www.overdrive.com/creators/403210/zoraida-cordova 

Zoraida's Romance Recommendations

 

American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout

 

Inspire by Cora Carmack

 

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover

 

Neanderthal Sees Human by Penny Reid

 

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

 

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale

 

Necessary Risk by Tara Wyatt

 

New YA to check out: 

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

 

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.

Feb 6, 2017

Several of our co-workers absolutely adore Penny Reid and her Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series and suggested we interview her. After speaking with her for half an hour, Penny now has two new fans in both Adam and Jill. Penny is the first self-published author to be on the Professional Book Nerds podcast and she's an incredibly successful self-published author at that, so along with taking us through her writing process she also explains all the work that goes into being a self-published author as well. 

Penny writes what she calls "smart romance" and even if you're not a romance reader, we highly recommend listening to this delightful author interview and checking her books out.

 

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.

Feb 2, 2017

On the 88th episode of the pod, Jill and Adam read through a few listener emails and offer book recommendations based on what you, the listener, has been reading. If you'd like some recommendations just email professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com with what you're reading or follow us on Twitter! 

 

We then dive into all the big books coming out in February and have a mini excitement-panic attack over how amazing the audiobook of Lincoln in the Bardo is going to be. All books discussed can be found below (click on the titles to sample them). Take a listen! 

 

Reader Advisory picks and recommendations:

 

Reader James's picks

 

Stabbing Set with Sapphires by L. A. Nisula

 

The Domino Lady by Lars Anderson

 

Skin Game by Tonia Brown

 

Storm of Chains by Jeremiah D. Schmidt

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for James (and you!)

 

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

 

The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

 

The Dream Engine Series by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

 

The IceFire Trilogy by Patty Jansen

 

Reader Andrea's picks

 

Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen

 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Andrea (and you!)

 

The Splintered series by A. G. Howard

 

The Scarlet series by A. C. Gaughen

 

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

 

Reader Tina's picks

 

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Tina (and you!)

 

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

 

Reader Jessie's picks

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

 

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

 

The Book Nerds recommendations for Jessie (and you!)

 

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

 

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

 

Run by Ann Patchett

 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

 

Carsick by John Waters

 

Veeck as in Wreck by Bill Veeck & Ed Linn

 

Other Books Discussed

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

 

The full list of books coming out in February we're most excited about

 

Highlights:

 

Lincoln in the Bardo (the audiobook especially)

 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

 

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

 

Pachinko Min Jin Lee

 

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

 

The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

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.

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