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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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Now displaying: March, 2017
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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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.

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).

Say Hello!

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

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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

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.

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 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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

 

 

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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