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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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May 29, 2017

On today's episode, Adam has the honor of chatting with Cat Clarke about her book The Pants Project. Cat has written a story about a Transgender student entering a new school where Liv is forced to wear a skirt even though he knows inside he was meant to be a boy. This powerful story about equality is something everyone should read. In their chat, Adam and Cat discuss what went into the decision to write this book, Cat's research process and so much more. Take a listen and then go borrow, buy or place a hold on this title. You won't regret the new perspective it provides.

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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.

May 27, 2017

On this very special episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, we sit down with Marie Benedict once more to discuss The Other Einstein which was chosen by our readers as the next Big Library Read global eBook club! Marie came to our offices in Cleveland and the three of us bonded and now we're the best of friends. 

After you listen to this episode head to http://biglibraryread.com/ to join our global discussion around The Other Einstein as the Big Library Read kicks off once again on June 12th.

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.

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

Say Hello! 

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

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"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, 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! 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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.

Say Hello! 

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @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, 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

 

Say Hello! 

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @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, 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.

 

Say Hello! 

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @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, ger personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. 

 

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