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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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Aug 31, 2017

It's our favorite episode of the month! Today we're talking about the new books coming out in September we can't wait to read. Jill and Adam go back and forth discussing September's big new releases for the first half of today's show but we also give you some bonus content! We break down the season finale of Game of Thrones and try to decide if it was as good as the internet seems to think it was. 

After you listen, let us know what books you're most excited for this month!

Books mentioned in this episode:

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Liner Notes by Loudon Wainwright, III

Warcross by Marie Lu

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

In the Dark by E. Nesbit

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Wizard's Cookbook by Aurelia Beaupommier

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

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.

 

Aug 28, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Jack Gantos, who has written books for readers of all ages. The conversation focuses on Jack's latest work, Writing Radar, in which he details all the ways aspiring writers can set themselves up for success. We also discuss the many twists and turns his life has taken, including getting caught for helping traffic drugs and how this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Sci Fi" by 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.

Aug 24, 2017

Half an hour after peak viewing time of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Jill sat down with three of her colleagues (including first time caller, long time listener Bob) to discuss science fiction! From hard science fiction to dystopian fiction to everything in between.  

 

Books Mentioned in Today's episode

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

The Martian by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson 

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

The Last One by Alexandra Olivia

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jamison

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'engle

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Provenance by Ann Leckie

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdhrich

 

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Sci Fi" by 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.

Aug 21, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with his favorite debut author of 2017, Amanda Foody! Amanda is the author of Daughter of the Burning City which Adam lovingly describes as a YA-Fantasy Carnival Freak Show Murder Mystery. That's a lot of words...

Amanda takes us through building her worlds, determining how magic works in these and explains why this incredible fantasy is a standalone novel. After taking a listen we absolutely implore you to get this book. It's magical and dark and mysterious and all and all wonderful.

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Epic" 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.

Aug 17, 2017

On today's episode, Adam is joined by frequent friends of the pod (and 2/3rds of the 3-headed Sass Monster) Andrea and Christina. The three of them hand out bunches of book recommendations that would best be categorized as falling under Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery AND/OR Romance. They talk diverse books, fan fiction, Andrea's birthday and the fact that since the birth of her child she's been reading some DARK novels.

Books mentioned on this episode:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

 

Hush by John Hart

 

The Last Child By John Hart

 

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

 

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

 

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

Magic City by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

The Pigeon Man by Joel Edward Stein

 

The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

 

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

 

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

 

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

 

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

 

Big Little Lies by Lane Moriarty

 

The 6 Tudor Queens series by Allison Weir

 

The Clipped Wings Series by Helena Hunting

 

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbelestier

 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

 

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

 

Fragile by Jandra Sutton

 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

 

Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Epic" 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.

Aug 14, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with the incredible Brandy Colbert. Brandy's well known for her debut novel Pointe and her latest book Little & Lion was just released. Brandy and Adam discuss diversity in YA novels, the importance of being able to find characters like yourself in books and what goes into creating her characters. 

We can't recommend Little & Lion enough. It's an incredibly powerful book about understanding and the strength of family bonds. Give a listen! 

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Epic" 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.

Aug 10, 2017

As a librarian who loves fantasy novels, Jill naturally loves fantasy novels that feature a fantastic library! For today's episode she's giving a rundown on some of her favorite fantasy libraries and librarians. 

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

 

Books Mentioned in this Episode

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss

The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

Discworld series by Terry Prachett

Sandman series by Neil Gaiman

 

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

 Music
"Buddy" and "Epic" 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.

Aug 7, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with the incredible and wildly popular bestselling author Meg Cabot. Meg is best known for her Princess Diaries series and she's written 8- books in total, having sold over 25 million copies. Meg is promoting her latest book Royal Crush but we touch on all of her work as she's written books for readers of all ages. 

Meg shares her experiences of struggling before finally getting published, writing under pen names and being persistent in her craft. She also tells us how she stays motivated to create as much content she does and informs us of a project she's working on that she hasn't told anyone else about yet!

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.

Aug 3, 2017

The calendar has turned to a new month which means we get to share our picks for the top books of August! Join us as we dive into the new releases coming this month we're most excited for including everything from bestsellers to debut authors, fiction and nonfiction alike! We're crossing all genres here so there is something for everything. Be sure to connect with us and share your favorite new books as well. Our TBR list can never be too long...

Books mentioned in this episode:

Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

 

The Address by Fiona Davis

 

America 51 by Corey Taylor

 

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

 

Hail to the Chin by Bruce Campbell and Craig Sanborn

 

Sour Grapes by Jenny Zhang

 

Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

 

Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson

 

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

 

The Half-Drowned King by Lianna Hartsuyker

 

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

 

The Readymade Thief by August Rose

 

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

 

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

 

Solo by Kwame Alexander

 

Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

 

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

 

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

 

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

 

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

 

I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers

 

The Kelloggs by Howard Markel

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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