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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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Sep 28, 2017

Best day of the month! On today's episode the Nerds dive into the the new books coming out in October that they're most excited about. Spoiler Alert: There are SO. MANY. Laughs are had. Books are shared. Adam is awkward. The usual. Check out all the links below to get more information on every book discussed in this episode!

Books Mentioned in this episode:

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy by Serena Valentino

Origin by Dan Brown

The Book of Dust, Volume 1 by Philip Pullman

Homicide for the Holidays by Cheryl Honigford

It Devours! By Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir by Amy Tan

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong

Periods Gone Public by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

From a Certain Point of View

Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

The World of Lore by  Aaron Mahnke

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela 

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Endurance by Scott Kelly

Member of the Family: My story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

 

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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.


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Sep 25, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with author Annalee Newitz to discuss her debut novel, Autonomous. Annalee is a giant in the science and tech industry as one of the founding editors of i09.com and Gizmodo and the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica.

Annalee shares what she's most excited about in the tech industry and the two of them geek out over The Dark Crystal prequel that's coming soon. Fans of Science Fiction will adore this book. 

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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.

Sep 21, 2017

On today's episode, Jill and Adam talk about Banned Books Week, the National Books Awards and their newfound love of the the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lootcrate. Below, you'll find all the books we discussed as well as the full Banned Books and National Book Award longlist collections from OverDrive.com:

 

OverDrive's Banned Books Week collection

 

The full National Book Awards longlist collection

 

2016's most challenged books

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Make Something up by Chuck Palahniuk

Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

George by Alex Gino

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki

 

Banned books that Adam and Jill will be reading during Banned Books Week

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

 

National Book Award longlist titles mentioned in the episode

 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman, Jr.

 

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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.

Sep 18, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Ben Blum who wrote the recently released Ranger Games. Ben's book is a nonfiction recounting of his cousin's life as he prepared to become an Army Ranger since he was a child only to be arrested the week before his deployment for robbing a bank. Ben goes into the indoctrination of Rangers as well as what led to Alex's crime and the aftermath. This book is incredibly important and is getting LOTS of buzz and it's entirely deserved. 

 

Today (Sept 18) is also Read an eBook Day so share why you love eBooks on social media using the hashtag #eBookLove for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE from OverDrive! Learn more at http://readanebookday.com/.

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @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, 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.

Sep 16, 2017

Last weekend, Jill and Adam both watched the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT and loved it so much they decided to talk about it -- both the film, the book it is based on, and a little bit about the original TV miniseries. 

SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie yet!

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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.

Sep 14, 2017

In today's episode, Jill is joined by Melissa, Megan, and Briana to talk about a genre they all love: memoirs! From celebrity memoirs like Eddie Izzard's "Believe Me" to a behind-the-scenes peek at the romance publishing business with "Romance Is My Day Job" by Patience Bloom to the difficult but necessary books of kidnapping survivors like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, this episode has a little bit of everything for readers. 

 

Books Mentioned In Today's Episode

From cradle to stage by Virginia Hanlon Grohl

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin hart

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock

Spoiler Alert by Michael Ausiello

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Keys by DJ Kahlad

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Morgue by Vince DiMaio

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughtey

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughtey

Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom

Crack the Cube by Ian Scheffler

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Hope by Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

On Writing by Stephen King

Growing Up Fisher by Joely Fisher

North by Scott Jurek

Unqualified by Anna Faris

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hunger by Roxane Gay

We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

The Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

 

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.

Sep 11, 2017

On today's episode, Adam sits down with author Adrian J. Walker and they instantly bond over their shared love of running, dogs and the dystopian genre that Adrian writes in. They discuss his books, The End of the World Running Club and The Last Dog on Earth as well as dealing with the tragic loss of heroes we may have never even met. 

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @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, 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.

Sep 7, 2017

Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book recommendations! 

Nancy's Recommendations

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett

Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

 

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.

Sep 4, 2017

On Today's episode we finally get to share an amazing chat we had with E. Lockhart back in the Spring to promote both We Were Liars and her new release Genuine Fraud! We also discussed Broadway musicals and her inspiration for becoming a writer. We also touch on why she thinks adults still love YA books (us included) and so much more. Enjoy!

 

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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