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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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Jan 29, 2018

Ayobami Adebayo, the latest Book Club Central selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association, joins Adam all the way from Nigeria to discuss her moving novel Stay with Me. They also discuss how she built a character out of her surroundings, studying under legendary authors and that realizing that there is no perfect situation to write... you simply have to do it. 

She also offered the following African literary selections:

When We Speak of Nothing by Olumide Popoola

Longthroat Memoirs by Yemisi Aribisala

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

 

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

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"The Curtain Rises" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.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.

Jan 25, 2018

Jill is joined by Emma, Rachel, and Kristin to discuss all of the books you should read before their adaptations appear in 2018 (or 2019, in some cases!). 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Puddin' by Julie Murphy
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The First Man by James R. Hansen 
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Big Little Lies by Liana Moriarty

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Sister's Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

 

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

"The Curtain Rises" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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.

Jan 22, 2018

Today's podcast is an interview with Ann Leckie, the only author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award for a single title. Her latest book, Provenance, is out now.

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.

Jan 18, 2018

Our friends over at Book Riot have put out their annual Read Harder Challenge and we're going to help you find some books! 

In this episode we offer some recommendations for the following challenge items:

  • A book published posthumously 
  • True Crime
  • A book set in or about a BRICS country
  • Science fiction with a female protagonist written by a female author

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Ariel by Sylvia Plath
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

A False Report by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs
Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
Ranger Games by Ben Blum

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Captains of the sands by Jorge Amado
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Dry White Season by Andre Brink
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Provenance by Ann Leckie
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Midnight Robber by Nala Hopkinson

 

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.

Jan 15, 2018

On today's episode, author Heather Demetrios joins the show to chat about abusive relationships, her new book Bad Romance and the world of theater nerds. They discuss creating a better understanding of emotional abuse and recovering from this difficult relationships.

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.

Jan 11, 2018

In today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with their OverDrive co-workers and former podcast guests to discuss what their reading resolutions for 2018 are! For some, it's a number of books, for others it's the type of books they are reading. We also hear how everyone plans on keeping track of what they read, be it Goodreads, a notebook, and of course there is Jill's classic spreadsheet.

Find us on Twitter @ProBookNerds or email us at professionalbooknerds @ overdrive.com to share your own reading resolutions! 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Corruption by Jessica Shirvington
Bring Me Back by BA Paris
Celtic Tales by Kate Forrester
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Relish by Lucy Knisley
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis
Love, Janis by Laura Joplin
A Natural Woman by Carole King
Sprawl Trilogy by William Gibson
Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlen
Roma series by Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The Hunger by Alma Katsu
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Kissing Tolstoy by Penny
Natasha, Pierra, and the Great Comet of 1812 by Leo Tolstoy
Behave by Robert M. Sabolski
The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien
Blackdog by K.V. Johansen
$2 a day by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

 

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.

Jan 8, 2018

On today's episode, we FINALLY can share our interview with Kelly Corrigan that took place back in August at Digipalooza. Kelly joined us in front of a room of 500 librarians to discuss her new book Tell Me More for the first time ever. In this hilarious chat, you'll hear about her writing process, being a memoirist and dealing with her kids' friends reading about her life and so much more. We had a blast with Kelly and her new book is a must read! 

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.



Jan 4, 2018

On today's episode, Jill and (an under the weather) Adam offer up some helpful ways to keep your reading goals on track in 2018. They also provide a few book recommendations, talk about the David Bowie Book Club and get excited about some Page to Screen movies coming in the next few months. 

Books mentioned in this episode

Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown 

Thornhill by Pam Smy

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux (Narrated by Billie Fulford-Brown)

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.

Jan 1, 2018

Happy New Year! We welcome in 2018 with an interview with middle grade author MarcyKate Connolly, discussing her new book Shadow Weaver. Hear Adam chat with MarcyKate about magic, world building, ideas coming to her at the most inconvenient time and her adorable pugs! 

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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