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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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Oct 29, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Jasmine Guillory, author of the new book The Proposal. Jill and Jasmine discuss romance books, Roxane Gay, and writing with a full-time job. 

Interview was recorded in person at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram 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.

Oct 27, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Madeline Miller about her instant bestselling novel CIRCE. The title was selected for the upcoming Together We Read digital book club which runs from November 1-15 in the United Kingdom. 

Madeline and Adam discuss her love of Mythology, writing the story for people who have no previous knowledge of the myth and their shared obsession with theater. 

Oct 22, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by Whitney Gardner, author and illustrator of Chaotic Good and You're Welcome, Universe. Her latest book, Fake Blood, is out now! 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram 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.

Oct 18, 2018

On today's episode we're once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We've got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.

 

A comic written or drawn by a person of color

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Today's task recommendations: 

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

The all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter

 

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

FYI - Any Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie will work

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines

Oct 15, 2018

On today's episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!

Oct 11, 2018

It's a question we're asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America's favorite book and they've been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read they've found America's top 100 most popular books and all fall long they've been highlighting different genres and titles in their weekly episodes. On today's episode, Bill Gardner, the VP of Programming and Development at PBS stopped by to chat about the list ahead of the upcoming finale and unveiling of America's favorite book!

You can catch up on all the previous episodes and cast your vote for America's favorite book by visiting http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Oct 8, 2018

On today's episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed today. We also discuss story structure by comparing linear story lines versus circular stories with multiple points of view like her book WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT. We also discuss her absolutely amazing choice for her background music while writing. April is a delight of a human and this conversation was so much fun.

 

Go get yourself a copy of BONELESS MERICES today!

 

Today's episode was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learningproviders of incredible nonfiction digital content to hundreds of OverDrive library and school partners. To find your library or schools Britannica Digital Learning content, simply search for them by name in the search bar in Libby or on their OverDrive website. And if you’re a library or school library selector, be sure to check out all of EB’s wonderful titles in OverDrive Marketplace today!

Oct 4, 2018

On today's show we welcome in Mallory O'Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in our opinion, THE person to go to when you're looking for horror book recommendations. So now that October has arrived we HAD to bring her on. Our chat is all about the horror books she loves, both truly terrifying and others that are less so. We offer recommendations for everyone, regardless of your fright level.

 

ALSO: Mallory has written a book called The Lady from the Black Lagoon that comes out March 5th and you can recommend it to your library or preorder it right now. It tells the true story of Milicent Patrick, the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters and we can't wait to read it.

 

After you check out this episode be sure to subscribe to Reading Glasses as well. It's a phenomenal, weekly chat about everything in the book world between Mallory and her co-host Brea Grant. They are a Thursday release friend so you can enjoy both our shows together where they belong.

 

Mallory's horror book recommendations!

 

Definitely Scary:

A Head full of ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

 

Short story collections

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

 

Just a little Spooky

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

 

The book that made Mallory fall in love with horror

Creepshow graphic novel by Stephen King

 

Other books discussed

We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Deadhouse by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

Mallory's All Hollow's Read book

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

Oct 1, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time's Convert that is set in the same universe and she comes on the podcast to talk about what it was like returning to her world and characters, what her research process was like, and talks a little bit about the television adaptation of her popular series. 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram 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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