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Mar 30, 2019

On today's very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story. Abu Bakr is an ESL student of Winnie's, who helped him tell his family's story of leaving the Middle East to start a new life in Canada and how the challenges they overcame, all while maintaining a beautiful outlook on life. Hear how they put the book together using frequent interviews, Google Translate, and the stories of Abu Bakr's family. 

Mar 28, 2019

April is around the corner, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! 

Books Mentioned In this Episode:

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Odd Partners edited by Anne Perry

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

White by Bret Easton Ellis

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

 

Other April Picks:

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michele Filgate

Mentors by Russell Brand

 

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.

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Mar 25, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now.

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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.

Mar 21, 2019

Get your tissues ready, folks! No buzzer beaters. No brackets. Just a bunch of books that will absolutely make you cry. Adam and Jill are joined by Christina and Rickie to take a deep dive into some emotional reads. We also break the tension A LOT with jokes. Does Christina still cry? You'll have to listen to find out!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Shrill by Lindy West

Room by Emma Donoghue

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

He by John Connolly

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Mar 18, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, which was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick. Wayétu shares the impact of storytelling in Liberia's cultural history and the importance of African voices in literature. She also discusses her non-profit One Moore Book. 

Interview was recorded at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA during ALA Midwinter 2019 

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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.

Mar 14, 2019

On today's episode Adam and Jill chat with Gretchen Rubin about her new book OUTER ORDER INNER CALM and offer tips about how decluttering our lives can help bring us happiness. Before that, Jill and Adam share the books that spark joy within them as well as share some answers from former guests!

 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

 

 

The Books that Spark Joy for us

Jill's Books:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Misery by Stephen King

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

 

Adam's Books

The Annotated Alice by Lewis Caroll

The works of Henrik Ibsen

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 

R.O. Kwon - Episode 245

HOPSCOTCH by Julio Cortazar

 

Joe Abercrombie - Episode 248

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Melissa Hartwig  - Episode 263

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

 

Mallory O'Meara - Episode 315

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

 

Kerri Maniscalco - Episodes 168 & 266

A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC by Shel Silverstein

 

Brad Meltzer - Episodes 26 & 299

Justice League of America #150

 

Marie Benedict - Episodes 52, 121, & 302

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

 

Madeline Miller - Episodes 278 & 300

Watership Down by Richard Adams 

 

Alanna by Tamora Pierce 

 

Zoraida Cordova - Episodes 34, 75, & 90

DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Nicole Lemon

 

Marieke Nijkamp - Episodes 4, 56, and 200

HET RAD VAN FORTUIN by Thea Beckman

Mar 11, 2019

Oh my we have a superb episode for you fellow nerds! Adam chatted with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab about her all of her new upcoming projects including The Steel Prince (graphic novel), the re-release of The Near Witch (Fantasy), and her new Cassidy Blake series book coming later this year. She breaks down the difference between novel and comic writing and her need to inject humor into dark stories for the readers' sake. We also discuss our shared love of nonfiction audiobooks and dish out loads of recommendations.

Mar 7, 2019

For today's episode, Jill is joined by Tiffany and Sydney for a "No Boys Allowed" episode celebrating Women's History Month. Books by women, books about women, and all things awesome. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sing Unburied Sing by Jessamyn Ward

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Buffering by Hannah Hart

Hunger by Roxane Gay

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Shrill by Lindy West

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michele Filgate

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

In the Woods by Tana French

The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zenter

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

 

Music:
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.

Mar 4, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O'Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon while also sharing her own experiences in the film world. 

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