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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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Jun 18, 2018

Today's interview episode is one we've been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story she has crafted is beautiful and moving and we're so fortunate to have had her join us. Her book is the first release of Sarah Jessica Parker's new publishing house SJP for Hogarth and it is a must read. 

 

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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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Jun 14, 2018

It's Pride Month! For today's episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads.

For more information on the award, visit https://www.lambdaliterary.org

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

After the Blue Hour by John Rechy

The Gift by Barbara Browning

Hunger by Roxane Gay

How We Get Free, ed. by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

The Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

George by Alex Gino

The Pants Project by Cat Clark

 Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

 A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

 

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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.

Jun 11, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a tech company and her insanely time managed life. Elisabeth touches on the common misconceptions we all have about not only high powered business women but also the misconceptions we have when we think about the majestic craft of writing. 

 

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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.

Jun 7, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library's OverDrive collection!

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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.

Jun 4, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical fiction. They have a fascinating chat about classic literature and much more! 

 

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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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May 31, 2018

Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can't wait to read in June! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

There There by Tommy Orange

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Florida by Lauren Groff

My Plain Jain by Cynthia Hand

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Sick by Prochista Khakpour

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, ed. by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

Court of Shadows by Madeleine Roux

 

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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.

May 28, 2018

AHHHH! Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is out tomorrow.

 

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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.

May 24, 2018

We have news! We've partnered with Viber, a global messaging app, to launch a reading community for our listeners! Think of this as a Professional Book Nerds Digital Book Club! This community will be an ongoing conversation between us, our fellow book nerds at OverDrive AND all of you! You can download Viber and join the community by clicking this link:

 

https://vb.me/pbn

 

Once there, feel free to introduce yourselves, share what you're reading and join the conversation!

 

Book Recommendations in this episode:

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

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May 21, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with YA author Claire Legrand about her new fantasy novel Furyborn. Claire discusses the long history of this book, the music that inspired her writing, and offers some book recommendations for our listeners.

 

Interview was recorded at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference

 

 

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Find us on Instagram 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.

May 19, 2018

The wildly talented and all-around wonderful Jessica Knoll took some time out of her post-pub day celebrations to chat with Adam on today's episode!

They discuss how writing The Favorite Sister was different from her debut, what it feels like writing with newfound expectations, the truth behind her fiction and why you women shouldn't ever have to apologize for their success. 

The Favorite Sister is now available and sure to be on every bestseller list so go borrow it today!

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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.

May 17, 2018

You asked and we listened! On our website professionalbooknerds.com, Historical Fiction was overwhelmingly the genre our listeners wanted us to talk about next, so on today's episode Adam and Jill offer up some historical fiction picks. They also talk about all of the non-historical fiction titles they've been reading recently. 

Books Mentioned in This Episode

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Varina by Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

White Houses by Amy Bloom 

 

Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson

Pushout by Monique W Morris

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

 

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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.

May 14, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with award winning authors Rebecca Mass and Wendy Stead, who have co-written the middle-grade novel, BOB! They discuss their different writing styles and how important having an open mind is when co-writing a book. We had an absolute blast chatting in Philly!

Click Here to read a sample of BOB and borrow it from your library.

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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.

May 10, 2018

Oh goodness was this a treat. We got a private tour of Cleveland Public Library's historic downtown library and then sat down with their Youth Services librarians for a book talk! They offer up everything from Adult and YA to comics, manga, graphic novels and even some pictures books!

 

Books discussed on this episode

All Summer Long by Hope Larson

There There by Tommy Orange

Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

The Milk of Dreams by Leonara Carrington

We Are All Dots: A Big Plan for a Better World by Carolina Zanotti and Giancarlo Macri

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol

Everything You Need to Build a Treehouse by Carter Higgins

Wild by Emily Hughes

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

 

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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.

May 7, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ariel Lawhon, historical fiction author of I Was Anastasia. Jill and Ariel discuss the mythology that surrounds the Romanov dynasty and Ariel's unique research and writing process. Ariel also shares some of her favorite historical fiction novels. 

 

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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.

Apr 30, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Alison Green, author of the work advice column Ask a Manager. Her new book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work is out May 1st!

Visit askamanager.org to read Alison's column!

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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.

Apr 26, 2018

Today, we are talking Westworld readalikes! Westerns! Artificial Intelligence! WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE? 

After sharing their readalikes, Jill and Adam also discuss the first episode of season 2 of Westworld. SPOILERS. 

More Westworld Readalikes can be found on OverDrive

Books Mentioned In This Episode

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

True Grit by Charles Portis

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson

 

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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.

Apr 23, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by bestselling author Paula McLain to discuss her new book Love & Ruin. This follow-up to her earlier novel The Paris Wife, Love & Ruin follows Ernest Hemingway's third wife, Martha Gellhorn. 

Episode was recorded Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Denver Convention Center 

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Find us on Instagram 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

Apr 19, 2018

On today's episode, Christina joins Adam and Jill to talk all about this year's Summer Read program! This annual program is designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long and runs June 6th - July 18th. 

Our school partners interested in participating can find more information -- including a marketing kit -- at resources.overdrive.com/summer-read 

Titles in 2018 Summer Read Program

Man Sponge Saves the Day by Sarah Wilson

The Earth Kingdom Chronicles: The Tale of Aang by Nickelodeon Publishing

The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O'Reilly

Modo: Ember's End by Arthur Slade

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee

Camp So and So by Mary McCoy

Splinter by Sasha Dawn

 

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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.

 

Apr 16, 2018

On today's episode, Adam bonds with YA fantasy author Tricia Levenseller over their shared loved of pirates and vikings while getting into the incredible world she's created in both Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen

They discuss a pirate cruise Tricia went on as well as their mutual adoration for Pirates of the Caribbean. Join us, Maytee! 

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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.

 

Apr 12, 2018

We're back with more recommendations for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge! Today we are tackling: 

A classic of genre fiction

A book you can read in one sitting

An essay anthology

An assigned book you hated (or didn't finish)

 

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Old man and the Sea by Ernest hemingway
We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson
The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Fire This Time, edited by Jesamyn Ward
Rereadings, edited by Annie Fadiman
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum
Double Bind: Women on Ambition, edited by Robin Romm

Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Tripods trilogy by John Christopher

Apr 9, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by National Book Award winning author Nathaniel Philbrick about his re-released memoir Second Wind. Nathaniel talks about his history with sailing and what made him write Second Wind, and also discusses some of his historical books including In the Heart of the Sea.

 

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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.

Apr 5, 2018

Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book picks for spring! 

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai

 

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.

Apr 2, 2018

On today's episode, Cleveland journalist and bestselling author stops by the office to sit down with Adam for a wide-ranging conversation about everything from being a 20 year cancer survivor, creating books out of newspaper columns and much more. They chat about how beautiful quotes stick with us and what words mean to us as readers. 

Take a listen!

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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 29, 2018

On today's episode Adam is back in the office from a whole bunch of travels just in time for our April book picks! Join in as Jill and Adam get a little weird talking Zelda, Duck Tales and, of course, the books they're most excited about coming out this month!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Circe by Madeline Miller

 

The Geraldo Show by Geraldo Rivera

 

Noir by Christopher Moore

 

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

 

Rebound by Kwame Brown

 

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

 

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright

 

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

 

Inseparable by Yunte Huang

 

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

 

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

 

The Milk Lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan

 

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

 

Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

 

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

 

My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

 

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

 

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

 

The Library by Stuart Kells

 

North by Scott Jurek

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram 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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