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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 1, 2016

On today's episode, Jill is joined by newcomer Kristi as they discuss some of their favorite nonfiction titles. They dive into some fascinating conversations about travel, science and much more while also providing some helpful "introductory" titles for people looking to get into nonfiction books for the first time. All titles discussed can be sampled and borrowed by clicking on them in the list below.

Nonfiction Reads

 

Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon

 

This is Not My Life by Diane Schoemperlen

 

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

 

Cracking the Cube by Ian Scheffler

 

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

 

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

 

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

 

At Home by Bill Bryson

 

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

 

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

 

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

 

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

Stiff by Mary Roach

 

Grunt by Mary Roach

 

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 by Amy Stewart and Tim Folger

 

The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

 

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! By Richard Feynman

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

 

Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson

 

Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich

 

Pistols at Dawn by John Campbell

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

 

Aug 29, 2016

In our last interview from the American Library Association meetings in Orlando, Adam sits down with debut author, Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. Adam and Chelsea discuss a shared love of the Midwest before diving into Chelsea's creative process, her experience with book signings and the Young Adult community as a whole and how she likes to spend her time when she's not writing. She also confesses her love of Sweet Valley High and the books of Christopher Pike. 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Aug 25, 2016

Well hello there! Today we have a big ol' list of book recommendations for fans of Young Adult and New Adult titles. Adam is joined by his good friends (and avid readers) Christina, Andrea and Sydney who share their recent reads and chat about the mass appeal of Young Adult and New Adult titles. You can find every title they mention below or by visiting https://www.overdrive.com/collections/9320/the-professional-book-nerds-podcast-reading-list.

Reading Recommendations:

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

 

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

 

The Man in the High Castle

 

American Girls by Alison Umminger

 

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

 

Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

 

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

 

Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott

 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

 

The Paper Princess by M. C. Beaton

 

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

 

Pivot Point by Kasie West

 

Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen

 

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

 

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

 

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Aug 22, 2016

We've all heard stories -- real and fictional -- about women kidnapped and held captive for years but what happens after they escape? That's the question Hollie Overton sets out to answer in her book Baby Doll. For her book, Hollie used her real-life experience as a twin and she also talks to Adam about her experiences as a television writer! 

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Aug 18, 2016

Today we have two newcomers to the podcast in Sydney and Tiffany who join Adam to chat about what else...books of course! They offer up the books they're excited about and their favorite recent reads. Both Sydney and Tiffany are former teachers so they dive into the books their kids really enjoyed and they even provide their "desert island" recommendations. Strangely neither of them picked a survival book...

 

Reading Recommendations 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

 

The Collectors by Phillip Pullman

 

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 

We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

 

The Trespasser by Tana French

 

Lightless by C. A. Higgins

 

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

 

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

 

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

 

Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Tayler

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Aug 15, 2016

We've got Olympic Fever and the only prescription is an interview with the resplendent Megan Abbott! In addition to being a former Librarian and a true champion of libraries, Megan Abbott's most recent book, You Will Know Me, is a suspenseful thriller about a talented gymnastics team with a dark secret. Whether you're a fan of Megan's previous books, mysteries or Olympic sports (we happen to be all 3) you're going to love both this conversation and You Will Know Me!

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Aug 11, 2016

Everyone loves to laugh, right? You totally do. So in this episode Adam is joined by Melissa to discuss their favorite comedic audiobooks. They begin with their all time favorites before moving on to the audiobooks their excited to listen to in the near future. They end the episode with a conversation about the audiobooks they wish existed. There are a lot of them...

You can borrow and sample every book discussed (well, the real ones) at https://www.overdrive.com/explore

Comedic Audiobooks sure to make you laugh

 

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

 

Billy Crystal - Still Foolin' Em

 

Is Everyone Hanging out without me? By Mindy Kaling

 

Bossypants by Tina Fey

 

Food by Jim Gaffigan

 

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

 

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney

 

Almost Interesting by David Spade

 

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

 

You'll Grow Out of it by Jessi Klein

 

Kanye West Owes Me $300 by Jensen Karp

 

Born Standing up by Steve Martin

 

That is All by John Hodgman

 

Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black

 

You're Never Weird on the Internet…Almost by Felicia Day

 

I Must Say by Martin Short

 

Party of One by Dave Holmes

 

Shrill by Lindy West

 

 

The Parks and Rec recs…

 

Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption by Nick Offerman

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

 

Stories I only tell my friends by Rob Lowe

 

 

Audiobooks we want to listen to:

 

I'm just a person by Tig Notaro

 

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

 

Where am I Now? By Mara Wilson

 

Talking as Fast as I can by Lauren Graham

 

You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

 

Scrappy Little Notebook by Anna Kendrick

 

Thanks for the Money by Joel McHale

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Aug 8, 2016

In this episode Jill returns for our intro with Adam! The actual episode is an interview with Duane Swierczynski, author of the crime novel, Revolver, which is about the murder of two cops and their family efforts to solve the mystery. The story is told over three timelines and the generations of the families living during those times as they struggle to come to grips with what really happened.

Duane also shared where his inspiration comes from as well as the different processes he goes through when writing novels compared to writing comics, which he is also well known for. 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Aug 4, 2016

In today's episode Jill chats with Christina and Sarah about why they all love Dystopian books and what makes these titles so enchanting. They also discuss the idea of Utopias and if they can exist without dystopias being a part of the world. Naturally, they also have loads of book recommendations as well. Be sure to check out overdrive.com for a complete Professional Book Nerds reading list to sample and borrow all the titles they discussed! 

Reading Recommendations:

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

 

Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Children of Men by P.D. James

 

Matched by Allie Condie

 

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

 

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass

 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

 

Prince of Thornes by Mark Lawrence

 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

 

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

 

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Dyvis

 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

 

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Aug 1, 2016

On the 36th episode of the pod, Adam chats with debut author, Nathan Hill. The Nix, which comes out August 30th, explores the resilience of love and home, especially in times of radical change. Nathan shares his love of libraries and choose your own adventure books and also discusses how a book can provide a different outcome for every reader depending on how you go into the story.

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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.

Jul 28, 2016

In today's episode Emma, Meghan and Kristin return to share the latest books they've been reading and listening to in the Mystery genre. Back by popular demand, they also provide a pretty amazing list of punny-named cozy mysteries that you're going to love. You can find links to sample and borrow all the books discussed from your library below or by visiting our Professional Book Nerds reading list.

Murder & Mystery Book Recommendations:

 

Melancholy Accidents by Peter Manseau

 

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

 

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

 

A Killer Crop by Sheila Connolly

 

Wytches by Scott Snyder

 

Bram Stoker's Dracula adopted by Michael Burgan

 

We could be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

 

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

 

The Girls by Emma Cline

 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 

Upcoming Books we can't wait for

 

The Trespasser by Tana French

 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

 

End of Watch by Stephen King

 

To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

 

The Last Interview by David Bowie

 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

 

Pun-tastic Mystery Titles

 

Assault and Beret (Hat Shop Mystery Series) by Jenn McKinlay

 

Stick and Scones (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series) by Diane Mott Davidson

 

Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series) by Jenn McKinlay

 

Curried Away (Spice Shop Mystery Series) by Gail Oust

 

The Cracked Spine (Scottish Bookshop Mystery Series) by Paige Shelton

 

Roast Mortem (Coffeehouse Mystery Series) by Cleo Coyle

 

The Good, The Bad and the Guacamole (Taste of Texas Series) by Rebecca Adler

 

We'll Always have Parrots (Meg Langslow Mystery Series) by Donna Andrews

 

Éclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery) by Laura Bradford

 

Crepes of Wrath (Pancake House Mystery Series) by Sarah Fox

 

It's Your Party, Die if you Want To (Live and Di Dixie Mystery Series) by Vickie Fee

 

Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop Mystery Series) by Laura Childs

 

If You've Got It, Haunt It (Haunted Vintage Mystery Series) by Rose Pressey

 

If Books Could Kill (Bibliophile Mystery Series) by Kate Carlisle

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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

 

Jul 25, 2016

In our 34th episode Adam interviewed Zoraida Cordova in Orlando where she was promoting her upcoming Young Adult Fantasy title, Labyrinth Lost. Zoraida shared her inspirations for this book as well as her love of mermaids and a fun story about how she learned to speak English. She also spoke about the importance of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement and offered some great diverse book recommendations.

Zoraida's reading recommendations:

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

 

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

 

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

 

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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.

Jul 21, 2016

Our 33rd episode is packed with book recommendations as Adam is joined by Jim and Quinton in the OverDrive offices to offer up the books they've loved lately. See the list below for links to all the titles discussed on the episode.

As this was the first ever "all male" episode they also brainstormed some ideas for getting reluctant, young males into reading and they all shared their first experiences of falling in love with books. 

Book Recommendations

Preacher graphic novel series

 

Constantine (comics)

 

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

 

Revolver by Duane Swierczynski

 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

 

Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher

 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

 

The books that made Adam, Quinton and Jim fall in love with reading:

 

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

 

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

 

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

 

Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard

 

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

 

 

Jul 18, 2016

Our 32nd episoee features Dawn Kurtagich, author of And The Trees Crept In, a Young Adult psychological horror that is both breathtaking and terrifying. Dawn, however, could not be more cheerful! She spoke with Adam at the American Library Association Annual Convention in Orlando where they discussed the difficult life situations that inspire her writing, the importance of color in her life and her secret to always have a bright outlook no matter what is going on around her.

Dawn's reading recommendations:

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine

The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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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Jul 14, 2016

Episode Overview

Our 31st episode features Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of the The Immortals, book one in the Olympus Bound series. She shares with Adam her writing process of needing to write five days a week and all about the places she has traveled for research places. She and Adam also discuss their shared love of musicals, many of which are based on books including Bridges of Madison County, Once, and, of course, Hamilton.

 

Jordanna's reading recommendations:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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

Jun 30, 2016

Episode Overview

In our 30th episode, Adam talks with author Gene Gant, a strong advocate for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, especially those that feature LGBT characters. Gant's latest book, Bender, was realized in June and he's also an author of young adult literature including Lucky Linus. He and Adam discuss his writing process, the importance of diverse characters, and his experience with libraries growing up.

June was Pride Month for the LGBT community but these are books that should be available to patrons year round. Given the sensitive nature of the topics, providing these titles via OverDrive gives patrons an extra level of privacy when they check them out. 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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

Jun 23, 2016

Episode Overview

Today, June 23, 2016, marks the start of the American Library Association's Annual Conference, which is being held in Orlando this year. Since so many librarians and library fans will be taking advantage of the nearby Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park while there, we decided to do another Harry Potter themed episode! 

Jill is joined by Sheila, Andrea, and Christina as they discuss how they got into the books, Hybrid Hogwarts Houses, the differences between the books and the movies, favorite secondary characters, and their thoughts on the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is due to be published on July 31st and is currently available for pre-order for our library partners.

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Sheila, Andrea, Christina

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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

Jun 16, 2016

Episode Overview

James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series is our guest on the podcast today! Patterson, who is a big supporter of libraries, has recently launched his new BookShots line of books: these are fast paced, shorter reads that are offered in a wide range of genres but also feature some of his iconic characters like Alex Cross.

Our episode features Adam's interview with James Patterson which is followed by the press conference announcing/explaining more about the BookShots program. In the interview, Patterson discusses his book creation process and the importance of libraries and his own experiences in libraries growing up.

 

Intro (0:00-3:53)

Adam's Interview with James Patterson (3:54-11:32)

BookShots Press Conference (11:33-End)

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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

Jun 14, 2016

Episode Overview

Today's podcast is a special episode related to the second Big Library Read pick of 2016. A couple of times a year, OverDrive offers users an opportunity to take part in a global book club through their library. Readers vote on the title and the winner for this round is A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain a mystery that involves an FBI agent sent back in time 200 years where she has to solve a murder.

Big Library Read officially kicks off June 23rd and in anticipation of the event, Adam sat down with Julie McElwain to talk about her debut novel A Murder in Time. When not writing fiction she works as the West Coast Editor for Soaps in Depth, a national soap opera magazine. 

For more information about Big Library Read visit www.BigLibraryRead.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

Jun 10, 2016

Episode Overview

For today's episode, Adam sits down with New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer. His latest book House of Secrets, which traces a conspiracy theory related to Benedict Arnold, was a collaborative effort with Tod Goldberg. In this interview, Brad shares the experience of creating their strong woman character Hazel and the positive opportunity of writing with someone else. Along with his well-known thriller, Brad is the author behind the I Am.../Ordinary People Change the World juvenile collection and comics for younger audiences.

 

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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 7, 2016

Episode Overview

Happy Tuesday! In today's episode, Adam sits down and talks with Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author whose newest book Ink and Bone is released today, June 7, 2016. Ink and Bone returns to The Hollows, the setting of several of her previous novels. she gives our listeners a glimpse into her writing process and how she disconnects when not writing. 

 

Books written by Lisa Unger:

Beautiful Lies

Black Out

Crazy Love You

Die For You

The Darkness Gathers

Darkness, My Old Friend

Fragile

Heartbroken

In the Blood

Ink and Bone

Sliver of Truth

Smoke

The Whispers

The Whispering Hollows

  

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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 2, 2016

Episode Overview:

In this week's episode, Jill is back and she talks with Adam and Kristin about fairy tales! We discuss what we think makes a fairy tale a fairy tale (which turns out to be a much harder question to answer than we originally thought!) and offer some of our favorite fairy tales, both long-standing original ones and modern retellings. As usual, we also offer some of our recent reads and forthcoming books we're looking forward to reading.

If you have a favorite fairy tale or have your own definition for what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale, please feel free to let us know at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Adam, and Kristin

 

Intro (0:00-1:53)

 

Favorite Fairy Tales (1:54-9:16)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Rumplestiltskin 

Hansel and Gretel 

Little Red Riding Hood

The Little Mermaid

 

Recent Reads: (9:17-15:44)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

 

What Is a Fairy Tale? (15:45-35:14)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Transformations by Anne Sexton

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me edited by Kate Bernheimer

The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison by Maggie Smith

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieska

Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieska

Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieska

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Snow White in New York by Fiona French

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

 

Favorite Retellings (35:15-42:06)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (42:07-End)

The Hundred Lies of Lindsey Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich 

Spinning Straw Into Gold by Joan Gould

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Trespasser by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French

 

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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 26, 2016

Episode Overview:

In this week's author interview, Adam talks with Ryan Graudin, young adult author of multiple books including Wolf by Wolf and its forthcoming sequel, Blood for Blood. She shares her writing process and she and Adam geek out over their shared love of fairy tales, tattoos, and travel. 

 

Other books written by Ryan:

Iron to Iron

The Walled City

All That Glows

All That Burns

 

Books recommended by Ryan:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard

Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shephard

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevive Tucholke

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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

May 19, 2016

Episode Overview

In today's episode, Adam sits down with writer Jewell Parker Rhodes, an author who is familiar writing for both adults and juveniles/YA. Her forthcoming book, Towers Falling, is all about teaching the story of the 9/11 attacks to children who weren't born when it happened. Like all of Jewell's books, Towers Falling features a diverse cast of characters and touches on important themes and events in America's history. In this interview, she talks about what prompted her to write a book about the September 11th attacks and the real life classroom that inspired her.

 

Books Written By Jewell

Sugar

Ninth Ward

Bayou Magic

Magic City

Douglass' Women

Towers Falling

Voodoo Season

Yellow Moon

Hurricane

 

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@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

 

May 12, 2016

Newcomers to the podcast Christina and Andrea join Adam to discuss their favorite Young Adult books and series. They also discuss why they think YA is such a popular genre. Christina and Andrea share their favorite types of characters and subgenres to read about, whether or not Christina would survive the Hunger Games and the importance of cake in her world. About halfway through we go into the YA books that make us cry and try to figure out why these books are able to move our emotions the way they do.

We also uncover some deep-seated struggles that Andrea and Christina have as friends in regard to whether it's appropriate to wait until a series is completed before you start reading it. Adam also unveils his love for all things Alice in Wonderland and we get sidetracked several times talking about baked goods.

Recommendations:

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

They Call me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

Splintered series by A.G. Howard

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Something Strange and Dealy series by Susan Dennard

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

The Scarlet Series by A.C. Gaughen

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

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 by subscribing to the podcast. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

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