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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 3, 2016

In our 54th episode, Adam sat down with #1 New York Times best selling author Leigh Bardugo, whose most recent book, Crooked Kingdom, is now available. Leigh was in town for an author event at a local library where Adam hosted a Q and A with some of her readers but beforehand they sat down to chat about the fantasy genre, world building and what inspires Leigh. She also shared her thoughts on the YA community, what it's like seeing her fans love her characters so much and she offers up some inspiring advice for young writers. 

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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.

 

Sep 29, 2016

The OverDrive staff librarians come from a wide range of backgrounds and two of our librarians -- Liz and Rachel K. -- come from music library backgrounds. So we decided to use their collective knowledge and reading backgrounds to discuss musical memoirs and rock biographies!

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Everyone Loves You When You're Dead by Neil Strauss

Tom Waits on Tom Waits edited by Paul Maher

Just Kids by Patti Smith

M-Train by Patti Smith

Girl in a band by Kim Gordon

Porcelain by Moby

Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh

Out of the Vinyl Deeps by Non Willis Arnowitz

Words Without Music by Philip Glass

Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen

Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins

Substance by Peter Hook

Unknown Pleasures by Peter Hook

Autobiography by Morrissey

Spider from Mars by Woody Woodmansey

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

Love is a Mixed Tape by Rob Sheffield

Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

The Show I'll Never Forget by Sean Manning

Piece by Piece by Tori Amos

Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

Special Deluxe by Neil Young

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Homeward Bound by Peter Ames Carlin

Our Band Could Be Your Life Michael Azerrad

Come As You Are by Michael Azerrad

Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

Country by Nich Tosches

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

Life by Keith Richards

The Dirt by Tommy Lee and Vince Neil

Get in the Van by Henry Rollins

Dancing with myself by Billy Idol

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Tony Visconti by Tony Visconti

The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw

Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus

Mo'Meta Blues by Questlove

 

 

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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.

Sep 26, 2016

On this episode, Adam chats with lawyer turned author Marie Benedict about her latest novel, The Other Einstein. This historical fiction title is rooted in facts (and science!) and is the story of Albert Einstein’s first wife who was also heavily involved in the scientific community. Adam even manages to surprise Marie with some information about her main character that she didn’t know (which he was quite pleased with himself about…).

Marie discussed her writing process, how she transitioned to being a full time writer and then they get sidetracked for a bit discussing Broadway shows and Hamilton (not surprising)

 

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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.

Sep 22, 2016

Episode Overview

September 25 - October 1st marks Banned Books Week and as a library company full of librarian employees, OverDrive feels very strongly about the importance of reading banned and challenged books. Adam and Jill decided to talk to some of their OverDrive colleagues to find out what they'll be reading for Banned Books Week and to also find out why they celebrate the freedom to read.

Email us at feedback@overdrive.com and share your favorite Banned Book!

 

Titles Mentioned In This Episode

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Satanic Versus by Salman Rushdie

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonngegut

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Forever by Judy Blume

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

 

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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.

Sep 19, 2016

We're 50! Well, we're 50 episodes old anyway. In today's very round numbered episode we sat down (virtually) with debut author Cuyler Overholt to talk about her thrillng novel, A deadly Affection, her award-winning debut, is the first installment in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford historical mystery series.

They discuss Cuyler's journey from lawyer to writer and what inspires her stories as well as why she loves the idea of New York City at the turn of the century. 

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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.

 

Sep 15, 2016

Episode Overview:

Friday September 16, 2016 is Read an eBook Day! As the leading app for eBooks available through libraries, we love celebrating this day of #eBookLove. For this week's episode, Adam and Jill decided to poll previous Professional Book Nerd guests to find out what they'll be reading on the day! 

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
Mo'Meta Blues by Questlove
Plaid & Plagiarism by Molly MacRae
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
News of the World by Paulette Giles

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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.

Sep 12, 2016

In today's episode, Adam chats with author Kate Elliott, who has written 25 novels. She is currently working on her first Young Adult titles with the Court of Fives trilogy. The second Court of Fives title, Poisoned Blade, comes out this fall. Kate and Adam spent a lot of time discussing Fantasy world building and the how Kate's fascination with maps plays into the worlds she creates for her stories. They also dive into the books Kate enjoyed growing up that inspired the works she now creates and they even explore some wonderful facts about Hawaii, where Kate lives, and how she spends her free time there.  

 

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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.

Sep 9, 2016

Episode Overview

Happy Friday! In today's episode, Jill and Adam hang out in their soon-to-be awesome recording studio and chat. They start by sharing some recent listener emails. They also share some big news about upcoming podcast interviews and give a brief teaser about the upcoming Big Library Read event which starts up in October. 

 

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Natasha Randall

The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin

Hollywood Said No by David Cross and Bob Odenkirk

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Attempting Normal by Marc Maron

Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman

The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Jonathan Maberry

Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald

Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams by Alan Cumming

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Carry On by Lisa Fenn

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

 

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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.

Sep 5, 2016

Episode Overview

Adam sits down with Lisa Fenn, ESPN producer and author of the new book CARRY ON which examines the unexpected relationship between two disabled wrestlers living in inner city Cleveland. One of those wrestlers, Leroy Sutton, joins Adam and Lisa as they discuss the book and this incredible story of carrying on under extraordinary circumstances. 

 

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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.

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

 

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 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 

 

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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! 

 

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 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 

 

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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 

 

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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

"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 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

"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

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

"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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