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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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May 5, 2016

Episode Overview:

May 5th marks the start of OverDrive's AudioSYNC program so the OverDrive team is spending this episode talking about all things audiobooks! if you ever visit our Blue Sky Campus and walk around the office you'll see lots of staff members with headphones on -- there's always a good chance that they are listening to an audiobook. It's like being paid to read! 

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program designed for teens 13 years of age and over. Each week between May 5th and August 17th, users will be able to download two audiobooks per week and, best part is, after the audiobooks have been downloaded, users get to keep them! Reading in the summer can be challenging with busy schedules and traveling plans, which can lead to a summer slump, but with audiobooks, listeners can maintain their reading habits in a different format. We also feature an interview with Michelle Cobb from AudioFile magazine, OverDrive's partner in the SYNC program.

For more information, visit http://www.audiobooksync.com

If you have a favorite audiobook, let us know at  feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Adam, and Sheila

 

Intro (0:00-2:19)

 

Recent Listens (2:20-8:21)

The Verdict by Nick Stone

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow

 

Books Written and Read by Comedians (8:22-11:18)

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

I Must Say by Martin Short

Brain Droppings by George Carlin

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

You're Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black

Paddle Your Canoe by Nick Offerman

Gumption by Nick Offerman

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler 

America Again by Stephen Colbert

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Almost Interesting by David Spade

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer 

 

Foodie Listens (11:19-15:05)

The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

 

Audiobooks and AudioSYNC (15:06-23:03)

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman 

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

 

Interview with AudioFile's Michelle Cobb (23:04-End)

Art Dog by Thacher Hurd
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
28 days by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

 

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.

Apr 28, 2016

Episode Overview:

400 years ago this month, William Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil but the show must go on, so OverDrive's Professional Book Nerds are discussing the man behind the myth in our latest episode. We also talk about whether or not it really matters if William Shakespeare actually wrote all of the plays attributed to him. After all, what's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Regardless of reading choices, remember -- when the question is asked To Read Or Not To Read, the answer should always be to read!

Along with doing some Shakespeare fangirling, we cover all of the books we've recently read, some of the upcoming books we are (not so) patiently waiting for, and also offer tips on getting through book ennui. 

If you have a favorite Shakespeare play and/or modern adaptation, please feel free to let us know at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill and Liz

 

Intro (0:00-1:56)

 

Recent Reads: (1:57-17:09)

Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver

I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow

A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

George by Alex Gino

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Codex by Lev Grossman

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

Celebrating #Shakespeare400: (17:10-30:41)

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski by Adam Bertocci 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Fool by Christopher Moore

Will's Words by Jane Sutcliffe

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North

Macbeth #KillingIt by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (30:42-End)

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Shadows of the Dark Crystal by J. M. Lee

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Erye Affair by Jasper Fforde, Book 1 in the Thursday Next series

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Book 1 in the All Souls Trilogy

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde, Book 1 in the Nursery Crimes series

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Grendel by John Gardner

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

 

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

Apr 21, 2016

Episode Overview

This week we are back with another author interview, this time with bestselling author Matthew Quick, the man behind the popular The Silver Linings Playbook which was also adapted into the Academy Award nominated film. In his conversation with Adam, Matthew shares how Silver Linings Playbook became both a book and a movie (and not necessarily in the order you might think!) and also talks about his writing process and how he transitioned into writing Young Adult novels. His newest book Every Exquisite Thing will be released in May.

 

Books Written By Matthew

The Silver Linings Playbook (novel)

Silver Linings Playbook (movie)

Love May Fail

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Every Exquisite Thing

The Good Luck of Right Now

Boy21

Sorta Like a Rock Star

 

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

 

Apr 14, 2016

Episode Overview:

April is National Poetry Month and some of the OverDrive staff is celebrating by having a themed episode where we share some of our favorite poems and poets and even read a couple of poems on air. The professional book nerds also share some non-poetry recent reads and forthcoming titles we are looking forward to reading.

Feel free to let us know some of your favorite poems by emailing us at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Annie, Todd

 

Intro (0:00-3:01)

 

Recent Reads: (3:02-13:59)

Gone with the Mind by Mark Leyner

My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist by Mark Leyner

Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog by Mark Leyner

The Sugar-Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Girl In a Band by Kim Gordon 

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

 

Celebrating National Poetry Month: (14:00-31:59)

Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion by Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker

Some Ether by Nick Flynn

The Forgiveness Parade by Jeffrey McDaniel

The Endarkenment by Jeffrey McDaniel

Chapel of Inadvertent Joy by Jeffrey McDaniel

Bright Dead Things by Ada Lilmon

Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich

The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Spoons In the Grass Are There To Build a Moat by Linda Bruckheimer 

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (32:00-End)

Sex & Love & by Bob Hicok

Words for Empty and Words for Full by Bob Hicok

The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Motefiore

Certain Magical Acts by Alice Notley

 

Apr 7, 2016

Episode Overview

In our latest author interview, OverDrive's Adam talks to New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson. She shares insights into her writing process, including what it's like working with her sister, fellow author Nancy Bush, and the challenges that come with writing about some really evil characters. Lisa also gives a list of some of her favorite books and recent reads.

 

Popular Lisa Jackson books: 

Afraid to Die

Tell Me

You Don't Want to Know

Running Scared

Without Mercy

Malice

Shiver

Deep Freeze

 

Lisa Jackson's Recent Reads and Favorites:

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Shock Wave by John Sandford

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Marley and Me by John Grogan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

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

Mar 31, 2016

Episode Overview

In today's episode we are talking about two of our favorite non-fiction categories: feminist/women's studies titles and true crime! We also talk about all of the recent non-fiction books of all genres that we've read and the forthcoming books that have us super excited. In our intro, Adam shares some celebrity memoirs that he has recently read and enjoyed.

Share your own favorite women's studies and true crime titles by finding OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs or you can email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Cindy, and Rachel K.

 

Intro (0:00-2:44)

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

700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin 

 

Big Library Read (2:45-5:49)

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

American Wife by Taya Kyle

 

Recent Reads (5:50-18:59)

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

Attempting Normal by Marc Maron

A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansarai

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

 

Feminist Studies/Women's Issues (19:00-23:09)

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

 

True Crime (23:10-32:29)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth

Pretty Little Killers by Daleen Berr

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Finding Me by Michelle Knight

Hope by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus

Fatal Vision by Joe McGinnis

The Innocent Killer by Michael Griesbach

Worse than the Devil by Dean A. Strang

The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (32:30-End)

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Porcelain by Moby

Paper by Mark Kurlansky

Salt by Mark Kurlansky

Longitude by Dava Sobel

Zero by Charles Seife

Mauve by Simon Garfield

A Mind of its Own by David M. Friedman

Grunt by Mary Roach

Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough

The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

The Arm by Jeff Passan

Becoming Grandma by Lesley Stahl

 

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

Mar 24, 2016

Episode Overview

Book adaptations on the big and small screen are all the rage and several upcoming films have the OverDrive staff super excited. In this week's episode, Adam and Jill discuss their favorite page to screen titles, share favorites from some OverDrive users, and also talk about the upcoming adaptations they are most anxious to see.

Share your own favorite Page to Screen titles by finding OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs or you can email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill and Adam

 

Titles Discussed in this episode 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The BFG by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption from Different Seasons by Stephen King

IT by Stephen King

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Cujo by Stephen King

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

Carrie by Stephen King

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Let the Right One In (book) by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In (foreign film)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Martian by Andy Weir

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Giver (book) by Lois Lowry 

The Giver (movie)

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

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

Mar 17, 2016

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

 

Episode Overview

 

Recently, local Cleveland author Dr. Lisa Damour stopped by the OverDrive offices to chat with Adam about her latest book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. She and Adam discuss the difficulties of raising young girls in the social media age and offers advice to parents concerned about their own daughters. But even if you aren't a parent of a teenage girl, we've all been teenagers and the book's subject matter is relevant for readers of all ages. 

Lisa's own personal book recommendation is My Early Life by Winston Churchill.

 

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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 10, 2016

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Episode Overview

In today's episode we are talking all things Mystery! From cozy mysteries to suspense thrillers to everything in between, the Mystery genre features a multitude of sub-genres and the OverDrive staff librarians all have their favorite titles. Like our Romance episode, we also discuss clever punny titles that come out of this genre.

Our intro includes some emails in response to our recent Science Fiction and Fantasy episode with additional recommendations for our listeners. Email us at feedback@overdrive.com with your own comments and recommendations. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Emma, Meghan, and Kristin 

 

Intro (0:00-6:14)

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Red Mars, Blue Mars, and Green Mars  by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, Book 1 of the The Steampunk Chronicles

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, Book 1 of the The Stoker and Holmes series

 

Recent Reads (6:15-15:49)

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott 

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin

What Remains of Me by Ann Marie Lee

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed by Bruce Coville

 

Cozy Mysteries and Favorite Punny Titles (15:50-25:50)

Murder She Wrote by Jessica Fletcher

Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton

Silence of the Lamps by Karen Rose Smith

Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander

Gourdfellas by Maggie Bruce

A Killer in the Rye by Delia Rosen

Fry Me a Liver by Delia Rosen

From Herring to Eternity by Delia Rosen

As Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames

For Chedder or Worse by Avery Aames

To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames

Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

The Diva Runs out of Thyme by Krista Davis

One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

Wish You Were Here by Rita May Brown

 

Suspense and Thrillers (25:51-32:34)

The Likeness by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French

The Secret Place by Tana French

Blood on the Snow by Jo Nesbo

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Book 1 in the Millennium series 

The Bat by Jo Nesbo, Book 1 in the Harry Hole series

 

Unreliable Narrators (32:35-40:55)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, Book 1 of Cormoran Strike series

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, Book 3 of Cormoran Strike series

 

Books Coming Soon (40:56-End)

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

End of Watch by Stephen King

 

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

Mar 3, 2016

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

 

Episode Overview

Today's podcast is a special episode related to the first 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 and this time the book choice is American Sniper by Chris Kyle, the man regarded as the most lethal sniper in United States Military History.

Big Library Read officially kicks off March 17th and in anticipation of the event, Adam sat down with Chris Kyle's widow Taya Kyle, who has written her own memoir, American Wife. Taya shares stories about her experiences as a military wife and what prompted Chris to write his book. She also discusses the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which assists service members, first responders, and their families.

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

For more information about Chris Kyle Frog Foundation visit www.ChrisKyleFrogFoundation.org 

 

 

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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

Feb 25, 2016

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

 

Episode Overview

In this week's episode, Adam talks with Marie Bostwick, author of the popular Cobbled Quilt and Too Much, Texas series. Her new book, From Here to Home, comes out at the end of March and along with discussing that novel's unique protagonist Mary Dell Templeton, Marie also shares how she became the writer she is today, which happened almost accidentally. She also offers some really fantastic tips to all the writer's out there on how to achieve their own writing goals. Her love of reading and libraries started at an early age and she tells Adam about how she became the youngest card carrying member of her local library as a child. 

 

Growing up, some of Marie's favorite books included:

  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • Little House on the Prairie series
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

 

Marie's personal recommendations for our listeners:

 

For those readers interested in Marie's books, here are her own suggestions of where to start:

 

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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

Feb 18, 2016

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Episode Overview

In our ninth episode we are talking all things science fiction and fantasy! If you're not familiar with either genre that's okay because some of the recent reads that Jill, Quinton, and Rachel K. mention include some non-genre picks as well before discussing the differences between science fiction and fantasy. From there, they offer their best picks for those new to either genre and the differences between hard and soft science fiction. Quinton offers some readalikes for those who enjoyed The Martian and the trio share their favorite fantasy novels before discussing the forthcoming titles they are most excited to read. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Rachel K., and Quinton

 

Intro (0:00-4:09)

 

Recent Reads (4:10-10:09)

A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  

Shadows of Self by Brian Sanderson

Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

 

Differences Between Science Fiction and Fantasy (10:10 - 16:29)

Star Wars 

Interstellar by Greg Keyes

 

Genre Intro Books and Our Favorites (16:30-25:51)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Android's Dream by John Scalzi

Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Book 1 in the Dresden Files

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, book 1 of the Expanse series

Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, Book 1 in the Wheel of Time series

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Book 1 in A Song of Ice and Fire series

The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens

The Weirdness by Jeremy P. Bushnell

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

 

Hard Science Fiction v. Soft Science Fiction (25:52-29:15)

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

 

The Martin Readalikes (29:16-34:41)

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi

Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

 

Our Favorite Fantasy Novels and Other Books (34:42-40:25)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Book 1 in the Kingkiller Chronicle series

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Midnight Crossed by Charlaine Harris, Book 1 of the Midnight, Texas series

Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Book 1 of the Red Rising Trilogy

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Book 1 of the All Souls trilogy

 

Books Coming Soon (40:26-End)

Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Arkwright by Allen Steele

Cursed Child script

 

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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

Feb 11, 2016

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Episode Overview

In our second author interview, Adam interviews Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which takes place over one day during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Sunil shares why he chose that moment in history as the setting for his novel and gives some background and history of the protests. He also gives Adam and listeners a glimpse into his writing process and how some of his own life experiences were woven into the fictional characters he has created. Adam also asks him about what can only be described as a writer's worst nightmare: losing a manuscript, which happened to Sunil with the original 600 page draft of the book. But rewriting the novel offered Sunil the opportunity to reexamine his characters and focus on the ones that he was truly invested in.

Along with talking about her own book, Sunil shares memories of going to the library as a child and being a voracious readers, including reading Stephen King's IT at 12 or 13 and being terrified, but also loving The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl.

Sunil Yapa's other book recommendations:

Underworld by Don DeLillo

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

 

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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

Feb 4, 2016

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Episode Overview

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so the staff librarians here at OverDrive decided to dedicate an episode to the Romance genre. But because we are all such well-rounded readers, we cover more than just your typical "bodice rippers," discussing some young adult titles and Amish romances, but also titles perfect for Galentine's Day and those single on this particular holiday. Of course, we can't discuss the Romance genre without mentioning some of our favorite punny titles as well. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Rachel W., Liz 

 

Intro (0:00-3:19)

 

Recent Reads (3:20-10:54)

Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

 

Favorite Punny Titles (10:55-13:00)

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah MacLean

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

No Groom at the Inn by Megan Frampton

 

Jane Austen Retellings & Amish Romances (13:01-17:22)

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep

First Impressions by Sarah Price

Second Chances by Sarah Price

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (17:23-37:08) 

Galentine's Day Reads

Quirky Alone Day Reads

 

Pre-Pubs and Other Books (37:09-End)

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kaye

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The Luckiest Lady In London by Sherry Thomas

 

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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

Jan 28, 2016

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Episode Overview

Thursday, February 4th marks the second annual Harry Potter Book Night and the OverDrive staff is celebrating! We are a company full of Harry Potter fans and in today's episode, two Ravenclaws, a Gryffindor, and a Slytherin share how they first got into J.K. Rowling's series, remember standing in line at midnight book releases, and, of course, discuss the movies versus the books. You'll also get to hear which books are our favorites and why. With ALA's annual conference in Orlando this summer, there is also talk about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Florida. 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Rachel K., Emma, and Adam

 

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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

Jan 21, 2016

Episode Overview

In our fifth episode, host Jill is joined by Adam and Sheila as they discuss some of the top award winners to come out of 2016 ALA Midwinter conference as well as some of the titles they've recently finished reading. Our reader recommendations are pulled from some of our Twitter followers and we also spend time remembering the late great David Bowie and Alan Rickman. 

Be sure to follow OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter and maybe you'll get a personalized recommendation on the podcast, too!

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Sheila, and Adam

 

Intro (0:00-2:38)

 

ALA Award Winners (2:39-6:11)

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

 

Recent Reads (6:12-15:39)

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson

William Shakespeare Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones

A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (15:40-23:16) 

Readalikes for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

Readalikes for Moby Dick by Herman Melville

 

Readalikes for In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

 

Pre-Pubs and Other Books (23:17-30:12)

Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Book 3 in the Red Rising Trilogy

View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

Pax by Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine Series

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

The Oxford Inheritance by Ann A. McDonald

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

The Likeness by Tana French

At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell

 

Remembering Alan Rickman and David Bowie (30:13-End)

Their bookish roles include Labyrinth: The Novelization, Harry Potter series, Sense and Sensibility, and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

 

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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

Jan 14, 2016

Episode Overview

Today's episode features OverDrive's own social media guru Adam as he interviews Marieke Nijkamp, Dutch author of the brand new YA novel This Is Where It Ends which focuses on the terrifying 54 minutes of a school shooting as seen through the eyes of four different perspectives.

Marieke discusses her writing and research process as well as the incident that proved to be the catalyst for her debut novel. A strong advocate of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Marieke shares her own personal perspective of why diversity in literature, and especially YA literature, is so very important. 

Along with talking about her own book, Marieke offers her own book recommendations for our podcast listeners. Some of her recent reads and favorite books are as follows:

The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

The forthcoming book she's most looking forward to reading is: 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

 

Episode was recorded in Boston at 2016 ALA Midwinter. 

 

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

Jan 7, 2016

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

Featured Librarians

Jill, Todd, and Sheila

 

Intro (0:00-1:55)

 

Recent Reads (1:56-16:33)

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (16:34-24:40) 

Books to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day

Audiobook road trip recommendations for someone who likes storyteller comedians and humorous biographies like Amy Poehler's Yes Please

Books for someone who likes "wizards and stuff." Favorite series is The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher which starts with Storm Front.

  • Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Book 1 of The Iron Druid Chronicles
  • Bloodlist by P. N. Elrod. Book 1 of The Vampire Files 
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Book 1 of The Kingkiller Chronicle
  • The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Book 1 of The Heir Chronicles

 

Pre-Pubs and Other Books (24:41-End)

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Booked by Kwame Alexander

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Book 1 of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments Series

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Notes From a Small Island  by Bill Bryson

Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

 

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Dec 24, 2015

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. 

Featured Librarians 

Jill, Liz, and Kristin

 

Intro (0:00-1:50)

 

Recent Reads (1:50-14:00)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaimen

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (14:00-26:30)

Holiday gift for a single father who isn't a big reader, but enjoys Star Wars and superheroes.

First grader who is a strong reader but still wants some pictures in his books.

Holiday gift for a woman who has previously enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. 

Pre-Pubs (26:30-End) 

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Ana Juan

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir

 

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Dec 10, 2015

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. 

 

Librarians Featured  

Jill, Emma, and Rachel K.

 

Intro (0:00 - 2:20)

 

Recent Reads (2:20-18:56)

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

M Train by Patti Smith

American Wife by Taya Kyle

Career of Evil by Robert Gailbraith

After You by JoJo Moyes

Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (Zoella) 

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Ted Hughes: An Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate

Walking Dead Series, Book 1 by Robert Kirkman

 

Readers Advisory Recommendations (18:56-30:43)

Narrative non-fiction titles

Readalikes for The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Good Book Club picks

 

Pre-Pubs (30:43-End)

A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Power Corruption and Lies: Inside New Order by Peter Hook

Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloe Kardashian

Hello Life by Marcus Butler

Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

 

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