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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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Feb 14, 2019

On today's episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes.

Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by category)

 

Book written by two or more authors

 

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Josh and Hazel's guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

My Plain Jane Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton

All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

 

Book that has appeared on the ALA's frequently challenged book list

Scary Stories to tell in the dark

Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Harry Potter

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Of Mice and men by John Steinbeck

A lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Grendel by John Gardner

 

 

Audiobook of a memoir or autobiography read by the author

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Still Foolin' em by Billy Crystal

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

We're going to need more win Gabrielle Union

In pieces by Sally Field

Hunger makes me a modern girl by Carrie Brownstein

Party of One by Dave Holmes

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

 

 

Retelling of a classic book, fairy tale, or play

The Hogarth Shakespeare series of books-

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (The Winter's Tale)

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice)

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (The Tempest)

 

The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell - Genderbent Robin Hood

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore - Swan Lake

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

A Blade so Black by LL McKinney

The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

Feb 11, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast's Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It's equal parts moving and funny and entirely whimsical. We also discuss her lifelong passion for fairy tales and Jim Dale doing her audiobook!

Feb 7, 2019

On today's episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. We discuss the wonderful people she met and the fun she had before getting into some good ole fashion reading recommendations. Come for the books, stay for the awkwardness of Adam and Jill laughing at each other. 

 

Books Mentioned in this episode:

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Just the Funny Parts by Nell Scovell

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

 

Feb 4, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Lincoln Peirce, best known for his long running comic and novels in the Big Nate universe. He is back with a new book called Max and the Midknights, his first story outside of the the Big Nate world. They discuss the unique classification of his illustrated novels and how long it takes him to lay out a story and the comics combined into one book!

Jan 28, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

 

They discuss today's political climate, the struggle of lower class farmers, the effect the news and classism have society, and the similarities and differences between poverty in urban and rural areas. She also explains what led to her breaking free from the cycle of poverty and struggle in own family. 

 

Jan 24, 2019

Last week we got a message on Twitter suggesting we do an episode all about dog books. Well, Jill is on the road for some interviews so Adam took full advantage. Enjoy these wonderful adventures of very good pups and the bork through ruff times and good times alike. Not all dogs are good bois... Some are good girls!

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Adventures of Balto: The Untold Story of Alaska's Famous Iditarod Sled Dog

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

 

Eb White On Dogs

Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

White Fang

Lily and the Octopus

Jan 21, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Kristen Roupenian about her new  collection of short stories You Know You Want This featuring the widely read and hotly debated Cat Person. They discuss how she avoided the craze that Cat Person created, why she loves the short story format, and how she feels about the novel she's currently working on. Her stories explore human emotion and are darkly funny. This collection is splashed all over countless "best of" lists and is a must read.

Jan 17, 2019

Our incredible friend Marie Benedict stopped by the office on her way to Indianapolis so we just had to record a quick chat about her new book The Only Woman in the Room. In keeping with her style of telling stories about underappreciated woman of history, this book is all about Hedy Lamarr. She was an actress, escaped a marriage to Austrian's most powerful arms dealer, and an inventor whose creation was the foundation for modern day WiFi. Her story is amazing. 

Jan 14, 2019

On today's interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk about the ethical decisions we all make every day and the psychology involved with morality. They also explain their unique writing process. This episode is a must listen for fans of thrillers and suspense!

Jan 10, 2019

On today's extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick off the episode by discussing a very special giveaway Adam and Jill are doing to celebrate 300 episodes before Madeline talks about some recent books she's read. They then dive into all things stage related! 

Jan 7, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Brad Meltzer rekindle their Muppet-fueled friendship after nearly 2 1/2 years apart. They discuss his new book The First Conspiracy which he co-wrote with Josh Mensch about the time George Washington was nearly assassinated before the Revolutionary War ever began. This fascinating true story will blow your mind. This was recorded before Christmas so naturally they discuss Emmet Otter and Brad demands to do the Nerd 9 again to see if his answers are the same as last time. Go borrow/buy/request The First Conspiracy today!

Jan 3, 2019

It's 2019! New year, new month, new books from Jill and Adam. This time, they are sharing their books for January.

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Burned by Edward Humes

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Looker by Laura Sims

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Plotters by Un-Su Kim

Annelies by David R. Gillham

Breaking and Entering by Jeremy N Smith

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

An Orchestra if Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Dec 31, 2018

On today's episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Rebecca Hanover about her debut novel The Similars. She tells a wonderful story about high school, clones, acceptance and mystery. You're absolutely going to love it!

Dec 24, 2018

On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview NYT bestselling author Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing. They discuss her fascinating life studying wildlife in Africa and how she learned to adjust to her life upon returning. Her life has been a beautiful journey and her debut work of fiction is just as good.

Dec 20, 2018

On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview the great Charlaine Harris, well known author of the Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles, The Aurora Teagarden series, and the Midnight, Texas series, all of which have been turned into television adaptations. Charlaine called in to promote her NEW Gunnie Rose series, beginning with her latest book An Easy Death. This conversation was a joy and Charlaine is the funniest person we've ever interviewed.

 

BEFORE the interview, we announce a brand new thing we're launching for the new year: The 2019 Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge! Be sure to listen in to hear all about it and how you can win a free reading device!

Dec 17, 2018

On today's episode, Jill chats with Ryder Carroll, inventor of the wildly popular Bullet Journal Method. He has a new book out about the practice called The Bullet Journal Method and he and Jill chat all things bujo. 

With just a couple weeks left in 2018, now is the perfect time to start thinking about 2019 and your goals and plans and to help you with those, we have a giveaway! Head on over to our Instagram @ProBookNerds for your chance to win a copy of Ryder's book The Bullet Journal Method plus the same blue Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid journal that Jill loves to use for her own bullet journal.

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

Dec 13, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by three of OverDrive's staff librarians to answer a few of the book request emails we've received over the last few weeks. Emma, Kristin, and Maria do not disappoint. Check out all these amazing books!

 

Books our librarians (and Adam) are reading:

 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer

 

Historical Fiction with a Medical Slant

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

The Physician by Noah Gordon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 

YA Poetry & Novels in Verse

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

The Dark Between Stars by Atticus

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

 

Steampunk/Dieselpunk, Modern & Urban Fantasy

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Queen of All Crows by Rod Duncan (Book One of the Map of Unknown Things series)

The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin

 

Dark, Intense and Creepy audiobooks (based off of I'll be Gone In The Dark)

You by Caroline Kepnes

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

 

Dark Fantasy and moral ambiguity

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Furyborn by Clarie Legrand

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

 

Thrilling dad books!

Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Micro)

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Marathon Man by William Goldman

 

 

HP Read Alikes and Literary Fiction

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (2019)

 

True Crime and books about drug dealers

The Power of the Dog trilogy by Don Winslow

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

Dec 10, 2018

Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Kari Lynn Dell whose contemporary western romance series Texas Rodeo includes Reckless in Texas, Tangled in Texas, Tougher in Texas, Fearless in Texas and the new holiday special Mistletoe in Texas. Kari brings a lifetime of personal experience as a horse trainer and rodeo competitor to her writing about the exciting, dangerous – and romantic -- world of the Texas rodeo.

 

Look for other new Sourcebooks Casablanca Christmas titles such as You Had Me at Cowboy by Jennie Marts, Cowboy SEAL Christmas by Nicole Helm, Billionaire Wolf for Christmas by Terry Spear and Cowboy Christmas Jubilee from Dylann Crush.

 

 

Dec 6, 2018

On today's episode, Robin Witten from Audiofile Magazine and the Behind the Mic podcast joins us to talk about the absolute best audiobooks of the year. Behind the Mic is a daily podcast where you can get quick audiobook recommendations across multiple genres. It's a must listen for any fellow audiobook nerd. Subscribe to it today!

Dec 3, 2018

Today's episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Katie Ruggle.

 

Katie's newest book is Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas, the first in the new Rocky Mountain Cowboy series which brings pulse-pounding romantic suspense to a cowboy’s Colorado Christmas.  

 

You’ll love the four books in her most recent series Rocky Mountain K9 Unit about K9 officers, their trusty dogs and the women they swear to protect. Track down Run to Ground, On the Chase, Survive the Night and Through the Fire.

 

Katie’s first series Search and Rescue included 6 titles about Rocky Mountain rescue divers courting danger—and each other.

 

Look for other new Sourcebooks Casablanca Christmas titles such as You Had Me at Cowboy by Jennie Marts, Cowboy SEAL Christmas by Nicole Helm, Billionaire Wolf for Christmas by Terry Spear and Cowboy Christmas Jubilee from Dylann Crush.

Nov 29, 2018

December is right around the corner and Jill and Adam are here with their top picks for next month! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery
Pandemic by Robin Cook
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
We are the Nerds by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
The Noma Guide to Fermentation Guide by Rene Redzepi
The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone
Light Years by Kass Morgan
The Disasters by MK England
For the Sake of the Game by Laurie R King
The Day the Sun Died by Yan Lianke
We Can Save Us All by Adam Nemett 
Milkman by Anna Burns

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com

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Podcast Overview
We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Nov 26, 2018

Today's episode is a bit of a flashback as Jill and Adam pull an old episode from the archives. In this case, the amazing and incredible ALAN CUMMING OMG. Original episode was #73 back in December 2016, so for longtime listeners hope you enjoy this Monday rewind and for new listeners, enjoy this interview!

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@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.

Nov 22, 2018

Today's episode is being released on Thanksgiving in the United States and Adam and Jill decide to talk about what they are thankful for which is OUR AMAZING AND AWESOME LISTENERS! They share emails and reviews from some listeners. Reach out to us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com with your own questions and comments and maybe you'll also get an on air shout out on a future episode. 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@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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