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Professional Book Nerds

We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
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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

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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

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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 19, 2018

On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview Stuart Turton, author of the phenomenally mysterious The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. We discuss his passion for Agatha Christie, how to make a murder mystery that lives up to her legacy, editing this masterpiece, why it's named differently in the U.S. and the U.K. and so much more. This novel is a masterpiece of intrigue and Stuart is a delight.

 

Today's episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks, publishers of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Be sure to check out these other excellent new releases in their cataloge:

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, author Susanna Kearsley's latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you've closed the last page.

 

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Inspired by a newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country during the depression, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love and family.

 

The Fallen Architect by Charles Belfoure

In this riveting novel from The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect, a man in disgrace finds that digging up the past is the only road he can take.

Nov 12, 2018

Former guest and friend of the podcast Fiona Davis returns to talk about her latest book, The Masterpiece 

 

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 8, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Andrew James, Managing and Launch Editor for Titan Comics. Andrew manages the Doctor Who series of Titan Comics and both Whovians nerd out about The Doctor and his (or her!) companions and Andrew gives listeners a peek behind the curtain of comic production.

For our library friends listening, you can save 75% on Titan Comics Doctor Who series by visiting Marketplace between now and November 25, 2018! If you've been thinking about adding Titan Comics Doctor Who series to your OverDrive collection, now is the perfect time.

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 5, 2018

What do hockey, baking, vlogging and comics have in common? They're all a part of what makes Ngozi so amazing! She is the creator of Check, Please! the fabulous web comic that took kickstarter by storm and is now available to purchase and borrow as complete collections of the stories of Bitty and his hockey adventures. Ngozi chats with Adam about where the idea came from for Check, Please! and how she creates each episode. She also guesses Adam's favorite pie correctly because she's clearly a savant. 

Nov 1, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by Christina, Andrea and Melissa all of whom have little babes at home (and Andrea is expecting another)! We discuss the books they love reading to their little ones and the books they can't wait to share with them as they grow. 

This episode has been officially rated 100% certified adorable.

Books and series mentioned in this episode

Pete the cat books

Rainbow Fish

Chu's Day at the Beach

Llama, Llama, red pajama

How do dinosaurs say goodnight

Fancy Nancy

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

Vader's Little Princess

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Aggie and Ben

Where the wild things are

The Giving Tree

Harriet the spy

Charlotte's Web

Harry Potter series

How the Grinch stole Christmas

Oct 29, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Jasmine Guillory, author of the new book The Proposal. Jill and Jasmine discuss romance books, Roxane Gay, and writing with a full-time job. 

Interview was recorded in person at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

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.

Oct 27, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Madeline Miller about her instant bestselling novel CIRCE. The title was selected for the upcoming Together We Read digital book club which runs from November 1-15 in the United Kingdom. 

Madeline and Adam discuss her love of Mythology, writing the story for people who have no previous knowledge of the myth and their shared obsession with theater. 

Oct 22, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by Whitney Gardner, author and illustrator of Chaotic Good and You're Welcome, Universe. Her latest book, Fake Blood, is out now! 

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.

Oct 18, 2018

On today's episode we're once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We've got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.

 

A comic written or drawn by a person of color

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Today's task recommendations: 

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

The all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter

 

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

FYI - Any Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie will work

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines

Oct 15, 2018

On today's episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!

Oct 11, 2018

It's a question we're asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America's favorite book and they've been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read they've found America's top 100 most popular books and all fall long they've been highlighting different genres and titles in their weekly episodes. On today's episode, Bill Gardner, the VP of Programming and Development at PBS stopped by to chat about the list ahead of the upcoming finale and unveiling of America's favorite book!

You can catch up on all the previous episodes and cast your vote for America's favorite book by visiting http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

Oct 8, 2018

On today's episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed today. We also discuss story structure by comparing linear story lines versus circular stories with multiple points of view like her book WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT. We also discuss her absolutely amazing choice for her background music while writing. April is a delight of a human and this conversation was so much fun.

 

Go get yourself a copy of BONELSS MERICES today!

 

Today's episode was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learningproviders of incredible nonfiction digital content to hundreds of OverDrive library and school partners. To find your library or schools Britannica Digital Learning content, simply search for them by name in the search bar in Libby or on their OverDrive website. And if you’re a library or school library selector, be sure to check out all of EB’s wonderful titles in OverDrive Marketplace today!

Oct 4, 2018

On today's show we welcome in Mallory O'Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in our opinion, THE person to go to when you're looking for horror book recommendations. So now that October has arrived we HAD to bring her on. Our chat is all about the horror books she loves, both truly terrifying and others that are less so. We offer recommendations for everyone, regardless of your fright level.

 

ALSO: Mallory has written a book called The Lady from the Black Lagoon that comes out March 5th and you can recommend it to your library or preorder it right now. It tells the true story of Milicent Patrick, the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters and we can't wait to read it.

 

After you check out this episode be sure to subscribe to Reading Glasses as well. It's a phenomenal, weekly chat about everything in the book world between Mallory and her co-host Brea Grant. They are a Thursday release friend so you can enjoy both our shows together where they belong.

 

Mallory's horror book recommendations!

 

Definitely Scary:

A Head full of ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

 

Short story collections

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

 

Just a little Spooky

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

 

The book that made Mallory fall in love with horror

Creepshow graphic novel by Stephen King

 

Other books discussed

We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

The Deadhouse by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

 

Mallory's All Hollow's Read book

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

Oct 1, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time's Convert that is set in the same universe and she comes on the podcast to talk about what it was like returning to her world and characters, what her research process was like, and talks a little bit about the television adaptation of her popular series. 

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.

Sep 29, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Katherine Locke, author of the latest Big Library Read selection The Girl with the Red Balloon. The book is a mix of historical fiction and magical realism and it RULES. This chat features everything from 80s pop music to D&D nerding out, references to Bruce Springsteen and previous guests Marieke Nijkamp and Linsey Miller! 

 

About the Big Library Read

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. From October 1-15, readers at the 20,000+ participating libraries and schools can borrow the book without any waitlists or holds! Simply head to your library's OverDrive website or open up Libby and you'll see it front and center.

It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through your local library or school library and all you need to get started reading is a library card or student ID.

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