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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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Nov 30, 2017

It's our monthly top picks episode! Today, Adam and Jill discuss the December books they are most excited to read. 

 

Books Mentioned in this Episode

Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey

Fire on Ice by Oregonian Staff

We'll Sleep When We're Old by Pino Corrias

The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)? by Brittany Gibbons

The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

Love, Janis by Laura Joplin

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Es by Koji Suzuki

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Glass Town by Steven Savile 

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaarbelbol

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak

House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yasunari Kawabata

Improv Nation by Sam Watson

Mad Hatters and March Hares by Ellen Datlow

The Stinky Cheese Man by John Sciezka

 

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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 27, 2017

Today's episode is an interview with New York Times Bestselling author Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star.

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! We're so thankful that we get to spend time every week chatting books and we're even more thankful you all decide to listen to us! Today's episode is Adam all by himself talking about Neil Gaiman, one of his favorite authors. Of all the reading Adam has done, the author he's read the most would most likely be Mr. Gaiman. He even offers up his Top 5 Neil Gaiman novels which will definitely lead to people yelling...

Gobble Gobble!

 

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Find us on Twitter or Instagram 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 20, 2017

Today's episode is a live interview with Karan Mahajan, winner of the Anisfield-Book Award which

recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. This interview took place during Cleveland Book Week where Jill, Adam and Karan discussed his book The Association of Small Bombs, the depiction and media coverage of terrorism and much more.

 

We'd like to thank The Cleveland Foundation for asking us to be a part of this important literary event.

 

Say Hello!

Find us on Twitter or Instagram 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 16, 2017

Andrea and Christina are back and this time they are talking with Jill about historical fiction! Along with deep diving into their shared love of Tudor history, the women also discuss World War II historical fiction and offer some young adult options as well.

Books Mentioned In This Episode: 

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Atonement by Ian MacEwan

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Outlander by Diana Galbaldon

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn, a King's Obsession by Alison Weir

Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory

The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Phillipa Gregory

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir

Scarlet by AC Gaughen

Lady Thief by AC Gaughen

Lion Heart by AC Gaughen

Titanic the Long Night by Diana Hoh

Remembering the Titanic by Diana Hoh

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Dear America Series

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

 

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 13, 2017

On today's episode, Jill and Adam chat with both Wendelin VanDraanen, author of the wildly popular Sammy Keyes series, and Tara Sands who does all the narration for the audiobooks! This was a unique chance to dive into the creative process of how audiobooks are made. We learn how Wendelin came up with all the wonderful characters and stories and Tara goes through her career as an actress voicing some of our childhood's most recognizable anime characters!

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 9, 2017

Here at OverDrive yes we're obviously book nerds and yes we obviously love audiobooks and genres of all kind... but we also LOVE comics! For the first time ever, Adam is joined by Kenny, Quinton and Jim to discuss their favorite comic book series, one offs and characters as well as what was their gateway into this incredible world. 

 

Comic Series referenced in this episode

 

Green lantern

 

Batman's Dark Knight run

 

All-Star Superman

 

Batman: The Dark Knight: The Master Race

 

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

 

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

 

Batman: Night of the Owls

 

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

 

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

 

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

 

R.I.P.D. by Peter Lenkov

 

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

 

The whole B.R.P.D. series

 

Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard

 

Red Sonja

 

Preacher by Garth Ennis

 

Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle

 

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid

 

Watchmen by Alan Moore

 

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 6, 2017

On today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with Matthew Desmond, who won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Matthew shares the research and experiences that led to him writing this book and how he formed a close bond with the families he writes about. This book is incredibly important and has the ability to spark conversations about poverty in America. 

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 4, 2017

On today's episode, Adam chats with Jason Reynolds about his powerful children's and YA books including Long Way Down, Ghost, and Patina. They discuss the stories from his life that inspire his books and why he gets angry when people say he's "Just a children's book author."

Jason's books are beyond inspiring and his attitude towards young readers is so wonderful. You'll love this discussion and we cannot recommend his books highly enough!

Say Hello!
Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries 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 2, 2017

On today's episode, Adam and Jill recap OverDrive's Halloween extravaganza before discussing the books they're reading currently. Then, the main event: Nancy Pearl live and in our offices! Nancy visited Cleveland for some library events and took time out of her busy schedule to talk books with us because she is simply the best. Take a listen! 

Books mentioned in this episode

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

 

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

 

George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

 

In The Woods by Tana French

 

Half Magic by Edward Eager

 

Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager

 

Directorate S by Steve Coll

 

Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte

 

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

 Music
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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