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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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Sep 20, 2018

On today's episode, our good buddy Kerri Maniscalco returns to chat about her brand new book Escaping from Houdini! Want to know what sounds absolutely creepy? A murderous carnival on a cruise ship...

We get into where the idea came from and a whole slew of other things. It's always such a blast when Kerri stops by (via phone.)

Go read this book now!

Sep 17, 2018

Tuesday, September 18th is Read an Ebook Day! OverDrive's own holiday which celebrates a love for digital reading and for today's episode, Adam and Jill talk to some of their coworkers to find out what books they'll be reading. 

Visit www.readanebookday.com for more information and follow the hashtag #EbookLove to join the conversation

Books Mentioned in This Episode 

Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Educated by Tara Westover

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantaro

The Call by Paedar O'Guilan

Dune by Frank Herbert

More Deadly than the Male by Graeme Davis

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Descender by Jeff Lemire

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield

 

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

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"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 13, 2018

TV Host, Comedy Writer, Stand up comedian, Memoirist. Guy Branum can do it all. On today's episode Adam interviews one of his favorite celebrities about his debut book My Life As a Goddess. Equal parts introspective and hilarious, this book breaks down Guy's personal upbringing, surviving law school, coming into his own as a comedy writer and the true meaning of Bohemian Rhapsody. I say this was an interview but truthfully it's more like a 30 minute pitch for Adam to get to be Guy's friend. 

Sep 10, 2018

On today's episode, we sit down with Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30 and author of the new Whole30 Slow Cooker. We disucss how Whole30 came to be, dispel the misconception that it's a diet and get into Melissa's life as a fellow book nerd. 

This episode was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Be sure to check out Melissa's new cookbook The WHOLE30 Slow Cooker Cookbook for 150 delicious, no-fuss recipes as well as The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook, the first cookbook ever endorsed by the Whole30. 

Sep 6, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as well as the new Broken Beautiful Hearts, The X-Files YA origin book Agent of Chaos and numerous other wonderful books. They discuss the importance of talking about tough topicswith young readers, how her writing career began on a dare and what it's like writing a story in a previously created universe like the X-Files. I could have chatted with her for DAYS!

Sep 3, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by Christina Dalcher whose debut novel VOX is getting all sorts of buzz. This dystopian story draws comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale with it's disturbing setting and the future it portrays where women are only allowed to speak 100 words per day. Christina has spent her life studying linguistics and the importance of language and we dig into how this played into her novel. 

Aug 27, 2018

On today's episode, Adam has a round table discussion with three of the best writers of modern day fairy tales. Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik all write magical, dark and enchanting stories that many classify as fairy tales and we dive into what that definition means and why these stories mean so much to readers. 

Books discussed:

Spinning Silver and Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Strange, The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Aug 25, 2018

On today's episode, Adam chats with James Moloney, an Australian author whose latest novel The Love That I Have was selected as our most recent Together We Read book club title for Australia and New Zealand. For two weeks all library card holders in that part of the world can visit their library's OverDrive website (Or Libby!) and borrow the book without wait lists or holds. 

Adam and James discuss why they feel World War II novels remain so popular today and how they force society to look at the current state of our world through a lens of events in the past. 

Aug 23, 2018

On today's episode it's all about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Adam & Jill begin with a series of topics about the HP community, what the houses mean to them and how the Wizarding World remains connected to their daily lives. Then Adam interviews Hikari Loftus of Folded Pages Distillery (https://www.instagram.com/foldedpagesdistillery/) about her fandom. 

Starting August 27th anyone with a library card at any North American library can visit the library's OverDrive website (or Libby!) and borrow the book without any wait lists or holds for two weeks! Check it out and join in the fun!

Thank you to Pottermore for helping coordinate this episode.

 

Aug 20, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, to discuss his new graphic novel Illegal. They cover topics like why he chose to write about African immigrants, how graphic novels can help struggling readers grasp stories and how people can help out others going through similar experiences. 

Aug 16, 2018

On today's episode, Adam and Jill get to talk with Keiko Agena who played Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Along with acting, she is also a visual artist who has a new workbook for artists out now called No Mistakes. Part adult coloring book, part artistic exercises, this workbook is perfect for anyone wanting to stretch their artistic limits whether you are a writer, an artist, or still trying to find your creative voice.

Adam and Jill also offer up some recent reads for listeners. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Call by Peadar O'Guilin

Final Girls by Riley Sager

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Beard Science by Penny Reid

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss

 

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.

Aug 13, 2018

On today's episode new best friend of the show R.O. Kwon joins Jill and Adam to discuss her absolutely Earth shattering debut novel The Incendiaries, wishing she could escape writing about religion and why she's a firm believer in the spine-in bookshelves (shudders). Check out her book and listen to us bond with the best person alive. 

Aug 9, 2018

Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and stories from authors with disabilities. These stories are a perfect way for readers to discover the world through people who may not look or sound like them. You'll love every one of them!

Aug 6, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what inspired Gail to write the book and what it's like to have your debut do so well.

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.

Aug 2, 2018

Adam and Jill are back with their monthly picks! Today they offer up some incredible books coming out in August.

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Vox by Christine Dalcher

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Nightblood by Elly Blake

Our House by Louise Candlish

Soul Stealer: Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas

Rust & Stardust by T Greenwood

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

Captive by Catherine Oxenberg

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Our Stories Our Voices ed. by Amy Reed

Relic by Alan Dean Foster

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden

 Toil Trouble by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

 

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.

 

Jul 30, 2018

On today's episode Adam is joined by two of the defining voices in Science Fiction writing, Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin! They discuss tired tropes of Science Fiction, diversity in writing and whether or not it's okay to tell another culture's story. This might just be my favorite conversation I've ever had...

Jul 26, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Emma and Meghan to offer up some Sharp Objects readalikes. Mother / daughter relationships! Small town secrets! Unreliable narrators!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

When the Light's Go Out by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

You by Caroline Kepnes

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Mine by J.L. Butler

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J Sullivan

Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Room by Emma Donoghue

Educated by Tara Westover

The Fever by Megan Abbott

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

 

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.

Jul 23, 2018

On today's episode Adam chats with Joe Abercrombie, author of the ridiculously popular First Law series. They chat about the new covers of the original trilogy, the new trilogy he's currently writing (!!!) and what he discovered while re-reading his books as research. 

Jul 19, 2018

On today's show we have the wildly popular blogger Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the amazing everyday-reading.com. We discuss how she started blogging, how she finds time to read with a bunch of children running around the house, ways to get the youngsters to love reading and how audiobooks are a book nerds' lifesaver! 

Jul 16, 2018

On today's episode, Adam bonds with Sarah Jacoby over her jawdropping illustrations, her wonderful children's book and Jim Henson. It's amazing and she's amazing and you should all go read Forever or a Day right now. 

Jul 9, 2018

Today Adam is sitting down with author Katie Ganshert, a wonderful woman who writes Christian inspired titles for both adults and young readers. Her latest novel No One Ever Asked, is inspired by real world events, this is a riveting tale about the way we see one another, the lies we tell ourselves, the questions and stories that go unexplored.

Jul 7, 2018

Big Library Read is back! This time, readers voted on Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams, a historical western version of Pride & Prejudice. 

From July 9th until July 23rd, you can borrow Lacy's book from participating libraries without waitlists or holds. After reading, visit BigLibraryRead.com to participate in the discussion board with other readers!

 

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.

Jul 5, 2018

Who is the best Harry Potter character? What's the worst side plot. Is Snape actually good. We tackle these and so many other important topics on today's episode! 

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