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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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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!

 

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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.

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! 

Jul 2, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with debut author Malcolm Hansen about his novel They Come in All Colors. This story touches on growing up a multicultural child in the tense societal times of the 60s and 70s in both NYC and the deep south. They also talk about Malcolm's Hunter S. Thompson like travels and the fascinating life he's led.

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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.

Jun 28, 2018

It's our July books episode! Adam and Jill is here with their monthly picks for July and Jill also talks a little bit about her time in New Orleans for ALA.

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode: 

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

The Incendiaries by Ro Kwon

Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Don't You Ever by Mary Carter Bishop

Northland by Porter Fox

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey Stein

Scream and Scream Again! ed., RL Stine

 

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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.

Jun 25, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice. Her latest book, Every Note Played, 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.

Jun 21, 2018

Today's episode is quite spicy! Get it? Bayou? New Orleans? Cajun? Sorry...

ANYWAY! Jill is going to New Orleans for ALA so we're handing out book recs set in the Big Easy. We then dive into a very important conversation about our own personal book rules. Have book rules of your own? Join our Reading Community on Viber and let us know about them! https://vb.me/pbn

Books mentioned in this episode:

Interview with the Vampire & The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson

Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Jun 18, 2018

Today's interview episode is one we've been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story she has crafted is beautiful and moving and we're so fortunate to have had her join us. Her book is the first release of Sarah Jessica Parker's new publishing house SJP for Hogarth and it is a must read. 

 

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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.

Got something to say? Please feel free to contact us or join us on Viber!

Jun 14, 2018

It's Pride Month! For today's episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads.

For more information on the award, visit https://www.lambdaliterary.org

 

Books Mentioned In this Episode

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

After the Blue Hour by John Rechy

The Gift by Barbara Browning

Hunger by Roxane Gay

How We Get Free, ed. by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

The Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

George by Alex Gino

The Pants Project by Cat Clark

 Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness

 A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

 

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.

Jun 11, 2018

On today's episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a tech company and her insanely time managed life. Elisabeth touches on the common misconceptions we all have about not only high powered business women but also the misconceptions we have when we think about the majestic craft of writing. 

 

Visit our website at https://professionalbooknerds.com/ to find us on social media and join our reading community! https://vb.me/pbn

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.

Jun 7, 2018

Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library's OverDrive collection!

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.

Jun 4, 2018

On today's episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical fiction. They have a fascinating chat about classic literature and much more! 

 

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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.

Got something to say? Please feel free to contact us or join us on Viber!

May 31, 2018

Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can't wait to read in June! 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

There There by Tommy Orange

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Florida by Lauren Groff

My Plain Jain by Cynthia Hand

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Sick by Prochista Khakpour

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, ed. by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

Court of Shadows by Madeleine Roux

 

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.

May 28, 2018

AHHHH! Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is out tomorrow.

 

Say Hello!

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com and join our Viber community for more great book recommendations!

 

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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.

May 24, 2018

We have news! We've partnered with Viber, a global messaging app, to launch a reading community for our listeners! Think of this as a Professional Book Nerds Digital Book Club! This community will be an ongoing conversation between us, our fellow book nerds at OverDrive AND all of you! You can download Viber and join the community by clicking this link:

 

https://vb.me/pbn

 

Once there, feel free to introduce yourselves, share what you're reading and join the conversation!

 

Book Recommendations in this episode:

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

 

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May 21, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with YA author Claire Legrand about her new fantasy novel Furyborn. Claire discusses the long history of this book, the music that inspired her writing, and offers some book recommendations for our listeners.

 

Interview was recorded at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference

 

 

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.

May 19, 2018

The wildly talented and all-around wonderful Jessica Knoll took some time out of her post-pub day celebrations to chat with Adam on today's episode!

They discuss how writing The Favorite Sister was different from her debut, what it feels like writing with newfound expectations, the truth behind her fiction and why you women shouldn't ever have to apologize for their success. 

The Favorite Sister is now available and sure to be on every bestseller list so go borrow it today!

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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.

May 17, 2018

You asked and we listened! On our website professionalbooknerds.com, Historical Fiction was overwhelmingly the genre our listeners wanted us to talk about next, so on today's episode Adam and Jill offer up some historical fiction picks. They also talk about all of the non-historical fiction titles they've been reading recently. 

Books Mentioned in This Episode

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Varina by Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

White Houses by Amy Bloom 

 

Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson

Pushout by Monique W Morris

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

 

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.

May 14, 2018

On today's episode, Adam sits down with award winning authors Rebecca Mass and Wendy Stead, who have co-written the middle-grade novel, BOB! They discuss their different writing styles and how important having an open mind is when co-writing a book. We had an absolute blast chatting in Philly!

Click Here to read a sample of BOB and borrow it from your library.

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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.

May 10, 2018

Oh goodness was this a treat. We got a private tour of Cleveland Public Library's historic downtown library and then sat down with their Youth Services librarians for a book talk! They offer up everything from Adult and YA to comics, manga, graphic novels and even some pictures books!

 

Books discussed on this episode

All Summer Long by Hope Larson

There There by Tommy Orange

Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Sunny by Jason Reynolds

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

The Milk of Dreams by Leonara Carrington

We Are All Dots: A Big Plan for a Better World by Carolina Zanotti and Giancarlo Macri

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Be prepared by Vera Brosgol

Everything You Need to Build a Treehouse by Carter Higgins

Wild by Emily Hughes

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

 

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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.

May 7, 2018

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Ariel Lawhon, historical fiction author of I Was Anastasia. Jill and Ariel discuss the mythology that surrounds the Romanov dynasty and Ariel's unique research and writing process. Ariel also shares some of her favorite historical fiction novels. 

 

Say Hello!
Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Visit www.professionalbooknerds.com for more information about the podcast

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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 30, 2018

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Alison Green, author of the work advice column Ask a Manager. Her new book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work is out May 1st!

Visit askamanager.org to read Alison's column!

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

Visit professionalbooknerds.com for more information

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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.

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