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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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Sep 3, 2019

Adam interviews Daniel Handler about his latest novel, Bottle Grove. Daniel is best known for creating the iconic Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and he's also an award-winning author of adult books as well! We dive into the story behind Bottle Grove, how he approaches the craft of writing, and why children's literature creates lasting effects on all of our lives. 

Aug 29, 2019

It's a new month, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to share their favorite books coming out in September!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West
Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Our Dogs, Ourselves by Alexandra Horowitz
The Institute by Stephen King
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

 

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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.


We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Aug 26, 2019

This episode is sponsored by https://literatibooks.com/. Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and artwork for kids!

 

Even if Julia's name isn't familiar believe us when we tell you that her voice is. Julia has over 300 narrator credits to her name and is THE go-to person for audiobooks. Adam and Julia chat about the prep that goes into her narration, what types of books she stays away from and her other passion... being a Tea sommelier! 

Be sure to check out her debut novel My Oxford Year

Aug 19, 2019

This episode is sponsored by https://literatibooks.com/. Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and artwork for kids!

 

On today's episode, Adam has the honor of sitting down with Philippa Gregory, well known for her Tudor and Plantagenet novels including The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Her latest novel, Tidelands, introduces readers the working class of the south coast of England in a launch of a sweeping new series. She also discusses how she researches the women she writes about and then Adam and Philippa nerd out swapping classic English and Russian Lit recommendations.

Aug 15, 2019

Today's episode features Julie Evelyn Joyce, author of the award-winning Steeped in Love. This book was selected as the Together We Read Canadian digital book club. Hear Adam and Julie chat about RomComs, Hallmark movies, and her undying love for Canada. 

Aug 12, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Sarah Gailey to discuss their debut noir novel Magic for Liars. They break down the structure of the magical rules in the book, the problematic issues with magic in Harry Potter, and the importance of secondary characters. 

Aug 8, 2019

Adam and Jill share some brief thoughts on Toni Morrison who was, truly, one of a kind. Her books, speeches, and commentary gave a voice to African Americans who felt underrepresented all their lives. She gave a voice to many who felt voiceless. There will never be another Toni Morrison 

Aug 5, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with debut authors Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones about their heartwrenching novel I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. In our opinion, this is the most important Young Adult novel to come out since The Hate U Give and should be read by every teenager and parent around. Despite the heavy material of the book, this conversation is very lighthearted as Gilly and Kim are hilarious ladies. 

Aug 3, 2019

On today's episode, Adam has a chat with Holly Throsby all the way from Australia. She is the author of Cedar Valley, which was selected as the next Together We Read book club pick for Australia and New Zealand. They discuss the difference between writing songs and books, creating stories in small-town settings, and they get rudely interrupted by Adam's pups.

Aug 1, 2019

We are more than halfway through the year (omg) and Adam and Jill are going through the PBN Reading Challenge to see what books they have read so far. 

Visit professionalbooknerds.com to get your own Reading Challenge template to fill in! After you complete the challenge, be sure to send it to us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com or tag us on social @ProBookNerds to be entered into a device giveaway. 

Books mentioned in this episode

What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michelle Filgate

The Invasion by Peadar O'Guilin

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzel Hall

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Just the Funny Parts by Nell Schovell

Jul 29, 2019

On today's episode, Adam nerds out with Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Past Perfect Life and the Shelby Holmes books! We discuss the difference between writing for middle grade and young adult, why she hated Sherlock Holmes growing up, and the creation of crime scene investigations. This was all over the place. 

Jul 25, 2019
Jul 22, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Kat Cho, debut YA author of the splendid and fantastical Wicked Fox! They discuss how Kat realized her story and heritage were interesting to others, how K-Dramas relate to Young Adult literature, and the power of having a positive writing group.

Jul 18, 2019

Today on the podcast, Jill has an interview with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. His new book The New Girl is out now. Daniel shares the real-life kidnapping that inspired the book and why he decided to get rid of the first 200 pages and start over.

 

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.


We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jul 15, 2019

You know her from her podcast and writing for NPR. Now getting to discover Linda Holmes as one of the best debut writers of 2019. Evvie Drake Starts Over will make you laugh and move you to tears. Her writing is so powerful and real and the characters jump off the page.

In this conversation, Adam and Linda discuss baseball, the struggle to break the 25,000-word barrier and act two of books, and the everlasting awesomeness of Nick Offerman and Keanu Reeves. 

Jul 11, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Jill welcome Lizzy Saxe to the show to nerd out about the connection between food and stories. We get into the power of food in fantasy novels, their favorite fictional meals from books, wonderful food memoirs of the past, and the new and unique forms of cookbooks coming out including graphic novels and comics.

Fair warning, this episode will make you hungry!

Book mentioned in this episode

Food Politics by Marion Nestle

A Feast of Ice and Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

To Drink and to Eat by Guillaume Long

Heat by Bill Buford

Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Cook Korean! by Robin Ha

Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey

Jul 8, 2019

Today on the podcast, Jill talks with Lisa Taddeo about her new book THREE WOMEN. This discuss what made Lisa want to write the book and what her process was. 

 

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.

 

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jul 4, 2019

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To get a free month of access to their incredible online courses just visit:  https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds

 

On this episode, Adam sits down in New York with Danika Stone, author of Switchback, a wonderful human vs. nature story of two teens who get lost in the mountains during a class trip and struggle to survive. They also discuss how Danika remains positive on the internet, her writing process as a "plantzer", and the hectic nature walks she took as a kid with her dad that helped inspire this book.  

Jul 1, 2019

On today's episode, Jill is joined by Sydney to talk all about her new prison librarian memoir Reading Behind Bars. Thanks to all of the listeners who sent in questions. The pair discuss some of Jill's experiences and her writing process.

 

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.

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Jun 27, 2019

It's almost July, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to discuss the books coming out next month they can't wait to read!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Semicolon by Cecaelia Watson

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisle

 

Other books coming out in July

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Need by Helen Phillips

Jun 24, 2019

Adam sat down with Christine Riccio, debut author of Again, but Better and created of the immensely popular PolandBananasBooks YouTube channel. They discuss her travels abroad, writing as catharsis, and how Christine realized her feelings of isolation and loneliness are shared by countless other people around the world. 

Jun 17, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Cadwell Turnbull about his novel The Lesson, which comes out June 18th. This story about an advanced race of aliens coming to The U.S. Virgin Islands explore colonialism and the history of an oft-overlooked part of the world. 

Today's episode is sponsored by Blackstone Publishing. In addition to The Lesson, here are two more great books to check out from Blackstone:

-ANOTHER LIFE by Robert Haller (June 4, 2019)

Description: Set during one summer in a small town in upstate New York, Robert Haller’s debut novel, Another Life, is a modern comedy with a dark edge, centered around an evangelical church. Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, praised the novel, saying: “A fresh voice meets an old soul in Robert Haller, whose Another Life won me over completely with its dark humor, refined earnestness, and uncommon wisdom.” Another Life releases from Blackstone Publishing, on June 4th in hardcover, e-book, and audio.

 

-BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE by Sonia Velton (May 7, 2019)

Description: In eighteenth-century London, a household of Huguenot silk weavers pursue the perfect silk design, while unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, in Sonia Velton’s Blackberry and Wild Rose, an historical fiction debut, now available. Booklist raves “fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives.”

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