Professional Book Nerds

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. Titles discussed are available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!

Episodes

October 21, 2021 46 min

Today Jill is joined by her coworker Rachel and the duo share horror recommendations perfect for spooky season. From post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, to haunted houses and haunted people, there is something for everyone looking to add a little scare into their life.


Books mentioned in this episode:

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

House of Leaves by Mar...

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout joins the podcast to discuss her new book Oh, William! She shares where the idea came from to return to her beloved character Lucy Barton, her history with the state of Maine, and how we all discover that no matter how well we think we know someone, there is always something new to learn.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Fast Growing Trees. Visit FastGrowingTrees.com/PBN to save 15%

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October 14, 2021 51 min

In this special Throwback Thursday episode, Jill is joined by Kate and Lauryn from the podcast Generation BSC to discuss all things Baby Sitters Club. Episode originally aired in July 2020.

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Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by author Lana Harper about her new book Payback's a Witch, a queer witch romcom.

Today's episode is sponsored by Zocdoc. Visit Zocdoc.com/ProBookNerds and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE

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October 7, 2021 19 min

Our friends at Plum Deluxe have a new line of Autumn Tea Blends out and for today's episode, Jill is doing some tea and book pairings!

Visit https://plumdeluxe.com/pbn and use the promo code PBNFALL to get 10% off your tea order.


Books mentioned in today's episode:

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig -- Blood Orange Reflection Tea

Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw -- Spicy Caramel Apple Herbal Tea

Summer Sons by ...

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October 4, 2021 38 min

Drew Magary returns to the Professional Book Nerds podcast to discuss his new book The Night the Lights Went Out.

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September 30, 2021 23 min

It's that time of month again! In today's episode, Jill previews some of titles coming out in October.


Books mentioned in this episode:

Girly Drinks by Mallory O'Meara

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

All the Feels by Olivia Dade

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Taste by Stanley Tucci

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Unprotected by Billy Porter

The Lighthouse Witches by CJ Cooke

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

A Spindle Spli...

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September 27, 2021 20 min

Lauren Groff joins Jill to discuss her new book Matrix, a historical fiction novel about poet Marie de France.

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In today's episode, Jill discusses the current resurgence of books about and for witches and shares some favorite titles featuring magic and witches.

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Books mentioned in this episode

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

The Ex Hex by Erin Ste...

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Pultizer Prize winning author (and Cleveland native!) Anthony Doerr joins Jill to discuss his new book Cloud Cuckoo Land

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Read an Ebook Day is coming up on Sept. 18, and as we've done in past years, Jill is talking to some of her coworkers here at OverDrive to find out what book they'll be reading. Learn more at www.readanebookday.com

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Books mentioned in today's episode

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Six of Crows by Leigh ...

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Heather Demetrios returns to the Professional Book Nerds, this time to discuss her new book Code Name Badass which is a biography of amazing Allied spy Virginia Hall.

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On today's episode, Jill shares novels that feature fictional podcasts as well as books inspired or based on real-life podcasts.

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Truth Be Told (formally Are You Sleeping) by Kathleen Barber

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier

Possession by Katie Lowe

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry

This is Ear Hustle by Nigel ...

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In today's episode, Jill is joined by Alice Feeney to discuss her latest book Rock Paper Scissors. Alice shares tidbits on her writing process and what it was like writing this book during the pandemic.

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September 2, 2021 14 min

Adam is leaving OverDrive for another job in the coming weeks and so he says goodbye and thank you to all of you who have listened to the show over the years. <3

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On today's episode, Adam chats with author Chris Hammer about his internationally bestselling debut, Scrublands. They talk about his career in journalism, planning vs. pantsing, the current state of journalism, and much more.


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Once again, we're previewing the books we can't wait to read coming out soon. September's list is extremely exciting.


Books mentioned in this episode

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Matrix by Lauren Groff

The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

The Lost Girls...

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Katie Zhao joins Adam to discuss her brand new book, How We Fall Apart! She did this on short noticed DURING her publication week. They have a blast talking about why we all love high school mysteries, the nerds they both were during that time of their life, and the different types of perspectives that mystery books use. This was so much fun!

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August 19, 2021 21 min

In today's episode, Jill shares some of the body positive and fat positive books that have helped her heal her relationship with food and her body.


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Books mentioned in this episode:

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker

Landwhale by Jes Baker

Hunger by Roxane Gay

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

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Adam has wanted to interview Madeleine Roux for years and the conversation absolutely lives up to the hype. They discuss everything from her new book Reclaimed, to how space is scary as hell, and the fact that horror video games are truly terrifying. They also get into writing for existing IP like World of Warcraft, crafting stories around trauma, and so much more.

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