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 and subscribe to our podcast today!


December 5, 2022 59 min

Today on the podcast, Joe talks with Amy Clark from Amy shares about her career as a blogger, her book club, and her brand-new podcast- Book Gang. Then, Amy and Joe recommend some wintry titles to curl up with as the season gets a bit more biting.

Books Mentioned in This Episode:

Amy’s Titles:  

  • The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller 
  • A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella 
  • These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Gr...
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    December is upon us, and with that are many amazing releases (most on the same day)! Join Emma, Jill and Joe as they share their December books to watch out for.

    Books Mentioned in This Episode:

    Emma’s Picks:  

  • Queen of Myth and Monsters by Scarlet St. Clair  
  • Screaming on the Inside: the Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grose 
  • The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford  
  • Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca  
  • You Had Your Chance...
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    November 28, 2022 48 min

    In today's episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, Joe talks with Chuck Wendig about his new book Wayward (book two in the world of Wanderers). Chuck shares what it was like to write about a pandemic pre-pandemic, tackling his first major bout of writer's block, and what it's like introducing his child to Stranger Things.

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    Emma welcomes back some familiar voices to PBN! Maria, Kristin, Holly, and Jane discuss their favorite books that they read in 2022. They also discuss books that make you laugh while crying, the "one bed" romance trope, Goodreads Choice Awards, character-driven plots, using the chili pepper spice rating scale, and their undying devotion to Emily Henry's Book Lovers.

    Maria’s Picks:  

  • Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell 
  • Book...
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    Emma, Joe, and Jill are joined by Anji and Colleen from GraphicAudio to discuss their incredible, dramatized productions available from GraphicAudio. Anji is the VP and General Manager at GraphicAudio and Colleen is a Director/Script Adaptor for many productions, but particularly notable, are the adaptations she's done for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. We ask them what the production process is like, what's ...

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    Today, Joe interviews Justin Arnold about his new book Wicked Little Things (out November 15 from Tiny Ghost Press) . They talk about writing magical mean girls, what it's like to be the GBF, and some of their favorite urban legends.

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    November 10, 2022 42 min

    Today, Emma and Joe are talking about crime reads. Whether you're looking for a fiction title inspired by a case or full of those true crime themes, or you're looking for some non-fiction accounts, this episode has the recommendations for you.

    Books Mentioned:

    Joe’s Titles: 

  • Devil House by John Darnielle 
  • Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross 
  • We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper 
  • Last Call by Elon Green 
  • People Who Eat Darkness by Richa...
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    Emma, Joe, and Jill are joined by the one and only Rainbow Rowell in today's incredibly special episode. We chat about her new short story collection, Scattered Showers, writing across genres and formats, She-Hulk, fanfiction, historical figures in love, hair dye disasters, and more.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

    Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

    Any W...

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    On today's episode of the podcast, boy howdy, we truly dove deep into the discussion of celebrity memoirs. From the books that started us in the genre to the ones that broke our hearts, made us think, and brought us joy, this episode has it all. Join Joe, Emma, and Marissa as they walk you through their picks.

    Books Mentioned in this Episode:

    Joe’s Picks: 

  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy 
  • I’ve Got This Round by Mamrie H...
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    In today's episode, Jill is joined by author Dr. Darice Little Badger to discuss her book A Snake Falls to Earth which is our latest Big Library Read (BLR) pick. From Nov. 2 – Nov. 16, the ebook and audiobook of A Snake Falls to Earth  will be available to readers all over the world without waitlist or holds. A Snake Falls to Earth draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave an unforgettable tale of monste...

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    October 27, 2022 67 min

    November is almost here and with it comes SO. MANY. GOOD. BOOKS. Joe, Emma, and Jill are back for another roundup of all the books they can't wait to read in November (RIP to our TBRs).

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Emma’s Picks:  

  • The Prisoner by B.A. Paris  
  • Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn  
  • Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese  
  • Cursed by Marissa Meyer  
  • Have I Told You This Already? By Lauren Graham  
  • Smitten Kitchen Keepers ...
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    Emma chats with Olivie Blake about the much-anticipated return to the world of the Alexandrian Society in The Atlas Paradox, what characters are the most fun to write, how it feels to watch your books go viral, and what she gets up to when she's not writing. Keep an ear out for a special guest, her son, in this enjoyable conversation!

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    October 20, 2022 76 min

    It’s episode 700, and we’re celebrating!! We’ll be answering your questions from social media and sharing more about us. Come get to know your cohosts, get some sneaky book recommendations, and celebrate 700 episodes with PBN.

    Books mentioned in this episode:  

    Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald 

    Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald 

    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

    The Other Boleyn Gi...

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    On today's episode, Jill is joined by B from @bandherbooks to talk upcoming romance! B talks about how she got started working in libraries and where her love of romance novels started. A book reviewer for Library Journal, B also shares recommendations for forthcoming romance novels she's most excited about.

    Books mentioned in this episode

    Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon

    Chick Magnet By Emma Berry

    Love and Other Flight Del...

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    October 13, 2022 54 min

    On today's episode, Joe and Jill discuss why they love books that have magic schools and offer book recommendations for folks who want books featuring magic schools that aren't that magic school.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Witchlings by Claribel Ortega 

    A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 

    Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

    SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki 

    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 

    Amari and the Night Bro...

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    Emma and Joe welcome Rachel Harrison back to PBN to discuss her new book, Such Sharp Teeth. They also chat about body horror, being vulnerable, mozzarella sticks and maple lattes, spooky book recommendations, the joys of being a book lover, and so much more.

    Spooky books mentioned in this episode:

    Cackle by Rachel Harrison

    House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson

    The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

    Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Dan...

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    October 6, 2022 30 min

    Today, Joe and Jill are joined by their coworkers Katie and Anya to talk all about Libby and making the switch from the OverDrive app. They dive into the differences between the OverDrive app and Libby, the questions they've seen most frequently asked, upcoming features in the Libby app, and some tips for new Libby users.

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    October 3, 2022 62 min

    On today's episode, Joe talks with Erin E. Adams about her debut novel JACKAL (out October 4, 2022) and about the true horrors of returning home for a wedding. Erin shares about her process, her research and how her work in theater and screenwriting helped to build such strong pacing. An amazing read anytime, but it's especially perfect as we head into spooky season.

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    September 29, 2022 65 min

    October is nearly here! Arguably the best month of the year, there is NO shortage of great books coming out in October. Emma, Joe, and Jill are back to share what they're most looking forward to reading.

    Books mentioned in this episode:

    Emma’s Picks:  

  • It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover  
  • Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton  
  • The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake  
  • The Family Game by Catherine Steadman  
  • The Extraordinary Life of an Ordi...
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    September 26, 2022 49 min

    Bestselling Young Adult author Courtney Summers returns to discuss her new book I'm the Girl. She shares with Jill the inspiration behind her book, writing books about teen girls for teen girls, the cultural systems in place that perpetuate violence against girls and women, and what it was like slipping a Sadie easter egg into the story.

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