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

August 2, 2021 37 min
Adam chats with debut author Emily Austin about their new book Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. They dive into how they both use writing and reading to cope with anxiety, how writing about death is therapeutic for them, and how religion has affected both of their lives. Episode Sponsor ZocDoc- Visit zocdoc.com/probooknerds to download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctor Learn more about your a...
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IT'S A MONTHLY BOOK PICKS EPISODE. YOU KNOW WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN! Books mentioned in this episode The People We Keep by Allison Larkin A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins Edie in Between by Laura Sibson The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams The Turnout by Megan Abbott My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Damnation Spring by Ash Davi...
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Jill is joined by podcaster and essayist Ashley C. Ford who discusses her new memoir Somebody's Daughter Today's episode is sponsored by Headspace. Visit Headspace.com/PBN for a free one month trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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It's time to tackle another task from the Professional Book Nerds 2021 Reading Challenge! This one shouldn't be too difficult. We're talking about reading a book from a past guest on the show. Over the years, we've had 300+ authors on the show which is crazy... The Nerds pick a few authors they truly adore and offer some book recommendations from them: Books mentioned in this episode The Broken Earth se...
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Jill is joined by crime writer Karin Slaughter to discuss her new book FALSE WITNESS. Karin discusses writing a book during the pandemic and her choice to include the pandemic in her book. Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Redeem your free trial at http://www.Literati.com/BookNerds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 15, 2021 50 min
On this episode, Adam is joined by frequent Nerds Emma, Maria, and Kristin. They go around the virtual table and hand out book recommendations ranging from sad to fun to scary to thrilling. There is truly something for everyone here. Books mentioned in this episode She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas The One Hundred Years of Lenni and...
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On today's episode, Jill is joined by comedy-horror author Grady Hendrix to discuss his new book The Final Group Support Group. Jill and Grady discuss horror movies, horror novels, and other spooky scary things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Jill and Adam interview S.F. Kosa about her psychological thriller, The Quiet Girl. The title was selected as the latest Big Library Read and will keep you guessing until the very end. The nerds and the author discuss writing about trauma, her career in clinical psychology, her inspiration and writing process, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 5, 2021 26 min
Today, Jill is joined by the hilarious Helen Ellis to discuss her new book Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light. They discussing long-term friendships, growing older, and keeping busy during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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On today's episode, the Nerds are sharing the books that they are planning to read in the near future. That's right. We're taking a look at their TBR lists! Join the Big Library Read and sign up for our live interview with the author Books mentioned in this episode Six Women of Salem by Marilynne K. Roach Cultish by Amanda Montell Madam by Phoebe Wynne Luster by Raven Leilani The Nature of Witches by Rachel Gri...
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Adam chats with Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about their debut bestseller, Ace of Spades! They discuss representation, planning vs. pantsing, and Faridah being a suspicious person by nature. Big Library Read kicks off today and you can join OverDrive's discussion board and sign up for our live Zoom event at https://biglibraryread.com/. Follow us on TikTok Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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June 24, 2021 32 min
July has arrived which means we're sharing the books coming out we're most excited to read! Also, we're on TikTok now! Books mentioned in this episode Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers The Tiger Mom's Tale by Lyn Liao Butler The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fan...
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Adam chats with Nghi Vo about their new book The Chosen and the Beautiful, their respective experiences with Gatsby, and Adam expresses his angst over naming his dog Holden a decade ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Adam chats with Mallory O'Meara, bestselling author and cohost of the wildly popular Reading Glasses podcast, about her upcoming book, Girly Drinks, before doing what they do best - swapping book recommendations! Pre order Mallory's book right here!   Books mentioned in this episode Girly Drinks by Mallory O'Meara The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw Footnotes by Caseen Gaines Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi For the Wolf...
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Adam interviews instant New York Times bestselling author and Good Morning America Book Club pick for June, Zakiya Dalila Harris about her debut novel, The Other Black Girl! They get nerdy about the publishing world, how readers from different cultural backgrounds will approach her book, and so much more. Register for our virtual event on 6/17 with Kate Moore Get your own Libby PRIDE t-shirt Librarians: sign up for Digipalooza wh...
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Lights up on Washington Heights! On this bonus episode, Adam chats with Quiara Alegría Hudes, the iconic Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and co-creator of In The Heights. They discuss Quiara's memoir My Broken Language, the women in her life, the books that shaped them as children, and remembrance. There is so much joy in this conversation. Register for our virtual event on 6/17 with Kate Moore Get your own Libby PRIDE t-shi...
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June 10, 2021 32 min
The Nerds are sharing a few books to celebrate PRIDE Month! These books, authors, and stories are, of course, valid and essential all year round but we want to spread the PRIDE joy and love so here you go! Register for our virtual event on 6/17 with Kate Moore Get your own Libby PRIDE t-shirt Librarians: sign up for Digipalooza where we’ll be interviewing Andy Weir live! Books mentioned in this episode The Prophets by Robert J...
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On today's episode, Jill is joined by author Emiko Jean to discuss her new book Tokyo Ever After. The pair discuss the importance of writing a character she wanted to see growing up, the interesting nuances of the Imperial Family of Japan, and stories from Emiko's time working with bugs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Hey Nerds! We'll be doing PRIDE episodes all month long and we'll have fresh episodes coming next week. For now, enjoy our 2020 episode in support of Trans authors. If you're looking for ways to support the LGBTQIA+ community you can visit the Human Rights Campaign and The Trevor Project, two organizations we adore. Books mentioned in this episode All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders If I Was Your Girl b...
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Sometimes an author comes on and instantly hits it off with one of the nerds. Adam and Josh discuss Goblin, Bird Box, his writing process, building out a creepy world, and the fact that they BOTH have a Weimaraner and a Vizsla! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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