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

July 15, 2024 45 mins
Emma welcomes debut author Sarah Crouch to the podcast to discuss her book, Middletide! They chat about the book, the writing process, how Sarah found her agent, 90s nostalgia, inspiration from Harlan Coben and Frieda McFadden, the value of libraries, and escapism in reading. Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today's episode on OverDrive.com or in Libby. Library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketp...
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Joe is joined by the mysterious, masked Chuck Tingle to talk about his new, traditionally published book BURY YOUR GAYS (out July 9 from Tor Nightfire). Chuck and Joe talk about absurdist art balanced with sincerity, the impact and meaning of AI on art, how Chuck's faceless persona effects his work, and Chuck's thoughts around separating the art from the artist. Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode ...
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Get ready to dive into a treasure trove of captivating stories as we unveil the most anticipated book releases of July 2024! Join Emma and Joe on a thrilling journey through the pages of upcoming novels, where every plot twist and character arc awaits discovery. Titles mentioned in this episode: July Author Interviews:   Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle  Loud by Drew Afualo Emma’s Titles:  The Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn...
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On today's episode, Emma and Joe share some tips and tricks to completing your 2024 Pro Book Nerds Reading Challenge. They also discuss the prompts they've completed and what books they read. Finally, they offer some suggestions for, perhaps, some harder to complete prompts. Let us know, have you done your 2024 reading challenge yet? What's your progress? 2024 PBN Reading Challenge: A genre you don’t normally read  The Secret L...
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Join Joe for a dive into the world of horror with acclaimed author Paul Tremblay as he unveils details of his new book Horror Movie (out June 11 from HarperCollins). Paul shares his inspirations, challenges, and thrills of crafting a story that carries you through time and just wondering how impacted you'll be by that cursed film. Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode in Libby and our library friends...
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Marissa joins Joe today to talk about graphic memoirs, biographies and novels inspired by life events. They talk about the importance of sharing your story, how we can find community and a sense of self, and learn so much by listening to the stories of others. Come for the recommendations, stay for a full aside on The Salem Witch Trials. Article mentioned in our Salem Witch Trials aside: From New England Law Boston - The True Lega...
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On today's episode, Emma is joined by NYT bestselling author, Katherine Center, to chat about her newest book, The Rom-Commers. They also discuss the craft of writing a romance novel, reading from your heart, the impact of libraries, line dancing and so much more. Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today's episode on OverDrive.com or in Libby. Library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketplace. We hop...
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Emma and Joe are joined by Andrea and Meghan to discuss a new era of vampire reads! We've seen a huge increase in books featuring vampires in the last few years and wanted to share some recent books and upcoming releases we're most excited about to usher in a new era. Emma’s Picks:   So Thirsty by Rachel Harrison We Love the Nightlife by Rachel Koller Croft   To You Shall All Flesh Come by Lumen Reese   Immortal Pleasures b...
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In this episode, Joe sits down for a live conversation with Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket, for the release of his memoir And Then? And Then? What Else?, hosted at Cuyahoga County Public Library! Joe and Daniel talk about Tim Curry, sharing your personal life publicly, and what it's like being Lemony Snicket. Special thanks to Cuyahoga County Public Library for hosting this incredible event. The live event was hosted and record...
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May 30, 2024 55 mins
Emma and Joe's monthly round-up of books is back with June picks! Grab a beverage and get ready for a long-list of summer-y picks! For Emma and Joe that usually means mystery and romance, but there's also a dash of cooking, graphic novels, YA, and family sagas. Author Interviews:   The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center  Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay    Joe’s Picks:   Middle of the Night by Riley Sager  Willie, Waylon, and th...
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On today's episode, Emma sits down for a live conversation with the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Harlan Coben, for the release of Think Twice. Hosted at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Emma and Harlan chat about the writing process, his plans for Myron, being the "twist guy," his Netflix adaptations, Stephen King, and Queen Camilla. Special thanks to Cuyahoga County Public Library for hosting this amazing event. The live e...
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Join us as we dive into the captivating world of cults! We're recommending both fiction and nonfiction titles that explore that mysterious and chilling allure... From gripping thrillers to eye-opening accounts, we've got recommendations that will keep you on the edge of your seat. We'll wax poetic on cult dynamics and discuss the enduring fascination with these enigmatic communities. Titles mentioned in this episode: Jill’s Titles...
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May 16, 2024 66 mins
Emma and Joe welcome back Claire and Kristin to chat about modern gothic reads. They discuss the characteristics they enjoy in a modern gothic and share a wide variety of books to get your creepy, vibey, gothic fix! Emma’s Picks:   The Clinic by Cate Quinn  A Place for Vanishing by Ann Fraistat  The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins   One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig (Sheperd King series)   Claire’s Picks:   Diavola by Jennifer...
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The mean girl gets murdered in this one (not a spoiler)! Dive into the mind of Cindy RX He as she delves deep into her debut title, Perfect Little Monsters. Find out why it's hard to trick thriller readers with your twists, what makes the queen bee so compelling, and where Cindy's inspiration came from for this story. Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode in Libby. Library friends can shop these titl...
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Join Joe and Emma on this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast as they dive deep into the ever-evolving landscape of the literary canon. They shine a spotlight on contemporary books that challenge traditional notions of what it means to be considered "canonical" and explore the complexities of defining literary greatness. Emma and Joe offer up some modern works and their potential to reshape our understanding of literatur...
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May 6, 2024 55 mins
Emma is thrilled to welcome Carley Fortune to talk about her new book, This Summer Will Be Different. In this fun chat, you'll also hear about Carley's life-changing writing advice from Taylor Jenkins Reid, writing about different kinds of family dynamics and dreamy male leads, Anne of Green Gables, long-distance best friends, the power of libraries, and how romance books can and do save and change lives. Books mentioned in this ep...
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Emma is joined by Sydney and Jane to discuss 1990s nostalgia, essential books of the 90s, and share a list of fresh books set in their favorite decade! This episode is packed full of book recommendations and waxing poetic about malls, layered tank tops, time travel, and revisiting our favorite decade from a 2024 perspective. Emma’s Picks:   Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid   This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub   The M...
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April 25, 2024 45 mins
It's that magical time again - Joe and Emma are sharing the books being released this May (2024) that they're most looking forward to. The Nerds talk about the eclipse, catch up, and have a silly, goofy time! Titles mentioned in this episode: Author Interviews for May:  This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune  Perfect Little Monsters by Cindy RX He  Think Twice by Harlan Coben   And Then? And Then? What Else? by Da...
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Emma and Joe talk about some VERY specific reading moods and offer recommendations to match!  Emma’s moods & book picks:   A romance book that’s 10/10 and has Easter eggs a plenty   Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez  Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez  Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez   A cozy fantasy book that's equal parts wholesome and magical   Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree  The Honey Witch by Sydney J. Shields   ...
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Today on the pod, Joe is joined by Jane, Quinton and Sarah to chat coming of age stories. Today's recommendations run the gamut from middle grade through adult fiction, from graphic novels to fantasy. These character-driven narratives open our eyes to the many ways we all experience life. There's a story here for everyone, and we hope you enjoy! Titles mentioned in this episode: Quinton’s Titles:   The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ...
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