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

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

iTunes Ratings

181 Ratings
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Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
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I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
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BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!

iTunes Ratings

181 Ratings
Average Ratings
137
25
10
5
4

Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
Read more
I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
Read more
BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!
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Professional Book Nerds

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

Rank #4: Ep. #355 - Linda Holmes! Author of Evvie Drake Starts Over

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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 15 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: Ep. #368 - Philippa Gregory

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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 19 2019

32mins

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Rank #6: Ep. #358 - Previewing exciting new books coming out in August!

Jul 25 2019

33mins

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Rank #7: Ep. #386 - JoJo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars

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On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with JoJo Moyes to discuss her brand new book, The Giver of Stars. In this live interview in front of a few hundred fellow nerds, they chat all about her research visiting Kentucky, the fascinating people she met, the intense research holes she falls down, and Jojo shares a harrowing story about a dog she rescued. 

Oct 21 2019

56mins

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Rank #8: Ep. #341 - June's Biggest Books

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It's almost June which means it's time for Adam and Jill's monthly roundup of books to read this month.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Girl In Red by Christina Henry

Her Daughter's Mother by Daniele Petrova

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

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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

May 30 2019

21mins

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Rank #10: Ep. #335: Recent Reads and how books helped me fight depression

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On today's episode, Adam chats about his recent book festival travels before discussing the books he's enjoyed recently. Then, he gets into how he overcame depression last year by focusing on stories in the books he was reading.  

May 09 2019

27mins

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Rank #11: Ep. #349 - Christine Riccio, author of Again, But Better

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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 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #12: Ep. #371 - September's Biggest Books

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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

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

Aug 29 2019

33mins

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Rank #15: Ep. #356 - Interview with Daniel Silva

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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: 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

Jul 18 2019

21mins

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Rank #16: Ep. #315 - Mallory O'Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon

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On today's episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O'Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon while also sharing her own experiences in the film world. 

Mar 04 2019

32mins

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Rank #17: December's Biggest Books!

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Jill is here with the biggest books of December the Professional Book Nerds can't wait to read!

Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Disney's Land by Richard Snow

The Dead Girl's Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally

The Sacrament by Olaf Olaffson

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison

Nov 28 2019

17mins

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Rank #18: Ep. #322 - April's Biggest Books!

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April is around the corner, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! 

Books Mentioned In this Episode:

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Odd Partners edited by Anne Perry

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

White by Bret Easton Ellis

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Other April Picks:

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

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

Mentors by Russell Brand

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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Mar 28 2019

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Ep. #412: LOIS LOWRY!

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Have you ever had a moment in time that felt like a dream even while it was happening? That's how we felt getting to interview Lois Lowry for a full hour. We chat AT LENGTH about the stories behind The Giver, Number the Stars, and her stunning upcoming book On the Horizon as well as several of her favorite stories from a lifetime of literature. I don't know what else to say... she's a living legend. 

Jan 23 2020

54mins

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Ep. #411 - Scott Simon, author of Sunnyside Plaza and host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday

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On today's episode, Adam interviews legendary journalist and author Scott Simon about his new books Sunnyside Plaza. The book is all about his time working with people who had developmental disabilities and how seeing the world through a different lens. They also discuss baseball, writing for children, and much more. 

Jan 20 2020

26mins

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Ep. #410 - Joseph Sieracki and how graphic novels are made

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On today's episode, we're joined by author Joseph Sieracki (and his wife Andrea whose voice you may recognize!) 

Joseph has written a stunning graphic novel titled A Letter to Jo based on his grandfather's experience in World War II. The story itself is heartwrenching and this conversation is loaded with not only the research Joseph did but also incredible detail about how much goes into creating a graphic novel. This book is an absolute must-read!

Jan 16 2020

42mins

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Ep. #409 - Andrea Barber aka Kimmy Gibbler!

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On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview Andrea Barber, who is best known for her iconic character Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and Fuller House. Andrea has written a memoir titled Full Circle all about her life in between her time in Hollywood. She discusses her struggle to keep her mental health balanced, how running helped, and shares some wonderful insight into the shows we've literally grown up with. This was surreal and amazing. 

Jan 13 2020

41mins

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Ep. #408 - All that Jazz - Books set in the 1920s

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We've entered the 2020s so we thought it'd be fun to take a look at some wonderful books set a hundred years ago in the famed Roaring 20s. We're talking flapper girls, prohibition New York, Old Hollywood, lost libraries, and so much more!

Books mentioned in this episode

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Books set in the 1920's

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith

Jan 09 2020

28mins

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Ep. #407 - Penny Reid Returns!

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Hey Nerds! On today's wide-ranging episode, Penny Reid returns to tell us what she's been up to and it turns out... it's a lot! We discuss the multiple books she released in 2019, the exciting new projects she has coming in 2020, and her experiences making cheese, hanging out with wolves, and doing yoga with goats. We also chat about prison libraries, Adam running a half marathon with his Pops, and a whole bunch more. It's a lot. 

If you'd like information about donating books to prisons you can find great info from Book Riot here:

https://bookriot.com/2015/09/03/donate-books-prisons/

Jan 06 2020

50mins

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Ep. #405 - Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, creators of ASTRONUTS

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On today's episode, Adam interviews Jon Scieszka and Steven-Weinberg about their new children's book series ASTRONUTS! They chat about creating this unique and incredible story together while Adam asks about working with family (Jon is Steven's father-in-law). Adam then has to ask about The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Dec 30 2019

42mins

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Ep. #403- The Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge

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We're excited to share our brand new 2020 reading challenge! In this episode, we explain each of the following challenges in depth. Be sure to subscribe to hear upcoming episodes loaded with recommendations. 

You can find the form to fill out at professionalbooknerds.com or on our pinned tweet over at @ProBookNerds on Twitter. Be sure to share your progress using the hashtag #PBNread2020

The Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge

Book translated from a language other than your own   Book written by an LGBTQ+ author   A collection of short stories or an anthology   A graphic novel   Read two books on the same subject, 1 fiction & 1 nonfiction   A microhistory   A book you haven't read since high school   A self-published book   A book with Nontraditional formatting

Book featuring a cat or dog First book of a series

A book published between 2000 & 2010

Dec 23 2019

24mins

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Ep. #401 - Katharine McGee, author of American Royals

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On today's episode, Adam is joined by bestselling author Katharine McGee! They chat about her transitioning from Science Fiction to writing romantic comedies with her new, phenomenal book American Royals. They also discuss Katharine's love of intricate period piece shows, share thoughts on His Dark Materials, and, of course, chat about Les Mis. 

Dec 16 2019

45mins

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Ep. #400 - Steve Potash, Rakuten OverDrive Founder and CEO (Part 1)

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It is not an understatement to say that Steve Potash is the reason we are able to do this podcast. Steve is the founder and creator of Rakuten OverDrive as well as one of the main reasons digital library reading is such a prevalent part of our lives. Each day, we come to work at the OverDrive office excitement to help create a world enlightened by reading and it all starts with Steve's energy and passion. But OverDrive has been around much longer than you likely realize and it didn't start with libraries.

On today's episode, Steve joins us to discuss the humble origins of this incredible company we get to call home. 

Dec 12 2019

41mins

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Ep. #399 - Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

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On today's episode, Adam interviews Maaza Mengiste about her new novel, The Shadow King. This book tells the story of Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and how it changed lives forever on both sides. Maaza shares the incredible true story of her ancestor who fought for her right to join the Ethiopian army to defend her home, the paths her research led her down, and so much more. 

This episode is sponsored by https://literatibooks.com/. Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and beautiful artwork for kids! These unique gifts also feature some amazing holiday themes this month!

Dec 09 2019

37mins

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Ep. #398 - Kate Racculia, author of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghost

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On today's episode, Adam interviews Kate Racculia, author of the award-winning Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. They chat about Edgar Allan Poe, Kate's many exceptional past jobs, her experience working in a library and so much more wonderful nerdery. Take a listen!

This episode is sponsored by https://literatibooks.com/. Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and beautiful artwork for kids! These unique gifts also feature some amazing holiday themes this month!

Dec 05 2019

40mins

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Ep. #397 - Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlow, authors of A Brave Face

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On today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with local authors Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlowe. Their book, A Brave Face, tells the incredible true story of how two families from halfway around the world became forever connected, turning a tragedy into a heartwarming story of perseverance, faith, and hope. 

This episode is sponsored by https://scandigital.com/. Use our promo code BOOKNERDS for 50% off your order!

Dec 02 2019

35mins

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December's Biggest Books!

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Jill is here with the biggest books of December the Professional Book Nerds can't wait to read!

Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Disney's Land by Richard Snow

The Dead Girl's Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally

The Sacrament by Olaf Olaffson

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison

Nov 28 2019

17mins

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Ep. #395 - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series

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Today's episode is a splendidly fun conversation with Ben Aaronovitch, author of the wildly popular Rivers of London series! We nerd out about writing, London, Mythology, police procedurals and so much more.

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

Nov 25 2019

39mins

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Ep. #394 - Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing

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Who is ready to return to Elfhame? This week, the final book in Holly Black's wildly popular "Folk of the Air" series, The Queen of Nothing, came out and Holly stopped by to chat! Adam and Holly get into the creation of the world of Elfhame, the relationship between Jude and Cardan, and so much more. This is a must listen!

Nov 20 2019

37mins

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Ep. #393 - We're basically just a Pagemaster fan podcast now

Nov 14 2019

34mins

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iTunes Ratings

181 Ratings
Average Ratings
137
25
10
5
4

Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
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I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
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BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!