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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!

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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

184 Ratings
Average Ratings
140
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!
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Professional Book Nerds

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: Ep. #353 - Lisa Taddeo author of THREE WOMEN

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Today on the podcast, Jill talks with Lisa Taddeo about her new book THREE WOMEN. This discuss what made Lisa want to write the book and what her process was. 

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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

Jul 08 2019

29mins

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Rank #3: 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 #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 #6: Ep. #376 - Alice Hoffman

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On today's episode, the great Alice Hoffman sits down with Adam to discuss her new book The World That We Knew, writing a fairy tale in the time of World War II, Jewish folklore, and creating the world of Practical Magic. This chat was inspiring and delightful and you're going to love it. 

Sep 16 2019

27mins

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Rank #8: 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

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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

Aug 29 2019

33mins

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Rank #9: 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 #11: 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

40mins

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Rank #13: Ep. #390 - The book that reminded me why I love reading

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On today's quick episode, Adam discusses why Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea affected him so much and why he hopes everyone reads this book about magical hidden worlds and the importance of stories. 

Nov 04 2019

15mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #16: Ep. #358 - Previewing exciting new books coming out in August!

Jul 25 2019

33mins

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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. #350 - July's Biggest Books

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It's almost July, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to discuss the books coming out next month they can't wait to read!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Semicolon by Cecaelia Watson

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisle

Other books coming out in July

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Need by Helen Phillips

Jun 27 2019

32mins

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Rank #19: Ep. #388 - Michael Connelly LIVE!

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On today's episode, Adam sits down for a live interview with Michael Connelly, creator of the legendary and wildly popular Harry Bosch series of books. His latest book, The Night Fire is out now and reconnects Bosch and Ballard and will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Thank you, as always, to our home away from home, Cuyahoga County Public Library, for hosting this event in front of a sold-out crowd of 500 people!

Oct 28 2019

41mins

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