Cover image of Professional Book Nerds
(162)

Rank #173 in Books category

Arts
Society & Culture
Books

Professional Book Nerds

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #173 in Books category

Arts
Society & Culture
Books
Read more

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!

Read more

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

162 Ratings
Average Ratings
121
22
10
5
4

Love this so much!

By Therhino88 - Sep 16 2019
Read more
This podcast gives me great book recommendations. I think Adam and Jill do a great job. I love books myself and it’s nice to know other people love books just as much as me. Keep up the good work!

I like your book enthusiasm , but ........

By jkl5876 - Sep 02 2019
Read more
Can you guys please talk slower ? You both seem very enthused about books, which is great, but you both talk so doggone fast, it’s hard to keep up and hear everything you say. Please slow down when you talk. Other than that, no complaints. Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

162 Ratings
Average Ratings
121
22
10
5
4

Love this so much!

By Therhino88 - Sep 16 2019
Read more
This podcast gives me great book recommendations. I think Adam and Jill do a great job. I love books myself and it’s nice to know other people love books just as much as me. Keep up the good work!

I like your book enthusiasm , but ........

By jkl5876 - Sep 02 2019
Read more
Can you guys please talk slower ? You both seem very enthused about books, which is great, but you both talk so doggone fast, it’s hard to keep up and hear everything you say. Please slow down when you talk. Other than that, no complaints. Thank you.

The Best Episodes of:

Cover image of Professional Book Nerds

Professional Book Nerds

Updated 2 days ago

Read more

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 #2: Ep. #310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes.

Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by category)

Book written by two or more authors

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Josh and Hazel's guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

My Plain Jane Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton

All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Book that has appeared on the ALA's frequently challenged book list

Scary Stories to tell in the dark

Perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Harry Potter

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Of Mice and men by John Steinbeck

A lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Grendel by John Gardner

Audiobook of a memoir or autobiography read by the author

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Still Foolin' em by Billy Crystal

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

We're going to need more win Gabrielle Union

In pieces by Sally Field

Hunger makes me a modern girl by Carrie Brownstein

Party of One by Dave Holmes

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

Retelling of a classic book, fairy tale, or play

The Hogarth Shakespeare series of books-

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (The Winter's Tale)

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson (The Merchant of Venice)

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (The Tempest)

The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell - Genderbent Robin Hood

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore - Swan Lake

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

A Blade so Black by LL McKinney

The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye

Feb 14 2019

47mins

Play

Rank #3: Ep. #358 - Previewing exciting new books coming out in August!

Jul 25 2019

33mins

Play

Rank #4: Ep. #305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

They discuss today's political climate, the struggle of lower class farmers, the effect the news and classism have society, and the similarities and differences between poverty in urban and rural areas. She also explains what led to her breaking free from the cycle of poverty and struggle in own family. 

Jan 28 2019

35mins

Play

Rank #5: Ep. #344 - Interview with Blake Crouch

Podcast cover
Read more

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Blake Crouch about his new book Recursion. They discuss false memories, the reality of time, and even the Berenstain Bears. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019. 

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

Jun 10 2019

25mins

Play

Rank #6: Ep. #350 - July's Biggest Books

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #8: Ep. #342 - Interview with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner!

Podcast cover
Read more

Today's interview is one Jill did with the immensely popular author, Jennifer Weiner about her new book MRS EVERYTHING. The book covers multiple decades and the pair discuss Jennifer's research process, the idea of "chick lit" and how Jennifer's mom inspired this book. 

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

Jun 03 2019

45mins

Play

Rank #9: Ep. #335: Recent Reads and how books helped me fight depression

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #10: Ep. #353 - Lisa Taddeo author of THREE WOMEN

Podcast cover
Read more

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. 

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 08 2019

29mins

Play

Rank #11: Ep. #301 - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk about the ethical decisions we all make every day and the psychology involved with morality. They also explain their unique writing process. This episode is a must listen for fans of thrillers and suspense!

Jan 14 2019

31mins

Play

Rank #12: Ep. #378 - Sara Faring, It's going to be dark but there's always going to be humor

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's episode, Adam sits down with debut author Sara Faring about her new book The Tenth Girl. They discuss the setting "at the end of the world" in Patagonia, her love of dark stories with uplifting endings, and how she went from investment banking to writing a groundbreaking novel. Sara fought through a complete loss of her voice and was as charming as you could possibly imagine. 

Sep 23 2019

30mins

Play

Rank #13: Ep. #309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast's Heart

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast's Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It's equal parts moving and funny and entirely whimsical. We also discuss her lifelong passion for fairy tales and Jim Dale doing her audiobook!

Feb 11 2019

32mins

Play

Rank #14: Ep. #334 - Kim Michele Richardson

Podcast cover
Read more

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Kim Michele Richardson about her new book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Inspired by the true story of the Blue People of Kentucky, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek looks at the fierce pack horse librarians and the impact they had on a isolated community. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle.

May 06 2019

21mins

Play

Rank #15: Ep. #354 - Food and Stories with Lizzy Saxe

Podcast cover
Read more

On today's episode, Adam and Jill welcome Lizzy Saxe to the show to nerd out about the connection between food and stories. We get into the power of food in fantasy novels, their favorite fictional meals from books, wonderful food memoirs of the past, and the new and unique forms of cookbooks coming out including graphic novels and comics.

Fair warning, this episode will make you hungry!

Book mentioned in this episode

Food Politics by Marion Nestle

A Feast of Ice and Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel & Sariann Lehrer

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

To Drink and to Eat by Guillaume Long

Heat by Bill Buford

Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Cook Korean! by Robin Ha

Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey

Jul 11 2019

40mins

Play

Rank #16: Ep. #376 - Alice Hoffman

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play

Rank #17: Ep. #370 - Julia Whelan, author and audiobook narrator extraordinaire!

Podcast cover
Read 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 artwork for kids!

Even if Julia's name isn't familiar believe us when we tell you that her voice is. Julia has over 300 narrator credits to her name and is THE go-to person for audiobooks. Adam and Julia chat about the prep that goes into her narration, what types of books she stays away from and her other passion... being a Tea sommelier! 

Be sure to check out her debut novel My Oxford Year

Aug 26 2019

33mins

Play

Rank #18: Ep. #368 - Philippa Gregory

Podcast cover
Read 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 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

Play

Rank #19: Ep. #372 - Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket!

Podcast cover
Read more

Adam interviews Daniel Handler about his latest novel, Bottle Grove. Daniel is best known for creating the iconic Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and he's also an award-winning author of adult books as well! We dive into the story behind Bottle Grove, how he approaches the craft of writing, and why children's literature creates lasting effects on all of our lives. 

Sep 03 2019

47mins

Play

Rank #20: Ep. #356 - Interview with Daniel Silva

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Play