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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!

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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United States

Description:

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!

Language:

English

Contact:

216-573-6886 ext. 24


Episodes

Layla Saad on how Me and White Supremacy came to be, writing for young readers, the publishing world

11/23/2020
Ep. #499 - Layla Saad joined the nerds for a special Zoom event to discuss her bestselling book Me & White Supremacy, the new guided journal which is now available, and the upcoming version she's working on for young readers. We also have a conversation about the publishing world and the experiences of black authors, and her wildly successful podcast. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you to Layla, Sourcebooks, and our ASL interpreters. Watch the video of this event on...

Duration:01:02:25

Getting festive and unexpected with our December books preview!

11/19/2020
Ep. #498 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill share the new books coming out in December they both plan to read. It's a bit of a genre swap situation as they both have books the other one would normally recommend. Things are getting crazy in nerd land. Episode sponsors BlendJet - visit BlendJet.com/PBN for an extra 12% off your order Headspace - visit http://headspace.com/pbn for a free one-month trial with access to mediations for every situation Sign up for our special live event with Marie...

Duration:00:31:50

Post Spooky Szn and holiday reading traditions with Mallory O'Meara

11/16/2020
Ep. #497 - On today's episode, Mallory O'Meara joins Adam to chat about their post Halloween reading adventures, holiday bookish traditions, and her upcoming book Girly Drinks! Also, the paperback of Lady from the Black Lagoon is now available! Episode Sponsors: GiveWell - Get your first charitable donation matched - up to TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS when you go to http://givewell.org/probooknerds JennyLife - Visit https://www.givewell.org/probooknerds to get a FREE quote right now! Books...

Duration:00:52:00

Spilling the Tea and interpreting dreams with Ryan La Sala

11/12/2020
Ep. #496 - On today's episode, Ryan La Sala is back and we're doing it live! This took place on 11/10 and it was our fabulous Big Library Read live event in which Ryan answered audience questions and Jill and Ryan used Tarot to interpret some dreams. Things got wild. If you'd like to watch the whole event you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/c/OverDriveInc/videos Also, be sure to sign up for our social justice conversation with Layla Saad on 11/17 –...

Duration:01:02:31

Interview with Raj Haldar, author of P Is for Pterodactyl and No Reading Allowed

11/9/2020
Ep. #495 - On today's episode, Adam sits down with Raj Haldar about his exceptional children's books, his life as a rapper, creating music and stories for all ages, and much more. Today's episode is sponsored by FRESHLY. Visit freshly.com/probooknerds to get forty dollars of your first two orders. Sign up for our live Big Library Read Zoom event with Ryan La Sala – https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sBK7aDCRRuCRLfH5Y-yN7w Sign up for our social justice conversation with Layla Saad...

Duration:00:36:43

What we're reading and #NaNoWriMo tips

11/5/2020
Ep. #494 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill share a few book recommendations Sign up for our live Big Library Read Zoom event with Ryan La Sala – https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sBK7aDCRRuCRLfH5Y-yN7w Sign up for our social justice conversation with Layla Saad on 11/16 – https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4VsN_FSYTm-_3AIiB_TbYA Buy some PBN and Libby swag – http://shop.overdrive.com/ Books mentioned in this episode Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade Shit, Actually by...

Duration:00:28:47

Anne Helen Petersen on burnout, stress, and the millennial generation

11/2/2020
Ep. #493 - On today's episode, we're joined by Anne Helen Petersen, former senior culture writer for Buzzfeed and author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. We talk about burnout, stress, our collective anxiety leading up to the election, and trying to create a work-life balance amidst the pandemic. Sign up for our live Big Library Read Zoom event with Ryan La Sala - https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sBK7aDCRRuCRLfH5Y-yN7w Sign up for our social justice...

Duration:00:43:39

Bonus Big Library Read episode with RYAN LA SALA!

10/31/2020
The latest Big Library Read author is the one and only Ryan La Sala! His book Reverie is a wild fantasy title that can be described as Inception meets The Magicians and also there is a Drag Queen Sorceress. Back in the before times of January, Adam sat down with Ryan in Philadelphia to chat about this amazing story. Now, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are going to read it at the same time thanks to the Big Library Read digital book club. Visit biglibraryread.com to join our...

Duration:00:33:34

A cornucopia of new books to read in November!

10/29/2020
Ep. #492 - It's that time again! We're wishing October a happy goodbye and previewing the books we are most excited to read in November. We nerd out about Ready Player One for a bit and talk about some exciting upcoming live events you can join us for. First up is our live Big Library Read Zoom party with Ryan La Sala that you can sign up for here: https://biglibraryread.com/ Ready Player Two By Ernest Cline One Life By Megan Rapinoe Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man By Emmanuel...

Duration:00:36:10

Talking Gothic Horror with Erin A. Craig

10/26/2020
Ep. #491 -- On today's episode, Jill sat down with author Erin A. Craig to talk about their shared love of Daphne Du Maurier's classic Rebecca and other Gothic horror novels. Other books discussed in this episode: Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Nesting by CJ Cook The House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:51

Nonfiction comics and illustrated memoirs

10/22/2020
Ep. #490- Contrary to the recent opinion of S.E. Hinton, graphic novels rule and they are an incredible way to enjoy a story. Whether it's a re-imagining of an existing book or something created entirely out of artwork, all graphic novels and comics offer something unique and stunning. In this chat, Adam is joined by Kristin and Marie from the OverDrive Team of Librarians. They get into a bunch of nonfiction comics and graphic novels, touch on web comics they love, and get on a soapbox about...

Duration:00:55:49

Interview with Ann Cleeves, author of The Darkest Evening

10/19/2020
Ep. #489 - On today's episode, Adam interviews Ann Cleeves about her newest novel The Darkest Evening. They chat about Vera Stanhope's origins, the Agatha Christie style story she decided to write, and what inspires her to keep writing a novel a year for the last three decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:35

Maggie Stiefvater & Kami Garcia discuss their new DC Comics origin stories

10/15/2020
Ep. #488- On today's episode, Adam interviews Maggie Stiefvater & Kami Garcia about their respective new origin story graphic novels for DC Comics. Both Maggie's Swamp Thing story Twin Branches and Kami's Teen Titans story Beast Boy are now available. They discuss why they choose the characters they did, body horror, botany, and a whole bunch more. This conversation was a delight and comic fans of all ages will adore these stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:49:47

V.E. Schwab returns to discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

10/12/2020
Ep. #487 - On today's episode, Adam chats with V.E. Schwab about her groundbreaking new novel, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. They discuss the ten years she worked on this story, what Addie means to her, spirituality, and much more. As is their now tradition, they end the episode exchanging book recommendations for themselves and their family members. Today's sponsors: Freshly- visit http://freshly.com/probooknerds for $40 off your first two orders Fast Growing Trees - Visit...

Duration:01:07:52

Answering your book requests and recs based off classic horror stories!

10/8/2020
Ep. #486 - On today's episode, Adam offers book recommendations from Twitter reader requests and then gets into some "Like this, read that!" style picks for all sorts of classic horror novels. There is something for everyone. Books mentioned in this episode: Based off Twitter requests: Holly Zander - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid and When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey - Long Bright River By Liz Moore Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry Parent Spiced Latte Pope...

Duration:00:50:41

Interview with Ken Follett, author of The Evening and the Morning

10/5/2020
Ep. #485 - On today's episode, Adam is joined by Ken Follett, #1 New York Times best selling author of The Evening and the Morning. Ken's books have sold 170+ million copies around the world and created generations of fans of his Kingsbridge series. They discuss his incredibly in depth research process, his fascination with the dark ages, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:49

Tis' time for our October books preview!

10/1/2020
Ep. #484 - Welcome all ye goblins, ghouls, witches, and whatnots! The spooky season has officially arrived and you know what that means... It's our monthly book preview for OCTOBER! Books mentioned in this episode A Wild Winter Swan By Gregory Maguire Shit, Actually By Lindy West The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab The Searcher By Tana French Leave the World Behind By Rumaan Alam Black Sun By Rebecca Roanhorse Magic Lessons By Alice Hoffman Spoiler Alert By Olivia Dade The Once...

Duration:00:38:56

Interview with Sara Faring, author of White Fox

9/28/2020
Ep. #483 - On today's episode, Adam catches up with his good buddy Sara Faring! Sara's first book The Tenth Girl was a masterpiece and her new book White Fox is more of the same perfection. They discuss voyeurism vs. exhibitionism, how we show ourselves to the world, the hardest parts of writing this book and the message of hope she wants readers to get after reading it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:39

Be my escape

9/24/2020
Ep. #482 - On today's episode, Adam shares a bunch of book recommendations to escape the everyday stresses of life and (gestures broadly) all of this. Buy some merch and support libraries! - http://shop.overdrive.com/ Books mentioned in this episode: Return to series you know and love in a brand new way: The Lord of the Rings (FULL CAST DRAMATIZATION) His Dark Materials (FULL CAST DRAMATIZATION), The Chronicles of Narnia ( NARRATED BY KENNETH BRANAGH) A Series of Unfortunate Events (NARRATED...

Duration:00:39:17

Interview with Bill Konigsberg, author of The Bridge

9/21/2020
Ep. #481 - On today's episode, Adam interviews Bill Konigsberg, awarding-winning and bestselling author of countless important books. Bill's work in writing LGBTQIA+ stories have been read by millions but his new book, The Bridge, may be his most essential story yet. In this conversation, Bill and Adam discuss mental health, the implications of teenage suicide, and the intricacies of our brains. If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts or tendencies, please dial...

Duration:00:36:23