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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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216-573-6886 ext. 24


Episodes

Seasons of Books

2/22/2024
Joe and Emma are joined by their colleague, Tiffany, to chat about seasonal reading! They chat about how they "plan" out their reading year, if the seasons influence what books they read and when, and recommend some of their favorites along the way. The group also realize what their reading "patterns" or schedules say about their tastes and preferences! Books mentioned in this episode: You series by Caroline Kepnes The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Will They Escape? by Daniel Huiet Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Crescent City series by Sarah J Maas A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson New Kid by Jerry Craft Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell Laura Vanderkam I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michellon Holes by Louis Sachar Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas Priest Series or anything by Sierra Simone Maya Banks Elin Hilderbrand The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan Listen to Joe's winter reads episode with Amy from Mom Advice! 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:53:45

Sipping Tea and Planning Heists with Hafsah Faizal

2/19/2024
On this episode, Joe is joined by Hafsah Faizal to discuss her new book A Tempest of Tea (out February 20). Hafsah is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the Sands of Arawiya series, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and owner of IceyDesigns. They talk about finding their favorite teas, Victorian blood dens in tea rooms, and planning the perfect heist. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:42

Celebrating Valentine's Day with Dominique Raccah and the Sourcebooks Team!

2/15/2024
Romance readers, assemble! This episode is for you. Emma chats with Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO, of Sourcebooks, the publisher behind some of your favorite romance reads at Sourcebooks Casablanca and Bloom Books imprints. They’re joined by Paula Amendolara (Senior Vice President of Sales), Mary Altman (Assistant Editorial Director), Molly Waxman (Executive Director of Marketing), Deb Werksman (Executive Editor), and Pamela Jaffee (Sr. Director Publicity/Brand Marketing), just some of the incredible team at Bloom Books and Sourcebooks Casablanca. They discuss insider info about how the publisher approaches each romance imprint, share trends in romance, and leave us with a long list of titles to get in the Valentine's Day spirit all February long. Books mentioned in this episode: Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh Chloe Walsh books Never by Jessa Hastings Neon Gods by Katee Robert Emily McIntire books A Touch of Chaos by Scarlett St. Clair Wicked Villains series by Katee Robert Elsie Silver books Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall Girls with Bad Reputations by Xio Axelrod The Comeback by Lily Chu All That We Never Were by Alice Kellen All That We Are Together by Alice Kellen A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair Hades & Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair The Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score Salacious Players Club series by Sara Cate Twisted series by Ana Huang The Striker by Ana Huang Midnight Ruin by Katee Robert 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:29

Tea, Tales, and Twists: A Cozy Dive into Mysterious Whodunits

2/8/2024
On this episode, Joe is joined by return guests Claire and Kristin to talk all about cozy mysteries! Whether you're looking for quoziess, foodie titles, bookish mysteries or the like, this episode is for you. Joe also introduces Claire and Kristin to the PokéRap. Titles mentioned in this episode: Claire’s Titles: The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy Grave Expectations by Alice Bell Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien Kristin’s Titles: The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett Joe’s Titles: The Body in the Back Garden by Mark Waddell Board to Death by CJ Connor Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp Renovated to Death by Frank Anthony Polito Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:19

A Distraction from Reality with Ali Hazelwood

2/5/2024
Emma is joined by bestselling author, Ali Hazelwood, to discuss her new paranormal romance, Bride. Emma and Ali also manage to discuss fated mates, the writing process, Ali's next release and what's been on her TikTok FYP lately. Ali's chess book, Check & Mate, released last fall. Not in Love comes out later this year. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:43

The One Where We Talk A Lot

2/1/2024
Emma and Joe try something new in this chatty, casual episode. They discuss some recent life updates, new hobbies, books they've been reading lately, mood reading, and more. Joe’s recent reads: All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson Released by Gypsy Rose Blanchard The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell #CrimeTime by Jeneva Rose & Drew Pine The Coworker by Freida McFadden – Emma’s recent reads: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas (inspired by @newlynovabooks ) Crank by Ellen Hopkins Impulse by Ellen Hopkins The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell Emma’s want to reads: Butcher & Blackbird by Brynne Weaver A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle Jensen Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune Happily Never After by Lynn Painter 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:01

February 2024 Book Picks!

1/25/2024
It's that magical time again - let's see what books Emma and Joe are most looking forward to in February 2024. Join the Nerds as they talk about the cold weather, the February blahs, and of course, eagerly awaited reads. Titles mentioned in this episode: Emma’s Titles: The Women by Kristin Hannah The Teacher by Freida McFadden The Guest by B.A. Paris A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen At First Spite by Oiivia Dade A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden Fate Breaker by Victoria Aveyard Where the Dark Stands Still by A.B. Poranek The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers by Sarah Tomlinson Joe’s Titles: Ways and Means by Daniel Lefferts The Fortune Seller by Rachel Kapelke-Dale The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder by CJ Miller The Frame-Up by Gwenda Bond Out of Body by Nia Davenport No Time Like Now by Naz Kutub Bunt! By Ngozi Ukazu (shoutout Freshman Year by Sarah Mai) Everyone Who Can Forgive Me is Dead by Jenny Hollander Relit edited by Sandra Proudman The Bad Ones by Melissa Albert 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:59

Worldbuilding and Writing with Saara El-Arifi

1/22/2024
Emma chats with Saara El-Arifi about her new book, Faebound. They also chat about world-building, writing sex scenes, the book's original title, the plan for this new trilogy, fated mates, enemies to lovers, 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:58

PBN's Most Anticipated Books of 2024

1/18/2024
Emma and Joe are back for their first recorded episode of 2024 and it's a BIG one. They share their most anticipated books of the year (as they know it so far). Grab a drink, a snack, and get your reading tracker of choice ready to write down some amazing releases coming out this year. Emma’s picks: Faebound by Saara El-Arifi Funny Story by Emily Henry This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J Maas The Book of Love by Kelly Link So Thirsty by Rachel Harrison The Hunter by Tana French Heartless Hunter by Kristen Ciccarelli Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe Nothing Like the Movies by Lynn Painter An Education in Malice by S.T. Gibson Lady Macbeth by Ava Reid Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana Slow Dance by Rainbow Rowell We Love the Nightlife by Rachel Koller Croft Joe’s picks: Somewhere Beyond the Sea by TJ Klune Middle of the Night by Riley Sager House of Elephants by Claribel A. Ortega The House of Hidden Meanings by RuPaul The Mythical Cookbook by Josh Scherer I Was a Teenage Slasher by Stephen Graham Jones Youthjuice by EK Sathue Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay Home is Where the Bodies Are by Jeneva Rose Don’t Let the Forest In by CG Drews A Dark and Drowning Tide by Allison Saft The House that Horror Built by Christina Henry Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Only Say Good Things by Crystal Hefner Knife by Salman Rushdie Other titles mentioned: The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi The Battle Drum by Saara El-Arifi The Ending Fire by Saara El-Arifi 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:11:51

Surviving Capitalism with Madeline Pendleton

1/15/2024
Today Joe chats with Madeline Pendleton about her new book I Survived Capitalism and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt (out Jan. 16)! They chat about how Madeline's life experiences shaped her path forward, the importance of found family, releasing grief and odd relationships with money and forging a unique company like Tunnel Vision. They also chat about living full on a small grocery budget, spray painting found furniture, and the importance of a sturdy board in an old couch. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:12

Joe Reads Emily Henry

1/11/2024
Following the fun of Joe Reads a Big Romance and Emma Reads a Horror, on this episode Joe reads Book Lovers by Emily Henry! Emma and Joe talk about their loves in the genre, misconceptions Joe had to break down when thinking romance, and so much more. Have a suggestion for our next installment? Send your suggestions to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com or comment on the post for this episode on Instagram @probooknerds. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:51

The Nerds Talk About Fantastical Fandoms

1/4/2024
Emma and Joe talk with fellow OverDrive book lovers about which bookish fandoms they love to love! Morgan, Sydney, Christina, Laura, Sarah, and Andrea share their passion for Sherlock, Emily Henry, Fourth Wing, Star Wars, Serpent & Dove, and more in this very chatty episode. Books mentioned in this episode: Sherlock Holmes series Emily Henry Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros Star Wars series Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson Dance of Thieves series by Mary E. Pearson 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:31

New Year, New Reads - January 2024 Book Picks!

12/21/2023
New Year, New Reads! Join Joe and Emma as they discuss the books they're most looking forward to in January 2024 🎉 We hope you're enjoying this holiday season and that this episode can keep you company while wrapping, baking, prepping, or just enjoying the chilly weather under a warm and cozy blanket. Books mentioned in this episode: Emma’s Titles: House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas The Fury by Alex Michaelides The Breakup Tour by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka Come and Get It by Kiley Reid One in a Millennial by Kate Kennedy Good Material by Dolly Alderton One of the Good Guys by Arminta Hall Sugar, Baby by Celine Saintclare The Immortal Games by Annaliese Avery Joe’s Titles: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland My Fair Brady by Brian D. Kennedy So Let Them Burn by Kamilah Cole The Night of the Storm by Nishita Parekh Only If You’re Lucky by Stacy Willingham Witchcraft by Marion Gibson Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs Cool Foods by Robert Downey Jr. & Thomas Kostigen The Clinic by Cate Quinn What Mother Won’t Tell Me by Ivar Leon Menger 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:38

Finding a Home Inside Stories with Rebecca Ross

12/18/2023
Emma is joined by author, Rebecca Ross, to chat about the epic conclusion to her Letters of Enchantment duology, Ruthless Vows. They also discuss symmetry in duologies, the book's original title, finding inspiration from Bronte, Austen, and Tolkien, and more. For more info on Rebecca's book tour, check out her website. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:27

Introducing the 2024 PBN Reading Challenge!

12/14/2023
Come and join Emma and Joe as they share results from the 2023 PBN Reading Challenge and introduce the prompts for 2024! You can download the PDF version of our challenge here and the social sharing size here. This year's challenge includes: A genre you don’t normally read The Humans – Matt Haig A book with main characters that are a different age than you The Marlow Murder Club – Robert Thorogood A book on your TBR longer than 1 year To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell An audiobook (full cast or dramatized!) The Final Revival of Opal & Nev – Dawnie Walton A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson One of Us is Dead – Jeneva Rose Sadie – Courtney Summers A book in translation Shoko’s Smile – Choi Eunyoung The Dinner – Herman Koch The Good Son – You-Jeong Jeong Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano Reread a childhood favorite Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series - Louise Rennison Stranger with My Face – Lois Duncan Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot 1-800-Where-R-U series - Meg Cabot/Jenny Carroll A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle series) Book with dual POV Betting on You - Lynn Painter Icebreaker - Hannah Grace Beard Science - Penny Reid The Quiet Tenant - Clemence Michallon A book out of season Read a duology Letters of Enchantment - Rebecca Ross Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo All the Stars and Teeth - Adalyn Grace A book with a one-word title Tombs – Junji Ito Maame – Jessica George You – Caroline Kepnes Sadie - Courtney Summers Haunted by Meg Cabot A book from any bestseller list Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid Untamed – Glennon Doyle Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis The Storyteller – Dave Grohl Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus Every Summer After – Carley Fortune The Invisible Kingdom – Meghan O’Rourke A book you heard about first on PBN 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:07

Talking to Gen Z’s Carrie Bradshaw – Eli Rallo

12/11/2023
In this episode, Eli Rallo spills the ink on essay escapades, spills the tea on meeting Sarah Jessica Parker, and spills some wisdom on finding your people. Join Eli and Joe, as they talk about all this, Eli's new book (I Didn't Know I Needed This - out December 12), and 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:25

PBN's Best Books of 2023

12/7/2023
Emma and Joe share their favorite books of 2023! Emma’s picks: For You and Only You by Caroline Kepnes Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Adams None of This is True by Lisa Jewell Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros The Woman in Me by Britney Spears The Soulmate by Sally Hepworth The September House by Carissa Orlando The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michallon Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll Happy Place by Emily Henry Joe’s picks: Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes The Body in the Back Garden by Mark Waddell (narrated by Daniel Henning) Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine Love, Pamela by Pamela Anderson Pageboy by Elliot Page Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward With My LIttle Eye by Joshilyn Jackson Behind the Seams by Dolly Parton The Big Reveal by Sasha Velour Bonus pick: Meet me at the Lake by Carley Fortune For our favorite YA picks of 2023, be sure to listen to our episode here. If you want to go back and listen to any of the author interviews or episodes we’ve mentioned, we’ll link them below. Rachel Harrison & Clay McLeod Chapman Caroline Kepnes Santino Fontana Ana Reyes Rebecca Yarros Jessica Knoll Emily Henry & Julia Whelan Joe Reads a Big Romance Emma Reads a Horror 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:50

December Book Picks

11/30/2023
Emma and Joe chat about their most anticipated book releases for December! The final book picks episode featuring 2023 releases is here. Grab your hot cocoa and get ready to add a few more things to your TBR as we close out another great year. Books mentioned in this episode: December Author Interviews: I Didn’t Know I Needed This by Eli Rallo Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross Emma’s Picks: Here in the Dark by Alexis Soloski The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson #CrimeTime by Jeneva Rose & Drew Pyne Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal Fourth Wing (1 of 2) [Dramatized Adaptation] Graphic Audio Gilded Youth by Tom Quinn Never by Jessa Hastings Joe’s Picks: When I Was Your Age by Kenan Thompson Yours for the Taking by Gabrielle Korn All the Hidden Paths by Foz Meadowns Where There’s Smoke by EB Vickers Heartstopper #5 by Alice Oseman Murder Crossed Her Mind by Stephen Spotswood Deep Fried Death by Maddie Day Two Dead Wives by Adele Parks 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 hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:43

The Best Juvenile and Young Adult Titles of 2023

11/16/2023
On this episode of PBN Joe and Emma are starting to wrap up the year by sharing their favorite juvenile and young adult titles published in 2023. Come and hear what made the cut and why these nerds enjoyed it so much. Titles mentioned in this episode: Emma’s Titles: Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood Betting on You by Lynn Painter House of Marionne by J. Elle The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Divine Rivals & Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin All That’s Left to Say by Emery Lord Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Just Because by Matthew McConaughey Joe’s Titles: Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington (July 2023 S&S) The Forest Demands Its Due by Kosko Jackson (October 2023 Harper) Beholder by Ryan La Sala (October 2023 Scholastic) Blood Debts by Terry J. Benton-Walker (April 2023 Tor) Totally Psychic by Brigid Martin In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune The Golden Frog Games by Claribel A. Ortega One of Us is Back by Karen M. McManus On Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks Suddenly a Murder by Lauren Munoz 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:24

Dystopian Futures with Naomi Alderman

11/13/2023
On this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, Joe chats with author Naomi Alderman about her new book The Future (out November 7). Joe and Naomi talk about how an actual pandemic happening can really change how you write about a pandemic, buying $23 hand sanitizer, and what exactly would happen if the elite had private bunkers to escape to. 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. Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog! We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:44