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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Ep. #384 - Elvis Duran!

10/14/2019
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On today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with Elvis Duran in front of a soldout audience to discuss his new memoir Where Do I Begin?, the future of radio, and life in general. This was such a wonderful event to be a part of and you're going to love this conversation. Special thanks to 9.65 Kiss FM and I Heart Radio, Cleveland for access to the audio for this episode.

Duration:00:57:23

Ep. #383 - #SpookySZN - A Jack-O-Lantern of Scary Book Selections

10/10/2019
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THESE ARE NOT HOBGOBLINS! Light yourself a black flame candle and gather ye round. We're dishing out a grabbag of scary books perfect for any type of reader. Don't worry about just grabbing one. You can take a handful! Books mentioned in this episode: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky Petra's Ghost by C.S. O'Cinneide Growing Things by Paul Tremblay Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich The Invited by Jennifer McMahon The Plague Stones by James...

Duration:00:25:02

Ep. #382 - Daemons & Dust: The importance of His Dark Materials

10/7/2019
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On today's episode, Adam breaks down why His Dark Materials his essential in society for readers of all ages. He discusses the connection to spiritualism and religion and how the origins of the story can be traced to Paradise Lost. The latest book in the Book Of Dust series The Secret Commonwealth is out this week. In this series, Philip Pullman expands on the universe and stories he created as we continue Lyra's journey.

Duration:00:25:47

Ep. #381 - Murder Mermaids, astronauts and everything in between!

10/3/2019
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On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Andrea and Rachel to dish out book recommendations spooky, serious, and otherwise! Whether you want to be scared, laugh, learn something new, or be reminded how awesome you are as a parent we've got something for you in this one. Books mentioned in this episode The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith The Institute by Stephen King Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson It Ended Badly by Jennifer...

Duration:00:39:04

Ep. #380 - What we're reading and motherhood misconceptions with Nefertiti Austin

9/30/2019
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On today's episode, Adam & Jill discuss the books they've been enjoying recently before Adam sits down with Nefertiti Austin to talk about her book Motherhood So White. Nefertiti's book breaks down all the misconceptions about adoption and being a single parent as an African American. 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!

Duration:00:40:07

Ep. #379 - October's biggest new book releases!

9/26/2019
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Happy Spooky SZN y'all! We're breaking down the books we're most excited about that will be coming out in October. We've got horror books, memoirs, young adult, and yep more horror! There's something for everyone though, whether you love scary books or not. This might be our largest list yet. Books mentioned in this episode The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Where Do I Begin by Elvis Duran Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher Toil & Trouble by Augusten...

Duration:00:36:45

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

9/23/2019
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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.

Duration:00:21:35

Ep. #377 - Ben Folds!

9/19/2019
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On today's episode, Adam sits down with musical icon Ben Folds to discuss his new memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs. They discuss how Ben views creativity and how it is essential to foster it, his take on storytelling through his songs, and his experience creating a music video with The Fraggles. This is a must-listen for music fans everywhere and his book is a must-read!

Duration:00:31:48

Ep. #376 - Alice Hoffman

9/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:44

Ep. #375 - Brad Meltzer and the importance of children's books

9/12/2019
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On today's episode, our good buddy Brad Meltzer returns to chat about the latest installments in his Ordinary People Change the World series, I am Walt Disney and I am Marie Curie. We breakdown the essential nature of daydreaming in Walt's life, why it's important to create real-life role models for children, and how Brad shows his own kids that each day can be magical.

Duration:00:36:53

Ep. #374 - Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, authors of The Star Shepherd

9/9/2019
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On today's episode, Adam sits down with Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly to discuss their wonderful middle-grade novel, The Star Shepherd. This action-packed book is loaded with wonder, falling stars, pirates, and flying robots, and incredible illustrations by Dan. They discuss is day job in visual effects and how they collaborated to bring this story to life.

Duration:00:37:20

Ep. #373 - TBT... You'll Float TOO!

9/5/2019
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Longtime listeners of the podcast will know that we adored IT Chapter One so much that we did a bonus episode all about that epic movie. With Chapter II coming out this week we thought we'd re-share our thoughts. Sorry for the PBN Classic episode... we'll have tons of new content for you next week! Hi-ya Georgie!

Duration:00:38:24

Ep. #372 - Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket!

9/3/2019
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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.

Duration:00:55:11

Ep. #371 - September's Biggest Books

8/29/2019
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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...

Duration:00:33:09

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

8/26/2019
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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! 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...

Duration:00:35:24

Ep. #369 - A Big Heckin' Grab bag of Book Recs!

8/22/2019
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On today's episode... we had no plan! Therefore, we brought on Emma and Kristin and did a roundtable of book recommendations. There is, quite literally, something for everyone in this list. Book Mentioned in this episode Again but Better by Christine Riccio The Cozy Minimalist Home: More style, less stuff by Myquillyn Smith Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick (Pumpkin Falls Mystery) The...

Duration:00:42:28

Ep. #368 - Philippa Gregory

8/19/2019
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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....

Duration:00:34:31

Ep. #367 - Together We Read with Julie Evelyn Joyce

8/15/2019
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Today's episode features Julie Evelyn Joyce, author of the award-winning Steeped in Love. This book was selected as the Together We Read Canadian digital book club. Hear Adam and Julie chat about RomComs, Hallmark movies, and her undying love for Canada.

Duration:00:39:01

Ep. #366 - I said, now I've got my Magic Bus

8/15/2019
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Working with libraries and schools, we think about back to school time every year around our office. To shake it up, we're talking a bit about some of our favorite MAGIC schools in literature! Book mentioned in this episode The Summoner Series by Taran Matharu All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders The Magicians by Lev Grossman The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter The...

Duration:00:39:07

Ep. #365: Sarah Gailey, Author of Magic for Liars

8/12/2019
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On today's episode, Adam sits down with Sarah Gailey to discuss their debut noir novel Magic for Liars. They break down the structure of the magical rules in the book, the problematic issues with magic in Harry Potter, and the importance of secondary characters.

Duration:00:33:43