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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

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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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English

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216-573-6886 ext. 24


Episodes

Librarians recommending books for National Library Week!

4/8/2021
Ep. #537- Frequent guests Emma and Maria join the Nerds to chat about some books they've been loving lately and a couple they didn't as well! We're celebrating National Library Week and hope you are too! Books mentioned in this episode We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J....

Duration:00:42:05

Discussing Life After Death with Sister Souljah

4/5/2021
In today's episode, Jill is joined by author, musician, and activist Sister Souljah to discuss her new book Life After Death, which is a sequel to her iconic novel The Coldest Winter Ever. The pair discuss writing Winter Santiaga after so much time, the popularity of Sister Souljah's books among the prison population, and why it took her so long to write the sequel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:01

2020 debut books you might have missed for the #PBNread2021!

4/1/2021
Ep. #535 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill tackling another of the Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge tasks -- Read a 2020 debut that you didn't read in 2020. Last year was hard for us all and debut authors didn't get the chance other authors might've in a normal year to promote their titles so we're here to help! Books mentioned in this episode Jill Books How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams Godshot by Chelsea Bieker Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho A Good Family by A.H. Kim...

Duration:00:29:00

On mothers and daughters with Gabriela Garcia

3/29/2021
Ep. #534 - Adam sits down with Gabriela Garcia to talk about her buzzy debut novel Of Women and Salt. They talk about relationships between mothers and daughters, the actions parents take that children will never understand, her relationship with Roxane Gay, and so much more. Sponsors Fast Growing Trees – Visit https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/pages/PBN for 15% off your orders through June 30th. Tommy John - Visit -http://tommyjohn.com/pbn for 20% off your first order. Learn more about...

Duration:00:35:55

April's biggest new books!

3/25/2021
Ep. #533 - It's that time again! We're previewing all the books coming out in April we can't wait to read. Books mentioned in this episode The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain The Drowning Kind By Jennifer McMahon Dial a for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto World Travel by Anthony Bourdain You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes The Son of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin The...

Duration:00:34:06

On the mysteries of the sea and loneliness with Emma Stonex

3/22/2021
Ep. 532 - On today's episode, Adam chats with Emma Stonex about her stunning new novel, The Lamplighters. They discuss her fascination with lighthouses, their mutual interest in the mysteries of the sea, and how loneliness plays a massive role in her book and our current version of life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:33

Books by Asian and Asian-American authors

3/18/2021
Ep. #531 - Jill and Adam share book recommendations of titles by Asian and Asian-American authors in response to the horrific hate crime that took place in Atlanta this week. If you visit our Twitter page, we have retweeted a number of ways to help support the Asian and Asian-American community. Adam mentioned a free online training you can attend as well: Register for a free bystander intervention training: https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/ Books mentioned in this episode:...

Duration:00:23:05

Having the BEST time with Angeline Boulley and Isabella Star LaBlanc

3/15/2021
Ep. #530 - Angeline Boulley's debut novel Firekeeper's Daughter is generating massive buzz and for good reason. This groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community will take your breath away. Angeline and the narrator of the audiobook, Isabella Star LaBlanc, joined Adam for a long chat full of giggling, storytelling, and budding friendships. This book is beyond special, just like these two extraordinary women. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:46:01

Book recommendations with tea pairings!

3/11/2021
Ep. #529- This episode is all about books and tea! Plum Deluxe, a truly wonderful tea company, sponsored this episode and so we decided to select book recommendations that go perfectly with our favorite Plum Deluxe teas! Visit https://plumdeluxe.com/pbn and use the promo code PBN to get 10% off your orders through May 1st! They have every type of tea you can imagine and you truly can't go wrong! Books mentioned and the teas we enjoyed with them: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern - Reading...

Duration:00:29:18

On isolation and life re-entry with Suleika Jaouad

3/8/2021
Ep. #528 - Adam speaks with Suleika Jaouad, bestselling debut author of Between Two Kingdoms. They discuss her battle with Leukemia, her struggle to find herself in the world when she was pronounced healthy, the isolation of the ongoing pandemic, and writing what she knows to a place she doesn't yet know. Her books is a must-read. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:38

Lace up your shoes...we're talking about running books!

3/4/2021
Ep. #527 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share some of their favorite books about running! They are both runners and passionate about the running community and get a little nerdy about what that community means to them. Running with a Police Escort by Jill Grunenwald Born to Run by Christopher McDougall The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal North by Scott and Jenny Jurek Shoe Dog by Phil Knight Depression Hates a Moving Target by...

Duration:00:25:11

Nostalgia and diaspora with Patricia Engel, author of Infinite Country

3/1/2021
Ep. #526 - Adam speaks with Patricia Engel about her new novel, Infinite Country. This fast-paced story of family, separation, loss, and survival is one of the buzziest books of the year and this conversation will show you why. They discuss the feelings of loss and separation all families of diaspora experience, the intricate research Patricia did, and the closeness of this story to her heart. Literati Kids – Visit http://www.Literati.com/ProBookNerds for 25% off your first two orders Get...

Duration:00:41:47

March's Biggest Books

2/25/2021
ep #525. In today's episode, Adam and Jill dive into all of the great books coming out in March and share some of the ones they are most looking forward to. Books mentioned in today's episode: Infinite Country By Patricia Engel Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert The Conductors By Nicole Glover The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner The Lamplighters By Emma Stonex Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron Raft of Stars By Andrew J. Graff That Way Madness Lies ed. by Dahlia Adler How Beautiful We...

Duration:00:27:54

magical world building and writing through trauma with Elizabeth Knox

2/22/2021
Ep. #524 - Elizabeth Knox joins Adam from New Zealand to discuss her epic new fantasy novel, The Absolute Book. They discuss the elaborate worlds she built out, dealing with trauma through writing, and how gods can change. They also chat about the difference between the New Zealand and American Covid response. Get some PBN and Libby Swag – http://shop.overdrive.com/ Join our Reading Challenge on The Story Graph Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:01

Cookbooks with recipes we love for #PBNread2021!

2/18/2021
Ep. #523 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam are providing a few of their favorite cookbooks to help you out with the a Professional Book Nerds 2021 Reading Challenge! Be sure to tag us (@probooknerds) on your Instagram posts of any food or cocktails you make from a recipe book! Recording this hungry was a mistake. Books mentioned in this episode Michael Symon's 5 in 5 for Every Season Rustic Joyful Food By Danielle Kartes Soup of the Day By Kate McMillan Half Baked Harvest Super Simple By...

Duration:00:41:40

Vikings and witches with Genevieve Gornichec

2/15/2021
Ep. #522 - Adam interviews debut author Genevieve Gornichec about her Norse mythology-inspired new book The Witch's Heart. They chat about Viking and Icelandic sagas, the unique character she decided to write about, and why she loves these types of books. Her book is perfect for fans of CIRCE and Norse Mythology. Literati Kids – Visit http://www.Literati.com/ProBookNerds for 25% off your first two orders Get some PBN and Libby Swag – http://shop.overdrive.com/ Join our Reading Challenge on...

Duration:00:39:06

Books we didn't love (and why)

2/11/2021
Ep. #521 - Wow. A lot of you really wanted to hear about what books we read but didn't enjoy and so... here you go. We would love to hear your thoughts so be sure to email us or send us social media messages. Hope you enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:11

Werewolves and family drama with Rose Szabo

2/8/2021
Ep. #520 - Adam interviews Rose Szabo about their new novel What Big Teeth. They discuss building out the gothic drama that unfolds in their novel, why Rose chose werewolves, and they both share thoughts on the recent Dracula series on Netflix. This was such a joy and their book is a perfect for fans of family drama, werewolves, dark mysteries, and gothic houses. You're going to love this. Sponsor Tommy John Visit Tommyjohn.com/PBN to get $20 off sitewide including limited edition...

Duration:00:45:43

Together We Read interview with Kate Clayborn

2/4/2021
Ep 519: In today's episode, Jill is joined by romance author Kate Clayborn to discuss her book Love Lettering, which was selected to be the latest pick in the Together We Read US digital book club program. From Feb. 10 - Feb 24, readers in the United States can get the ebook or audiobook of Love Lettering without waitlist or holds. Sponsor: Kencko – Be one of the first 100 listeners to visit http://kencko.com/pbn for 25% off your first order of ready to enjoy smoothies. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:27:50

Dr. Keisha N. Blain on Four Hundred Souls and African American history

2/1/2021
Ep. #518 - Adam speaks with Dr. Keisha N. Blain, co-editor of the new book Four Hundred Souls with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. They discuss how the project came together, how the almost 100 authors were selected and how their essays were laid out, the coordination it took, and the astounding audiobook. There may not be a more important book released this year. A must-read book and a must-listen conversation. Sponsor: Literati Kids – Visit http://www.Literati.com/ProBookNerds for 25% off your first...

Duration:00:34:19