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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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Ep. #157 - Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous

On today's episode, Adam sits down with author Annalee Newitz to discuss her debut novel, Autonomous. Annalee is a giant in the science and tech industry as one of the founding editors of and Gizmodo and the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica. Annalee shares what she's most excited about in the tech industry and the two of them geek out over The Dark Crystal prequel that's coming soon. Fans of Science Fiction will adore this book. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at...

Duration: 00:34:21

Ep. #156 - Banned Books Week and National Book Awards longlist

On today's episode, Jill and Adam talk about Banned Books Week, the National Books Awards and their newfound love of the the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lootcrate. Below, you'll find all the books we discussed as well as the full Banned Books and National Book Award longlist collections from OverDrive's Banned Books Week collection The full National Book Awards longlist collection 2016's most challenged books Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Make Something up...

Duration: 00:34:03

Ep. #155 - Ben Blum, author of Ranger Games

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Ben Blum who wrote the recently released Ranger Games. Ben's book is a nonfiction recounting of his cousin's life as he prepared to become an Army Ranger since he was a child only to be arrested the week before his deployment for robbing a bank. Ben goes into the indoctrination of Rangers as well as what led to Alex's crime and the aftermath. This book is incredibly important and is getting LOTS of buzz and it's entirely deserved. Today (Sept 18)...

Duration: 00:36:14

Ep. #154 -- We All Float Down Here

Last weekend, Jill and Adam both watched the new adaptation of Stephen King's IT and loved it so much they decided to talk about it -- both the film, the book it is based on, and a little bit about the original TV miniseries. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie yet! Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at Music "Creepy" provided royalty free...

Duration: 00:26:29

Ep. #153 -- In Their Own Words: Memoirs

In today's episode, Jill is joined by Melissa, Megan, and Briana to talk about a genre they all love: memoirs! From celebrity memoirs like Eddie Izzard's "Believe Me" to a behind-the-scenes peek at the romance publishing business with "Romance Is My Day Job" by Patience Bloom to the difficult but necessary books of kidnapping survivors like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, this episode has a little bit of everything for readers. Books Mentioned In Today's Episode From cradle to stage...

Duration: 00:54:10

Ep. #152 - Adrian J. Walker on running, very good doggos and writing dystopian novels

On today's episode, Adam sits down with author Adrian J. Walker and they instantly bond over their shared love of running, dogs and the dystopian genre that Adrian writes in. They discuss his books, The End of the World Running Club and The Last Dog on Earth as well as dealing with the tragic loss of heroes we may have never even met. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at...

Duration: 00:29:25

Ep. #151 -- Recommendations from Nancy Pearl

Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book recommendations! Nancy's Recommendations Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesamyn Ward Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at Music "Buddy" provided royalty free from Podcast Overview We're not just book nerds: we're...

Duration: 00:21:22

Ep. #151 - E. Lockhart!

On Today's episode we finally get to share an amazing chat we had with E. Lockhart back in the Spring to promote both We Were Liars and her new release Genuine Fraud! We also discussed Broadway musicals and her inspiration for becoming a writer. We also touch on why she thinks adults still love YA books (us included) and so much more. Enjoy! Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at...

Duration: 00:40:06

Ep. #149 - September new releases we're excited for AND Game Of Thrones!

It's our favorite episode of the month! Today we're talking about the new books coming out in September we can't wait to read. Jill and Adam go back and forth discussing September's big new releases for the first half of today's show but we also give you some bonus content! We break down the season finale of Game of Thrones and try to decide if it was as good as the internet seems to think it was. After you listen, let us know what books you're most excited for this month! Books...

Duration: 00:47:36

Ep. #148 - Jack Gantos, Author of Writing Radar

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Jack Gantos, who has written books for readers of all ages. The conversation focuses on Jack's latest work, Writing Radar, in which he details all the ways aspiring writers can set themselves up for success. We also discuss the many twists and turns his life has taken, including getting caught for helping traffic drugs and how this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at...

Duration: 00:37:29

Ep. #147 - Out of This World Science Fiction

Half an hour after peak viewing time of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Jill sat down with three of her colleagues (including first time caller, long time listener Bob) to discuss science fiction! From hard science fiction to dystopian fiction to everything in between. Books Mentioned in Today's episode Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski Hyperion by Dan Simmons The Martian by Andy Weir Artemis by Andy Weir Seveneves by Neal Stephenson The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones The Last...

Duration: 00:43:42

Ep. #146 - Amanda Foody, author of Daughter of the Burning City

On today's episode, Adam chats with his favorite debut author of 2017, Amanda Foody! Amanda is the author of Daughter of the Burning City which Adam lovingly describes as a YA-Fantasy Carnival Freak Show Murder Mystery. That's a lot of words... Amanda takes us through building her worlds, determining how magic works in these and explains why this incredible fantasy is a standalone novel. After taking a listen we absolutely implore you to get this book. It's magical and dark and mysterious...

Duration: 00:34:09

Ep. #145 - Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery AND Romance

On today's episode, Adam is joined by frequent friends of the pod (and 2/3rds of the 3-headed Sass Monster) Andrea and Christina. The three of them hand out bunches of book recommendations that would best be categorized as falling under Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery AND/OR Romance. They talk diverse books, fan fiction, Andrea's birthday and the fact that since the birth of her child she's been reading some DARK novels. Books mentioned on this episode: The Arrangement by Sarah...

Duration: 00:49:49

Ep. #144 -- Brandy Colbert, Author of Little & Lion

On today's episode, Adam chats with the incredible Brandy Colbert. Brandy's well known for her debut novel Pointe and her latest book Little & Lion was just released. Brandy and Adam discuss diversity in YA novels, the importance of being able to find characters like yourself in books and what goes into creating her characters. We can't recommend Little & Lion enough. It's an incredibly powerful book about understanding and the strength of family bonds. Give a listen! Say Hello! Find...

Duration: 00:35:39

Ep. #143 -- Jill's Favorite Fantasy Libraries

As a librarian who loves fantasy novels, Jill naturally loves fantasy novels that feature a fantastic library! For today's episode she's giving a rundown on some of her favorite fantasy libraries and librarians. Share your own favorite fantasy libraries by emailing us at or find us on Twitter @ProBookNerds Books Mentioned in this Episode Harry Potter series by JK Rowling A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin The Kingkiller Chronicle...

Duration: 00:19:50

Ep. #142 - Meg Cabot!

On today's episode, Adam sits down with the incredible and wildly popular bestselling author Meg Cabot. Meg is best known for her Princess Diaries series and she's written 8- books in total, having sold over 25 million copies. Meg is promoting her latest book Royal Crush but we touch on all of her work as she's written books for readers of all ages. Meg shares her experiences of struggling before finally getting published, writing under pen names and being persistent in her craft. She...

Duration: 00:35:50

Ep. #141 - August Books we're most excited about!

The calendar has turned to a new month which means we get to share our picks for the top books of August! Join us as we dive into the new releases coming this month we're most excited for including everything from bestsellers to debut authors, fiction and nonfiction alike! We're crossing all genres here so there is something for everything. Be sure to connect with us and share your favorite new books as well. Our TBR list can never be too long... Books mentioned in this episode: Of Mess...

Duration: 00:27:00

Ep. #140 - Fiona Davis, Author of The Address

On today's episode, Adam and Jill nerd out with Fiona Davis, author of the new book The Address. Fiona is well known for her debut novel, The Doll House as well as her time on Broadway. Naturally, the trio talk all things books, New York City and musicals. Fiona writes thrilling stories across multiple timelines with the true stars of her books being famous buildings in The Big Apple. This episode was recorded at The American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago which is why...

Duration: 00:31:17

Ep. #139 - The Suspense Is Killing Me

Who doesn't love a good murder to set off their summer vacation? In today's episode, Jill is joined by previous guests Emma, Meghan, and Kristin to discuss some of their favorite mystery, suspense, and thriller books! They also share some of the cozy mysteries they have been reading, complete with puntastic titles. Books Mentioned In This Episode: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris The Breakdown by B. A. Paris My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry The Woman...

Duration: 00:59:17

Ep. #138 - Dav Pilkey, Creator of Captain Underpants

Tra la Laaa! Today's episode is a chat with legendary children's author and illustrator Dav Pilkey! Dav is best known for creating Captain Underpants which has been read by millions of children around the world and is responsible for countless people falling in love with reading. Dav shares how he created his characters and what it feels like to interact with so many fans around the world. He also happens to have the best "Favorite reading spot" of all time. Say Hello! Find OverDrive...

Duration: 00:29:13

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