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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!

    The Hunger Games Retrospective (Part 1)

    The Hunger Games Retrospective (Part 1)

    New year, new retrospective! We are back with another deep-dive into a favorite series of the past, starting with Book 1 of the Hunger Games trilogy. Joe, Emma, and Jill answer important questions such as Where would Cleveland be located in Panem? and, of course, Who would you choose: Gale versus Peeta? They discuss differences between the book and movie, favorite scenes, and more.
    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).
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Astral Projecting with Mike Albo, author of Another Dimension of Us

    Astral Projecting with Mike Albo, author of Another Dimension of Us

    Today on the pod, Joe talks with Mike Albo about his new book Another Dimension of Us (out January 17). They dive into Mike's process, what it was like growing up in the 80s, feedback from his authenticity readers, the excitement around his audiobook, and of course- curating a new age bookshelf.

    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. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse).
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    • 54 min
    February's Biggest Books

    February's Biggest Books

    Emma, Joe, and Jill are back for the monthly round up of books they're most excited for coming out this month! In this episode, they also chat about gothic ghost stories, an obsession with the tv show, Supernatural, the 90s, Uggs vs. Crocs, preview some upcoming author interviews, and talk about their favorite tropes.
    Emma’s Picks:  


    Radiant Sin by Katee Robert  


    The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz  


    Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth  


    Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft  


    Immortality by Dana Schwartz  


    The House Guest by Hank Phillippi Ryan 


    This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang 

    Jill’s Picks:  


    The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi 


    B.F.F. by Christie Tate 


    Cold People by Tom Rob Smith 


    Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez 


    The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill 


    Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones 


    Bookworm by Robin Yeatman 

    Joe’s Picks:  


    The Angel Maker by Alex North 


    Bad Mormon by Heather Gay 


    The Long Run by James Acker 


    Revelle by Lyssa Mia Smith 


    Project Nought by Chelsey Furedi 


    Your Driver is Waiting by Priya Guns 


    Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom by Nina Varela 


    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 here.
    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. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Finding the Funny with Monica Heisey

    Finding the Funny with Monica Heisey

    Emma chats with Monica Heisey about her novel, Really Good, Actually. They also discuss divorce at a young age, the triumph of oat milk, writing for television versus writing fiction, the best advice, Toronto Public Library's reading challenge, and how to find the funny in writing and life.

    Books mentioned:
    Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Garbielle Zevin
    Georgia Nicolson series
    How Should a Person Be? By Sheila Heti 

    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. 
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    • 37 min
    Pro Book Nerds Most Anticipated Reads of 2023!

    Pro Book Nerds Most Anticipated Reads of 2023!

    Starting the new year off right with our MOST anticipated books of 2023! This list was so hard to narrow down and we're surely missing a lot of releases, but here are some of the titles we cannot wait to read this year. Emma, Joe, and Jill also chat about our undying love for Santino Fontana, the struggle in pronouncing character names from fantasy books aloud, a term we're coining "murder-coms," Joe's chat with Grady Hendrix, MLMs, gothic stories and manifesting the release of the next Crescent City book from Sarah J. Maas.

    Jill’s Picks 


    The Teachers by Alexandra Robbins 


    I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai 


    Reckoning by V (formally Eve Ensler) 


    Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer 


    How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix 


    The Golden Frog Games by Claribel A Ortega 


    She is a haunting by Trang Thanh Tran 


    The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor 


    VenCo by Cherie Dimaline 


    Kiss me in the Coral Lounge by Helen Ellis 

     
    Emma’s Picks 


    Happy Place by Emily Henry  


    A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon 


    Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken  


    A Twisted Love Story by Samantha Downing  


    Immortal Longings by Chloe Gong  


    Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey (and Unfortunately Yours)  


    A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand  


    Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison  


    Bring Me Your Midnight by Rachel Griffen  


    The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes  

     
    Joe’s Picks 


    In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune 


    For You and Only You by Caroline Kepnes 


    The Only One Left by Riley Sager  


    The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro


    Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q Sutanto 


    Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood 


    Quietly Hostile by Samantha Irby 


    The Male Gazed by Manuel Betancourt 


    The Sun and the Void by Gabriela Romero Lacruz 


    Zero Days by Ruth Ware 


    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 here.
    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. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Learning How to Sell a Haunted House with Grady Hendrix

    Learning How to Sell a Haunted House with Grady Hendrix

    Join Joe for a conversation with Grady Hendrix! They talk about his new book, How to Sell a Haunted House, writing structure, Lemony Snicket, and just what it takes to empty out the clutter of a life gone by.

    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. We’ve got merch! Check out our two shirts in The OverDrive Shop (all profits are donated to the ALA Literacy Clearinghouse).
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
281 Ratings

281 Ratings

ashleyqueenofwands ,

Fav way to build my TBR

This is my favorite bookish podcast out there and I’ve searched through a lot!

I love love love all the hosts and I always leave their monthly roundups with at least 3 additions to my TBR list!

I am now going through their backlist and listening to monthly biggest book episodes from last year to get me through the wait for the next. Highly highly recommend.

Jennyjennjen457 ,

Great Bookish Pod

Joe and Emma have been a delightful addition to the podcast. I love listening to Joe’s author interviews. He has such a personable interview style. Highly recommend.

EchoReading ,

Revived Podcast

I love the new hosts along with Jill. The episodes they have been putting out have been so creative and I still enjoy listing to the show every week.

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