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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!

    Book Rec Grab Bag! RomComs, Royalty, and all sorts of Horror

    Book Rec Grab Bag! RomComs, Royalty, and all sorts of Horror

    Ep. #470 - On today's episode, Adam is joined by Kristin and Emma to dig into what they've been reading lately. Buckle up, because this is random list loaded up with all sorts of books!
    Today's episode is sponsored by GiveWell. Visit https://www.givewell.org/probooknerds and select [Podcast] and [Professional Book Nerds] at checkout to have your donation matched up to $100.

    Books mentioned in this episode
     Me and White Supremacy By Layla F. Saad
    Really Truly By Heather Vogel Frederick
    Midnight Sun By Stephenie Meyer
    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes By Suzanne Collins
    Cobble Hill By Cecily von Ziegesar
    Scritch Scratch By Lindsay Currie
    Small Spaces By Katherine Arden
    The Year of the Witching By Alexis Henderson
    Bringing Down the Duke By Evie Dunmore
    A Rogue of One's Own By Evie Dunmore
    Finding Freedom By Omid Scobie
    Engagement and Espionage By Penny Reid
    The Shadows By Alex North
    The Only Good Indians By Stephen Graham Jones
    Monster, She Wrote By Lisa Kröger
    Code of Conduct By Smartypants Romance
    The Once and Future Witches By Alix E. Harrow
    Stepping Stones By Lucy Knisley

    • 53 min
    Interview with Francisco X. Stork, author of Illegal

    Interview with Francisco X. Stork, author of Illegal

    Ep. #469 - On today's episode, Adam interviews author Interview with Francisco X. Stork about his newest book, Illegal. They discuss immigration and asylum in the United States, Francisco's career as a lawyer, and injecting important adult themes into YA books.
    Today's episode is sponsored by Literati and Freshly.
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    • 41 min
    #PBNread2020 - Books published between 2000 and 2010

    #PBNread2020 - Books published between 2000 and 2010

    Ep. # 468 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill offer up book recommendations for another task in the Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge. This time, we're looking at books published between 2000 and 2010.
    Books mentioned in this episode
    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry
    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 
    The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
    On Beauty by Zadie Smith
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

    • 50 min
    Interview with Emily Levesque, author of The Last Stargazers

    Interview with Emily Levesque, author of The Last Stargazers

    In today's episode, Jill is joined by Emily Levesque to talk about her new book The Last Stargazers. Emily talks about her experiences working in the astronomy field, some of her favorite stories from her and her colleagues careers, and that incredible photo of a black hole.

    Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit http://www.literati.com/probooknerds to save 25% on your first two orders.

    • 25 min
    Big Library Read Special episode with Tim Mason

    Big Library Read Special episode with Tim Mason

    Playwright and novelist Tim Mason joins Jill and Adam to discuss The Darwin Affair, his historical fiction mystery novel set in London. They also discuss his life as a playwright, his inspirations, and working with Dr. Seuss.

    About the Big Library Read
    Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through your local library or school library and all you need to get started reading is a library card or student ID.

    • 38 min
    Previewing August's biggest new books: Spooky recs, fantasies, memoirs, rom coms and so much!

    Previewing August's biggest new books: Spooky recs, fantasies, memoirs, rom coms and so much!

    Ep. #466 - On today's episode, we're diving into the new book releases we're excited for in August! There are incredible titles coming in all genres and we had a blast breaking them all down.
    Books mentioned in this episode
    Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
    The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
    The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
    The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
    Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
    Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
    Being Lolita by Alisson Wood
    Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
    The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque
    The Hollow Ones by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
    Wandering in Strange Lands by Morgan Jerkins
    Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig
    The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
    The Game by Linsey Miller
    Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
    Body Talk by Kelly Jensen
    Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis
    The Companion by Katie Alender 

    • 39 min

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