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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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    • 4.6, 205 Ratings

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!

    Interview with Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella is Dead

    Interview with Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella is Dead

    Ep: #459 - On today's episode, Adam interview debut author Kalynn Bayron about her new young adult dark fantasy, Cinderella is Dead. Kalynn wrote this story because, as a BIPOC author, she never saw characters who looked like herself in the tales she adored growing up and wrote a new narrative. They also discuss how music and theater inspire her, living life in a military family, and Hamilton, obviously.

    • 40 min
    Jack the Ripper recs, dog interruptions, and living in a library!

    Jack the Ripper recs, dog interruptions, and living in a library!

    Ep. #458 - On today's episode, Andrea and Abbey return to join the nerds for a classic virtual book recommendation smorgasbord. The group dishes out a surprisingly amount of Jack the Ripper suggestions but also several thrillers, some historical fiction, and a few apocalypse-y books.
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    Books mentioned in this episode
    Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin
    Being Lolita by Alisson Wood
    Burn by Patrick Ness
    Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
    The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
    The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
    The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
    Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
    A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet
    The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
    The Kiss of Deception by by Mary E. Pearson
    The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

    • 40 min
    Interview with Connie Shultz

    Interview with Connie Shultz

    Ep. #457 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz to talk about her debut novel, The Daughters of Erietown. They discuss Connie's inspiration for the book, working class America in the 1960s and now, and the state of journalism in 2020.

    • 45 min
    July's biggest new books and the Black Lives Matter Community Read

    July's biggest new books and the Black Lives Matter Community Read

    Ep. #456 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share the books they're most excited about reading that are coming out in July. They also talk about OverDrive's new Black Lives Matter Community Read program. There are so many exceptional books coming our way in July.

    Keep supporting diverse voices and BIPOC authors, and keep lending your voice to those in your community that need it.
    Read about the BLM Community Read program: https://company.overdrive.com/2020/06/22/now-available-free-to-libraries-without-waitlists-or-holds-black-lives-matter-titles-to-read-listen-learn-and-grow/

    Get your own Professional Book Nerds tshirt and support library charities: https://stores.inksoft.com/the_overdrive_store/shop/home

    Books mentioned in this episode:
    This Is My America by Kim Johnson
    A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
    Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
    The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase
    The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper
    The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
    The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
    Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
    His & Hers by Alice Feeney
    Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
    Intimations by Zadie Smith
    Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
    The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
    Wonderland by Zoje Stage
    One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

    • 35 min
    A DC Comics panel on addressing racism, LGBT representation, and tough topics through storytelling

    A DC Comics panel on addressing racism, LGBT representation, and tough topics through storytelling

    Ep. #455 - On today's episode, Adam has a Zoom chat with Gene Luen Yang, Alex Sanchez, and Laurie Halse Anderson about their new comics and graphic novels from DC Comics.
    Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang
    You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez
    Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Each of these stories focuses on important topics like racism, child trafficking, and American idealism, as well as a coming out story.
    This conversation is full of behind the scenes information about how these comics are put together, why it's so important to use this medium to discuss societal issues, and fun anecdotes about these authors' respective storytelling experiences. Comics are a great way to not only get children into reading but they're also a perfect medium to highlight these topics that they need to learn about. Readers of all ages will adore these books.

    • 42 min
    Camp Candlewick, a book club for students of all ages

    Camp Candlewick, a book club for students of all ages

    Ep. #454 - Today's episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press and all about their wonderful Camp Candlewick titles. These make a perfect reading list for students of all ages this summer. We open the podcast discussing some additional important collections being made available by OverDrive see the link below:
     
    OverDrive Blog to learn more about the COVID response collections and the new Black Lives Matter Community Read program: https://company.overdrive.com/blogs/library-blog/
     
    Get your very own Professional Book Nerds t-shirt! All proceeds are donated to library charities: https://stores.inksoft.com/the_overdrive_store/shop/products/new_products?page=1
     
    Camp Candlewick homepage: https://camp.candlewick.com/
     
    Judy Moody Declares Independence
    The Infamous Ratsos 
    Malamander
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears
    A Wish in the Dark
    Ghetto Cowboy
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    Small as an Elephant
    X: A Novel 
    Hearts Unbroken
    Fat Angie
    Juana and Lucas 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

KaraZielinski ,

The best hosts

Jill and Adam always brighten my week and I have found so many amazing books from them. I didn’t have a single doubt that they would come through with a long list of anti-racist books. Thank you for always knowing how to read the room and delivering books that make everything more bearable. Stay safe in Ohio!

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Thanks

The episode notes are worthy of 5 stars for their usefulness. If you’re in a hurry you'll find them advantageous. Thanks for those and for steering clear of politics.🤪 @ you know who...

Lori E. RN ,

Fun, interesting interview

Penny Reid writes books about hilarious, intelligent characters. This interview is hilarious and intelligent and full of shenanigans- just like her books!! Worth the listen!

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