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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!

    Introducing The Film Library

    Introducing The Film Library

    Emma and Joe recommend The Film Library podcast!
    Follow the show: The Film Library: a Kanopy Podcast.
    Watch season 1 here.
    Dive into the rich world of cinema with The Film Library, a brand-new podcast presented by Kanopy, the free streaming service available through participating public and academic libraries. Join hosts Alonso Duralde and Daniel Thompson as they explore the diverse universe of filmmaking. With over 30,000 films and TV shows available at your fingertips, Kanopy offers a haven for film lovers. From swoon-worthy rom-coms to eye-opening documentaries, without the hassle of subscription fees or ads.
    Each episode features a unique guest from various corners of the industry offering listeners an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the art and craft of film. Whether you're a seasoned cinephile or just starting your film journey, The Film Library provides an insightful, engaging, and educational experience. Tune in to discover hidden gems and hear the stories behind the camera, all accessible with your library card at http://www.kanopy.com/.
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    • 4 min
    Escape to Middletide with Sarah Crouch

    Escape to Middletide with Sarah Crouch

    Emma welcomes debut author Sarah Crouch to the podcast to discuss her book, Middletide! They chat about the book, the writing process, how Sarah found her agent, 90s nostalgia, inspiration from Harlan Coben and Frieda McFadden, the value of libraries, and escapism in reading.
    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. 
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    • 45 min
    Buckaroo Banter: Chuck Tingle Talks BURY YOUR GAYS

    Buckaroo Banter: Chuck Tingle Talks BURY YOUR GAYS

    Joe is joined by the mysterious, masked Chuck Tingle to talk about his new, traditionally published book BURY YOUR GAYS (out July 9 from Tor Nightfire). Chuck and Joe talk about absurdist art balanced with sincerity, the impact and meaning of AI on art, how Chuck's faceless persona effects his work, and Chuck's thoughts around separating the art from the artist.
    Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode in Libby. Library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketplace.
    Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog!
    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
    The Hottest Summer Book Releases - July 2024 Book Picks

    The Hottest Summer Book Releases - July 2024 Book Picks

    Get ready to dive into a treasure trove of captivating stories as we unveil the most anticipated book releases of July 2024! Join Emma and Joe on a thrilling journey through the pages of upcoming novels, where every plot twist and character arc awaits discovery.

    Titles mentioned in this episode:
    July Author Interviews:  


    Bury Your Gays by Chuck Tingle 


    Loud by Drew Afualo


    Emma’s Titles: 


    The Grandest Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes  


    Supernatural: An Official Spooky Picture Book by Micol Ostow, illustrated by Christian Cornia 


    Not Another Love Song by Julie Soto 


    The Wedding People by Alison Espach  


    Beneath These Cursed Stars by Lexi Ryan 


    Heads Will Roll by Josh Winning 


    Dishonestly Yours by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie  


    The Last One by Rachel Howzell Hall * at the time of recording, the publication date had not yet been changed. This title now releases later in 2024.


    Ladykiller by Katherine Wood  


    Such Charming Liars by Karen M. McManus  

     
    Joe’s Titles: 


    Sharing Space by Cady Coleman 


    Die Hot with a Vengeance by Sable Yong 


    The Dallergut Dream Department Store by Miye Lee 


    Youth Group by Jordan Morris, Bowen McCurdy 


    A Darker Mischief by Derek Milman 


    Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts by Adam Sass  


    The Blonde Dies First by Joelle Wellington 


    The Night of Baba Yaga by Akria Otani  


    Like Mother, Like Daughter by Kimberly McCreight  


    The Astrology House by Carinn Jade  


    Need a refresher on what our most anticipated books of the year are? Listen here: PBN’s Most Anticipated Books of 2024 episode
    Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode in Libby. Library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketplace.
    Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog!
    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 4 min
    Your Guide to Completing the Pro Book Nerds 2024 Reading Challenge

    Your Guide to Completing the Pro Book Nerds 2024 Reading Challenge

    On today's episode, Emma and Joe share some tips and tricks to completing your 2024 Pro Book Nerds Reading Challenge. They also discuss the prompts they've completed and what books they read. Finally, they offer some suggestions for, perhaps, some harder to complete prompts. Let us know, have you done your 2024 reading challenge yet? What's your progress?

    2024 PBN Reading Challenge:
    A genre you don’t normally read 


    The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by KJ Charles 


    The Bearable Slant of Light by Lynnell Edwards 


    The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green 


    A book with main characters that are a different age than you 

    House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J Maas  

    A book on your TBR longer than 1 year 


    Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket 


    Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 


    An audiobook (full cast or dramatized!) 


    A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson 


    House of Earth and Blood, Part 2 by Sarah J. Maas


    A book in translation 


    A Magical Girl Retires by Park Seolyeon 


    Reykjavik by Ragnar Jonasson 


    Reread a childhood favorite 


    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 


    Crank by Ellen Hopkins


    Book with dual POV 

    Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez

    Read a duology 


    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


    One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig


    A book with a one-word title 


    Sheets by Brenna Thummler  


    Tomie – Juno Ito 


    A book from any bestseller list 


    Rouge by Mona Awad 


    Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward 


    Think Twice by Harlan Coben


    A book your first heard about on PBN 


    Diavola by Jennifer Thorne 


    Garlic and the Witch by Bree Paulsen 


    A book out of season 


    So Thirsty by Rachel Harrison (takes place in Winter) 


    This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune (Summer) 


    Check out Joe's conversation with Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket here. Listen to Emma's chat with Harlan Coben here. Want to hear more about seasonal reading, listen to our Seasons of Books episode here.
    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. 
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    • 53 min
    Behind the Scares: A Conversation with Paul Tremblay on Horror Movie

    Behind the Scares: A Conversation with Paul Tremblay on Horror Movie

    Join Joe for a dive into the world of horror with acclaimed author Paul Tremblay as he unveils details of his new book Horror Movie (out June 11 from HarperCollins). Paul shares his inspirations, challenges, and thrills of crafting a story that carries you through time and just wondering how impacted you'll be by that cursed film.
    Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today’s episode in Libby and our library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketplace.
    Looking for more bookish content? Check out the Libby Life Blog!
    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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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
310 Ratings

310 Ratings

Ammey68 ,

Great book recommendations!

This is hands down my favorite book podcast. I eagerly await the monthly episodes that discuss upcoming releases. Joe and Emma give a wide range of recommendations and I can always find something that I’m interested in. I’ve learned about a lot of books and authors that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. Plus, they are a joy to listen to!

ErinBGill ,

Favorite book podcast!

Emma and Joe are my bookish besties on the internet. Love every recommendation, episode, and chat! They’re the definition of dedication, and their easy flow is so fun!

Kristina Lucia ,

So much fun to listen to!

This is a wonderful podcast for all book lovers! The conversations are wonderful and I am captivated by the conversations. I am always on the hunt for a new book and this podcast is a wonderful resource :).

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