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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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    • 4.5 • 245 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!

    Book sequels we didn't need

    Book sequels we didn't need

    Christina makes her triumphant return to chat with Adam about sequels that weren't entirely necessary (in their minds). These books aren't necessarily bad but our nerds discuss what the original books meant to them and why these ones didn't strike the same chord.
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    • 42 min
    Interview with Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

    Interview with Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

    In today's episode, Jill is joined by author Jesse Q. Sutanto to discuss her new book Dial A for Aunties. The pair discuss her book, working the wedding business, and big families.
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    • 26 min
    May's biggest new books!

    May's biggest new books!

    Ep. #543 - Like Justin said... It's gonna be May.

    And so we're unveiling the books we can't wait to read this month.
    Books mentioned in this episode
    Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton
    The Ivies By Alexa Donne
    A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
    The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
    Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
    Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
    Yearbook by Seth Rogen
    Katharine Parr, the Sixth Wife by Alison Weir
    Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
    That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
    Goblin by Josh Malerman
    The Secret Talker by Geling Yan
    Madam by Phoebe Wynne
    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
    Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
    Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
    Second Place by Rachel Cusk
    How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger
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    • 33 min
    Christina Henry returns to scare the hell out of you

    Christina Henry returns to scare the hell out of you

    Ep. #542 - Adam welcomes back Christina Henry to chat about her terrifying new novel, Near the Bone. The discuss the idea of showing the POV of a victim vs. a villain, how she writes characters instead of plots, and why the true terror of the unseen.
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    • 52 min
    Authors behaving badly

    Authors behaving badly

    Ep. #541 - Lately, a number of authors who have high profiles have been doing some less than awesome things online. We thought we'd address what to do, as a reader, when authors you've previously supported turn out to be not great human beings. We also discuss the concept of book reviews and how to take star ratings with a grain of salt, and make a plea to readers to do a little research before diving into books you think might be problematic. We'll get back to regularly scheduled book recommending next week but we'd love your thoughts on this episode in the reviews or just send us a message.
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    • 39 min
    On grief, laughter, and giving ourselves grace with Joan F. Smith

    On grief, laughter, and giving ourselves grace with Joan F. Smith

    Ep. #540 - Joan F. Smith joins Adam to discuss her new book The Half-Orphan's Handbook. Their conversation ranges from how she coped with her father's suicide, how they both use comedy to deal with tragedy, and how they both struggle to accept that how they feel is okay. They also discuss her job as a library's author-in-residence. Trigger warnings for conversations about death and suicide but this is a must listen and a must read for anyone who has struggled with grief.
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

lynleeeeee ,

Love Jill & Adam!

I found this podcast thanks to Reading Glasses. I love this podcast & Jill & Adam. I listen when I’m commuting & cleaning & I love the book rec episodes the most. I find a bunch of my books for my TBR from this podcast & I love that the suggest books they have AND haven’t read so that I can decide for myself if I’m gonna be into them or not. I love the fact that they are tuned in to current events and suggest books that align to them.

Thanks so much for everything! Keep up the wonderful podcast! 🥳

riribex ,

400 Souls

Thank you for asking about the process with organizing all these writers, time periods, focus, etc. I wondered about this throughout reading this book. Loved the variety in the 5 pages (or less) sections. Poems, history, personal essay connected to eras. Great!

whimsicalpixel ,

Sister Souljah

I would typically give a much higher rating, as I like this podcast very much, but I am flummoxed by the fawning over this book. I suspect the host did not read this book, nor did she read any reviews of this book in lieu of reading it herself. If she did read it, I am stunned there were no trigger warnings for this book’s content (and there should’ve been). Much of the discussion was about SS, the amount of time it took between the first book and its sequel, and the evasive answer to what the author hopes will be the take away meaning for the reader, and not a lot about the book’s content is suspicious. Sadly, I am now wondering how many books covered with author interviews are actually read, or at least skimmed or researched for content prior to an interview with the author. I am very disappointed. Just my opinion.

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