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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!

    March 2024 Book Picks!

    March 2024 Book Picks!

    It's that time again - time for Emma and Joe to look at the upcoming month's releases and share what they're most excited for! So many books, so little time... To make sure we're keeping things fresh, we've excluded titles included in our Most Anticipated Books of 2024 episode.
    Don't forget to Register to watch the virtual Libby Book Awards ceremony presented by us, your very own Professional Book Nerds via Zoom, or tune in on YouTube or Facebook Live.
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    Author Interviews for March:  


    Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher 


    The Mars House by Natasha Pulley

    Emma’s Titles: 


    Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle  


    A Touch of Chaos by Scarlett St. Clair  


    Happily Never After by Lynn Painter  


    This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan  


    Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez


    Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering  


    Annie Bot by Sierra Greer  


    The Divorcees by Rowan Beaird  


    The Extinction of Irena Ray by Jennifer Croft  


    Such a Lovely Family by Aggie Blum Thompson 


    Joe’s Titles:  


    Watch Where They Hide – Tamron Hall 


    The Baker & the Bard by Fern Haught 


    Bad Like Us by Gabrielle Lepore 


    Feeding Ghosts by Tessa Hulls  


    What I Should’ve Texted by Pierre Alex Jeanty  


    The Invisible Hotel by Yeji Y. Ham  


    Cirque du Slay by Rob Osler  


    Black Hole Cinema Club by Christopher Edge  


    Memory Piece by Lisa Ko  


    Dead Girls Walking by Sami Ellis


    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.
    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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    • 54 min
    Introducing The Newsworthy

    Introducing The Newsworthy

    Emma and Joe recommend The Newsworthy podcast to stay informed without getting overwhelmed. Check it out and we hope you enjoy it like we do.

    • 2 min
    Seasons of Books

    Seasons of Books

    Joe and Emma are joined by their colleague, Tiffany, to chat about seasonal reading! They chat about how they "plan" out their reading year, if the seasons influence what books they read and when, and recommend some of their favorites along the way. The group also realize what their reading "patterns" or schedules say about their tastes and preferences!
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    You series by Caroline Kepnes


    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


    Will They Escape? by Daniel Huiet


    Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


    Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer


    A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 


    Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 


    Crescent City series by Sarah J Maas 


    A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 


    The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 

    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


    All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson


    New Kid by Jerry Craft


    Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman


    How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

    Laura Vanderkam


    I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara


    The Quiet Tenant by Clemence Michellon


    Holes by Louis Sachar


    Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

    Priest Series or anything by Sierra Simone

    Maya Banks

    Elin Hilderbrand


    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


    Listen to Joe's winter reads episode with Amy from Mom Advice!

    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
    Sipping Tea and Planning Heists with Hafsah Faizal

    Sipping Tea and Planning Heists with Hafsah Faizal

    On this episode, Joe is joined by Hafsah Faizal to discuss her new book A Tempest of Tea (out February 20). Hafsah is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the Sands of Arawiya series, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and owner of IceyDesigns.
    They talk about finding their favorite teas, Victorian blood dens in tea rooms, and planning the perfect heist.
    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.
    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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    • 36 min
    Celebrating Valentine's Day with Dominique Raccah and the Sourcebooks Team!

    Celebrating Valentine's Day with Dominique Raccah and the Sourcebooks Team!

    Romance readers, assemble! This episode is for you. Emma chats with Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO, of Sourcebooks, the publisher behind some of your favorite romance reads at Sourcebooks Casablanca and Bloom Books imprints. They’re joined by Paula Amendolara (Senior Vice President of Sales), Mary Altman (Assistant Editorial Director), Molly Waxman (Executive Director of Marketing), Deb Werksman (Executive Editor), and Pamela Jaffee (Sr. Director Publicity/Brand Marketing), just some of the incredible team at Bloom Books and Sourcebooks Casablanca. They discuss insider info about how the publisher approaches each romance imprint, share trends in romance, and leave us with a long list of titles to get in the Valentine's Day spirit all February long.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    Binding 13 by Chloe Walsh


    Chloe Walsh books


    Never by Jessa Hastings


    Neon Gods by Katee Robert


    Emily McIntire books


    A Touch of Chaos by Scarlett St. Clair


    Wicked Villains series by Katee Robert


    Elsie Silver books


    Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall


    Girls with Bad Reputations by Xio Axelrod


    The Comeback by Lily Chu


    All That We Never Were by Alice Kellen


    All That We Are Together by Alice Kellen


    A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole


    A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair


    Hades & Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair

    The Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score

    Salacious Players Club series by Sara Cate


    Twisted series by Ana Huang

    The Striker by Ana Huang


    Midnight Ruin by Katee Robert


    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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    • 39 min
    Tea, Tales, and Twists: A Cozy Dive into Mysterious Whodunits

    Tea, Tales, and Twists: A Cozy Dive into Mysterious Whodunits

    On this episode, Joe is joined by return guests Claire and Kristin to talk all about cozy mysteries! Whether you're looking for quoziess, foodie titles, bookish mysteries or the like, this episode is for you. Joe also introduces Claire and Kristin to the PokéRap.
    Titles mentioned in this episode:
    Claire’s Titles: 


    The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy 


    Grave Expectations by Alice Bell 


    Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes 


    Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott   


    Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien 

     
    Kristin’s Titles:  


    The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis 


    Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower 


    Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews 


    In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace 


    Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett 

     
    Joe’s Titles: 


    The Body in the Back Garden by Mark Waddell 


    Board to Death by CJ Connor 


    Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp 


    Renovated to Death by Frank Anthony Polito 


    Devil’s Chew Toy by Rob Osler 


    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.
    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 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

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 :).

4013Tina ,

Fun, informative, the best

This is my go to podcast for book recommendations and all things bookish vibes. Joe and Emma are great at choosing topics and at broadening your horizons about what to read. They line up fabulous author interviews and help you build a fabulous TBR.

readinginthesouth ,

Love it!

My new favorite podcast😊I absolutely love Emma and Joe and how well they interact with each other. You can tell they love what they’re doing 😊Thanks for all the great book ideas.

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