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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 • 309 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!

    The House That Gothic Reads Built

    The House That Gothic Reads Built

    Emma and Joe welcome back Claire and Kristin to chat about modern gothic reads. They discuss the characteristics they enjoy in a modern gothic and share a wide variety of books to get your creepy, vibey, gothic fix!
    Emma’s Picks:  


    The Clinic by Cate Quinn 


    A Place for Vanishing by Ann Fraistat 


    The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins  


    One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig (Sheperd King series)  


    Claire’s Picks:  


    Diavola by Jennifer Thorne 


    The Haunting of Velkwood by Gwendolyn Kiste 


    A Botanical Daughter by Noah Medlock 


    Thirst by Marina Yuszczuk 


    Kristin’s Picks:  


    Bluebeard’s Castle by Anna Biller 


    The Black Tree Atop the Hill by Karla Yvette 


    House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson 


    When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen 


    Joe’s Picks:  


    Vampires of el Norte by Isabel Canas 


    House of Cotton by Monica Brashears 


    Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas 


    House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland 


    Check out our Botanical Books episode from 2023 here. Other books mentioned in this episode included The Hacienda by Isabel Canas, The Only One Left by Riley Sager, and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.
    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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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Talking Crushed Red Cups and Murders at Parties with Cindy R.X. He

    Talking Crushed Red Cups and Murders at Parties with Cindy R.X. He

    The mean girl gets murdered in this one (not a spoiler)! Dive into the mind of Cindy RX He as she delves deep into her debut title, Perfect Little Monsters. Find out why it's hard to trick thriller readers with your twists, what makes the queen bee so compelling, and where Cindy's inspiration came from for this story.
    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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    • 35 min
    Beyond the Canon: Redefining and Updating the Classics!

    Beyond the Canon: Redefining and Updating the Classics!

    Join Joe and Emma on this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast as they dive deep into the ever-evolving landscape of the literary canon. They shine a spotlight on contemporary books that challenge traditional notions of what it means to be considered "canonical" and explore the complexities of defining literary greatness.
    Emma and Joe offer up some modern works and their potential to reshape our understanding of literature and join a new canon. From diverse voices to innovative storytelling techniques, they celebrate the richness and diversity of contemporary literature that deserves a place in the canon.
    Titles mentioned in this episode:
    Emma’s Titles: 


    Atonement by Ian McEwan 


    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  


    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon 


    A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 


    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  


    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  


    Joe’s Titles:  


    The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz 


    Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 


    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 


    Life of Pi by Yann Martel  


    Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 


    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 


    Past episodes mentioned in this episode:

    The Hunger Games Retrospective

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Ep. #135 - Colson Whitehead, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad


    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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    • 58 min
    Dreaming Big with Carley Fortune

    Dreaming Big with Carley Fortune

    Emma is thrilled to welcome Carley Fortune to talk about her new book, This Summer Will Be Different. In this fun chat, you'll also hear about Carley's life-changing writing advice from Taylor Jenkins Reid, writing about different kinds of family dynamics and dreamy male leads, Anne of Green Gables, long-distance best friends, the power of libraries, and how romance books can and do save and change lives.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune


    Every Summer After by Carley Fortune


    Meet Me At the Lake by Carley Fortune


    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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    • 55 min
    All That and a Bag of Chips: 1990s Book Recs

    All That and a Bag of Chips: 1990s Book Recs

    Emma is joined by Sydney and Jane to discuss 1990s nostalgia, essential books of the 90s, and share a list of fresh books set in their favorite decade! This episode is packed full of book recommendations and waxing poetic about malls, layered tank tops, time travel, and revisiting our favorite decade from a 2024 perspective.
    Emma’s Picks:  


    Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid  


    This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub  


    The Mall by Megan McCafferty  


    Jane’s Picks:  


    How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran 


    Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 


    Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 


    I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai 


    Sydney’s Picks:  


    The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 


    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 


    The Crow Road by Iain Banks 


    If you want to listen to our conversation with Rainbow Rowell, you can listen here. If you want to listen to the conversation with Emma Straub, that's here. If you're a librarian and you're looking to shop more 90s reads in OverDrive Marketplace, check out As If: Modern Books Featuring 80s and 90s Nostalgia, Books of the 90s, and Smells Like Teen Spirit.
    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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    • 58 min
    May 2024 Book Picks

    May 2024 Book Picks

    It's that magical time again - Joe and Emma are sharing the books being released this May (2024) that they're most looking forward to. The Nerds talk about the eclipse, catch up, and have a silly, goofy time!
    Titles mentioned in this episode:
    Author Interviews for May: 


    This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune 


    Perfect Little Monsters by Cindy RX He 


    Think Twice by Harlan Coben  


    And Then? And Then? What Else? by Daniel Handler  

     
    Emma’s Titles: 


    You Never Know by Tom Selleck  


    The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren 


    The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton 


    Mistakes We Never Made by Hannah Brown  


    When Among Crows by Veronica Roth 


    Very Bad Company by Emma Rosenblum 


    Evocation by S.T. Gibson  


    When We Were Silent by Fiona McPhillips 


    The Ballad of Darcy and Russell by Morgan Matson 


    Swiped by L.M. Chilton  

     
    Joe’s Titles:  


    Cunning Folk by Tabitha Stanmore 


    Keepers of the Stones and Stars by Michael Barakiva 


    The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley 


    How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying by Django Wexler 


    In Our Stars by Jack Campbell 


    Have You Seen This Girl by Nita Tyndall 


    Ghostroots by ‘Pemi Aguda 


    If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay 


    The Guncle Abroad by Steven Rowley 


    Joe Nuthin’s Guide to Life by Helen Fisher 


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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
309 Ratings

309 Ratings

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 :).

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.

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