Professional Book Nerds

Professional Book Nerds

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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. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
#329 - Chill with the return of our Summer Reading Program
Apr 18 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Adam returns from LA to chat with Christina about the upcoming OverDrive Summer Reading Program! She breaks down the awesome collection available to our school and library partners and then dives into the titles she’s most excited…
#328 - Rachel Howzell Hall
Apr 15 • 21 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with suspense writer Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the new book They All Fall Down. Jill and Rachel discuss Agatha Christie, seven deadly sins, and locked room mysteries. Interview was recorded live at…
#327 - There Were Never Such Devoted Sister Books
Apr 11 • 57 min
Christina and Rickie are back, this time joining Jill to discuss books featuring sisters! From going into hell to save your sister’s soul to helping your sister cover up multiple murders to fighting your sister over the King of England, there’s a…
#326 - Emily Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints
Apr 8 • 29 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Emily Duncan, author of the new young adult book Wicked Saints. Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019 Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We’re not…
#325 - True Crime
Apr 4 • 25 min
Adam’s out this week in Jury Duty, so Jill is on her own and decided to stay on brand and talk about some True Crime books! Books mentioned in this episode I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara American Fire by Monica Hesse A Serial…
#324: Harlan Coben!!!
Apr 1 • 48 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam sit down with Harlan Coben for a live interview in front of a sold out crowd of 400 readers at their home away from home, Cuyahoga County Public Library. Speaking of homes, his new book RUN AWAY, deals with tracking…
#323 - Big Library Read is Back!
Mar 30 • 18 min
On today’s very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story. Abu Bakr is an ESL student of Winnie’s, who helped him tell his family’s story of leaving the Middle East…
#322 - April’s Biggest Books!
Mar 28 • 40 min
April is around the corner, which means it’s time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! Books Mentioned In this Episode: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold The Invited by Jennifer McMahon Wicked Saints by…
#321 - Interview with Jasper Fforde
Mar 25 • 32 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now. Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We’re not just book nerds: we’re professional…
#320 -#MarchSadness 2019
Mar 21 • 53 min
Get your tissues ready, folks! No buzzer beaters. No brackets. Just a bunch of books that will absolutely make you cry. Adam and Jill are joined by Christina and Rickie to take a deep dive into some emotional reads. We also break the tension A LOT…
#319 - Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King
Mar 18 • 23 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, which was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick. Wayétu shares the impact of storytelling in Liberia’s cultural history and the importance of…
#318 - Gretchen Rubin and The Books that Spark Joy
Mar 14 • 35 min
On today’s episode Adam and Jill chat with Gretchen Rubin about her new book OUTER ORDER INNER CALM and offer tips about how decluttering our lives can help bring us happiness. Before that, Jill and Adam share the books that spark joy within them…
#317 - Victoria “V.E.” Schwab!
Mar 11 • 42 min
Oh my we have a superb episode for you fellow nerds! Adam chatted with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab about her all of her new upcoming projects including The Steel Prince (graphic novel), the re-release of The Near Witch (Fantasy), and her new Cassidy Blake…
#316 - No Boys Allowed for Women’s History Month
Mar 7 • 39 min
For today’s episode, Jill is joined by Tiffany and Sydney for a “No Boys Allowed” episode celebrating Women’s History Month. Books by women, books about women, and all things awesome. Books mentioned in this episode: Emergency Contact by Mary H….
#315 - Mallory O’Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon
Mar 4 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O’Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon while also…
#314 - March’s Biggest Books
Feb 28 • 35 min
Jill and Adam are back with their monthly picks episode! This week they are diving into upcoming March books they can’t wait to read. Books Mentioned In This Episode The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara The F*ck it Diet by…
#313 - Samantha Shannon, Author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
Feb 25 • 43 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with Samantha Shannon, internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season series to discuss her new high fantasy standalone novel The Priory of the Orange Tree. This sweeping saga tells epic stories of four…
312 - Caterrific Books
Feb 21 • 21 min
A few weeks ago, Adam talked about dog books and now Jill is back with books featuring and about cats! Books Mentioned In This Episode: Dewey by Vicki Myron Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats by TS…
#311 — NYT Bestselling author Alexandra Robbins
Feb 18 • 28 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Alexandra Robbins, author of The Overachievers, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Pledged. Her latest book Fraternity is out now. Music Music provided royalty free from www.bensound.com…
#310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!
Feb 14 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes. Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by…
#309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart
Feb 11 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast’s Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It’s equal parts moving and funny and entirely…
#308 - Jill’s ALA Adventures and what we’ve been reading
Feb 7 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. We discuss the wonderful people she met and the fun she had before getting into some good…
#307 - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights
Feb 4 • 34 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Lincoln Peirce, best known for his long running comic and novels in the Big Nate universe. He is back with a new book called Max and the Midknights, his first story outside of the the Big Nate world. They discuss…
#306 - February’s biggest books and some great literary ensemble casts
Jan 31 • 48 min
On today’s episode, Christina is back! She helps Adam break down February’s biggest books before providing a few of her favorite books with big casts of characters. February’s Biggest Books Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James …
#305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland
Jan 28 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. They discuss today’s political…
#304 - DOG BOOKS!
Jan 24 • 23 min
Last week we got a message on Twitter suggesting we do an episode all about dog books. Well, Jill is on the road for some interviews so Adam took full advantage. Enjoy these wonderful adventures of very good pups and the bork through ruff times and…
#303 - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This
Jan 21 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Kristen Roupenian about her new collection of short stories You Know You Want This featuring the widely read and hotly debated Cat Person. They discuss how she avoided the craze that Cat Person…
#302 -Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room
Jan 17 • 23 min
Our incredible friend Marie Benedict stopped by the office on her way to Indianapolis so we just had to record a quick chat about her new book The Only Woman in the Room. In keeping with her style of telling stories about underappreciated woman…
#301 - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Jan 14 • 31 min
On today’s interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk about the ethical decisions we all make every day and the psychology involved with morality. They…
#300 - Madeline Miller on the magic of Shakespeare and Theatre
Jan 10 • 48 min
On today’s extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick off the episode by discussing a very special giveaway Adam and Jill are doing to celebrate 300…
#299 - Brad Meltzer returns!
Jan 7 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Brad Meltzer rekindle their Muppet-fueled friendship after nearly 2 1/2 years apart. They discuss his new book The First Conspiracy which he co-wrote with Josh Mensch about the time George Washington was nearly…
#298 - January’s Biggest Books
Jan 3 • 34 min
It’s 2019! New year, new month, new books from Jill and Adam. This time, they are sharing their books for January. Books Mentioned In This Episode An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye We…
#297 - Rebecca Hanover, Author of The Similars
Dec 31, 2018 • 28 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Rebecca Hanover about her debut novel The Similars. She tells a wonderful story about high school, clones, acceptance and mystery. You’re absolutely going to love it!
#296 - Best Books of 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 25 min
It’s the last Thursday of 2018 and Adam and Jill are here with their roundup of the best books they read in 2018. Both books published this year but also books they read that were published other years. The Professional Book Nerds Best Books of…
#295 - Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Dec 24, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview NYT bestselling author Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing. They discuss her fascinating life studying wildlife in Africa and how she learned to adjust to her life upon returning. Her life has…
#294 - Charlaine Harris (!!) and announcing the PBN 2019 Reading Challenge
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview the great Charlaine Harris, well known author of the Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles, The Aurora Teagarden series, and the Midnight, Texas series, all of which have been turned into television adaptations….
#293 - Interview with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal Method PLUS A GIVEAWAY!
Dec 17, 2018 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Jill chats with Ryder Carroll, inventor of the wildly popular Bullet Journal Method. He has a new book out about the practice called The Bullet Journal Method and he and Jill chat all things bujo. With just a couple…
#292 - Give the gift of reading: Helping listeners shop for their book lovers
Dec 13, 2018 • 58 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by three of OverDrive’s staff librarians to answer a few of the book request emails we’ve received over the last few weeks. Emma, Kristin, and Maria do not disappoint. Check out all these amazing books! Books…
#291 - Kari Lynn Dell, author of Mistletoe in Texas
Dec 10, 2018 • 53 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Kari Lynn Dell whose contemporary western romance series Texas Rodeo includes Reckless in Texas, Tangled in Texas,…
#290 - Best audiobooks of 2018 with Robin Witten
Dec 6, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Robin Witten from Audiofile Magazine and the Behind the Mic podcast joins us to talk about the absolute best audiobooks of the year. Behind the Mic is a daily podcast where you can get quick audiobook recommendations across…
#289 - Katie Ruggle, Suspense Romance writer extraordinaire!
Dec 3, 2018 • 41 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Katie Ruggle. Katie’s newest book is Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas, the first in the new Rocky Mountain Cowboy…
#288 — December’s Biggest Books
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
December is right around the corner and Jill and Adam are here with their top picks for next month! Books mentioned in this episode: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery Pandemic by Robin Cook The…
#287 - Alan Cumming Redux
Nov 26, 2018 • 63 min
Today’s episode is a bit of a flashback as Jill and Adam pull an old episode from the archives. In this case, the amazing and incredible ALAN CUMMING OMG. Original episode was #73 back in December 2016, so for longtime listeners hope you enjoy this…
#286 - Thankful Thursday! Spoiler alert: we are thankful for YOU, our listeners!
Nov 22, 2018 • 28 min
Today’s episode is being released on Thanksgiving in the United States and Adam and Jill decide to talk about what they are thankful for which is OUR AMAZING AND AWESOME LISTENERS! They share emails and reviews from some listeners. Reach out to us at…
#285: Stuart Turton, Author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Nov 19, 2018 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview Stuart Turton, author of the phenomenally mysterious The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. We discuss his passion for Agatha Christie, how to make a murder mystery that lives up to her legacy, editing…
#284 - ~So you say you want a RESOLUTION~
Nov 15, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam look back at how they’re doing on their 2018 reading resolutions, discuss the different ways they handle depression and provide a bunch of different ideas for setting 2019 reading goals. Books Adam…
283: Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece
Nov 12, 2018 • 23 min
Former guest and friend of the podcast Fiona Davis returns to talk about her latest book, The Masterpiece Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly…
Don’t Blink or you’ll miss this wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey Doctor Who comics episode!
Nov 8, 2018 • 36 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Andrew James, Managing and Launch Editor for Titan Comics. Andrew manages the Doctor Who series of Titan Comics and both Whovians nerd out about The Doctor and his (or her!) companions and Andrew gives…
#281: Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the Check, Please! comics
Nov 5, 2018 • 27 min
What do hockey, baking, vlogging and comics have in common? They’re all a part of what makes Ngozi so amazing! She is the creator of Check, Please! the fabulous web comic that took kickstarter by storm and is now available to purchase and borrow as…
#280- New Mommas talkin’ kid books for Picture Book Month!
Nov 1, 2018 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by Christina, Andrea and Melissa all of whom have little babes at home (and Andrea is expecting another)! We discuss the books they love reading to their little ones and the books they can’t wait to share with them…
#279 - Interview with Jasmine Guillory
Oct 29, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Jasmine Guillory, author of the new book The Proposal. Jill and Jasmine discuss romance books, Roxane Gay, and writing with a full-time job. Interview was recorded in person at ALA Annual Conference in New…
#278 - Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE
Oct 27, 2018 • 28 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Madeline Miller about her instant bestselling novel CIRCE. The title was selected for the upcoming Together We Read digital book club which runs from November 1-15 in the United Kingdom. Madeline and Adam…
#277 - November’s biggest new books!
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode we’re talking about November new releases we’re most excited for! There’s something for everyone here! Click on any of the books below to sample them and then go borrow or buy them! November books Empress of All Seasons by…
#276 - Interview with Whitney Gardner
Oct 22, 2018 • 18 min
Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by Whitney Gardner, author and illustrator of Chaotic Good and You’re Welcome, Universe. Her latest book, Fake Blood, is out now! Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds….
#275 - Read Harder Challenge 4
Oct 18, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode we’re once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We’ve got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas…
#274 - Alex London, author of Black Wings Beating
Oct 15, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!
#273 - The Great American Read! with Bill Gardner, VP of Programming and Development at PBS
Oct 11, 2018 • 27 min
It’s a question we’re asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America’s favorite book and they’ve been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read they’ve found America’s top 100…
#272: April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Boneless Mercies
Oct 8, 2018 • 32 min
On today’s episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed today. We also discuss story structure by comparing linear story lines versus circular stories with…
#271 - Monsters, Murder and More with Mallory O’Meara!
Oct 4, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s show we welcome in Mallory O’Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in our opinion, THE person to go to when you’re looking for horror book recommendations. So now that…
#270 - Interview with Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
Oct 1, 2018 • 23 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time’s Convert that is set in the same universe and she comes on the podcast to talk…
#269 - A Big Library Read chat with Katherine Locke!
Sep 29, 2018 • 38 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Katherine Locke, author of the latest Big Library Read selection The Girl with the Red Balloon. The book is a mix of historical fiction and magical realism and it RULES. This chat features everything from…
#268 - October new books and BIG Fantastic Beasts feelings…
Sep 27, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share the books coming out in October they are most excited for. BUT FIRST… We are in a BIG NAGINI MOOD. We bring on friend of the show and all around rockstar human Jandra Sutton to breakdown the issues we have…
#267 - Hank Green! Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Sep 24, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Hank Green, one half of the VlogBrothers and just so many other amazing things on the internet. Hank’s debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing comes on Tuesday (9/25) and it is genuinely stunning. Adam…
#266 - Kerri Maniscalco returns!
Sep 20, 2018 • 28 min
On today’s episode, our good buddy Kerri Maniscalco returns to chat about her brand new book Escaping from Houdini! Want to know what sounds absolutely creepy? A murderous carnival on a cruise ship… We get into where the idea came from and a…
#265: What OverDrive is Reading for Read an Ebook Day!
Sep 17, 2018 • 28 min
Tuesday, September 18th is Read an Ebook Day! OverDrive’s own holiday which celebrates a love for digital reading and for today’s episode, Adam and Jill talk to some of their coworkers to find out what books they’ll be reading. Visit…
#264 - GUY BRANUM!
Sep 13, 2018 • 35 min
TV Host, Comedy Writer, Stand up comedian, Memoirist. Guy Branum can do it all. On today’s episode Adam interviews one of his favorite celebrities about his debut book My Life As a Goddess. Equal parts introspective and hilarious, this book…
#263 - Melissa Hartwig, Co-Founder of Whole30
Sep 10, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, we sit down with Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30 and author of the new Whole30 Slow Cooker. We disucss how Whole30 came to be, dispel the misconception that it’s a diet and get into Melissa’s life as a fellow book…
#262 - Kami Garcia!
Sep 6, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as well as the new Broken Beautiful Hearts, The X-Files YA origin…
#261 - Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by Christina Dalcher whose debut novel VOX is getting all sorts of buzz. This dystopian story draws comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale with it’s disturbing setting and the future it portrays where women are only…
#260 - September’s best new books!
Aug 30, 2018 • 36 min
Jill is getting married! Thankfully, we have many a book nerd here so the wonderful Andrea pinch hits to chat with Adam about the books they’re most excited for coming out this month. Books discussed in this episode In Pieces by Sally Field …
#259 - Talkin’ Fairy Tales with Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik!
Aug 27, 2018 • 28 min
On today’s episode, Adam has a round table discussion with three of the best writers of modern day fairy tales. Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik all write magical, dark and enchanting stories that many classify as fairy tales and we dive…
#258 - Together We Read author James Moloney
Aug 25, 2018 • 36 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with James Moloney, an Australian author whose latest novel The Love That I Have was selected as our most recent Together We Read book club title for Australia and New Zealand. For two weeks all library card…
#257 - Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter!
Aug 23, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s episode it’s all about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Adam & Jill begin with a series of topics about the HP community, what the houses mean to them and how the Wizarding World remains connected to their daily lives. Then Adam…
#256 - Eoin Colfer!
Aug 20, 2018 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, to discuss his new graphic novel Illegal. They cover topics like why he chose to write about African immigrants, how graphic novels can help struggling…
#255 - Interview with Keiko Agena
Aug 16, 2018 • 36 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill get to talk with Keiko Agena who played Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Along with acting, she is also a visual artist who has a new workbook for artists out now called No Mistakes. Part adult coloring book, part artistic…
254: R. O. KWON!
Aug 13, 2018 • 38 min
On today’s episode new best friend of the show R.O. Kwon joins Jill and Adam to discuss her absolutely Earth shattering debut novel The Incendiaries, wishing she could escape writing about religion and why she’s a firm believer in the spine-in…
#253 - YA Anthologies
Aug 9, 2018 • 23 min
Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and stories from authors with disabilities. These stories are a perfect way for readers…
#252 - Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Aug 6, 2018 • 30 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what inspired Gail to write the book and what it’s like to have your debut do so well. Say Hello! Find us on…
#251 - August’s Biggest Books
Aug 2, 2018 • 35 min
Adam and Jill are back with their monthly picks! Today they offer up some incredible books coming out in August. Books Mentioned In this Episode Vox by Christine Dalcher Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien The…
#250 - Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin!
Jul 30, 2018 • 47 min
On today’s episode Adam is joined by two of the defining voices in Science Fiction writing, Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin! They discuss tired tropes of Science Fiction, diversity in writing and whether or not it’s okay to tell another culture’s story….
#249 - Sharp Objects Readalikes
Jul 26, 2018 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Emma and Meghan to offer up some Sharp Objects readalikes. Mother / daughter relationships! Small town secrets! Unreliable narrators! Books mentioned in today’s episode: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter When the…
#248 - Joe Abercrombie!
Jul 23, 2018 • 44 min
On today’s episode Adam chats with Joe Abercrombie, author of the ridiculously popular First Law series. They chat about the new covers of the original trilogy, the new trilogy he’s currently writing (!!!) and what he discovered while re-reading his…
#247 - Janssen Bradshaw, creator of everyday-reading.com!
Jul 19, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s show we have the wildly popular blogger Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the amazing everyday-reading.com. We discuss how she started blogging, how she finds time to read with a bunch of children running around the house, ways to get the…
#246 - Sarah Jacoby, author and illustrator extraordinaire!
Jul 16, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Adam bonds with Sarah Jacoby over her jawdropping illustrations, her wonderful children’s book and Jim Henson. It’s amazing and she’s amazing and you should all go read Forever or a Day right now.
#245 - Read Harder Challenge Part 3
Jul 12, 2018 • 38 min
We’re back with a bunch more recommendations to help you tackle the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! Here’s what we’re chatting about today: Book About Nature Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart…
#244 - Katie Ganshert, author of No One Ever Asked
Jul 9, 2018 • 32 min
Today Adam is sitting down with author Katie Ganshert, a wonderful woman who writes Christian inspired titles for both adults and young readers. Her latest novel No One Ever Asked, is inspired by real world events, this is a riveting tale about the…
#243 - Big Library Read interview with Lacy Williams
Jul 7, 2018 • 33 min
Big Library Read is back! This time, readers voted on Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams, a historical western version of Pride & Prejudice. From July 9th until July 23rd, you can borrow Lacy’s book from participating libraries without waitlists…
#242 - 10 very important Harry Potter debates
Jul 5, 2018 • 49 min
Who is the best Harry Potter character? What’s the worst side plot. Is Snape actually good. We tackle these and so many other important topics on today’s episode!
#241 - Malcolm Hansen, author of They Come in All Colors
Jul 2, 2018 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with debut author Malcolm Hansen about his novel They Come in All Colors. This story touches on growing up a multicultural child in the tense societal times of the 60s and 70s in both NYC and the deep south. They…
#240 - July’s Biggest Books
Jun 28, 2018 • 27 min
It’s our July books episode! Adam and Jill is here with their monthly picks for July and Jill also talks a little bit about her time in New Orleans for ALA. Books Mentioned In This Episode: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Baby Teeth by…
#239 - Interview with Lisa Genova
Jun 25, 2018 • 39 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice. Her latest book, Every Note Played, is out now. Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly…
#238 - Book Recs and Rules on the Bayou
Jun 21, 2018 • 36 min
Today’s episode is quite spicy! Get it? Bayou? New Orleans? Cajun? Sorry… ANYWAY! Jill is going to New Orleans for ALA so we’re handing out book recs set in the Big Easy. We then dive into a very important conversation about our own personal book…
237 - Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us
Jun 18, 2018 • 44 min
Today’s interview episode is one we’ve been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story she has crafted is…
#236 - Read the Rainbow with the Lambda Literary Awards
Jun 14, 2018 • 32 min
It’s Pride Month! For today’s episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads. For more information on the award, visit…
#235 - Elisabeth Cohen, author of The Glitch
Jun 11, 2018 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a tech company and her insanely time managed life. Elisabeth touches on the common misconceptions…
#234 - Jill’s OverDrive Tips & Tricks
Jun 7, 2018 • 20 min
Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library’s OverDrive collection! Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly…
#233 - Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Chamber
Jun 4, 2018 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical fiction. They have a fascinating…
Ep: #232 — June’s Biggest Books
May 31, 2018 • 23 min
Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can’t wait to read in June! Books mentioned in this episode: The Mermaid by Christina Henry There There by Tommy Orange The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay…
#231 - Interview with Ruth Ware
May 28, 2018 • 35 min
AHHHH! Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is out tomorrow. Say Hello! Find us on Twitter and Instagram @ProBookNerds….
#230 - Join the new Professional Book Nerds reading community!
May 24, 2018 • 25 min
We have news! We’ve partnered with Viber, a global messaging app, to launch a reading community for our listeners! Think of this as a Professional Book Nerds Digital Book Club! This community will be an ongoing conversation between us, our fellow book…