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 … read more

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Ep. #349 - Christine Riccio, author of Again, But Better

June 24th, 2019


Adam sat down with Christine Riccio, debut author of Again, but Better and created of the immensely popular PolandBananasBooks YouTube channel. They …

Ep. #348 - All about audiobooks!

June 20th, 2019


Today's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To get a free month of access to their incredible online courses just visit:


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Ep. #347 - Cadwell Turnbull, author of THE LESSON

June 17th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats with Cadwell Turnbull about his novel The Lesson, which comes out June 18th. This story about an advanced race of …

Ep. #346 - Big Library Read is back with author LP Fergusson

June 15th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats with LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness, which was selected as the latest Big Library Read global ebook club title. They discuss her upbringing as a child with two parents …

Ep. #345 - PRIDE Month Picks!

June 13th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam and Jill are back in the same room finally and are handing out some wonderful LGBTQIA book recommendations for PRIDE month …

Ep. #344 - Interview with Blake Crouch

June 10th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Blake Crouch about his new book Recursion. They discuss false memories, the reality of time, and even the Berenstain Bears. 

Interview was recorded live …

Ep. #343 - Sarah Enni!

June 6th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Enni in New York City about her debut novel Tell Me Everything! Sarah also hosts the wonderful First Draft …

Ep. #342 - Interview with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner!

June 3rd, 2019


Today's interview is one Jill did with the immensely popular author, Jennifer Weiner about her new book MRS EVERYTHING. The book covers multiple …

Ep. #341 - June's Biggest Books

May 30th, 2019


It's almost June which means it's time for Adam and Jill's monthly roundup of books to read this month.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Ep. #340 - Ali Benjamin, National Book Award finalist and International bestselling author

May 27th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats with Ali Benjamin about her latest novel, The Next Great Paulie Fink. The book is all about how storytelling can shape …

Ep. #339 - Brian Jay Jones!

May 23rd, 2019


On today's episode, Adam sits down with Brian Jay Jones, the award-winning biographer whose latest book Becoming Dr. Seuss is now available. They discuss the life of Theodore Geisel both before and after becoming the …

Ep. #338 - Recent Reads and Game of Thrones Finale Thoughts

May 20th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam and Jill share the books they've enjoyed recently before getting into their big thoughts after watching the Game of Thrones finale. What they think might surprise you!


Today’s episode is …

Ep. #337 - Books Behind Bars: Titles Set In Prison

May 16th, 2019


Jill has a new memoir coming out on July 2 called Reading Behind Bars which is all about her experiences as a prison librarian. In today's episode, …

Ep. #336 - Interview with Karen Russell

May 13th, 2019


In today's episode, Jill interviews author Karen Russell about her new short story collection Orange World and Other Stories. They discuss the …

Ep. #335: Recent Reads and how books helped me fight depression

May 9th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats about his recent book festival travels before discussing the books he's enjoyed recently. Then, he gets into how he overcame depression last year by focusing on stories in the books he was …

Ep. #334 - Kim Michele Richardson

May 6th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Kim Michele Richardson about her new book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Inspired by the true story of the Blue People of Kentucky, The Book Woman of Troublesome …

Ep. #333 - Alafair Burke

May 2nd, 2019


On today's episode, Adam chats with Alafair Burke who was in town for a library event! They discuss her latest thriller The Better Sister, how she uses tension from the criminal justice system to up the stakes for …

Ep. #332 - Fiona Barton

April 29th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Fiona Barton about her latest book The Suspect. They discuss Fiona's writing process, along with her decision to make a journalist the investigator in her …

Ep. #331 - May's Biggest new books!

April 25th, 2019


~It's gonna be MAYYYY~

Sorry, Justin. Today we're talking about the books we're most excited about that are coming out in May (oh my god, it's May)... You know the drill.


Books Mentioned in this episode

The Farm by …

Ep. #330 - Helen Ellis, author of Southern Lady Code

April 22nd, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Helen Ellis about her new book Southern Lady Code. Helen shares what it was like writing essays based on her real life and why she loves the Libby app so much! 

Interview …

Ep. #329 - Chill with the return of our Summer Reading Program

April 18th, 2019


On today's episode, Adam returns from LA to chat with Christina about the upcoming OverDrive Summer Reading Program! She breaks down the awesome …

Ep. #328 - Rachel Howzell Hall

April 15th, 2019


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. 

Ep. #327 - There Were Never Such Devoted Sister Books

April 11th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #326 - Emily Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints

April 8th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #325 - True Crime

April 4th, 2019


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

Ep. #324: Harlan Coben!!!

April 1st, 2019


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 …

Ep. #323 - Big Library Read is Back!

March 30th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #322 - April's Biggest Books!

March 28th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #321 - Interview with Jasper Fforde

March 25th, 2019


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now.

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Ep. #320 -#MarchSadness 2019

March 21st, 2019


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 …

Ep. #319 - Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King

March 18th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #318 - Gretchen Rubin and The Books that Spark Joy

March 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #317 - Victoria "V.E." Schwab!

March 11th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #316 - No Boys Allowed for Women's History Month

March 7th, 2019


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:

Ep. #315 - Mallory O'Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon

March 4th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #314 - March's Biggest Books

February 28th, 2019


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

Ep. #313 - Samantha Shannon, Author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

February 25th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 312 - Caterrific Books

February 21st, 2019


 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 …

Ep. #311 -- NYT Bestselling author Alexandra Robbins

February 18th, 2019


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. 



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Ep. #310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!

February 14th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast's Heart

February 11th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #308 - Jill's ALA Adventures and what we've been reading

February 7th, 2019


On today's episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter …

Ep. #307 - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights

February 4th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #306 - February's biggest books and some great literary ensemble casts

January 31st, 2019


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 …

Ep. #305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland

January 28th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #304 - DOG BOOKS!

January 24th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #303 - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This

January 21st, 2019


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 …

Ep. #302 -Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room

January 17th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #301 - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

January 14th, 2019


On today's interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk …

Ep. #300 - Madeline Miller on the magic of Shakespeare and Theatre

January 10th, 2019


On today's extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick …

Ep. #299 - Brad Meltzer returns!

January 7th, 2019


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 …

Ep. #298 - January's Biggest Books

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

Ep. #297 - Rebecca Hanover, Author of The Similars

December 31st, 2018


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 …

Ep. #296 - Best Books of 2018

December 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #295 - Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #294 - Charlaine Harris (!!) and announcing the PBN 2019 Reading Challenge

December 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #293 - Interview with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal Method PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

December 17th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #292 - Give the gift of reading: Helping listeners shop for their book lovers

December 13th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #291 - Kari Lynn Dell, author of Mistletoe in Texas

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #290 - Best audiobooks of 2018 with Robin Witten

December 6th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #289 - Katie Ruggle, Suspense Romance writer extraordinaire!

December 3rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. #288 -- December's Biggest Books

November 29th, 2018


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

Ep. #287 - Alan Cumming Redux

November 26th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #286 - Thankful Thursday! Spoiler alert: we are thankful for YOU, our listeners!

November 22nd, 2018


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 …

Ep. #285: Stuart Turton, Author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

November 19th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #284 - ~So you say you want a RESOLUTION~

November 15th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 283: Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece

November 12th, 2018


Former guest and friend of the podcast Fiona Davis returns to talk about her latest book, The Masterpiece 


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Don't Blink or you'll miss this wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey Doctor Who comics episode!

November 8th, 2018


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!) …

Ep. #281: Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the Check, Please! comics

November 5th, 2018


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! …

Ep. #280- New Mommas talkin' kid books for Picture Book Month!

November 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. #279 - Interview with Jasmine Guillory

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #278 - Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE

October 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #277 - November's biggest new books!

October 25th, 2018


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

Ep. #276 - Interview with Whitney Gardner

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

Ep. #275 - Read Harder Challenge 4

October 18th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #274 - Alex London, author of Black Wings Beating

October 15th, 2018


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!

Ep. #273 - The Great American Read! with Bill Gardner, VP of Programming and Development at PBS

October 11th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #272: April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Boneless Mercies

October 8th, 2018


On today's episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed …

Ep. #271 - Monsters, Murder and More with Mallory O'Meara!

October 4th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #270 - Interview with Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches

October 1st, 2018


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 …

Ep. #269 - A Big Library Read chat with Katherine Locke!

September 29th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #268 - October new books and BIG Fantastic Beasts feelings...

September 27th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #267 - Hank Green! Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

September 24th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #266 - Kerri Maniscalco returns!

September 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #265: What OverDrive is Reading for Read an Ebook Day!

September 17th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #264 - GUY BRANUM!

September 13th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #263 - Melissa Hartwig, Co-Founder of Whole30

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #262 - Kami Garcia!

September 6th, 2018


On today's episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as …

Ep. #261 - Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. #260 - September's best new books!

August 30th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #259 - Talkin' Fairy Tales with Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik!

August 27th, 2018


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 …

EP. #258 - Together We Read author James Moloney

August 25th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #257 - Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter!

August 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ep. #256 - Eoin Colfer!

August 20th, 2018


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 …

Ep. #255 - Interview with Keiko Agena

August 16th, 2018


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 …

Ep. 254: R. O. KWON!

August 13th, 2018


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, …

Ep. #253 - YA Anthologies

August 9th, 2018


Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual …

Ep. #252 - Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

August 6th, 2018


Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what …

Ep. #251 - August's Biggest Books

August 2nd, 2018


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


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