Professional Book Nerds



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 and subscribe to our podcast today!


  • An Antiracist Reading List

    An Antiracist Reading List

    04/06/2020 Duración: 36min

    Ep. #450 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share a list of antiracism books written by black authors. These books are meant to inform and educate readers about the ongoing experience of Black Americans including racial profiling, police brutality, abuse, and more.  *Note: The titles selected lean more in the adult and young adult levels. If you're looking for titles more appropriate for young children, email us at and we'll provide you additional suggestions. Books mentioned in this episode: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad  So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Blackballed by Darryl Pickney How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi  They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

  • Interview with Alex Aster, author of Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch

    Interview with Alex Aster, author of Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch

    01/06/2020 Duración: 31min

    Episode #449 - Adam interviews Alex Aster, debut LatinX author of Emblem Island, Curse of the Night Witch. They discuss the joy she experiences of turning the stories she heard growing up into novels, her writing process, her experience as a debut author, and much more. This chat from back in January was a delight and her book is fabulous.

  • Junes biggest new books and some thoughts on the Labyrinth Sequel

    June's biggest new books and some thoughts on the Labyrinth Sequel

    28/05/2020 Duración: 37min

    Episode #448 - We highlight the new books coming out in June that we are most excited about. We also share what we think about the news that a sequel to the Labyrinth is being released. Dance magic dance!   Books mentioned in this episode: Burn by Patrick Ness Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Home Before Dark by Riley Sager Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid Heroes by Stephen Fry The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho The Guest List by Lucy Foley The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho The Voyage of the Morning Light by Marina Endicott

  • Ep. #447 - Mikel Jollett, author and lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event

    Ep. #447 - Mikel Jollett, author and lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event

    25/05/2020 Duración: 40min

    On today's episode, Adam sits down with Mikel Jollett to discuss his debut novel, Hollywood Park. Mikel grew up in the infamous Synanon Cult and is now the lead singer of one of Adam's all-time favorite bands The Airborne Toxic Event. They discuss how Mikel crafted his memoir through introspection, research, and magical realism. They also discuss how our brains work through childhood trauma, literary influences, and family. 

  • Ep #446 -- What were reading and what were not reading (and what were watching instead!)

    Ep #446 -- What we're reading and what we're not reading (and what we're watching instead!)

    21/05/2020 Duración: 42min

    In today's episode, Jill is joined by her friends Sydney and Tiffany! Along with talking about some of the books they have been reading, they also discuss how difficult it can be to read during the pandemic and what television shows and movies they are watching instead. Books mentioned in this episode: Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston The Hot Zone by Richard Preston To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James Good Talk by Mira Jacob One by One by Ruth Ware The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Thomas Perry A Feast of Ice an Fire by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg Untamed by Glennon Doyle You Were Born for This by Chani Nicholas Normal People by Sally Rooney Locke & Key series by Joe Hill In the Woods by Tana French The Likeness by Tana French  Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

  • Interview with Emma Straub

    Interview with Emma Straub

    18/05/2020 Duración: 27min

    Today's episode is an interview Jill did at ALA Midwinter with bestselling author Emma Straub. Along with discussing her new book ALL ADULTS HERE, Jill and Emma talk Miss Piggy and Gilmore Girls. 

  • Ep. #444 - Serious about Cereal (and book recommendations)

    Ep. #444 - Serious about Cereal (and book recommendations)

    14/05/2020 Duración: 52min

    Today’s episode is sponsored by Literati. Use to get 25% off your first two orders   On today's episode, we're doing another round table of book recommendations with Maria and Regis. Before that, though, Maria tells us about her amazing cereal bracket she's doing with her fiance. Maria's Instagram to follow the Golden Bowl: @feszml   Books mentioned in this episode (Recommendations start at 9:00 mark) Family Meal by Penguin Random House Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth Blindness by Jose Saramago The Winters by Lisa Gabriele Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed The Chris Farley Show Tom Farley, Jr. & Tanner Colby The Tradition by Jericho Brown Killing November by Adriana Mather All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore The Ruins by Scott Smith The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fford

  • Ep. #443 - Brad Meltzer is Back!

    Ep. #443 - Brad Meltzer is Back!

    11/05/2020 Duración: 44min

    PBN legend Brad Meltzer returns to chat with Adam about his latest book, The Lincoln Conspiracy. They get into how Brad and his family are handling the Stay At Home order, the creative ways they've been entertaining themselves, and a whole bunch of interesting stuff about Abraham Lincoln. There's nothing better than catching up with Brad and the new book is wonderful. 

  • Bonus Episode! Reading Glasses and The Professional Book Nerds recommend...

    Bonus Episode! Reading Glasses and The Professional Book Nerds recommend...

    08/05/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    It was written in the stars that someday we'd join forces with the Reading Glasses gals and create the nerdiest book event ever. Here it is. An hour of live book recommendations done over Zoom. If you missed out and would like us to do this again, reach out to us via twitter or email and let us know! Book requests and our recommendations"  “I just finished the first book in The Witcher series and I’d love more fantasy short story recommendations.”   Jill - Rogues (Anthology) Dangerous Women   Adam - Toil and Trouble (Anthology)   “Looking for a read-a-like for Little Women and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.”   Mallory - Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple   When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

  • Ep. #442 - Creatively named quarantine book recommendations episode

    Ep. #442 - Creatively named quarantine book recommendations episode

    07/05/2020 Duración: 44min

    We're still here, in our respective homes, dishing out reading recommendations for all the fellow book nerds of the world. Join us as we bring it back to the beginning of the #SocialDistance reading odyssey by having Andrea and Abbey join us to discuss what they've been reading these some 7 odd weeks.  Books mentioned in this episode Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick I Must Say by Martin Short A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki One by One by Ruth Ware Point B by Drew Magary Dear Girls by Ali Wong

  • Ep. #441 - Francesca Serritella

    Ep. #441 - Francesca Serritella

    04/05/2020 Duración: 28min

    On today's episode, Adam sits down with Francesca Serritella to discuss her first-ever solo novel The Ghost of Harvard! Francesca has been writing bestselling books for years with her mother, Lisa Scottoline, but this is quite the dark departure from their normal work. It's a mystery and a ghost story and an exploration of mental health all wrapped up into one fantastic story. You're going to love it. 

  • Ep. #440: Previewing Mays Biggest Books (and Jills harrowing kitty tale!)

    Ep. #440: Previewing May's Biggest Books (and Jill's harrowing kitty tale!)

    30/04/2020 Duración: 51min

    On today's episode we're diving into the books coming out in May we can't wait to read! But first, Jill shares an incredible story about her newly adopted kitties. It's must-listen content! Books mentioned on today's episode (recommendations start at 11:30 mark)   Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner Officer Clemmons by Dr. François S. Clemmons Katheryn Howard, the Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir All Adults Here by Emma Straub The Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer & Josh Mensch Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin More Than Love by Natasha Gregson Wagner Goldilocks by Laura Lam Who Ate the First Oyster? by Cody Cassidy Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson The Mother Code by Carole Stivers The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas The Library of Legends by Janie Chang A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

  • Ep. #439 - Deborah Wiles

    Ep. #439 - Deborah Wiles

    27/04/2020 Duración: 34min

    On today's episode, Adam interviews Deborah Wiles about her powerful new book Kent State. This quick read looks at the horrific events of May 4th, 1970 on Kent State's campus when the National Guard opened fire on student protestors, killing four and wounding several others. Adam's parents were students at Kent State at the time and were on campus during these events, so this story very much struck home with him. They get into the details that lead up to this awful moment in history as well as the aftermath. This is a must-listen about an event that changed the United States forever and a must-read for history fans everywhere. 

  • Ep. #438 - A (virtual) round table of recommendations!

    Ep. #438 - A (virtual) round table of recommendations!

    23/04/2020 Duración: 48min

    What has quickly become our new Thursday tradition is back as two new coworkers join us (Katie and Regis!) to do a round table of recommendations!    Donate and help us find a cure for Blood Cancer:   Buy some Libby swag and support libraries:   Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Use to get 25% off your first two orders     Books mentioned in today's episode A Fortune For Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory GuRu by RuPaul Animal Kind by Emma Lock 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Mars' First Friends by Susanna Leonard Hill Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston Rant by Chuck Palahniuk The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Dreaming the Beatles by Rob Sheffield On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by

  • Ep. #437 - Lauren Myracle

    Ep. #437 - Lauren Myracle

    20/04/2020 Duración: 52min

    On today's episode, we Zoom chat with #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle! Her new book This Boy is out now and must-read contemporary young adult book. We discuss the strange life we're all living in quarantine, writing teenage characters into her stories while having teenagers herself, and staying productive in a time when it's a bit hard to focus. This is a wonderful conversation for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation. 

  • Ep. #436 -Dishing out book recs while social distancing

    Ep. #436 -Dishing out book recs while social distancing

    16/04/2020 Duración: 46min

    On today's episode, we bring in some coworkers, their kiddos, and a kitty to offer up book recommendations perfect for cozying up in your favorite reading nook. Let's keep staying safe at home and do some reading, y'all, Books mentioned in this episode Hatchet by Gary Paulsen Sadie by Courtney Summers Deacon King Kong by James McBride Broken Faith by Mitch Weiss & Holbrook Mohr A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara The Return by Rachel Harrison Rust by Eliese Colette Goldbach Janesville by Amy Goldstein Heartland by Sarah Smarsh The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George The Animated Man by Michael Barrier Street Gang by Michael Davis Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox The Farm by Joanne Ramos The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry

  • Ep. #435 - Louisa Morgan

    Ep. #435 - Louisa Morgan

    13/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    On today's episode, Adam Zoom chats with Louisa Morgan about her new book The Age of Witches. They talk about being a novelist during this time of quarantine, how her career as an opera singer helped her in her character building, Guilded Age New York, and lots more. 

  • Ep. #434 - Nontraditionally formatted books #PBNread2020

    Ep. #434 - Nontraditionally formatted books #PBNread2020

    09/04/2020 Duración: 44min

    On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Emma and Maria to share some book picks for another Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge task. We're sharing some books with unique formats including oral histories, mixed format, unique narrators, diaries, and much more. This was a blast.  Jill’s Picks Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris The Last One by Alexandra Oliva Emma’s Picks The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell  Maria’s Picks Sadie by Courtney Summers The Flame by Leonard Cohen Illuminae by Amie Kaufman Adam’s Pick’s Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke  White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi The Princess Bride by William Goldman The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

  • Ep. #433 - Joe Pulizzi

    Ep. #433 - Joe Pulizzi

    06/04/2020 Duración: 44min

    Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit for 25% off your first two orders. On today's episode, Adam sits down with Joe Pulizzi to discuss his debut novel The Will To Die. Joe is an icon in the world of Marketing and someone we've long known about as the creator of the Content Marketing Institute and Content Marketing World and so getting to sit down with him was an honor. Adam and Joe discuss they're Northeast Ohio roots, connecting content marketing to writing, and his unique background working in funeral homes. This was such a blast to record.  Recording Note: This was recorded back in February before Covid-19 created a need for social distancing.

  • Ep. #432: Book Recs in the Time of Corona

    Ep. #432: Book Recs in the Time of Corona

    02/04/2020 Duración: 41min

    Hey Nerds! Hope you're doing okay and continuing to practice social distancing. In case you need some book recommendations in our new world of quarantining at home... We're here to help. We bring great friend of the pod Andrea and newcomer Abbey onboard to round out the Zoom crew. Also several kitties, puppies, and a baby. We're podcasting on a budget, nerds.  Enjoy! A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel Matched by Ally Condie Red Rising by Pierce Brown Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer 6 Women of Salem by Marilynne K Roach In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winter Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan The Likeness by Tana French G

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