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!


  • Babysitters Club Super Special Redux

    14/10/2021 Duración: 51min

    In this special Throwback Thursday episode, Jill is joined by Kate and Lauryn from the podcast Generation BSC to discuss all things Baby Sitters Club. Episode originally aired in July 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Talking queer witch romance with Lana Harper

    11/10/2021 Duración: 22min

    Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by author Lana Harper about her new book Payback's a Witch, a queer witch romcom. Today's episode is sponsored by Zocdoc. Visit and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Spooky season book & tea pairings

    07/10/2021 Duración: 19min

    Our friends at Plum Deluxe have a new line of Autumn Tea Blends out and for today's episode, Jill is doing some tea and book pairings! Visit and use the promo code PBNFALL to get 10% off your tea order. Books mentioned in today's episode: The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig -- Blood Orange Reflection Tea Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw -- Spicy Caramel Apple Herbal Tea Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo -- Pineapple Sage Tea A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan -- Chocolate Caramel Macademia Nut Herbal Dessert Tea The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward -- Maple Ginger Butterscotch Black Tea A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson -- Pumpkin Spice Tea The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor -- Decaf Black Toasted Marshallow Blend Tea Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Interview with Drew Magary

    04/10/2021 Duración: 38min

    Drew Magary returns to the Professional Book Nerds podcast to discuss his new book The Night the Lights Went Out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • October's Biggest Books!

    30/09/2021 Duración: 23min

    It's that time of month again! In today's episode, Jill previews some of titles coming out in October. Books mentioned in this episode: Girly Drinks by Mallory O'Meara Well Matched by Jen DeLuca All the Feels by Olivia Dade The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling Taste by Stanley Tucci Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo Unprotected by Billy Porter The Lighthouse Witches by CJ Cooke This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno A Spindle Splintered by Alix E Harrow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Lauren Groff and her new book Matrix

    27/09/2021 Duración: 20min

    Lauren Groff joins Jill to discuss her new book Matrix, a historical fiction novel about poet Marie de France. Today's episode is sponsored by Headspace. Visit for a free one-month trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Coming out of the broom closet with some magical witchy books in time for spooky season

    23/09/2021 Duración: 27min

    In today's episode, Jill discusses the current resurgence of books about and for witches and shares some favorite titles featuring magic and witches. Today's episode is sponsored by Zocdoc. Visit and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE Books mentioned in this episode The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson The Witch’s Market by Mingmei Yip Witch Please by Ann Aguirre Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé A Practical Guide for Witches by Ylva Mara Radziszewski Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession by Mya Spalter The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings by Brigit Esselmont Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Pultizer Prize winner Anthony Doerr on his new book Cloud Cuckoo Land

    20/09/2021 Duración: 34min

    Pultizer Prize winning author (and Cleveland native!) Anthony Doerr joins Jill to discuss his new book Cloud Cuckoo Land Today's episode is sponsored by Fast Growing Trees. Visit to save 15% Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Read an Ebook Day Recommendations from Team OverDrive

    16/09/2021 Duración: 33min

    Read an Ebook Day is coming up on Sept. 18, and as we've done in past years, Jill is talking to some of her coworkers here at OverDrive to find out what book they'll be reading. Learn more at Today's episode is sponsored by Zocdoc. Visit and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE Books mentioned in today's episode The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins Billy Summers by Stephen King Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Womanhood by Trixie Mattel and Katya Portrait of a Scotsman by Edie Dunmore Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie Kindred by Octavia Butler Artemis by Andy Weir The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary Fuzz by Mary Roach Grunt by Mary Roach Stiff by Mary Roach Bonk by Mary Roach Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Red Rising by Pierce Brown Dukes and Ladders by Eric Ugland The Shining by Stephen King Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • Heather Demetrios on real-life spy Virginia Hall

    13/09/2021 Duración: 42min

    Heather Demetrios returns to the Professional Book Nerds, this time to discuss her new book Code Name Badass which is a biography of amazing Allied spy Virginia Hall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Books about podcasts on the podcast about books

    09/09/2021 Duración: 25min

    On today's episode, Jill shares novels that feature fictional podcasts as well as books inspired or based on real-life podcasts. Books mentioned in today's episode: Sadie by Courtney Summers Truth Be Told (formally Are You Sleeping) by Kathleen Barber Radio Silence by Alice Oseman If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier Possession by Katie Lowe I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry This is Ear Hustle by Nigel Poor Welcome to Nightvale by Joseph Fink Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Interview with thriller writer Alice Feeney

    06/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    In today's episode, Jill is joined by Alice Feeney to discuss her latest book Rock Paper Scissors. Alice shares tidbits on her writing process and what it was like writing this book during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Adam says goodbye

    02/09/2021 Duración: 14min

    Adam is leaving OverDrive for another job in the coming weeks and so he says goodbye and thank you to all of you who have listened to the show over the years.

  • Chris Hammer, internationally bestselling author of Scrublands

    30/08/2021 Duración: 41min

    On today's episode, Adam chats with author Chris Hammer about his internationally bestselling debut, Scrublands. They talk about his career in journalism, planning vs. pantsing, the current state of journalism, and much more. Together We Read is a Digital Book Club that is featuring participating libraries in Australia and New Zealand. During this two-week programme, there will be no waitlists and no holds for the selected ebook. Download Libby to borrow the free ebook from your library using your phone or tablet. Learn more or download the app below. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • September is going to be a great month for books

    26/08/2021 Duración: 31min

    Once again, we're previewing the books we can't wait to read coming out soon. September's list is extremely exciting. Books mentioned in this episode The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki Matrix by Lauren Groff The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia A Lot like Adios by Alexis Daria Burden Falls by Kat Ellis Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull Fuzz by Mary Roach Joshua Weissman by Joshua Weissman Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Katie Zhao on why we all love dark academia

    23/08/2021 Duración: 48min

    Katie Zhao joins Adam to discuss her brand new book, How We Fall Apart! She did this on short noticed DURING her publication week. They have a blast talking about why we all love high school mysteries, the nerds they both were during that time of their life, and the different types of perspectives that mystery books use. This was so much fun! Sponsor Headspace – visit for a free one month trial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • The F Word (no, not that one.)

    19/08/2021 Duración: 21min

    In today's episode, Jill shares some of the body positive and fat positive books that have helped her heal her relationship with food and her body. Today's episode is sponsored by Zocdoc. Go to and download the app to sign-up for FREE Books mentioned in this episode: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker Landwhale by Jes Baker Hunger by Roxane Gay The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings Fat & Queer by Miguel M. Morales, Bruce Owens Grimm, and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Madeleine Roux on trauma, building worlds, and the terror of isolation

    16/08/2021 Duración: 50min

    Adam has wanted to interview Madeleine Roux for years and the conversation absolutely lives up to the hype. They discuss everything from her new book Reclaimed, to how space is scary as hell, and the fact that horror video games are truly terrifying. They also get into writing for existing IP like World of Warcraft, crafting stories around trauma, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Recommendations from our reading wheelhouses

    12/08/2021 Duración: 27min

    The Nerds are back! Enjoy this dive into some of the aspects of their respective reading wheelhouses including a nice set of the boarding school murder mystery genre Jill as introduced so many of you to! Books mentioned in this episode Small stories with big emotions The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith   Autumn Stories The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody   Magical Realism The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman   Small Town Horror Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare   Jill books The Ivies by Alexa Donne Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan Dare me by Megan Abbott The Lying Game by Ruth Ware The blogs where Jill mentions even more First blog Follow up Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Ash Davidson on humanity's relationship with nature and writing through imposter syndrome

    09/08/2021 Duración: 43min

    Ash Davidson, debut author of the phenomenal Damnation Spring, chats with Adam about how to best describe the sheer size of redwood trees, understanding the relationship between loggers and nature, trying to defeat imposter syndrome while in graduate school, and exchanging war stories about college English courses. Her debut novel is a triumph and a must-read. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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