Professional Book Nerds

We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds®

With over a million downloads, readers and librarians turn to us for book recommendations, author interviews, and all things books.

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Today Jill is joined by her coworker Rachel and the duo share horror recommendations perfect for spooky season. From post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, to haunted houses and haunted people, there is something for everyone looking to add a little scare into their life.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten

The Ruins by Scott Smith

The Return by Rachel Harrison

The Shining by Stephen King

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

World War Z by Max Brooks

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Love in an Undead Age by A.M. Geever

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

We Hear Voices by Evie Green

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Adam and Jill both work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school.

With over a half million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

Our team has a deep knowledge for the literary world and helps thousands of libraries with collection development, making us uniquely positioned to provide suggestions and recommendations for readers around the world. The Professional Book Nerds podcast is available through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio FM and anywhere people download their podcasts.

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Hosts’ Adam Sockel and Jill Grunenwald’s love for books make this podcast perfect for book lovers of all ages. As part of the Rakuten OverDrive team, which provides the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, Adam and Jill specialize in reader trends and collection development and have developed a deep knowledge of the literary world.

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The Team

Adam Sockel

Co-Host
Adam’s book interests are forever shifting but he’s usually reading fantasy, literature, Science Fiction, dystopian or young adult.

Jill Grunewald

Co-Host
Jill’s favorite genres are social sciences, humanities, memoir, health & fitness, dystopian science fiction, and fantasy.