Professional Book Nerds

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

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Every book nerd and library lover adores books about books! On today's episode, Adam and Jill share a number of books about books to help you tackle another task on the Professional Book Nerds 2021 Reading Challenge.

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Books mentioned in this episode:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Absolute book by Elizabeth Knox

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Codex by Lev Grossman

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

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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

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

Jill Grunewald

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