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

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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify

Read Harder Challenge 4

| E:275

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 additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.

A comic written or drawn by a person of color

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Malice in Ovenland by Micheline Hess

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Today's task recommendations:

The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

The all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders

Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter

A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60

FYI - Any Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie will work

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Lillian Boxfish Take a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J Gaines

Recent Episodes

View All

Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlow, Authors of A Brave Face

Professional Book Nerds | E:397
On today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with local authors Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlowe to discuss their book, A Brave Face.
Listen to Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlow, Authors of A Brave Face

December's Biggest Books!

Professional Book Nerds | E:396
Jill is here with the biggest books of December the Professional Book Nerds can't wait to read!
Listen to December's Biggest Books!

Ben Aaronovitch, Author of the Rivers of London Series

Professional Book Nerds | E:395
Today's episode is a splendidly fun conversation with Ben Aaronovitch, author of the wildly popular Rivers of London series! We nerd out about writing, London, Mythology, police procedurals and so much more.
Listen to Ben Aaronovitch, Author of the Rivers of London Series

Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing

Professional Book Nerds | E:394
This week, the final book in Holly Black's wildly popular "Folk of the Air" series, The Queen of Nothing, came out and Holly stopped by to chat! Adam and Holly get into the creation of the world of Elfhame, the relationship between Jude and Cardan, and so much more.
Listen to Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing

Connect on social media or subscribe to our newsletter

Connect