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Book Rec Grab Bag! RomComs, Royalty, and all sorts of Horror

Ep. #470 – On today’s episode, Adam is joined by Kristin and Emma to dig into what they’ve been reading lately. Buckle up, because this is random list loaded up with all sorts of books! Today’s episode is sponsored by GiveWell. Visit https://www.givewell.org/probooknerds and select [Podcast] and [Professional Book Nerds] at checkout to have your […]
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We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who 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.

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Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunewald

Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

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Love the mention of #ScritchScratchBook here on the @probooknerds podcast! Thank you! @SourcebooksKids @SBKSLibrary


Huge shoutout to @GiveWell, our sponsor for today's episode.

Visit https://www.givewell.org/probooknerds and select [Podcast] and [Professional Book Nerds] at checkout to have your donation matched up to $100.

This is such an incredible organization.


The Avengers of Colour mentorship is back!

This august, myself & 15 other cool authors of colour will be mentoring unagented authors of colour! Helping them with their query package & holding their hand through the query trenches.

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Oh Snap! A grab bag episode?


And It's full of spooky reads, romance, royalty, AND cozy mysteries?

It sure is! 👻🥧🗡️👑🍂

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/book-rec-grab-bag-romcoms-royalty-and-all-sorts-of-horror/

Seeing a lot of tweets lately about how YA books should be a certain length or the fact that novels, in general, should never go beyond a specific amount of pages...


#EveryoneReads: Jason Reynolds Book Recommendations

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@StorkFrancisco joins the podcast to discuss his new book ILLEGAL, the immigration and asylum process in the United States, and injecting adult themes into young adult stories.

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/interview-with-francisco-x-stork-author-of-illegal/

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