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Escapist fiction books ~to forget about life for a while~

Ep. #513 – Everything feels really tough right now so if, like us, you need a distraction consider getting lost in one of these fictional worlds. Books mentioned in this episode Folk of the Air series by Holly Black Oryx and Crake By Margaret Atwood The Giver by Lois Lowry The Crane Wife By Patrick […]
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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 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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🔥New Episode!🔥

We're sharing some escapism fiction recommendations in case you want to take your mind off of (gestures broadly at literally everything).

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/escapist-fiction-books-to-forget-about-life-for-a-while/

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