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Ep. #310 – #PBNRead2019 recommendations!

On today’s episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes. Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by category)   Book written by two or more authors Ms. Marvel by G. […]
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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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@ProBookNerds I have a love of teen lit that is embarrassing☺️I also like a lot of the recommended ones you guys do monthly! Keep up the great work!! https://t.co/geW1YisxWx

You can keep your #ValentinesDay gifts. We're choosing to focus on BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS!

On today's episode we're dishing our suggestions to help you with the #PBNRead2019 challenge (Or just for your reading pleasure in general).

Listen: https://t.co/HNoryACN2l

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