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Spooky season continues with more horror recs

Today Jill is joined by her coworker Rachel and the duo share horror recommendations perfect for spooky season. From post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, to haunted houses and haunted people, there is something for everyone looking to add a little scare into their life. Books mentioned in this episode: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw My […]
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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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👻Spooky season continues with more horror book recommendations on today's new episode!

Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/spooky-season-continues-with-more-horror-recs/

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Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/talking-queer-witch-romance-with-lana-harper/

Today's episode is sponsored by our friends at @plumdeluxe! Get some spooky season book recs paired with delicious Autumn tea blends.

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🎉Our October Books Pick episode is heeeeeere! There's a little horror, a little romance, a little bit of everything

Listen here: 👇https://professionalbooknerds.com/octobers-biggest-books/

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