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Science fiction titles that are out of this world

On today’s episode, Jill is joined by her co-worker Sam and they share science fiction titles. Books mentioned in this episode: Recursion by Blake Crouch The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie The Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers (a closed and common orbit) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami Rabbits by Terry Miles […]
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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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👽Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by her co-worker Sam to discuss some out of this world Science Fiction!

Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/science-fiction-titles-that-are-out-of-this-world/

Asking @OverDriveInc employees what their favorite book of 2021 was and so far four witch books have been named .... out of four books mentioned.

I am sensing a theme....

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by the amazing @OliviaWrites to discuss her new book ALL THE FEELS. Love! Romance! (and yes, Jill asks about the peg that was promised)

Listen here:
https://professionalbooknerds.com/discussing-all-the-feels-with-olivia-dade/

Not me looking up books for our December books preview and remembering how many diet books come out towards the end of the year 🙃

Mary Shelley did not have haunting visions of the dead reanimated, lose her virginity on her mother’s grave and keep her dead husband’s heart in her writing desk for you to write this piss poor headline https://twitter.com/nytimesbooks/status/1462077043110289408

New York Times Books@nytimesbooks

With Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback, H.G. Wells invented the genre of science fiction. https://nyti.ms/3oN27IO

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by @thechloegong to discuss Chloe's new book OUR VIOLENT ENDS, the sequel to her bestselling debut THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS.

1920s! Shanghai! Romeo & Juliet Retelling! WITH MONSTERS.

Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/meeting-our-violent-ends-with-chloe-gong/

NEW EPISODE ALERT! 🎉

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by her coworker Joe and they share some of their favorite books by, about, and for the Alphabet Mafia (as they say on the ol' clock app)

🌈🌈🌈Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/reading-the-rainbow/

Did you miss our virtual #BigLibraryRead event with @NatDRichards on Monday? Today's episode is a replay of the discussion Jill and Natalie had about Natalie's book FIVE TOTAL STRANGERS!

Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/big-library-read-special-interview-with-natalie-d-richards/

Today on the podcast, Jill fangirls as she gets to talk to @EarlonneWoods and Nigel Poor from @earhustlesq to discuss their new book THIS IS EAR HUSTLE: UNFLINCHING STORIES OF EVERYDAY PRISON LIFE.

🎧Listen here:
https://professionalbooknerds.com/ear-hustling-with-earlonne-woods-and-nigel-poor/

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