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Ep. #275 – Read Harder Challenge 4

On today’s episode we’re once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We’ve got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas check out episodes #192, #217, and #245.   A comic written […]
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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 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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Do you like spooky books? Do you like doggos? Then you should listen to the latest episode of @ReadingGPodcast with @malloryomeara and @breagrant

Bonus! Take a shot every time I say "atmospheric" lol no don't do that you'll die! kbyeeeee

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BOOM! LOOK AT MY COVER! Over on @bustle, there’s also a sneak peek into the book!

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(Mini Thread)

Today's episode is all about 4 tasks of the @BookRiot #ReadHarder Challenge. We've done 4 of these this year so if you need book recs for a specific task here is the episode for you:

The @ProBookNerds had a wickedly wonderful chat with @malloryomeara, co-host & author of the @ReadingGPodcast, recently on the podcast and as a result, she blessed us with this spooky books list 🎃👻📚

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