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April 18, 2024

PBN’s Hyper-Specific Reading Moods & Recommendations

Emma and Joe talk about some VERY specific reading moods and offer recommendations to match! Emma’s moods & book picks:  A romance book that’s 10/10 and has Easter eggs a plenty 
  1. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez
  2. Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
  3. Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez
A cozy fantasy book that's equal parts wholesome and magical 
  1. Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
  2. The Honey Witch by Sydney J. Shields
  3. The Spellshop by Sarah Beth Durst
A memoir written by the cast member of a 2000s mega-sensation tv show 
  1. Dinner for Vampires by Bethany Joy Lenz
  2. The Third Gilmore Girl by Kelly Bishop
  3. Tell Me Everything by Minka Kelly
  4. The Next Chapter by Jana Kramer
A book with a couple that are murders/serial killers/contract killers
  1. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  2. Butcher & Blackbird by Brynne Weaver
  3. Leather & Lark by Brynne Weaver **
  4. They Never Learn by Layne Fargo
  Joe’s moods & book picks:  A secluded cabin in the woods or small town were something creepy is definitely going on
  1. The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan
  2. The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
  3. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  4. Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger
  5. Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey
  6. Misery by Stephen King
Books that feel like a hug/cozy vibes 
  1. The Undetectables by Courtney Smyth
  2. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emile Lang
  3. The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley
  4. Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Gentrification thrillers
  1. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
  2. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  3. The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller
Uh-oh, there’s a stalker
  1. With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson
  2. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  3. Watching You by Lisa Jewell
  4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  5. Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron
Readers can sample and borrow the titles mentioned in today's episode on OverDrive.com or in Libby. Library friends can shop these titles in OverDrive Marketplace. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Be sure to rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen! You can follow the Professional Book Nerds on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @ProBookNerds. Want to reach out? Send an email to professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com.




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Emma Dwyer

Emma Dwyer is a Product Trainer at OverDrive, where she provides training to Public Library partners on OverDrive products and services, like Libby and Marketplace. Prior to joining the Training team, Emma was an OverDrive Digital Content Librarian and she brings a great deal of library, publishing, and book knowledge to her current team.

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Joe Skelley

Joe Skelley is a Marketing & Events Specialist at OverDrive, where he leads the coordination of the Digital Bookmobile tour route and Digipalooza conference, and helps introduce new users to Libby through virtual training sessions. You can usually find him listening to an audiobook while walking his dog Roscoe.

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We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leader for ebooks and audiobooks through your local library and school. With over 2 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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