Monthly reading list

Every month, Emma and Joe offer up their favorite new books coming out. Check out the list to see what new titles they can’t wait to dive into and be sure to come back next month for more great reads.

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Who we are

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. Professional Book Nerds podcast was created in 2015 by Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel. Emma Dwyer and Joe Skelley joined the podcast in 2022 and remain the current co-hosts.

With over 2 million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

Our team has a deep knowledge and helps thousands of libraries with collection development, making us uniquely positioned to provide suggestions and recommendations for readers around the world. The Professional Book Nerds podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Youtube Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio FM and more.

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Meet the nerds

Joe Skelley

Joe Skelley

Joe 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. In college Joe majored in promotional communications and literature.

Joe has always been a lover of reading and passionate about the library. His first job was as a library page, shelving books at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. He enjoys reading horror, thrillers, magical realism, dystopian reads, and the broad spectrum of young adult fiction. Joe’s favorite book is Beloved, by Toni Morrison.

When he isn’t working, Joe loves to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, get too involved in a DIY project, and (most importantly) spend time with his Boston Terrier, Roscoe.

Emma Dwyer

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.

She enjoys reading British fiction, mystery, thriller, romance, fantasy, and young adult. Her favorite book is House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. When Emma is not working, she enjoys reading, Love Island (UK), travel (to warmer climates like her home state of California), coffee, and hanging out with her family and dog.




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Ranked as high as #1 in the Arts category and #6 overall in iTunes rankings

We host live author events upon request at local libraries. These interviews are live in front of 500+ readers

Past author interviews include Rebecca Yarros, Caroline Kepnes, TJ Klune, Riley Sager and Jodi Picoult