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Read Now

By Moonee Valley Libraries
Join book loving hosts Jennie and Jackie as they provide you with the latest literary news and their suggestions to help you find your next read.

Hear from guest speakers and explore the world of words from wherever you happen to be.

This podcast is published through Moonee Valley Libraries.

Music used in this podcast:
Poppers and Prosecco by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Reviews or Recommendations?
Giselle and Jackie discuss the merits of recording what they read. Spreadsheets, diaries and Goodreads all get a mention.
January 17, 2022
Book Reviews or Recommendations?
Join Jackie and Jennie plus guest speaker Giselle to discuss the finer details of book reviewing - without spoilers!
November 18, 2021
Episode 10: Our big non-fiction haul
Jennie and Jackie chat what's new in non-fiction from cooking and interior design to Australian politics, and share some gripping true crime and mystery series they've been watching too.  Books and tv shows discussed during this episode: Broken Greek by Pete Paphides; Un-cook yourself : a ratbag's rules for life by Nat's what I reckon; Home is where you make it : DIY ideas & stying secrets to create a home you love, whether you rent or own by Geneva Vanderzeil; Sex, lies and question time by Kate Ellis; One pot, pan, planet : the greener way to cook for you, your family and the planet by Anna Jones; The Hairy Bikers' Veggie Feasts; Australia: the cookbook by Ross Dobson; Madam by Phoebe Wynee; No time for romance by Lucilla Andrews; The Ripper (Netflix); Bombshell (Kanopy).
September 07, 2021
Episode 9: 'The Silent Listener' from first draft to final manuscript
Join us for another special episode of ReadNow! Jennie and Jackie chat to Sarah, Viv, Nicole and Belinda from 'The Lovely Ladies' book club about their experience reading Lyn Yeowart's debut thriller 'The Silent Listener' at various stages from draft manuscripts to the final version.  If you haven't read the book, request a copy via our library catalogue:
July 21, 2021
Episode 8: Romancing the reader
Are you a romance reader? Tune into this very special episode of ReadNow! Jennie chats to teacher, podcaster and advocate for youth literature, Adele Walsh about romance novels and the phenomenon of 'Bridgerton'.  Listen to Adele's podcast: Books discussed during the episode: The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn; Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Mighty Ducks movie franchise; 'To all the boys I've loved before' series by Jenny Han.  LISTENERS PLEASE NOTE: This episode does contain some mild profanities and therefore not suitable for children.  Some of the topics discussed may be distressing for some people. If you need support or someone to talk to please see below for organisations who can help:
June 23, 2021
Episode 7: Tests and tribulations
Jackie and Jennie may have different reading tastes but they both agree that looking forward to new releases is great fun. Plus we have two book club reviews to share.
February 17, 2021
Episode 6: Cooking, tasting and reading
We end the year with a  celebration of cooking, tasting and reading.
December 30, 2020
Episode 5: Demons, mystery, romance and history. A feast of reading pleasure.
Guest Rebecca explores the real world  through a lens of horror. We also discuss romance and the joy of talking all things reading with whoever will listen. 
October 06, 2020
Episode 4: Artwork and great storytelling in a Graphic Novel
From Graphic Novels to Murakami and cats, Jennie, Jackie and guest Adrian discuss books they love and some they are less sure of.
August 25, 2020
Episode 3: Choosing books at random
Library user Nate likes to browse collections of books and chat to library staff to find his next read.  Jennie and Jackie  discover that they have a book in common on their to read,watch and listen lists. 
July 24, 2020
Episode 2: I can't buy any more books.
Ebooks are the way to go when you have six full book cases in an upstairs apartment. 
June 22, 2020
Episode 1
Jennie and Jackie are joined by Senior Coordinator, Libraries and Learning for Moonee Valley City Council, Celia Rice, to discuss what Moonee Valley Libraries are doing during the lockdown and what they are all reading and watching to stay entertained.
May 11, 2020