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Word Book Day: Zilker Media Reading Roundup

Here at Zilker Media, we love a good book! In celebration of World Book Day today, the Zilker Media team has done a roundup of our favorites. If you’re looking for your next reading recommendation, you’ve come to the right place! 


Paige Velasquez – Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

This is one of the best football books of all time and always pulls me back to my hometown – Odessa, Texas.

Rusty Shelton – The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

I get daily value from this book with the reminder to ask myself the central question: “What’s the one thing you can do, so by doing it, everything else becomes either easier or unnecessary?”

Nichole Davidson – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A classic and a must-read. Anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald is fantastic but this story has always been my personal favorite. It showcases the desire for the American Dream better than any novel but truly captures that the desire for love is the most powerful emotion above anything else.

Wes Fang – Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

A memoir that reads like a Hollywood movie, this book details the rollercoaster of a ride by an entrepreneur who built one of the most recognizable consumer brands in history. It’s a page-turner and reminder that failure is not an option.

Natalia Lara – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The book is about adversity, family, friendship and faith. The story is wrapped meticulously well with how there can be salvation found in love. It’s a well-written and captivating book that spans the post-Taliban regime in Afghanistan so, I felt like I was reading a part of history that was eye-opening, painful and filled with hope all at the same time.

Shelby Janner – East of Eden by John Steinbeck

A classic novel, and a must-read for everyone. If you were forced to read Grapes of Wrath in high school and hated it, you MUST give East of Eden a go. It is Steinbeck’s magnum opus. The story of two interwoven families, it is a bit of a slow burn that all comes together in the end in a beautiful way.

Melanie Cloth – The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

A fortune-teller predicts when four siblings will die and we follow them over the course of their lives as those prophesied dates draw near. I’m a sucker for a family drama with just a hint of magic.

Sara Pence – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I enjoy reading fiction novels, and I have never gone through a series so quickly! The imagination and detail in this storyline is what kept me so captivated. Definitely worth the read, even if you’ve seen the movies already!

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