While shifting to a work-from-home lifestyle, Jones PR stays connected with employees by having a “Weird Wednesday” social hour every week. From representing our favorite sports team to hosting virtual movie nights during this hour of connecting, our culture committee has put together themes for each week.
Recently, we held a book club where each person shared their favorite book. Some even took it a step further by setting their Zoom backgrounds as a representation of their favorite book for us all to guess. As everyone went around, a collection of books was created.
Whether you’re a bookworm or more of an audio listener, these books are great to dive into:
Brenda Jones Barwick, President & CEO: 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
“I enjoy non-fiction books and am now reading my eighth book since New Year's Day. It's amazing how many books one can read by dedicating only 30 minutes a day.”
Taylor Ketchum, Vice President: Sisters First by the Bush Twins
“I prefer the audiobook version since the sisters voice the book.”
Suzanne Singleterry, Vice President: Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin
Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin is a non-fiction book that talks about how we can ensure animals can live their best lives - on their terms vs. ours. A must-read for animal lovers, it includes stories to help us understand and appreciate things including, a horse's sensitivity to sound, how cats use humans as a tool to get what they want and all about dogs - why they love us with their whole-heart and unconditionally.
Chris Street, Creative Director: Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies by Dave Addey
"I do not read fiction. I prefer non-fiction books, specifically books on paleontology, graphic design and advanced military technology."
Nicona Lane, Digital Media Manager: One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“I am a sucker for a tear-jerker fiction novel. Whether that is a love story or just a book that really makes you question everything, send them my way! My favorite authors are Colleen Hoover, Taylor Jenkins Reid and Mia Sheridan. I also fell in love with poetry after taking a creative writing class in college.”
Gilles Weingart, Assistant Creative Director: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
"I'm not a big reader of books but my wife shares what she's reading with me. One title I liked was Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I guess the gist is finding humor and happiness in the little things even when life gets difficult."
Ashley Glass, Account Executive: Girl, Wash Your Face! by Rachel Hollis
"I prefer audiobooks and podcasts. I love anything focused on leadership and professional development - especially Rachel Hollis and her weekly Rise Podcast episodes!"
Daniel Seitz, Account Executive of Public Affairs: Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard
“My go-to book genre is Science Fiction. When I'm reading, I like an escape from reality into a world that is wild and interesting!”
Kristen Fine, Assistant Account Executive: Joy at Work by Marie Kondos
"Marie Kondos book Joy at Work takes the art of organizing to a whole new level with applying those practices to the workplace. From organizing files, your calendar and identifying what truly sparks joy."
Carolyn Taylor, Account Coordinator: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"My favorite kind of books right now are focused on dream-chasing and traveling. I'm currently reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and since I'm unable to travel right now, I'm living vicariously through Amanda Pressner, Holly C. Corbett and Jennifer Baggett who wrote The Lost Girls. I highly recommend both!"
Andrew Aston, Account Coordinator: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
‘When reading just for leisure, I enjoy books that I think would fall in the "high fantasy" genre. Books like The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien or the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.”
Colton Basks, Account Coordinator: Educated by Tara Westover
"I'm a big fan of biographies and autobiographies so one of my favorite books is Educated by Tara Westover. It's a book about how Tara overcomes her childhood and survivalist family to pursue education and enlightenment"
Jamee Barwick, Account Coordinator: Everybody Always by Bob Goff
“Bob Goff is an inspiring writer and I love his perspective on life and positivity. He puts me in the right mindset. I am also a sucker for any romance novel.”