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9 Books We’re Reading Right Now

Need a little ZYNspirtation? We rounded up the 9 books your ZYN22 crew is digging this month! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, a fiction buff, or dig a good underdog story, there’s something for everyone on this list! Snag a copy and get lost in the literature next time you need a little escape outside the Dome.

For when you’re stuck in traffic.. 

Nicoletta’s pick: Mark Of The Lion Series by Francine Rivers

“Since I drive all over to teach in three different studio locations, I’ve been listening to it on Audible! Not only does it make the drive fly by, but it has really strengthened my faith in a sweet way! I know a lot of people say they don’t have time to pick up a book, so download it instead! I seriously can’t stop listening to it!” –Nicoletta, ZYNstructor

For when you need a pep talk…

Kathryn, West + Dannan’s pick: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

“A rider turned friend actually gave it to me and I really fell in love with it. It tells you how to be in love with who you are, imperfections and all, because the world would be insanely boring if we were all the same! There are great quotes sprinkled throughout the chapters that make reading so uplifting and mindful. A fave for sure!” –Kathryn, FTW ZYNstructor

For the child in you… 

Ashton’s pick: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

“This series is my all-time fave! They’re such great vacation reads because they are easy and SO entertaining! I always pack one when I’m heading out for a trip.” –Ashton, FTW ZYNstructor 

For the love of local… 

Denis’ pick:  Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall + Denver Moore

“I recently finished ‘Same Kind of Different As Me.’ My fellow ZYNstructor, Jen Kieta, gave it to me and I loved it because it’s inspiring and uplifting and rooted in Fort Worth.” –Denis, The ZYNsei/ZYNstructor

For when you need a little ZYNspiration… 

Marketing Team’s pick: Big Magic by Liz Gilbert

Let’s face it. Creativity and vulnerability can take your emotions for a spin! In this book, author of “Eat Pray Love” Liz Gilbert shares anecdotes from her own life to inspire creatives to stay curious, pursue our passions, and face down our fears. A must-read for anyone pumping out content in 2017.

For the stressed, blessed + ZYN obsessed… 

The ZYNtern’s Pick: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

“A rider—Brooke Loftis— gave it to my fave ZYNstrctor, Bri who gave it to me— so this book has been passed around at ZYN22 a lot! It’s hard to stay present and find true connection in a world that’s bombarding us with distractions, but since reading this book I’ve realized that in choosing to be present, I’m more engaged, my relationships have improved and my sense of wellbeing has increased! This book is applicable to anyone in any stage of life!” –Sarah, ZYN22 Marketing Intern

For the not-so faint of heart… 

Social Media Director’s pick: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“If you’ve been living under a rock (like me, apparently?) and haven’t picked up this Pulitzer Prize winning work of fiction… YOU NEED TO. The story follows a 13-year-old New York boy who’s lost his mother in a tragic accident, sending his once comfortable life on a trajectory of loss, survival and self discovery. It’s one of those up-all-night page turners you won’t regret reading. Pro tip: just make sure you’ve got tissues on deck.” –Hannah, ZYN22 Creative/Social Media Director

For the thrill-seeker… 

Z SQUAD’s pick: A Separation by Katie Kitamura

This book is giving us major “Gone Girl” vibes and we’re totally here for it. The story follows a young woman whose less-than-faithful husband suddenly goes missing in a remote region south of Greece, and the author invites you along as the nameless protagonist reluctantly heads off in search of him.

For when it’s time to face a giant… 

ZYN22 CEO’s Pick: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

“It’s a study on how underdogs actually win more than we realize, especially when they change the rules of engagement with the enemy. It’s also based on my favorite story in the Bible— David and Goliath. David was a warrior and God called him “a man after my own heart…” It was so impactful (I read it right when I was forming ZYN22) that I named all the business entities in ZYN “slingshot.” We have Slingshot Ventures, Slingshot Ventures Investors, Slingshot Ventures Stores, etc. I always knew we would slay a giant in this business, I just wasn’t sure who it would be…” – Mark Page, ZYN22 Founder & CEO