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Staff Sound-off: 2024 So Far

We asked our staff “What’s the best thing you have read, watched or listened to so far this year?” See what media is entertaining our staff so far in 2024 in this month’s staff sound-off.

Somehow I made it to my early 40s without ever reading “The Lord of the Rings.” But I loved the movies, so I decided to tackle the book series this year. I had no idea how long it would be — each book of the trilogy runs around 500 pages — but so far it has been absolutely riveting, even though I already know what’s going to happen.

— Brian Jewell, VP & Executive Editor

I’ve been reading my devotional every week, and it has been great reading material for me.

— Bryce Wilson, Advertising Account Manager

I  love a good health-and-wellness or true-crime podcast. The best thing on TV is the “Traitors” reality show.

— Sarah Sechrist, Controller

It’s a tie between two novels — “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt and “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver. These books were the ones that got me out of my reading slump.

— Rachel Crick, Staff Writer & Project Coordinator

It was really last year, but I read “Shoe Dog” about Nike and how Phil Knight created the company.

— Kyle Anderson, Director of Sales & Marketing

I’ve been re-reading the Laura Ingles Wilder books the past few years and find them warm, delightful, funny and memorable. I am also currently reading Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” and Henry Cloud’s “Boundaries.” Revisiting the movie “Little Women” has been a favorite moment between my daughter and me over Christmas, and I have absolutely enjoyed binging “Young Sheldon” on Netflix. It’s hilarious and heart-warming. “Diary of a CEO” has also been something I have enjoyed listening to over the past year.

— Donia Simmons, Creative Director


— Ashley Ricks, Graphic Designer & Circulation Manager