Have you ever wondered where your coworkers’ minds go to escape the enthralling account statements, project proposals, budget reports and computer code we read every day? Find out in this exposé of A&F’s favorite reads.
Almost everyone I have met has at least one beloved book or story, and their selections always surprise, even shock me! Does anyone here – in A&F – share your literary tastes? Are any of your coworkers secretly philosophers, devoted scholars, sci-fi/fantasy dreamers, history buffs or hopeless romantics? As you look down the list, try to guess who submitted each book – answers will be posted next week!
City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy. – “It’s about the French revolution and the way women played an amazing role. Les Misérables continued! Awesome!”
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. – “I’ve read it 6 times!”
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. – “It is the final book in one of my favorite fantasy series. I grew up reading the Inheritance Cycle and I think that Paolini did a great job tying it up.”
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. – A very popular choice; there were a lot of votes for this classic!
The Giver by Lois Lowry. – “My all-time favorite book. I’ve read it at least 15 times since 1994 and although I know it almost verbatim, I always find new meaning in the words. It’s one of the top Young Adult novels, but every adult should read it.”
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey or SharePoint 2010 Development with Visual Studio 2010 – “That’s my favorite kind of book to read… Non-fiction/Tech stuff. How geek is that?”
The Stand by Stephen King. – “This massive tome is a detailed contrast of the powers of good versus the powers of evil in a post-apocalyptic world. A slight departure from the scary thrillers, Stephen King spent 18 years writing this book that has become one of his signature works.”
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. – “My “respectable” favorite. It’s a wonderful adventure that I never out-grew. My “less respectable” favorite is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. The dialog is quick and hilarious, the characters are colorful and endearing, and the plot is absurd; what’s not to love?”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. – “a real classic.”
Wised Up by Charlie Wilhelm. – “This is a fascinating book detailing the true story of Baltimore’s dangerous criminal activities involving drugs, gambling and even murder. In the mid 90s the author decided to become a double agent and work with the FBI undercover. Making this even more interesting to me was the fact that Charlie actually has a leaf on my family tree with his name on it!”
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. – “…because there’s a watchdog called ‘Tock.’ Also: Gone with the Wind and Go Dog Go.”
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. – “written in the 1960s as a dystopia focusing on the rebellious youth and how Alex, the main character, can be conditioned to become a better person. The author plays with human nature and how free will can lead to evil.”
Thank you to everybody who sent their selections! Please comment if you want to weigh in or take a guess! If you would like to share your favorite book, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will to do a second installment.
Don’t forget to check back next week to find out which book belongs to whom.