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75F Provides All-Time Favorite Book Selections

Mar 26, 2020 9:19:12 AM

We all have some down time at the moment as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. We at 75F thought it would be helpful if we provided some book suggestions that you can read in your spare time. These range from fiction to non-fiction and humor to horror and everything in between. Enjoy and please stay safe and healthy!

1. The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes - Deep choice

Nobody cheers you up or gives perspective on the world like Calvin. Bill Watterson is the greatest cartoonist and he retired in grace without selling out to the same consumeristic world he made fun of. - Deepinder Singh - CEO and Founder

2. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Ikigai - Krithika choice

Ikigai is a really important book to read especially during these trying times. The book shows the reader how to be busy, and how to find joy and fulfillment from the smallest everyday tasks like just making your bed! - Krithika Lakshmi, Marketing Executive

3. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin - Karn choice

One day all the stars in the nights sky disappear. Humanity has to band together as a species and alter the course of the species to understand what caused this phenomenon and use our ingenuity to survive in these uncertain times. - Karn Chaturvedi, DGM Technical

4. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Outliers - John Nye choice

As a marketer, I love to find how people’s actions are impacted by internal and external factors. Outliers is great because, much like Freakonomics, it uses data and trends to show how these factors can have a great impact on a person’s decisions and life. - John Nye, Head Growth of Marketing

5. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Tylers Choice

The writing style is extremely unique to the point that you have to work to understand it which was a nice change of pace. The story brought me back to being younger and the adventures through my neighborhood with friends, just with a much darker turn of events. - Tyler Grainger, Territory Sales Managery

6. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly - Melissa Baker choice

I became obsessed with all things Brené Brown last spring when I heard her on a podcast. I have read many of her other books, watched her Netflix special, and watched every TED talk she’s ever given, but Daring Greatly had the biggest impact on me. Brené Brown is a shame and vulnerability researcher and she gives her message in very relatable anecdotes. - Melissa Baker, Technical Writer

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower

The book is formatted as letters that the main character (Charlie) is writing to a random pen pal. It a coming of age novel. Charlie is going through high school, making real friends for the first time and falling in love. It’s book about mental illness and sexual abuse and it was the perfect book for me when I was in high school. - Kelly Huang, Video Content Manager

8. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses - Bob choice

It is set in an area of the Southwest I am familiar with and was my introduction to McCarthy in 1992 before his bleaker titles were published. McCarthy has a genius and unique way of telling stories that takes a bit of time to get used to, but is well worth the effort. He has an intimate understanding of horses and their riders that wonderfully illustrates a romantic adventure nearly all boys dream about. - Bob French, Chief Evangelist

9. Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit - Alissa choice

It talks about how it doesn’t matter how smart or talented you are, it matters how much grit you have to truly by successful. - Alissa Sundstedt, Executive Assistant

10. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Salems Lot - Josh Purdy Choice

This was the first book that truly scared me. Wouldn't read it at night. Wouldn't read it if I was alone. I hadn't read anything like it before and that's what has stuck with me since the first time I read it. King takes his time building up characters to the point you really care for them and then halfway through the book he pulls the carpet from under you and the proverbial **** hits the fan. King has several all-time classics such as The Stand, The Shining, and IT, but 'Salem's Lot stands out for me. The slow burn and build up follow by rapid deterioration. - Josh Purdy, Head of Corporate Communications

11. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind - Adam Gumm choice

I like this book because it is a mix of lighter and darker themes, and the main character has a fascinating arc which is well written and keeps you turning the pages for more. P.S. – Audiobook on this is really well done and a fun listen also. - Adam Gumm, Logistics & Fulfillment Technician

12. Clean Code by Robert C. Martin

Clean Code - Matt Rudd choice

My left brain engineering side feels the need to share something from the Holy Grail of Geekdom. Clean Code is one of those books that will forever change a software engineer’s view on how to build better, higher quality, and more maintainable software products. The author, Robert Martin, is one of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto, and there are very few people that have done more to advance the art of modern software than him. - Matt Rudd, Director of Engineering

13. The Jason Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum

Jason Bourne Series - Kenny Looby choice

They're all good I don't have a favorite per se. Reading this series is exciting and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The books are much better than the Bourne movies, and we all love the Bourne movies! - Kenny Looby, Building Automation System Support Agent, Level 2

14. Imperium by Robert Harris

Imperium - JP Farsight choice

One of my favorite books is Imperium by Robert Harris on the early life of Cicero. It’s an assiduously researched and informative piece of historical fiction that transports you into a lovingly rendered and detailed world, it is an engrossing page-turner even when you know the outline of the events, and it has the weight and insight of a biography of one of history’s great leaders who lived in a time-period with many parallels to our own. - John-Paul Farsight, Territory Manager

15. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything - Gaurav Burman choice

Firstly, it’s a tough read, which makes the slog worthwhile. Then, it contains answers to some pretty fundamental questions - where did we come from, how, why are things around us the way they are? Then finally, who were some of the scientific giants through history, a bit of personality behind the genius. Brilliant job of presenting science in a non-intimidating and non-hyper-specialized way! - Gaurav Burman, APAC President

16. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian - Dave Koerner choice

Blood Meridian is certainly one of the great American novels. What first strikes you is how anti-American it is -- a celebration of our fake evangelism, habit for genocide, desire for war, and terrible urge to conquer and destroy the innocence around us. It's a Heart of Darkness-style journey into the wild west, and is written so beautifully that each time I read it I am glad I am a not a writer, because I would just quit and go do something else with my life if something that brilliant sat on my bookshelf. As an interesting tidbit, Blood Meridian is written with few commas and no quotation marks, which somehow takes the reader into the story completely. - Dave Koerner, VP of Marketing

17. 5AM Club by Robin Sharma

5 am Club - Anilkumar Venkatesen choice

This book is my top favorite which changed my mindset to wake up early morning and importance of positivity by doing exercises. More importantly, it helps with time management which is in abundance when we wake up early. - Anilkumar Venkatesen, Principal Engineer

18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Roopesh Sharma choice

The book is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. The ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family,  shows all of Latin America. Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth, senility and the variety of life portrayed is poignant and touches your heart and mind in many ways. - Roopesh Sharma, GM, Customer Support & Projects

19. Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

Winterdance - Nick Rooda choice

One of my favorite books is Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. It’s about his first run of the Iditarod.  I liked it because it was so much different than what I was expecting.  It can probably best be described it as pure madness, and is definitely not your typical sports formula story. - Nick Rooda, Systems Architect

20. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Hitchhikers Guide - John Vanderhyden choice

Douglas Adams had such distinct perspective and brilliant sense of humor. I must have read this book a dozen times and it never ceased to put a smile on my face. - John Vanderhyden, Lead Software Engineer

21. IT by Stephen King

It - Jason Michels choice

I like Stephen King's storytelling and a good scare. He has some greats but I’d have to say IT is my favorite. I’ve read it a few times since getting it as a teen. The book is SO much more than a scary clown although Pennywise is terrifying. - Jason Michels, VP of Operations

22. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less - Lauren French choice

This is a quippy, quirky read that packs an emotional punch with few words and lots of humor. Read if you want to feel sappy, but in the good kind of way. - Lauren French, Marketing Coordinator

23. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile - Chris choice

It seems fitting now. How do we gain from chaos? - Chris Runquist, Director of Finance


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Happy reading and stay safe!

Josh Purdy

Written by Josh Purdy

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