Sunday, April 23, was World Book Day, a celebration of
reading and publishing designated by UNESCO. Syncfusion is proud to be
contributing to the knowledge of the world with our Succinctly series, helping developers get a quick start on new
technologies for free. We’ve published 113 e-books, and counting!
Not all of us are developers, though, and often our tastes
in books span many genres, so we asked our employees, “What are your favorite
books and authors?” And they responded!
Our favorite genre was science fiction, closely followed by
fantasy, sometimes loved by the same person.
“I am a science nerd, so I
love sci-fi that has a basis in reality,” said Bill from our sales department,
naming Eon by Greg Bear as his
favorite. “Give me some singularity, robo-apocalypse, AI nerdity and I will be
content all day.”
“I like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
because it delivers a richly detailed setting filled with entertaining
characters,” said Darren of the content team. “It also works well as an
homage to the literature of Georgian England, utilizing period-appropriate
language and style. It's a long book, but for anyone who is in tune with its
sensibilities, it is a unique pleasure.”
Jessie from our legal team chose Isaac Asimov as her
favorite author. “I like Isaac Asimov because he
was a visionary world-builder in the truest sense,” she said. “Not only was he
one of the most prolific authors of the last century, but his mastery of so
many different areas led him to create books that were both insightful and
addictive. Even though I began reading his books a couple decades ago, the
imagery his words originally evoked is still quite clear in my mind.”
For some, audiobooks are a great way to fit in a good story when your hands or eyes are needed elsewhere.
stories, great characters,” said Brett from the client relations department
of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy.
“I enjoy audiobooks and these are expertly performed.”
Chad, our product manager, reminisced about his favorite
author, “Piers Anthony has both very silly and
very thought-provoking books. Well, at least I thought so when I was
While Jordan of the client relations team went into fond
detail about Out of the Silent Planet
by C.S. Lewis. “This is my favorite book because
of where it stands in the SciFi genre,” he said. “This book was written before
space travel ever happened, it predates any type of physical description of
space travel at all, but the visuals the descriptions give you are simply
outstanding. This book is the shear embodiment of sci-fi: it is based in our
reality and centered around what we as humans on earth are familiar with, then
it rockets into a state of pure creative mental bliss. Holy goodness, I need to
read this book again.”
Lauren from our administration team
prefers young adult fiction. She said that, while J.K. Rowling is her
favorite author, The Alchemist by
Paulo Coelho is her favorite book.
“I like reading about worlds with
imaginative and infinite possibilities.”
Some of our employees chose more realistic fiction as their
Graham of the content team prefers
crime novels, “I like grim, terse writing.”
He chose Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as his favorite book,
“Third Degree is
super intense,” said Jon of the sales team. “Everyone
I have recommended the book to has always said that once they started, they
couldn't put it down.”
The sales team’s David
enjoyed the classic Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Sallinger, “Holden Caufield was someone I could totally relate
“Beautiful Ruins is one of my favorite
books because it transports me back in time to a lovely town in Italy,” said
Lori of our marketing team. “The characters are fascinating people and it is
fun to get wrapped up in all their adventures.”
“In form, A Fable is war tale conveyed through an
impressionist’s eye, what one would find in a battle scene painted by
Monet—calamity brilliantly colored and outlined in soft strokes,” described
Tres of the content team of William Faulkner’s book. “In essence, it is a
meditation on the manipulation by those who start wars of those who fight
Our most popular book (and by
that we mean the only one with two votes) was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
“I love romance
because everything turns out alright in the end,” said marketing’s Elizabeth
(right). “Unless you're Romeo and Juliet. In which case, things end horribly
For her personal inspiration,
the renewals team’s Rina said she likes to read the Bible. “I find all my answers, knowledge, and peace in this
Many other employees like
nonfiction books that inspire or intrigue them.
Alicia of the marketing team
said that the ACBL Bridge Series is
her favorite. “I like to continuously learn new skills and concepts, and
this topic never gets boring to me,” she said. “You can study the game of
bridge forever and there is always something new to learn.”
Ferriss is a lifehacker and his series of books, which started with The 4-Hour Workweek, are great if you are
looking at improving your life in many different facets,” said Domingo of the
Brad, our sales director, is
also a big fan of audiobooks, and likes Leaders
Eat Last by Simon Sinek best. “It provides a true perspective on
leadership,” he said.
learning new things and, thus, have bookshelves of nonfiction books to
enjoy,” said Jose from the marketing team. “The book I chose is just one of
Writing and Literacy in Chinese,
Korean, and Japanese by Insup and M. Marton Taylor.
Matt from the sales team
likes business books and biographies, with Malcolm Gladwell being his favorite.
“Outliers tells the background
of many celebrated individuals and makes one reconsider what it takes and means
to be ‘successful,’" he said.
And then there were the individuals who had a lot of trouble
When asked his favorite genre
of books, Christopher from the sales team couldn’t choose, “Anything
that most people would call me a nerd for reading.”
Likewise, Sandy of the finance department said it was too
hard to choose just one book or author, but eventually settled on a genre. “I
have eclectic tastes, making it difficult to choose. Perhaps poetry?” she said.
“Poetry conveys a message succinctly and rhythmically.”
What do you like to read?
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