RSC’s Summer 2017 Book List

Everything we read expands our minds with new pieces of knowledge. The more insight we have, the more prepared we are to take on any challenge in life. At RS Crum, we strive to always continue learning. We read to stay current on new information, inspired and open to new ideas/opinions. And, sometimes we read just because we like to read.

Summer is a great time for reading, so we wanted to share some of our favorite reading materials with you. What are you reading? Let us know.


  1. The Investment Answer by Gordon Murray & Daniel Goldie (Jon)

Murray was diagnosed with glioblastoma and chose to co-write this book in the time he had remaining. Murray, a former broker/dealer, and Goldie, a fee-only registered investment advisor, examine the major investor decisions. The authors examine everything from asset allocation to rebalancing in this easy, must read.

  1. Replay by Ken Grimwood (Pat)

What would you do if you could live your life over and over? This novel tells the story of a 43-year old man who dies and wakes up as his 18-year old self. He relives his life with all of his memories intact, examining how different life choices would have impacted his path.

  1. Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong (Pat)

Who needs luck? Get an edge during the occasional Las Vegas visit. Stanford Wong outlines the rules and strategy of blackjack.

  1. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely (Ashley)

An interesting look at behavior economics and the real world circumstances that skew traditional rational choice theory.  Ariely explains, “My goal, by the end of this book, is to help you fundamentally rethink what makes you and the people around you tick… Once you see how systematic certain mistakes are—how we repeat them again and again—I think you will begin to learn how to avoid some of them.”

  1. The Fourth Turning by William Strauss & Neil Howe (Dan)

A look at four generational archetypes and their role(s) in the ever repeating flow of history. Published in 1997, we are nearing the end of the current fourth turning.  The next “great generation” is poised to usher in a new spring of growth, prosperity and renewed hope.  Haven’t we seen this all before?

  1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Dan)

Dan has reread several of the books from this series and is now rereading the original trilogy starting with this one (the first one). Its Camelot meets House of Cards meets Braveheart…with dragons, yes dragons. What he is really doing is biding time until the next (and long overdue) book in the series is released. Come on George! Haven’t we waited long enough?

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Peale (Lynne)

Norman’s goal with this book is to help the reader achieve a ‘happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life’ through positive influence of his conscious thought. The author provides practical instructions on how to incorporate this into your daily life. 

  1. Barron’s Magazine (Doug)

Financial and investment news magazine providing in-depth analysis and commentary on markets. 

  1. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Terry)

This coming-of-age fictional story is made up of vignettes that are not quite poems and not quite full stories by Mexican-American writer Cisneros.

  1. The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (Mark)

Gary & Jay will teach you tricks to cut through the clutter and achieve better results in less time. They focus on dialing down stress by ignoring what you could do and instead focusing on what you should do. I love this book; I’ve read it several times.


There’s a reading genre for everyone. Whether you enjoy classic literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, mysteries, educational material, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination.

Happy reading!