RS Crum’s 2017 Winter Book List

Reading expands the mind with new tidbits of knowledge. These insights help prepare us to take on any challenge. At RS Crum, we never stop learning. We read to stay current, inspired and open to new ideas/opinions. And, sometimes we read just because we like to read.

Winter is a great time to grab a blanket and a new book, so here is another look at some of our favorite reading materials. What are you reading?  Let us know.


  1. The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (Mark)

This is a book about an ex-assassin named Evan Smoak with a dangerous past. He uses his skill and resources to accomplish his personal mission of helping those with nowhere else to turn.  This was a fun, mindless read. Perfect for vacation.

  1. The Enemy by Lee Child (Dan)

You can never go wrong with a Jack Reacher novel in Dan’s opinion. This is a story of a lone wolf drifter getting into adventures and doling out justice Reacher style. It is a prequel (of sorts) with a mystery from Jack’s days as a top notch military police investigator.

  1. The Science of Mindfulness by Ronald Siegel – Audible Lecture Series & Guidebook (Ashley)

An interesting look at the science behind the ancient practice of mindfulness and meditation. Ronald discusses how mindfulness can be applied to a variety of problems and how you can incorporate the practical techniques into your own life.

  1. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards (Ashley)

A look at the decisions we make with a financial twist. Carl Richards uses simple drawings to explain the gap between what we should do and what we actually do.

  1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (Doug)

This classic and influential fictional novel was written in 1951. The story focuses on the protection of innocence and Holden’s struggle as he grows up.

  1. The Shack by William P. Young (Jon)

The Shack is a fictional novel self-published by the author in 2007. The title of the book is a metaphor for “the house you build out of your own pain”, as Young explained, and follows the main character on a spiritual journey.

  1. Any book by Michael Crichton (Pat)

Crichton’s books are a great mix of technical details and scientific references. The Andromeda Strain as a classic.

  1. The Firm or The Pelican Brief by John Grisham (Lynne)

John Grisham is an American bestselling writer known for his thrillers. Gresham has written over 35 novels, but The Firm or The Pelican Brief are fan favorites.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Lynne)

Carnegie shares his time-tested advice that has elevated individuals in their careers and personal lives. The non-fiction best seller begins by outlining 12 things the book will do for you including: 1. Get you out of a mental rut, give you new thoughts and ambitions, 2. Help you to handle complaints, avoid arguments, keep your human contacts smooth and pleasant, 3. Make you a better speaker and a more entertaining conversationalist, among other things.

  1. Odyssey by Homer (Terry)

In part a sequel to the Iliad, the Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek poems by Homer. The poem focuses on Odysseus’s journey home after the fall of Troy.


Happy reading!