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Books are a uniquely portable magic.

– Stephen King




December 17, 2020

The 2020 holiday season will be different but we may find ourselves with more time to settle down on a wintry afternoon with a cup of something warm and a good book. Whether it’s for you or a last-minute stocking stuffer, your estates and trusts team are happy to share some of our favourite books.

Entry Island: Winner of the ITV Specsavers Best Crime Thriller Read of the Year by [Peter May]

I love to read; whether it's a good biography, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or an intriguing mystery. One of my favourite authors is Peter May. His Lewis trilogy and Entry Island masterfully merge historical backstories, current-day murder and intrigue, and an understanding of life on Scotland's Isle of Lewis. If you love mysteries but prefer France, you'll enjoy May's Enzo MacLeod series.

— Joan McAulay, Senior Trust Program Advisor

A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by [Charles Todd]

I enjoy the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series by Charles Todd. Set in the two years following World War I, Inspector Rutledge solves crimes throughout England for Scotland Yard while battling his own inner turmoil resulting from his experiences during the War.

— Shelley Kuny, Senior Estates & Trusts Administrator.,204,203,200_.jpg

My boys and I read a lot of books while learning history, language arts and learning to love learning. I've read more advanced books aloud to them for years and I have fond memories of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. They would be on the floor creating with their Lego while I read, me thinking they were not hearing a word I was saying—then suddenly they would talk about one of the characters and what was happening. At the time we lived on a small farm… one of the baby chicks we raised ended up with the name Pip (I believe we had a Miss Havisham as well!).

— Cherene Assman, Estates & Trusts Administrator

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series Book 1) by [Brigid Kemmerer]

In Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreaker Series, she cleverly retells classic fairy tales in a new and unique way, with strong female character leads. This is definitely a series I reread!

— Angela Martens, Senior Estate and Trust Advisor,204,203,200_.jpg

I have enjoyed every book I have read by John Grisham, however, the one that sticks out for me is The Client. It revolves around an eleven-year-old boy who learns information he shouldn't have, hires a lawyer for a dollar and outwits the FBI and the Mob.

— Peggy Bokor, Senior Registered Plans Program Administrator,204,203,200_.jpg

I am fascinated by human innovation and history. Steven Johnson's How We Got to Now is a fun, easy-to-read tour of six different innovations (glass, clean, light, cold, sound and time) and the surprising impact they weaved into our society. It is a unique perspective that will have you looking at things a little differently.

— Mandy Ethier, Trust Services Administrator,204,203,200_.jpg

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Dr. Oliver Sacks is an easy-to-read book consisting of short essays describing unusually fascinating neurological conditions—such as an amnesiac who lost his memory of all things that occurred after World War II and people who lost their ability to visually recognize objects—hence the title of the book.  The stories are presented in such an engaging and compelling manner that they really make you think differently about human perception, ability and talents.

— Diane Tom, Senior Director Sales, Estates & Trusts,204,203,200_.jpg

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie was a real game changer in life and business for my whole family. It was recommended by a business mentor who taught us that people don't care how much you know, they care how much you care.

— Cherene Assman, Estates & Trusts Administrator

Wishing you and yours an extra measure of comfort and hope this season.

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