The warm weather brings cozy outdoor movie nights, long car rides, and pool days, with summer starting off.
With all the activity and free time, we know it can be hard to keep up with all the choices on books to read, movies to watch, or podcasts to listen to. That’s why we’ve asked some of the great minds of CTFCU staff to give us their best recommendations. From spine-tingling True Crime to family favorites and everything in between, we’ve got something for your long weekends by the water. We’ll be rolling out fresh picks monthly, so check back in the next issue of E-Connections!
A Generational Tale of Love and War
Echoes by Danielle Steel is a historical fiction novel that tells the tale of three generations of women spanning WWI and WWII. A rich narrative following their choices to follow their hearts and promises of hope rooted in the rich soil of the past.
Recommended by Rebecca J, Training dept.
For Empowered Leaders
Regardless of title and status, anyone can be a Leader. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. That’s the core belief of Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. An empowering read, this book is for anyone ready to choose courage and make a difference.
Recommended by Corey B, Marketing dept.
A Revisionist Classic
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be Achilles’s friend? The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller explores the classic tale of the Iliad through that very point of view. An epic read with Greek Gods, a devastating love story, and the sacrifices of friendship when glory and immortal fame hang in the balance.
Recommended by Nino T, Marketing dept.
For Spine-Tingling True Crime
Crime Junkie is a podcast for the true crime obsessed. Listen as hosts Ashley and Brit dive into disappearances, murders, unsolved cases, and anything crime-related in between.
Produced by audiochuck productions
Notable Episode: MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Lynn Messer.
Recommended by Rebecca J, Training Dept.
To Understand the World and Yourself
Hidden Brain explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.
Produced by NPR
Notable Episode: Where Gratitude Gets You
Recommended by Corey B, Marketing Dept.
When You Wish Life Came with a Manual
Life Kit is the next best thing. Exploring various topics and asking experts from around the world to answer life’s questions and give you the tools to help get it together.
Produced by NPR
Notable Episode: Good Conversations Take Time and Attention. Here’s How To Have Better Ones|
Recommended by Daisy T, Marketing Dept.
An Award-winning Historical Fiction
The Dig, starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, reimagines the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo. This dramatic tale of treasure, romance, and history received critical acclaim and several nominations for the British Academy Film Awards.
Recommended by Julio D, Projects dept.
A Family Favorite
Lion King follows the story of a young lion, as he succeeds his father as leader after a great tragedy. With fun characters, colorful adventures, and award-winning musical numbers, this movie is a classic for a reason.
Recommended by Cassandra E, Operations dept.
An Intense Sci-Fi Horror
Breach, starring Bruce Willis, is set on the heels of a ravaging plague taking over the earth. The few human survivors that we’re able to escape on an intergalactic ark come in contact with a new threat: a brutal, Shape-shifting Alien force. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat, hoping that humanity will survive.
Recommended by Pamela G, Operations dept.