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Print Audit Reads Blog

Posted by West McDonald on Jan 9, 2017 3:19:14 PM

By now you know that Print Audit makes some incredible software and that our Premier Program is helping to save the office equipment industry.  But did you know about our people?  Most of the people that make Print Audit great work behind the scenes and we think it’s a shame you don’t have the opportunity to get to know them better.   

There is nothing better than looking at somebody’s book shelf to learn what makes them tick and Print Audit is proud to share a “virtual” bookshelf comprised of our team’s favorite reads as well as books hot on their list for the new year.  So, without further ado, let’s crack open the spine on some of team Print Audit’s favorite titles!

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John MacInnes, President


Top book(s) I've already read: Top Fiction books: Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett (most of his books are excellent), The Stand - Stephen King, I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hays, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Book(s) on my buy list: End of Watch - Stephen King (last book in Bill Hodges Series), The Automatic Customer - John Warrilow
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Scott Robinson, Software Support Manager


Top book(s) I've already read: The first 5 books in the Expanse series by James A. Corey.

Book on my buy list: Babylon's Ashes - the 6th book in the series just out.
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Laurie McLevish, Sales Development Manager


Top book I've already read: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Great living room talk type book reinforces your greatness and provides great tools.

Book on my buy list: The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh - It was recommended to me by a great friend that has started 4 start-ups...
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Susan Scurry, Product Manager

Top book(s) I've already read:

Non-fiction:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Zealot by Reza Aslan

Fiction:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

 Fiction (continued):

Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
The Roaches Have No King by Daniel Evan Weiss
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Small Island by Andrea Levy

Health/Fitness/Nutrition:
The New Rules of Lifting - Lou Schuler
Strong - Lou Schuler
Any Moosewood cookbook

Book(s) on my buy list: The Lean Muscle Diet by Lou Schuler, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Paul Giorgi, Customer Success Manager


Top book I've already read: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It’s funny!

Book on my buy list: Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein. It's pretty sad.
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Travis Ell, Software Developer


Top book(s) I've already read: the Altered Carbon series by Richard Morgan, and the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi.

Book on my buy list: Dune, and its Frank Herbert-penned brethren (ignore the crap-awful drek his son has put out in order to try and cash in on his father's success). They're classics that revolutionized the genre and they need to be on every sci-nut's shelf.
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John Hewitt, VP of Global Distribution


Top book I've already read: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Book on my buy list: a very interesting book about T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). It’s very informative on how the Middle East evolved after WWI.
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Sean Hunter, Software Support Specialist


Top book I've already read: An oldie, but a goodie. Ringworld by Larry Niven.

Book on my buy list: I forget the title, but it's book 3 in the Fleet of Worlds series, also by Niven. Since I have 1, 2, 4 and 5…
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Andrew Quesnel, Software Developer


Top book I've already read: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld Series).

Book on my buy list: The other 40 books in the series.
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West McDonald, VP of Business Development


Top book I've already read: I'd have to say the entire Patrick O'Brien series that chronicles Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin's adventures!
  • Historical fiction: Yes, it's a thing
  • Adventure on the high seas!
Book on my buy list: Yann Martel, ‘The High Mountains of Portugal’.
  • Same guy that wrote Life of Pi.
  • My wife and son actually met him at an author's series, he lives in Saskatoon!
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Thomas Young, Software Developer


Top book(s) I've already read: Non-fiction: Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  Fiction: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Book(s) on my buy list: Commander in Chief by Tom Clancy. I love military thrillers. The Assassin by Clive Cussler. I love the Isaac Bell series as it is an adventure thriller series based in early 20th century USA.
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Marty Carson, Maintenance & Upgrade Manager


Top book(s) I've already read: I quite enjoyed Trump: The Art of the Deal by the big Donald himself.

Book(s) on my buy list: I am very interested in reading Cosmos by Carl Sagan. The topic of human existence and the universe is very interesting…
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James Hills, VP of Sales


Top book(s) I've already read: Best book I've read recently, very much in the same vein as O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series, is Dewey Lambdin's series about Alan Lewery. It starts with The Kings Coat and follows the story of a 17 year old hellion who is forced into the Navy and finds that he is quite good at it. Very entertaining. I'm on book 3 of about 15.

Book(s) on my buy list: Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
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Monica Fraser, Software Support Specialist

Top book(s) I've already read:

Children's Books:
L. Frank Baum - The Wizard of Oz - There's an entire series of books not just the one everyone knows about.
Walter Farley - The Black Stallion - Again, there's an entire series after the first book.
Robin McKinley - The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown are her best books.

Children's Books (continued):
Diana Wynne Jones - The Magicians of Caprona was always my favorite of hers.
Elizabeth Enright - the Melendy family series is set in New York around WWII told from the children's point of view.
Jean Little - A Canadian author who is legally blind.

Fiction:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes - 'nuff said.
Jean Auel - The first four Earth's Children books are the best of the six.
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear - Husband and wife team of archeologists.

Sci/fi:

Frank Herbert - Dune and the rest of the series. Although it gets weird with God Emperor of Dune and don't bother with the books his son published.
Isaac Asimov - The Robots books are good but he got into co-writing with other authors and that didn't go so well.
David Weber - The Honor Harrington books and the Safehold series are my current favorites from him.

Fantasy:
J.R.R Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings - Need I say more?
Anne McCaffrey - Her Pern books seem to be best for teenagers but they're fun until you outgrow them.
Mercedes Lackey - Any time you need some light reading/fun fluff.
Jim Butcher - All the Harry Dresden books are worth reading.

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Weapon X, Software Architect


Top book(s) I've already read: I'll echo Monica. There’s no way I could narrow it down to absolute favorites. Some of them by genre:

Classics (and free ebooks!):
The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner
Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn by Twain

Horror Fantasy (Recently finished re-reading all of Stephen King's published novels/collections so I’m biased here):
It, The Shining, The Stand (uncut edition), Bag of Bones, 11/22/63, The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King
The Girl of Loved Tom Gordon, Joyland - Stephen King (Small books, lighter than the above novels)
Different Seasons, Night Shift, Skeleton Crew - Stephen King (best short story anthologies)
Lightning, Phantoms - Dean Koontz. (Fun, generally lighter reads than King).

Classic Sci-fi:
Starship Troopers - Heinlein (way better than the movie)
Footfall, Lucifer's Hammer - (both by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle)

Modern Fantasy:
Wheel of Time series (only undertake if you have plenty of time)
Game of Thrones(way better than series, but not finished yet)
Dresden Files - Butcher. Like Monica, really enjoyed these. The nice thing is, very easy reads, shorter books, great for plane/vacation time. Much lighter than the other two I mentioned.

Historical Fiction:
Shogun and Taipan - Both by Clavell
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - As both John and Susan mentioned already. Great book, one of my overall favorites, glad he is doing a third one in the series.

Non-Fiction:
Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Band of Brothers - Stephen Ambrose (and watch the HBO series if you never have).

Book(s) on my buy list: As for what I am planning to read for Xmas, the last two books in Ken Follet's Century Trilogy, and End of Watch by Stephen King.

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David Thorne, Director Of Channel Management


Top book(s) I've already read: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Along with all of her other books including Hero, Magic, and The Power. I also enjoy reading any book by Brian Tracy - A Canadian born motivational speaker.

Book(s) on my buy list: The Whistler because John Grisham is my favorite author. My 3 favorite books from him are The Summons, The Street Lawyer, and The Testament.

Now it’s your turn! Would you like to share an incredible read with the world? How about a book that is on your list? Leave your comments below. Personally, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to update my reading list for the winter months!

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West McDonald

Written by West McDonald

West McDonald is Vice President of Business Development for Print Audit.

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