a bunch of book covers

 Let’s get one thing straight, I loathe Facebook chain messaging. Moreover, I adamantly dismiss any notion that great fortune or imminent harm shall be cast in my direction, should I not forward or share a fluffy message demanding I share it with others. With that being said, I received a Facebook challenge from one of my respected college professors not long ago, which read: 

“Day 7 of posting 7 books I love (1 per day). No exceptions, no reviews, just covers. Each day I’ll nominate a friend to take up the challenge. Today I nominate…”

To be fair, the challenge was from a man who, quite frankly, could be the most brilliant human I’ve ever encountered. Not only did he have a passion for teaching literature, he even inspired a not-so-intellectual redneck from Georgia to pursue a degree (and career) using words. So, I did something I had never done and accepted the challenge, while nominating seven additional people. 

Surprisingly, the challenge was an enlightening exercise — evoking memories of incredible novels from a different time in my life, while introducing an entirely new catalog of books I need to pursue. For lovers of literature and all things books, this is one challenge I highly recommend. I’m proud of the range and scope of literacy that my friends possess — and hopefully you will enjoy their selections just as much as I have over the past weeks. And hey, I know we all hate Facebook chains, but feel free to jump in any time … and tag the Keys Weekly while you’re at it.  

Britt Myers | Partner-Keys Weekly Media

  1. The Magus—John Fowles 
  2. The Road—Cormac McCarthy 
  3. Love in the Ruins—Walker Percy 
  4. Crime and Punishment—Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  5. Dharma Bums—Jack Kerouac 
  6. The Mysterious Stranger—Mark Twain 
  7. Fight Club—Chuck Palahniuk 

Josh Mothner | Realtor- Coldwell Banker Schmitt 

  1. The Zero—Jess Walter 
  2. The Dog Stars—Peter Heller 
  3. Trinity—Leon Uris 
  4. Outliers—Malcolm Gladwell 
  5. Lord of the Flies—William Golding 
  6. The White Plague—Frank Herbert 

Eliott C. McLaughlin | Journalist –CNN

  1. A Brief History of Seven Killings—Marlon James 
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces—John Kennedy Toole
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo—Alexandre Dumas 
  4. Hell’s Angels—Hunter S. Thompson 
  5. The Imperfectionists—Tom Rachman 
  6. Lamb—Christopher Moore 
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee 

Jason Koler | Partner-Keys Weekly Media

  1. Dune—Frank Herbert 
  2. Without Remorse—Tom Clancy 
  3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas —Hunter S. Thompson
  4. Alas Babylon—Pat Frank 
  5. A Moveable Feast—Ernest Hemingway 

Jimmy McCarthy—Editor-Upper Keys Weekly 

  1. Where the Wild Things Are—Maurice Sendak 
  2. Goosebumps—R.L. Stine 
  3. A Farewell to Arms—Ernest Hemingway 
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—Mark Twain 
  5. Of Mice and Men—John Steinbeck 
  6. Animal Farm—George Orwell 

Bruce Schmitt—Retired antagonist 

  1. Pimp—Iceberg Slim 
  2. Siddhartha—Hermann Hesse 
  3. A Confederacy of Dunces—John Kennedy Toole
  4. On the Road—Jack Kerouac 
  5. The Stranger—Albert Camus 
  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—Mark Twain 
  7. Been Down so Long it Looks Up to Me—Richard Farina 

Mike Howie: Keys Weekly copy editor

  1. Letters from the Earth—Mark Twain
  2. Ball Four—Jim Bouton
  3. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes—Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by William S. Baring-Gould
  4. The Great Gatsby—F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. All the Light We Cannot See—Anthony Doerr
  6. Rosa Lee—Leon Dash
  7. Grant—Ron Chernow

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