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Category: 2016 Sticky Books (Page 4 of 9)

Skinnybones by Barbara Park

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Uniformity With God’s Will By Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
  8. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  10. They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  11. The Winner Within by Pat Riley
  12. In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
  13. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
  14. “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  18. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  19. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  20. Four Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler
  21. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  22. Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  23. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  24. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  25. At Home by Bill Bryson
  26. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  27. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  28. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  31. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  33. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  34. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
  35. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

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Skinnybones

 

by Barbara Park

 

I was torn on whether our last Sticky Book for the Children’s Book Month of June would be Superfudge (by Judy Blume) or the lesser known Skinnybones. Both are excellent children’s books. Both are very funny. But in the end, I have memories of Skinnybones filling me with laughter for days. 

I might be misremembering–nostalgia is a hell of a drug–but I recall this being the funniest childhood book I ever read. There are children’s books with more heart or more imagination or more wonderment or more feeling or even more beloved, but my now thirty-something mind doesn’t remember my then 10-year-old mind thinking there was a book that was funnier. 

I could go back and reread it, but that’s both too obvious and wouldn’t prove anything. Even if I don’t think that it is that funny now, that doesn’t mean that 10-year-old Dan didn’t think it was that funny. So let young 10-year-old me introduce this book to you through hyperbole and wistfulness: “It’s the funniest book you will ever read in your entire life. Trust me. I’m ten. I’ve seen some sh*$.”

 

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Uniformity With God’s Will By Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
  8. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  10. They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  11. The Winner Within by Pat Riley
  12. In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
  13. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
  14. “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  18. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  19. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  20. Four Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler
  21. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  22. Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  23. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  24. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  25. At Home by Bill Bryson
  26. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  27. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  28. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  31. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  33. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  34. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
  35. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Runaway Ralph

Runaway Ralph

 

by Beverly Cleary

Does it get any better than Beverly Cleary. I mean, c’mon, how could we run a month of children’s Sticky Books without mentioning Beverly Cleary. If you’re a regular reader here, you know my love for Dr. Seuss, and Roald Dahl is amazing in his own right too, but Beverly Cleary  is just the cat’s pajamas. (I’ve never used that phrase in my life. I thought I would try it on for size–no idea why. I didn’t like it.)

Romona Quimby series. Henry Huggins series. The Ralph S. Mouse series. Plus standalone titles like Strider and Dear Mr. Henshaw to name a few. Cleary is any young child reader’s dream. 

Runaway Ralph is the second in the Ralph S. Mouse books and I’ve always loved them I have the boxset in my bookshelf. I’m not kidding. Next to books on Aristotle and Kant, and books likes The Brothers Karamazov and A Tale of Two Cities, is Beverly Cleary’s Ralph series. I have some weird dream of reading it to my children someday when they’re a little older. That is the beauty that is Beverly Cleary, still captivating a thirty-something engineer-attorney. I hope you enjoy her too.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any good quotes to pull online and I didn’t have the time this morning to read it for the 100th time to pull some additional quotes, so for the second straight week, knock yourself out with the preview. Let us know what you think.

 

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.
 
 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

Four Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Uniformity With God’s Will By Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
  8. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  10. They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  11. The Winner Within by Pat Riley
  12. In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
  13. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
  14. “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  18. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  19. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  20. Four Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler
  21. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  22. Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  23. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  24. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  25. At Home by Bill Bryson
  26. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  27. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  28. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  31. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  33. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  34. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
  35. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Sticky Books

 

Four Miles to Pinecone

 

by Jon Hassler

We’re continuing our youth books in June. I don’t want to children’s books, because they’re a little bit older than that, but they’re also too young for Young Adult. What’s this genre called? Somebody help me out.

Honestly, I have no idea why this book has stuck with me since I was young. I haven’t picked it up again since I was about 10 and I even had forgotten most of the plot. I just recall a young man witnessing a crime and being stuck in the middle of nowhere. In fact, I had remembered the title of this book as Thirteen Miles to Pinecone for 20-some years now. I didn’t even remember the title right! 

And yet, Four Miles to Pinecone has stuck with me for this long. It was thrilling and captivating and emotional. I’m sure it being set in my hometown made it all the more exciting for me, but something about it jarred me when I was a young boy. That’s all I remember. 

Alas, there are no quotes from the book I could find online, and I don’t have the book anymore myself, so I couldn’t pull quotes I enjoyed. I’m sure there aren’t very many really quotable lines anyway. So instead this week, here’s the embedded sample of the book. Try it on for size yourself.

 

 

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.
 
 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.
 

 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  5. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  7. Uniformity With God’s Will By Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
  8. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  10. They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  11. The Winner Within by Pat Riley
  12. In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
  13. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
  14. “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” by Richard P. Feynman
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  18. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
  19. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  20. Four Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler
  21. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  22. Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  23. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  24. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  25. At Home by Bill Bryson
  26. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  27. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  28. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  30. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  31. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. Shane by Jack Schaefer
  33. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  34. Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
  35. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

 

by Jean Craighead George

 

After running The Bridge to Terabithia as a Sticky Book last week, I decided there and then that the month of June would be a few books from my childhood. This week, we have My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

I think every young boy has the dream of running away and living in some sort of fort or in the wilderness. I am sure it is the dream of plenty of young girls too. My Side of the Mountain took this dreamlike childhood adventure, added in a weasel that the young boy (Sam) befriends, and pet peregrine falcon because, you know, what boyhood dream wouldn’t include a peregrine falcon if it could.

I remembered enjoying this book so much as a child that after I graduated college a long time ago, (I’m not telling how long ago!), I saw it in the bookstore and decided to get it. I read the entire book that afternoon, as a young twenty-something. It’s a trilogy, but this first one is the heart and soul of the series.

 

“I am on my mountain in a tree home that people have passed without ever knowing that I am here. The house is a hemlock tree six feet in diameter, and must be as old as the mountain itself. I came upon it last summer and dug and burned it out until I made a snug cave in the tree that I now call home.”

 

“Be you writer or reader, it is very pleasant to run away in a book.” ]

 

“The human being, even in the midst of people, spends nine-tenths of this time alone with the private voices of his own head.”

 

“Fortunately, the sun has a wonderfully glorious habit of rising every morning”

 

“I must say this now about that first fire. It was magic. Out of dead tinder and grass and sticks came a live warm light. It cracked and snapped and smoked and filled the woods with brightness. It lighted the trees and made them warm and friendly. It stood tall and bright and held back the night.”

 

“Chicken is Good! It tastes like chicken.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

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