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.

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