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.

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