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