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A Book Club Guest Review of The Girl in Cabin 13

The Girl in Cabin 13By: AJ RiversReviewer Rating: 3Best for: 18 and up Not for the Faint of Heart(which was almost me)!Guest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Emma Griffin is an FBI agent Undercover in a small town where people keep disappearing. It’s a definite…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Secret Power Within

The Secret Power WithinBy: Chuck NorrisReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up Zen Power and BalanceGuest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Partly an autobiography but mostly how Zen works in everyday life. Lessons like how to win by losing can totally…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Camel Club

The Camel ClubBy: David BaldacciReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up Conspiracies and more conspiraciesGuest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Oliver Stone–not his real name–has three real friends. They are all rather eccentric in their own special fields. They call themselves…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Patriot Games

Patriot GamesBy: Tom ClancyReviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up Don’t make the IRA angry . . .Guest book review by Julie H Q: What’s the book about? Jack Ryan, before he became a famous analyst! On vacation he impulsively jumps into the chain of a…

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The Wheel of Time, Books 1-5: This. Is. Long.

The Wheel of Time 1-5The Eye of the WorldThe Great HuntThe Dragon RebornThe Shadow RisingThe Fires of HeavenBy: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 12 and up A journey of 12,000 pages starts at page 1 If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll know I’ve…

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The Kaiju Preservation Society: Godzilla vs COVID

The Kaiju Preservation SocietyBy: John ScalziMy Rating: Four out of five stars.Best for: 18 and up Godzilla vs COVID Seriously, Scalzi? Not sure how, but Scalzi always seems to be just what I need. I just wish he would be a little less comfortable with the f-bombs. This story is…

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Every Heart a Doorway: That was…unexpected

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)By: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: Three out of five stars.Best for: 18 and up That was…unexpected. I enjoyed Middlegame my Seanan McGuire so much, I looked to see what her next most popular books were. Turns out it’s the Wayward Children series. Book one is…

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#Middlegame: Book Speechless

Middlegame (Alchemical Journeys, #1)By: Seanan McGuireMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up [Staring blankly at the wall…]What did I just read?  WHAT DID I JUST READ! I haven’t been book speechless in a long time.  This is one of those that’s so hard to describe–Middlegame is…

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State of the Book Club 2022

Welcome to State of the Book Club 2022! I started One Man Book Club in 2017 as a blog to share my book reviews. I wanted to help discerning readers and parents of book-loving kids find books they’ll love without being surprised by the content inside. This remains the reason…

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Dark One: So that’s a graphic novel? Huh.

Dark OneBy: Brandon SandersonMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 12 and up So that’s a graphic novel? Huh. My graphic novel experience has been limited to the middle grade stuff my kids like to read, so I don’t much experience to compare with Dark One. I’m happy to…

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A Book Club Guest Review of American Assassin: A Thriller

American Assassin: A ThrillerBy: Vince FlynnGuest Reviewer Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 14 and up Revenge and retaliationGuest review by Julie H Q: What’s this book about? Mitch Rapp is a college student whose girlfriend was on a hijacked plane. When she died, he wanted revenge on the…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Come join the club!

A Tale of Two CitiesBy: Charles DickensMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 16 and up Come join the club! Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities might have been the hardest book I’ve ever read–and I’ve read a lot of hard books. I don’t mean the content was…

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Charlotte’s Web: All We Need is Love

Charlotte’s WebBy: E.B. WhiteMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: All Ages All we need is love. E.B. White was awarded a Newbery Honor for Charlotte’s Web in 1953. It lost the Newbery Medal to a boring little book called Secret of the Andes, which I’m sure is lovely.…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Summer of the Monkeys

Summer of the MonkeysBy: Wilson RawlsGuest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS10 and up Just as good as when I was 10!Guest Review by Julie Hilton A boy grows up fast one summer with a bunch of monkeys, some hard choices, and great lessons. A classic coming of age…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Beneath a Scarlet SkyBy: Mark T. SullivanGuest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest For: 16 and up This WWII Hero Will Change YouGuest review by Catina Haverlock How did we not know of this TRUE WWII story? How did it remain untold for SO long? Beneath a Scarlet Sky…

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A Book Club Guest Review of Just Mercy

Just MercyBryan StevensonGuest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 18 and up Just Inspiring. But Just Heartbreaking. Just NOT Surprising.Guest Review by Catina Haverlock When Bryan Stevenson, the author of this true story was asked by Rosa Parks just exactly what it was that he did, he couldn’t…

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A Book Club Guest Review of The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the BoatBy: Daniel James BrownGuest Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest for: 14 and up This story’s going to stay with me a long, long timeGuest review buy Catina Haverlock Spoiler: The University of Washington’s 9-man varsity rowing team comprised of poor and blue collar boys,…

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The Dragon Reborn: I’m finally starting to get it!

The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, Book 3)By: Robert JordanMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest For: 14 and up FINE! I’ll read The Wheel of Time! I’ve been desperately avoiding The Wheel of Time series for years now. Even I, book nerd extraordinaire, am put off by the…

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Jed and the Junkyard War: So much potential…

Jed and the Junkyard War (Jed and the Junkyard War, book 1)Jed and the Junkyard Rebellion (Jed and the Junkyard War, Book 2)By: Steven BohlsMy Rating: Three and a half out of five starsBest for: 10 and up So much potential… Jed and the Junkyard War and Jed and the…

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#Foundation: Ambitious!

FoundationBy: Isaac AsimovMy Rating: Four out of five starsBest for: Ambitious 14-year-olds and up One word? Ambitious. You don’t really review the classics. You just share your experience. I finished Foundation by Isaac Asimov a couple of days ago, and it’s been rolling around in my head ever since. The…

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#Lux: More Reckoners? Yes, please!

Lux (Texas Reckoners, Book 1)By: Brandon Sanderson and Steven BohlsMy Rating: Four out of Five StarsBest for: 14 and up More Reckoners? Yes, please! I’ve been apprehensive about embracing Sanderson, Inc. In 2021, Brandon Sanderson released five books–Four 4 of them written (co-written?) by former students of his writing class…

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#Nightwalker: Paranormal mystery, anyone?

NightwalkerBy: Elissa C. NysetvoldMy Rating: Three out of five starsBest for: 14 and up Who’s up for a paranormal mystery? I’m always on the look out for new authors who do great work and deserve to get their books out there, so I was happy to take a look at…

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Evershore: Brandon, Inc is getting better

Evershore (Skyward Flight: Novella 3)By: Janci Patterson and Brandon SandersonMy Rating: Five out of five starsBest for: 12 and up Excellent, but still waiting for more! Evershore is the 3rd Skyward Flight Novella that tells the story of what’s happening to Spensa’s friends while she is stuck in the Nowhere…

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#TheGreatHunt: Fine! I’ll Read The Wheel of Time!

The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, Book 2)By: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five starsBest For: 14 and up FINE! I’ll read The Wheel of Time! I’ve been desperately avoiding The Wheel of Time series for years now. Even I, book nerd extraordinaire, am put off by the…

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#TheEyeoftheWorld: FINE! I’ll Read The Wheel of Time!

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)By: Robert JordanMy Rating: Four out of five starsBest For: 14 and up FINE! I’ll read The Wheel of Time! I’ve been desperately avoiding The Wheel of Time series for years now. Even I, book nerd extraordinaire, am put off…

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#Cytonic: I NEED MORE–NOW!!

Cytonic (Skyward, Book 3)By: THE Brandon SandersonMy Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARSBest For: 12 and up Sanderson Strikes Again…I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long for book 4! The Skyward series is fantasy-standard-bearer Brandon Sanderson’s first foray into Science Fiction, and it’s pretty great. Turns out,…

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