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October/November 2021

MsWas's Message Corner

Hi everyone,

It is quite the busy time for us at Cannonball Read. We’re gearing up for next year’s CBR14, and the fact that we anticipate being an official non-profit for that Read. Once our 501(c)(3) status is finalized with the IRS, we’ll be able to take advantage of the many benefits available to US non-profits, and you’ll see a lot more opportunities for a much wider range of people to support our mission. If you’ve participated in a fundraiser in your community that wasn’t terribly annoying or seems like a good fit for CBR, or if you’re interested in serving on the fundraising committee, please drop us a line.

--Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

“Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.” - Judy Blume
 


 

Q&A with a Cannonballer: Nannerbears

Where did “Nannerbears” come from?

Nannerbears came from years of morphing a nickname from one thing to another. When I was little, my sister called me Nana, which eventually got shortened to Nan. It was common for friends and family to call me Nan through high school and college, and that got lengthened to Nanners, and then Nannerpants, and then Nannerpuss (based on the Denny's nannerpuss ad). When thinking of a CBR persona, I thought something more serious was needed and bears are serious, so I made Nannerbears.

See what else Nannerbears has to say »


Quick Questions Flashback: Cannonball veteran Malin was in the spotlight back in November 2016
 


Congratulations to the Book Bingo Reading Challenge raffle winner!




Thank you so much to everyone who participated this year. Bingo players posted more than 600 reviews in four months - wow! And a big congrats to Merryn, who won our raffle prize, including CBR merch and a gift card to the bookstore of her choice. And eternal thanks and admiration to yesknopemaybe, who designed the beautiful Bingo card!
 


Book Giveaway


It's been a busy month for free books! We have one new one, and one remaining from the previous batch. HarperTeen has one copy of Deborah Falaye's Blood Scion, described as a YA Yoruba-Nigerian Fantasy:

"Fifteen-year-old Sloane is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods who can incinerate her enemies at will and an identity that means death and resulted in her mother’s disappearance. When she’s conscripted into the Lucis army, Sloane must hide her powers and overcome the brutal Lucis training… but if she can climb the ranks and infiltrate the Lucis, she could destroy her enemies and those responsible for her mother’s disappearance. In doing so, however, she risks losing herself and becoming the exact monster she’s fighting."

This digital-only offer is for anyone registered for CBR13; and you must be willing to post a review by the end of CBR13, December 31. The first person to email MsWas about it gets it, so click fast!

In addition, we have one book left from the previous offer. If you're a CBR13 registrant and are interested in receiving a copy of The Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux (Quill Tree Books), MsWas is your contact for that, too.
 


Start thinking about this year's Best/Worst picks


 


Each year, MsWas compiles a list to post to Pajiba. This round-up of Cannonballers' best and worst reads of the past year is always a big hit. If you'd like to be included, start thinking about your top three favorite books you read and reviewed for CBR13, and one least favorite. 

  
 

This Month's Fan Mail


This month's fan moment isn't from social media - it's from a donation! Author Alyssa Bermudez was so touched by BlackRaven's review of Big Apple Diaries that she donated to the cause, saying "I hope you continue to receive support for cancer research and find great reads along the way."

Let us know if you have anything to submit to our Fan Mail page. Don't forget to tag @cannonballread when you post on social media! 
  
 

Cannonball Book Exchange




This year's Book Exchange is finally here! Signing up is totally voluntary. You'll be matched with two other CBR13 participants: one who will send you books, and one you will send books to. It's always a treat to see what others choose for you! If you're worried about global supply chain issues, don't forget you can also send a digital book (optional - if you're not an e-reader, you can mark that preference). Register by November 12, and send your books out by November 30.
 


CBR Event Calendar


Check the calendar page on the blog for an overview of upcoming events.
  • 10/31: Book Bingo Reading Challenge ended
  • 11/12: Cannonball Holiday Book Exchange sign-up deadline
    • Send out your Holiday Book Exchange package by 11/30
  • 12/11 (tentative): Holiday Zoom
  • 12/31/2021: 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST: End of CBR13
  
 

 


 

Stuff We're Reading

Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: Nannerbears

Nov 05, 2021 10:39 am
Where did “Nannerbears” come from? Nannerbears came from years of morphing a nickname from one thing to another. When I was little, my sister called me Nana, which eventually got shortened to Nan. It was common for friends and family to call me Nan through high school and college, and that got lengthened to Nanners, and then Nannerpants, and then Nannerpuss (based on the Denny’s nannerpuss ad). When thinking of a CBR persona, I thought something more serious was needed and bears are serious, so […]
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Jon Ronson Stuff: vel veeter's review of The Men Stare at Goats, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, The Butterfly Effect, Frank, The Psychopath Test, Lost at Sea

Nov 05, 2021 09:42 am
The Men Who Stare At Goats – 3/5 Stars I wished I liked this better, and I didn’t dislike it, but it felt more cobbled together and scattershot than I would have hoped for. That’s more or less true of a lot of the Jon Ronson books, where he takes a central thesis and explores different connected ideas, stories, parts, etc to try to tell a more fuller version of things. But because this book begins with a set of events and government program, the […]
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The Irony of American History by Reinhold Neibuhr (1952): vel veeter's review of Irony of American History

Nov 05, 2021 09:38 am
This is a re-released series of lectures by Reinhold Neibuhr, and I think the re-release edition provides some context for what kind of reader and what kind of moment this was intended to meet. It came out in 2008 or so and was introduced by Andrew Bacevich. In my mind, this places it right in the context of a rise in certain forms of online journalistic pushback to Bush and the Bush Doctrine. The book itself is also remarkable because of the self-critical take on […]
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Enemies to Lovers, CEOs in Space Style: Emmalita's review of Fated Blades

Nov 05, 2021 02:01 am
While I have read and enjoyed Ilona Andrews’ two largest series, the Kate Daniels world and Hidden Legacy, I haven’t explored their other series. When I got Fated Blades from NetGalley, I worried a bit because I haven’t read any of the other Kinsman Universe stories, but I knew I would enjoy it because it’s Ilona Andrews. It was no problem. The world explains itself well enough and I don’t think the other Kinsman Universe stories impact it too much. Matias Baena and Ramona Adler […]
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“If I had to guess, it’s a dramatic tale fraught with danger, probably a little gunfire, but it has a happy ending.”: llamareadsbooks's review of Rogue Christmas Operation

Nov 05, 2021 12:42 am
While I’ve been a huge fan of the author’s Final Hour series for years, I’ve never read one of her categories. So why not hop in with the start of a new series? This book is pretty much everything I wanted from a category suspense. “I look forward to hearing the story. If I had to guess, it’s a dramatic tale fraught with danger, probably a little gunfire, but it has a happy ending.” Hope refuses to believe her sister Faith committed suicide, but the […]
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