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March 2021

MsWas's Message Corner

To those of you participating in CBR13

How are you doing with your Cannonball this year? Do you think you’ll meet your CBR13 goal?  Or does the thought of clicking that publish button send chills down your spine? We’re getting towards the end of the first quarter of 2021, and 119 CBR13 Cannonballers have posted a review and made it onto the Leaderboard. Did you know, though, that’s only 50% of registered participants? So, it’s literally a toss of the coin whether or not any given Cannonballer has posted a review. 

If you're having a rough time getting started or keeping going with CBR13 or if you haven't signed up for 2021 but would still like to find other ways to help us with our mission, check out my recent post on the group blog.

Hope you and yours are well - hang in there!

Take Care and Happy Reading,
Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

"When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness." - Jules Renard


 

Q&A with a Cannonballer: Nart


Do you read one book at a time, or are you partway through a handful at any given moment?

It depends. I usually prefer one book at a time. If it's not capturing me enough to make all other worlds, including reality, disappear, then I'm probably going to DNF the thing and move on. And if I love it, I'll burn through it in 2-3 days like a teenager with no self control and then feel an empty hole in my chest where the book used to be and jump right into the next one. It's totally normal and well adjusted.

See what else Nart has to say »



Quick Questions Flashback: In March 2015, badkittyuno was the first to Cannonball and got to A some Qs about it.
 

 

#CannonBookClub: Young at Heart: Reading Childhood Favorites



     

For our first #CannonBookClub of 2021, we’ll be revisiting books that make us think of childhood. For our book club May 21-22, readers will have their choice between:

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Enjoy one for the first time, revisit an old favorite, or both! There will be discussion questions posted before the book club, and then you can join the chat either on the blog or on the Facebook Cannonball Read Book Chat. There will also be a Zoom discussion on Saturday, May 22. You don't have to be registered for CBR to participate, so feel free to stop by on any and all channels! 
 

 

Next Zoom chat this Saturday




Our next Zoom chat is this coming Saturday, March 27, at our usual 3:00pm EST spot. Anybody who is signed up for CBR13 is welcome! Even if you haven't posted a review yet, you still count as a CBR13 participant and we'd love to have you. 

During the last call, everyone showed off their current book. Cait made us a shelf on Goodreads to compile everything discussed during that chat.  

 
 

Give us your dough!





Though it's well-nigh impossible to believe, we're almost through the first quarter of 2021 already! And you know what that means: it's time for the year's first donation to the American Cancer Society. If you want to help boost that number before we make the first donation, there are lots of ways to donate. Last year's first-quarter donation was $75, so let's see if we can beat that in 2021. Thank you for all your support!
 
 

As promised, our map!




The talented Yesknopemaybe has once again provided us with a map of this year's Cannonballers. It's available on our CBR participant page, along with links and bios for everyone signed up this year. 

Want to see how this year compares to previous years? Check out our participant map archive. You can also visit the final standings from previous years and see how everyone did.
 


CBR Event Calendar


You can also check the calendar page on the blog for an overview of upcoming events.  

 


Stuff We're Reading

Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: Nart

Mar 23, 2021 03:57 pm
You’re a CBR volunteer, right? How long have you been volunteering, and what’s your area of expertise? I help out with Goodreads because we’re trying to create a more sustainable presence there, hopefully pull some avid readers who haven’t heard of us to the main site, but it’s so small as to be nearly insignificant. In fact, we’re always looking for more folks who, like me, can consistently do like 10 minutes of work a week to make the site better. Join us. We have […]
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Have you ever thought of books as “small flattish boxes… packed with mystery and threat”?: ElCicco's review of A Judgement in Stone

Mar 23, 2021 02:37 pm
“Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.” I have to say, I found it weird that Ruth Rendell would start a murder mystery by eliminating the mystery in the very first sentence. It’s been a while since I read any Rendell, but I have always found her murder mysteries to be absorbing and unsettling, which is where the fun is. One would never describe her mysteries as “cozy.” The fact that we readers know the who and the why […]
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I got behind again: lowercasesee's review of When No One Is Watching, Good Girl, Bad Blood, The Unsuitable, The Secrets We Kept

Mar 23, 2021 01:51 pm
Doozy of a post coming up because I got way behind whoops. We’ll start with my favorite of the bunch but these are all honestly 3 stars and above, some solid reads here. When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole A gentrification thriller that feels all to0 plausible and is also a way to learn about the history and impact of gentrification without feeling preached at (I do a lot of preaching). It could be easy to call this a “what if gentrification was […]
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What the fuck did I just read?: postcardsandbooks's review of Mexican Gothic

Mar 23, 2021 12:31 pm
So I am not a horror reader, but I am the kind of reader who judges books by their covers. And this book has an absolutely gorgeous cover. I mean, have you seen this? It’s so beautiful. Anyway, I am still in love with the cover regardless of the fact that I am still so confused by what the hell I am actually reading. As I started writing this, I still had a little over 2 1/2 hours to go in the audiobook, but I […]
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A Long Time Ago, We Used to Be Friends and Now There’s a New Book To Take You Back There: wicherwill's review of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Mar 23, 2021 10:42 am
CW: suicide, sexual assault This book has STRONG Veronica Mars vibes all over. Like, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how it was recommended to me and 100% of the reason I jumped to put it on hold. Pippa Veronica lives in a small town Neptune that was rocked by a brutal murder years before. Magnetic, troubled Andie Bell Lily Kane disappeared, and the police Sheriff Lamb wiped their hands of the entire case after Sal Singh Keith Mars was deemed responsible in the court of public opinion (after he committed suicide and his body […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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