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May 2022

MsWas's Message Corner

Hi everyone,

I’ve got wonderful news! With our first quarter donation of the year, we’ve reached a grand total of TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS donated to the American Cancer Society. Yes, that’s right. $10,000. What an amazing milestone!

And I must thank all of our donors over the years, all of our participants and friends, and you. Yes, you.

You and others like you have supported Cannonball Read over the years financially, through volunteer hours, and by helping to create and sustain our lovely Cannonball community. Thank you.

We’ve got some great stuff planned for the year, so please consider supporting us today financially if you’re able. You can do so via PayPal or Venmo.

To those of you who may think that it isn’t really because of you, it’s because of someone else. I tell you it’s all of those someones who have added up over the years that have brought us to this milestone. So please, keep calm, and Cannonball on!

Bonnie (MsWas)

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.” – Ruta Sepetys
 


 

Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: Travis_J_Smith

 

How many times have you participated in CBR? Has it changed the way you read?

Hm, per Cannonball Read itself, this is my 4th time participating. But, per me, I'd say this is really only my second proper go of it. I don't know if it was something akin to burnout after setting a record (at the time) for most books, which could've been higher had I not fallen so behind on the review part of the equation, or if it was just a more natural shift. For anything really, be it books, games, etc., I'm the most hot-or-cold person. I struggle to casually invest myself in something, and so if I don't maintain that devotion it results in that thing falling way out of favor and becoming almost forgotten about. It's why you see me either turning out spades of reviews or next to none. If I'm reading books back-to-back, it keeps the momentum going for me. If I'm not, it's like my brain is resistant to it.

See what else Travis_J_Smith has to say »

Quick Questions Flashback: In April 2018, ardaigle told us about being a member of three different book clubs (not counting CBR!) 
 


First quarter donation to the American Cancer Society hits a milestone




Can you believe it's Q2 already? We've had a great start to CBR14, and have made our first donation as a non-profit organization, of $345. That's not bad for our first donation of the year, but the really exciting news is that it brings us to a lifetime total of $10,000! Thank you to all our participants, whether you're new to CBR or you've been clicking and posting and donating every step of the way. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you. The good work never stops, though. If you'd like to help us start working on the next $10,000, donate now!
 


#CannonBookClub: May 20 and 21

 


The first review of our May book club bookThe Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, got five stars from ElCicco! Book club will be Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, with a Zoom meeting on May 21. Get your review out there early so we can get some pre-book club thoughts and discussions percolating, and keep an eye out for discussion questions as we get closer to the date. The Zoom discussion will be Saturday, May 21, at 1pm Eastern Time. Watch for an invitation with Zoom details next week.
 



New commenting system 




We've got a new and improved commenting system! Now you can get creative with formatting, gifs, pics, quotes, and all sorts of fun stuff. Go play and chat, and let us know if you have any feedback! Since this is a new system, we want to know what you think: opinions on the look and feel of the comments? Questions about the email notifications for subscriptions and comment alerts? (That's changed a bit.) To see some examples of a gifalicious comments in action, check out the celebratory atmosphere in narfna's 52nd review (Cannonball!).
 

 

Update your profile pic

In case you want to update your profile on the regular, the FAQ page has been updated with these instructions. Previously, WordPress defaulted to Gravatar for profile pictures. Now, however, you have more options to play with (just like the new comment system).
 


This Month's Fan Mail




BlackRaven got an Instagram shoutout from author John Parra about the review of his Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son.

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 - it helps others find us, and helps us find you to include you on the page! 
 

 


Stuff We're Reading

A few good motivational ideas: Halbs's review of It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life

May 06, 2022 09:06 am
I found out about Trevor Moawad through NFL quarterback Russell Wilson. Moawad was kind of a mental coach for Wilson, as he also was for many other professional and collegiate athletes and programs. Moawad’s dad was a big leader in the motivational speaking and proto-self-help world, with a focus on self-esteem. Unfortunately, Trevor Moawad recently died from a terminal illness. I thought it would be nice to read his book as a kind of show of respect. It Takes What it Takes comes from the […]
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Tom Wolfe (the recent one): vel veeter's review of Bonfire of the Vanities, From Bauhaus to Our House, Radical Chic, Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers

May 06, 2022 08:41 am
Bonfire of the Vanities – 5/5 Stars This novels begins with a press conference given by the mayor of New York. During the press conference, the mayor is constantly heckled by local Black activists, until he is booed off stage. This moment sets up to see various motifs and throughlines of this novel. From there, we’re introduced to our primary players, specifically three men of different backgrounds (although all white, educated, and at middle class): Sherman McCoy is a 40ish Wall street bonds salesman (bonds […]
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Cute fantasy romances that avoid being saccharine: Aquillia's review of Paladin's Grace, Paladin's Strength

May 06, 2022 03:36 am
For the last year, my favourite books list has included a mixture of “cozy” and “weird”. It’s hard to get me in the mood for something too traditional; I’m enjoying books with romantic elements but get frustrated by lack of non-relationship plot; and I think nothing will ever live quite up to my euphoric feelings of “wtf” with Harrow the Ninth. A friend recommended Paladin’s Grace to me and I am so grateful for that! I devoured it and the sequel, Paladin’s  and am disappointed Scribd and […]
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Road Trip Romance: Pooja's review of No Rings Attached

May 06, 2022 12:08 am
Lia is on the hunt for a fake girlfriend to go to her brother’s wedding with her, and her best friend Rosie offers up her childhood friend Grace as an option. Sparks fly when the two meet, but Grace has a complicated past and is wary of relationships. This is the second book in the series, but reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. Though the story starts off with the fake-dating trope, things quickly heat up between the couple until they enter a complicated relationship […]
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These Things are Like Potato Chips: esmemoria's review of Want to Know a Secret?

May 05, 2022 10:42 pm
I have a pile of books I want to read next to my bed (okay, on my bed, I tend to fall asleep with my books like they are so many teddy bears) but I keep buying McFadden’s books. Want to Know a Secret? is yet another quick read, but sadly it’s the weakest book by far. The book centers on a woman named April who has a YouTube cooking show and an unknown enemy who keeps sending her nasty text messages. Is it one […]
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