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February 2022

MsWas's Message Corner

Hi everyone,

Wow is the year off to a great start! I think we have seen a lot more participation from new Cannonballers this year so far, congratulations to all 79 of you who have posted at least one review so far this year. 

I hope everyone is finding their way ok with writing reviews and just Wordpress in general. Earlier this year, we had a comment diversion post filled with advice for new folks that you might have missed. Please reach out with questions–I want to hear from you with your questions and suggestions. You’re probably not alone in wondering about a CBR rule or suggestion, so you could be helping another Cannonballer out by asking.


--Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: auntadadoom

What book do you like to recommend to new friends?
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe. THIS BOOK HAS EVERYTHING. Pirates! Monkeys! Queen Victoria! Ham! And best of all (if you like it) sequels!!

See what else auntadadoom has to say »

Quick Questions Flashback: The Chancellor has a strict cut-off for DNFing a book in the February 2017 QQ.

CBR Diversions – My Love Language is Books

At Cannonball Read, we share a love of books and love to share about books. So in this week so focused on love, let’s spread the #booklove around. Share how you love books in the Diversion comments, and get your TBR lists ready:

  • Which books do you love to recommend?
  • What’s your favorite story about a book?
  • Best book you’ve gifted, or been given?
  • Best book date?
  • Do you have book traditions with people you love?
  • Most importantly, which books/characters/authors have you fallen in love with lately?

Participant Page and Bio

Whether you're just joining us, or are a CBR veteran, your bio is a great place to let your fellow Cannonballers know more about you. From the participant page on WordPress, you can edit your profile, revise your bio, check your nickname, and upload a photo (doesn't have to be gravatar). Be fun, be factual, be whatever you like - the bio is there for you! 

Beware of potential WordPress weirdness, though: if you changed your nickname and it's not showing, contact us and we'll get it taken care of.

Badges: a Refresher

In case you didn't know, the cute little badge icons at the bottom of each post are to show participation and for 13 reviews (¼); is for 26 reviews (½); and is for 52 reviews, a “full” cannonball. You can see the other levels on our Participation Badge page

If you're a returning Cannonballer, even with a gap between years of participation, it should remember your previous badges. You should have a badge for every year you posted a review. If you think you're missing some, or have questions, let us know.

Book sale going on through the end of the month

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to receive some excellent donations for rewards and prizes, and the ones we haven't given away are now available for sale as a fundraiser. The book sale goes through the end of February, and you can find out what's left here. We will donate any leftovers to MsWas's local library or another book-related charity. 


Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) available

We have two free ebook offers for our participants. If you're interested in either of the two, contact Emmalita A Thousand Steps Into Night, Traci Chee - out March 1 From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Traci Chee comes a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventure, and plans gone awry. In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter. But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again. But with her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did. Set On You, Amy Lea - contemporary rom-com out May 4 Fitness influencer Crystal Chen is so focused on herself and the gym that no man can get in her way: except for firefighter and new gym patron Scott, literally, when he steals her squat rack. Soon the competition – and their undeniable chemistry – heats up as they fight for gym domination. But after their escalating jabs, the last place Crystal expects to see Scott is at their grandparents’ engagement party. As Crystal discovers the softness under his muscular exterior, she feels a deep bond forming – but when internet trolls come after a viral picture of them, Crystal and Scott will have to ground their budding relationship in what they know is real. Described by the publicist as body positive.


This Month's Fan Mail

We've been tracking Fan Mail since 2015! The tweet above is our very first piece of fan mail - and for a memoir, no less! No pressure!   

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

The Wake: Classic's review of The Wake

Feb 15, 2022 08:22 am
Well that was well done. We also got some nice closure on some things and of course a tale or two to round things out. “The Wake” follows Dream’s family as they prepare to say goodbye along with others. I thought this was great. Gaiman does a great job and has shown us before that the Endless can often “die” and another form of them comes about. We know that the Despair we have known in this series, was not the first, and even know […]
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The Kindly Ones: Classic's review of The Kindly Ones

Feb 15, 2022 08:09 am
Well we know that this one was a long time coming. We got hints of this in the last couple of the graphic novels. We follow Dream to the end. I loved how this was set-up and how Gaiman ended things. The next volume was very good and it answered some questions I had about a lot of things that were still unclear (who was Dream’s last lover, why was Daniel so important, what happens to the Endless as time marches on, etc.) “The Kindly […]
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Sequel-itis: Pooja's review of Protect the Prince

Feb 15, 2022 01:05 am
Evie may have killed her cousin and become queen of Bellona, but her troubles are far from over. Morta continues to threaten her kingdom, and now she must make peace with Sully’s father to strengthen themselves against the enemy. There’s a mystery of sorts as Evie must figure out the culprit behind a series of assassination attempts. Using her mysterious powers and her wits, she works to solve the mystery quite quickly, and though I was able to guess the killer ahead of her I […]
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“I expect you’ve heard of the Trojan War and how it was caused by Norma Jeane Baker, harlot of Troy”: anana's review of Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Feb 14, 2022 11:09 pm
The past few vacations I’ve gone on, whenever the official tchotchke-hunting time comes up with the friends/family I’m traveling with, I’ve taken to seeking out the nearest local bookstore for my souvenir-hunting. I’ve found it to be a great alternative to buying something made of plastic that will collect dust and eventually get thrown away – instead, I purchase a book and write the bookstore name/location/date on the inside jacket, and whenever I pick up that book I can take a trip down memory lane […]
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Tensions building: CoffeeShopReader's review of The King's Beast vol. 5

Feb 14, 2022 08:33 pm
Volume 5 of The King’s Beast is starting to build up all the tensions; Rangetsu realizes she likes her Prince when he thinks she’s a guy body-guard, she finds out that the attendant Taihaku knows what she is but might be willing to help her keep the secret until she can avenge her brother’s murder, there’s a strong hint who may have been responsible although it’s really not that surprising, one of the other Princes may be onto Rangetsu as well, and Prince Tenyou is […]
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