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June 9, 2021

MsWas's Message Corner

 

Hi everyone,

Unbelievably, it’s June! Congrats to all of you who are finishing up classes, whether taught or taken; and I’ll definitely send a hearty fistpump in solidarity to parents and everyone else who has been helping a kid through this school year. Summer is here! I hope everyone has plans to spend some time outdoors (with sunscreen, please) with a beach read or something else fun.

We are prepping for the Book Bingo Reading Challenge, and I can’t wait for July 1. It’s really thrilling and heartwarming to see how thoughtful and careful everyone is during Bingo, and it means a lot to us that you enjoy this challenge. Except where we were kicking ourselves over some vague language in the past, I love seeing discussions about choices to fill in those squares. Talk more about books? Yes, please!

If you or someone you know is interested in playing this year, but aren’t officially registered for this year, you can still sign up! Did you know that with CBR, you can sign up any time? We do have a big push for our open registration each year, but once that’s passed, you can still get in by completing our Late Registration Request Form. I won’t get into the technical aspects behind the website and registration (unless you want to, in which case contact me so we can talk WP); but if you want in, you’re in. And we’d love to have you. 

So spread the word about Bingo, and get your lists ready. Have a great summer!

--Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

"Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere." - Mary Schmich


 

Q&A with a Cannonballer: postcardsandbooks

 

Were you a reader from childhood, or did you grow into it?

I present to you pictures of me, under 2 years old, laying down by the pool “reading” comic books aloud. Clearly wanting to be just like my big sister.

I had a subscription to the “Turma da Mônica” comics when I was young (they’re these amazing stories about a group of 6-year-olds and their everyday lives and adventures – it’s SO good and kid friendly and I still love them with all my heart), and I made my mum re-read every single one of them to me so many times I knew them all by heart. I could recite them as if I was reading long before I ever learned how to read. Ever since then I’ve loved books.
 

See what else postcardsandbooks has to say »



Quick Questions Flashback: ingres77 gave us a peek behind the stats curtain in May 2017.
 

 

Coming soon: Bingo!



The Book Bingo Reading Challenge is always a hoot, and we expect this year to be just as fun. To add a little drama to the unveiling of the categories, participants in our June CBR Check-in Zoom will get a preview of the fourth annual Book Bingo Reading Challenge. Join us Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00PM ET to find out more about this year's bingo program. Watch for more details and a Zoom link later this month.

 

 

Reminder: Word Count




In general, CBR reviews should be around 250 words or about three paragraphs for a single review. If you're reviewing multiple books in your post, those blurbs should be at least 150 words per book. Remember that you can see the word count as you're writing by checking the lower left corner of your WordPress edit screen. 

(And yes, in case you're wondering, that 42 was totally on purpose.)

 
 

This Month's Fan Mail


 

We've been getting a ton of author responses on social media this year, so we're going to start spotlighting one every newsletter issue in case you missed it. You can also always keep tabs on our Fan Mail page. Last month, author Heather Corinna responded to Emmalita’s review of their book What Fresh Hell is This ("this is the menopause book I will recommend to everybody") on Twitter, saying, “This is the [reading] experience I want people to have."

Don't forget to tag @cannonballread when you post on social media! 
 
 

#CannonBookClub Recap




Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Cannon Book Club: Young at Heart event. Whether you commented on the blog, on a social media post, or joined our first, but not last, Zoom book club discussion, you made it a great weekend. Our next book club, in September, will focus on fairy tales, myths and retellings. We will be asking for suggestions and recommendations soon. Remember, you can still comment on any book club discussion post.  
 

Style Tip: Revisions




Have you ever tried to correct something on a post, and managed to bork it up even worse? (*shakes fist at WordPress's weird spacing issues*) If you ever need to go back to a previously saved version of a post you've created, you can do that with the Revisions feature. There are also lots of other tips and tricks related to revisions, for those who want a deep dive in the possibilities. And as always, if you have questions you don't see the answer to, let us know!

 


CBR Event Calendar


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

Stuff We're Reading

A book I might have wanted to write for myself: Aquillia's review of The Councillor

Jun 09, 2021 04:43 am
What’s this? A review? I actually kicked myself to write this review for multiple reasons. This book is a debut and I want to support debut authors. I just finished it but I’m on holiday and cannot yet meet my bookish friend in a café to talk about it. This book is so far up my alley I am devastated that I didn’t write it. (It’s written with far more beauty and panache than I could have, though). Also, Luca Fontaine. Another reason I’m reviewing […]
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The Next-to-Last Time I was Shot Out of a Cannon (and other often strangely fantastical stories): Jenny S's review of Fly Already

Jun 08, 2021 10:47 pm
One of many things I like about my current book club is that the choosing of titles is a collaboration (involving initial nominations and then a round of voting) to determine our reads for the full year.  As a result, the books are a mix of things I have heard of (and want to read and/or have read) and books/authors that are totally unknown to me.  This book of short stories by Etgar Keret, an Israeli author, falls into the latter category. After the first […]
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A weird book I had a lot of things to say about.: narfna's review of A Discovery of Witches (All Souls, #1)

Jun 08, 2021 05:17 pm
Oh wow I have so many things to say. The vast majority of the time when I go to write a review I have to sit there and think of things to say, when my instinct is just like, I had feelings okay and now you want me to put them into words? But the words are just wanting to flow for this one. So first, because context is important, three things about this book and also me: 1. It was free. A friend was […]
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In which we have an abundance of evidence that Tolkien *really* had a thing for eagles.: narfna's review of The Silmarillion

Jun 08, 2021 05:16 pm
This is a book, like The Lord of the Rings, that I think I will appreciate more each time I read it. The only time I’d read it before this was my senior year of high school during the height of my LOTR fervor, and it entirely overwhelmed me. I remember I had to have a notebook near me while reading on which I drew a lot of family trees. I had a need to keep all the elves and endless descendants of Beor straight. […]
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By your powers combined, I am Captain Wallflower!: narfna's review of Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1)

Jun 08, 2021 05:15 pm
I’ve been trying out several “classic” romance authors this year in an effort to clean out my own shelves of books I bought years ago and never read (one trip to Bookmans in particular ended with heaps of old paperbacks with scantily clad models on the front). This is the lone Kleypas from my collection, and the first book of hers I’ve read. And I liked it! It was a perfectly fine book. I ended up with this book of hers because it was the […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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