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January 2022

MsWas's Message Corner

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Cannonball Read 14! We are so psyched for an awesome year to come. Life’s been rough on everyone for the past couple of years, but I am thankful for so much.

One thing I'm super grateful for is our web developer, Spencer Hayden. We're currently seeing an issue on Cannonballer's profiles in the site dashboard, and Spencer is tracking down the issue. If you see a message on your user profile that says "ERROR - Please report this to MsWas along with the following information," please copy the message or take a screenshot and send that to me, along with a brief description of what you were doing when you received the error (posting a review, etc.). You can paste the message into the contact form, or email me at if you need to attach a picture. Thanks for your help with this. 

To help you, I’ll be holding Zoom office hours on Saturday, January 15 at 7pm Eastern--that's tomorrow! Pop in to ask questions about getting started with reviewing or learn how to do that one thing you never quite got the hang of. If you’re registered for CBR14, you should have gotten the Zoom link already. If you haven’t gotten the email, please check your subscription to our newsletter and make sure you are signed up there. (If you unsubscribed yourself in the past from any of our messaging, you'll need to sign up again.) Submit our contact form if you’re having trouble getting subscribed. We do have a newsletter archive if you'd like to catch up. 

We already have over 150 people registered for CBR14. Please help us by telling your book-loving friends and family. All are welcome, and the more participants we have, the greater impact we can make in the fight against cancer.

Thanks everyone, and here's to a great year!

--Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” - George R. R. Martin


Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: a 2021 Retrospective


In case you missed any of the interviews with our amazingly talented Cannonballers, they're all here on the Participant Interviews page. Check it out to find out who reads what and why, who likes salty vs. sweet treats, what book first made these readers cry, and much more! If there's someone in particular you'd like to hear from in a future Quick Questions, submit your nomination on the contact form.


CBR Diversions – Ok, You’re Here, Now What?

Whether you’ve signed up for Cannonball Read, or you’re thinking about it, if you don’t know where to start, MsWas and Emmalita are here to help with an advice post. They’re answering questions they get asked a lot and invite you to ask away about Cannonball Read. Have you registered yet?

2021 Wrap-up

According to our resident stats guru, ingres77, we hit a record 5,394 reviews last year! Check out the rest of the deets on the roundup stats post, and/or the recap post over on Pajiba.

We donated a total of $1080 to the American Cancer Society in 2021, bringing our total donations to $9,655. If you'd like to help us start 2022 off with a bang, please make your donation today! 

Looking for a few good volunteers

Some benefits of volunteering for Cannonball Read:
  • Supporting a good cause
  • Looks interesting on a resume 
  • The Slack chats are hilarious and awesome
  • You can (usually) do it on your couch in your pajamas
  • Makes you feel like you're helping to do at least a sliver of good in the ongoing deluge of suckitude of the last few years
  • MsWas and her board do an unbelievable amount of work to keep the SS CBR afloat, and they need all the help they can get! 
If you'd like to throw some time and skills our way, we'd love to have you! If you're interested, let MsWas know and we'll happily put you to work.

CBR14 registration extended

There's still time to register, or to pass the word along to readers you think may be interested in joining CBR14. Registration has been extended to January 31. The more the merrier! 


This Month's Fan Mail

2022 is off to a good start, with several author comments coming in on the blog or on Twitter.
  • Pooja’s VERY FIRST Cannonball Read review – five stars for Kamila Knows Best – got a thank-you comment from author Farah Heron on Twitter.
  • Author Susan Middleton Elya not only commented on BlackRaven’s review of La Princesa and the Pea, she pointed out where to find the handy glossary!
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! 


Stuff We're Reading

25 Symbols of the Alphabet: BlackRaven's review of My Pet Feet

Jan 14, 2022 10:15 am
While I am not saying My Pet Feet is an OMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER! I am saying it was the little something I was looking for when I read it. It is a book you need to sit and enjoy. Do not rush or you will miss some of the kooky humor Josh Funk has written. I do enjoy the concept and presentation. My “not a five” is because the fact certain words do not flow easy when the letter R is […]
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What A Ride: Jake's review of Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber

Jan 14, 2022 09:56 am
Like a lot of folks, I was thrilled in the early-2010s when Uber became a prevalent ride share business on the open market. No longer waiting for over priced taxis, no longer being taken advantage of when I didn’t have exact change, no longer wondering if my driver was running late or had forgotten where I was altogether. It wasn’t until near the end of the decade when I, like many, became disillusioned with Uber. It was awful to hear of their labor exploitation, the […]
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So Your protagonist is a Moron.: Zirza's review of No Exit

Jan 14, 2022 08:46 am
Writing a good protagonist is obviously a tricky business. You can have all the plot ideas you want, but if there’s nobody to carry them they won’t go anywhere. The problem is that people disagree about what makes a good protagonist. Take Holden Caulfield, for example. Is he the voice of a generation or just a whiny runt with first world problems? (It’s the latter). Unfortunately, as far as No Exit is concerned, your mileage may vary.  The premise of the novel is enticing if […]
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The Seed Keeper: booktrovert's review of The Seed Keeper

Jan 14, 2022 08:13 am
This book was recommended to me by many friends who enjoy reading diverse books. It was a great book to start the year. The main character is a woman about my own age (40, as my children will tell you with horror) who was raised by her father with only vague recollections of her mother. Her father works hard to instill in her the values of their Native culture – he teaches her the importance of praying with every movement, every moment, how to interact […]
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Cool cover, repetitive plot: llamareadsbooks's review of Of Mates & Magic

Jan 13, 2022 09:40 pm
I’ve been very much enjoying small town paranormal romances lately, so when I saw the gorgeous cover, I simply had to try this one out. While it definitely met all those criteria, I wanted a bit more from the main couple. Seb has known from his first few days in Eliza Falls that Cora, who runs a witchy-sort-of-boutique in town with her best friend, is his mate, but after a year he’s still not been able to do more than grunt at her. When the witches […]
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