MsWas's Message Corner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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:
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.
- 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!
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.
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!
- 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!