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September 2021

MsWas's Message Corner

Hi everyone,

I've got three words for you today: Cannonball Read Inc. That's right folks, we are now incorporated as a non-profit business and are waiting for the IRS to approve our 501(c)(3) status! We're going to have a lot of updates and news in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

--Bonnie (aka "MsWas")

“Books serve to show a [person] that those original thoughts of [theirs] aren't very new after all.” - Abraham Lincoln


 

Q&A with a Cannonballer: Jake

How in charge of the story they're writing or the characters they're creating do you think an author should be?

I think the author is in charge. As far as reading experiences go, I appreciate is when a writer steps outside of the familiar "hero" narrative and creates an engaging, complex story from beginning to end. If you're writing a noir, have a noir ending. Romance, have a romantic one, etc. Too often, people want to read moody, complex books with conclusive, positive endings. That's not life. I don't need an ambiguous ending if the writer is going to be cheeky but most fiction resolves itself in a tidy manner, which has never sat well with me. Be true to your story from the first page to the last.

See what else Jake has to say »


Quick Questions Flashback: In September 2015, we got two for the price of one with a PattyKates interview
 


Diversion: What books sparked your imagination?




This is Banned Books Week, but instead of recounting encounters with banned books, we have a comment diversion asking for the works of fiction that led you to imagine a better world. Was it a serious literary fiction? A fantastical adventure? A cozy romance? What stories have made you think differently? Share your thoughts in our Unbanned Fiction Diversion!
 


Another successful #CannonBookClub on the books


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fairy Tales and Adaptations book club! We had some great discussion about Deerskin, The Bear and the Nightingale, Sea Witch, and Alif the Unseen. That was our last #CannonBookClub of the year, but we look forward to more thoughtful insights in CBR14!

 


Checking in with the Book Bingo Reading Challenge




Congratulations to BlackRaven for being the first to get a Bingo Blackout! How's Book Bingo going for you? The Bingo participants are up to almost 300 reviews for this year's Book Bingo Reading Challenge. If your count doesn't match what Emmalita's posted at the September Check-in (or the October Check-in, which will be posted on Tuesday), let us know in the comments or reach out via email
 
 

This Month's Fan Mail



 
We've been getting a ton of author responses on social media this year. Recently, author Nadya Okamoto responded to Nannerbears' review of Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement.

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! 
  
 

The server switch was a success!


The server move went splendidly! We have increased our computing power, which hopefully leads to quicker loading times for the site. MsWas and the new server maintenance team did a heroic job prepping for everything (wild applause!), leading to a surprisingly calm, quick conversion. Everything should be working normally now, but if you see any glitches or strangeness, let us know
 


CBR Event Calendar


Check the calendar page on the blog for an overview of upcoming events.
  • 10/31: Book Bingo Reading Challenge Ends
  
 

 


 

Stuff We're Reading

This one did not meet my expectations: ElCicco's review of Manhattan Beach

Sep 30, 2021 03:33 pm
This novel should have been an easy like for me. Set in New York during the pre-war and WWII period, Manhattan Beach explores women’s factory work, the dangerous world of diving, and the merchant marine. It also involves a mystery — that of the missing father. The problems for me involve both character and plot development. At the end, I was wondering why characters behaved as they did and why the significance of their actions was not better explained.  The central character of Manhattan Beach […]
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CBR Diversions – Unbanned Fiction

Sep 30, 2021 12:25 pm
Did you hear about the students and parents in Pennsylvania who banded together to pressure a school board into overturning a ban on books, most of which were written by Black and Brown authors? I looked over the very long list, and then I read the rationale behind the ban. The board believes that the fundamental purpose of school is that of core academics, objective education without indoctrination from any political or social agenda… The racism really jumps out. One thing that struck me, among […]
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Bewilderment – Richard Powers (2021): vel veeter's review of Bewilderment

Sep 30, 2021 09:09 am
The few negative reviews for this book suggest that it’s overly sentimental and light-weight. You could call it light-weight if you want, but I think that’s only really true in regards to other Richard Powers books. It’s probably his shortest, actually I am certain it is, but his next shortest Generosity, is the weakest of the one’s I’ve read. Instead, this book is oddly and sneakily bleak, as opposed to sentimental. I won’t fully explain that as it involves spoilers. The model of the book […]
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One way to spend truth and reconciliation day: Nart's review of 7 Fallen Feathers

Sep 29, 2021 09:23 pm
Here in Canada, we are commemorating the first official federal day of rememberance for truth and reconciliation on September 30. Some are even fortunate enough to have the day off work to, hopefully, dedicate a few hours to better educating ourselves about our shared history. For folks out of school, this likely feels overwhelming. While there is more education for children about residential schools, there is little structured education for those who went through the school system when we were still pretending to be a […]
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Been There, Doing That Again: Jake's review of Rose Gold

Sep 29, 2021 09:01 pm
Read as part of CBR13Bingo: Old Series. The Easy Rawlins series debuted in 1990. As the times change, Walter Mosley has changed his most famous creation with them. He’s also changed his style. I don’t know if it’s for better or worse but I like it. I’ve written on his Leonid McGill series about how Mosley has incorporated some surrealist existentialism into those works and how they felt different to what he had written before. These don’t read like McGill books but they do have […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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