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June 2022

MsWas's Message Corner

Hello everyone, 

I hope everyone takes a moment to check out one of our featured reviews this week, Junior Cannonballer Bibliophile’s Half Cannonball. These 26 reviews were Bibliophile’s community service project for her Bat Mitzvah. We are so proud of her and thrilled that she chose CBR for her efforts. Mazel tov!

Cannonball Read is a great way for students of any age to meet community service requirements.  As a registered 501(c)(3) CBR may now qualify for service time, depending on the program; and we’d be happy to work out details with community members. We can sign new participants up any time during the year, so parental-type units, please get in touch to inquire on the behalf of any juniors. Teen Cannonballers may, of course, reach out directly.

We may be lucky enough to see Bibliophile back around the group blog in September, as she has already reviewed one of three selections in our fall #CannonBookClub on banned and challenged books. The Hate U Give joins two other choices for our readers to discuss on  Sept 16-17: The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson.

Please consider moving one or all of these to the top of your TBR pile; let’s fight censorship and cancer at the same time!

Have a great summer, filled with beaches and books,
Bonnie (MsWas)

“What I want in a good beach read is sunshine, drama, easy-reading and transportation to another world and other people's problems.” – Jane Green


Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: llamareadsbooks

Did you grow up as a reader? Are your kids readers?

I was a voracious reader as a kid! I remember having to get special permission to take out more than the usual number of books from the library, plus I got early access to the Young Adult room. Each summer, we'd go on vacation to a cabin for two weeks and between myself, my mom and my grandmother we'd have 5-6 milk crates of books.

It's no surprise that my kids also rocket through books. My oldest loves graphic novels and adventure books (he's eagerly awaiting the last Amulet book) and while my youngest just started reading, she's a big fan of the Babysitter's Club graphic novels.

See what else llamareadsbooks has to say »

Quick Questions Flashback: In June 2018, JenK made us all jealous recounting visits to book-ish tourist attractions.

#CannonBookClub: Banned Books in September


Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us choose three banned books to read at our book club discussion September 16-17. We'll be discussing: 

  • The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We've got more info and a synopsis of each book for you, and feel free to start reading one or all of the choices and tagging your reviews with CannonBookClub.


Amazon Smile

Now that we're officially a 501(c)(3), we are eligible for Amazon Smile. When you shop on Amazon, please choose Cannonball Read as your favorite charitable organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase to CBR. The Amazon Smile info is available on the righthand navigation bar on the main site, if you'd like to know more.

Buy Cool Stuff, Fight Cancer

There's a sale at Redbubble! Until Friday, June 17 at 11:59pm EST, everything is 20% with the code FINDYOURVIBE. Find fun CBR merch at our Redbubble shop! All proceeds go to support our cancer-fighting mission.

The Book Bingo Reading Challenge is Coming!


The Cannonball Book Bingo Reading Challenge started in 2018, and has been a huge hit ever since. In llamareadsbooks' Quick Questions, she even mentions it: "The bingo last year was one of my favorite bingos ever that I've participated in, and I'm very much looking forward to it this year!" Well, llama, you and the rest of the bingoers don't have much longer to wait! This year's Bingo will start July 15, with some new categories, some old favorites, and a lot of fun. Keep an eye on the Bingo page for updates!

Bingo Flashback: Dome'Loki's 3rd Bingo back for CBR12 Bingo above.


A Half Cannonball for a Junior Cannonballer


Mazel tov to Junior Cannonballer Bibliophile on her Bat Mitzvah! As part of her community service project, she read and reviewed a half Cannonball (26 books) as a contribution to our mission to stick it to cancer. Her goal-reaching book--Alice Hoffman's Nightbird--had almost everything she likes in a book: "curses, friendship, blood moons, pie, animals." Check out Bibliophile's reviews for more MG/YA titles.

Did You Know: Toggle Toolbar

Do you like things neat and tidy? Do you not usually bother with a ton of fancy formatting in your reviews? Then you can use the Toolbar Toggle button in WordPress to hide the bottom row of buttons. You'll still have access to the basics, so you can bold and center text to your heart's content, but the second row of options will be hidden. And if you really want to declutter your writing space, that button on the far right turns on distraction-free writing mode, where the side menus will go away. And you can always turn things back on if you change your mind! 


This Month's Fan Mail

Author Mia Hopkins was so taken with Emmalita’s review of Tanked, she quoted it on a graphic for her Instagram!

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

Courts of Chaos: vel veeter's review of Courts of Chaos

Jun 16, 2022 08:21 am
It probably doesn’t bode well for my enjoyment of the rest of this series to be earnestly relieved that this fifth book marks the end of the first phase of the series. I possess all the others, which generally means that I will stick it out, or at least have a hard time removing it from my to read pile, but alas. This fifth book does tie a bow on the Corwin section of the series, with the closing of his pursuit of throne of […]
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The Price of the Ticket: vel veeter's review of The Price of the Ticket, Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, The Devil Finds Work

Jun 16, 2022 05:19 am
The Price of the Ticket This is a big collection of James Baldwin essays and nonfiction from about 40 years or of writing. I tend to be a bigger fan of James Baldwin’s nonfiction more than his fiction in part because I think the poetry of his brain and language elevates his nonfiction in such a big way. In his fiction, it still works, but it’s less powerful for me. Some of the not previously printed highlights include “A Talk With Teachers”  – In this […]
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Aspects of the Novel: vel veeter's review of Aspects of the Novel

Jun 16, 2022 05:12 am
This is a collection of eight lectured that EM Forster delivered in 1925 or so about the different elements of the novel. I think it mostly still holds up, so long as your aim is not grad or professional literary criticism (and probably still plenty if it is). The book is divided into the different “aspects” like story, plot, people, style and rhythm, etc. The primary distinction that I think makes this collection interesting is between story and plot. And this is something that I […]
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Spinster Meets Beast: Pooja's review of Chasing the Earl

Jun 15, 2022 10:29 pm
Emmagene and Henry attend a house party to support their friends’ wedding, but because they are not very popular people, they are constantly thrown together by the hostess – which turns out to be not a bad thing after all. I picked up this book because I was interested in how the author would convince me to invest in a romance with two quite unlikable leads – truly unlikable, with her cutting sternness and his beastliness, not merely unpopular. Spoiler alert: the author manages it. […]
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“Ah, Gal. You’ll figure it out eventually.”: llamareadsbooks's review of Oaths of Legacy

Jun 15, 2022 09:03 pm
I wasn’t a big fan of Gal in the last book, so when I heard this one would be from his POV? Well, I had my reservations. Luckily, while I spent most of the book wanting to smack Gal upside the head, I also very much enjoyed it. This book contains definite spoilers for Bonds of Brass, so be warned! “It never would have worked,” I tell him. “It took me a while to understand it, but . . . I got there.” I got there […]
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