MsWas's Message Corner
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.
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