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September 2019

MsWas's Message Corner

Greetings Cannonballers,

Hope everyone's surviving through back to school and end of summer goings on. We've got #CannonBookClub at the end of this week - did you read a Sherlock Holmes adaptation? I shared a great adaptation last month, but if you're looking for a short but weird adaptation, check out the short story parody by John Lennon (yes, the Beatle), "The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield", available online at The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia. Lennon read a bunch of Holmes stories over a few weeks in Tahiti and then came up with the parody. You can catch him speaking about it briefly in this clip from a 1968 BBC interview.

I'm also working on a new look for the website for next year, so if you have any suggestions or comments on the current site, drop me a line!

Take care and Happy Reading!
Mswas



Q&A with a Cannonballer: Fiat.Luxury

When you're feeling stressed or sad, what author, series, or genre helps you feel better? Why? 

This is hard -- I think just reading in general makes me feel better. If I had to choose, I'd say sci-fi, something that gets off this planet and far away from whatever my current situation is. I come back to reality feeling a little removed and refreshed, with a better perspective. In my last funk, I read The Freeze Frame Revolution, and it was a great tonic for my ills.

 

See what else Fiat.Luxury has to say »


 

CBR Bingo

 

The Bingoers are almost to 500 reviews already! You guys are amazing. Be sure to tag your posts with cbr11bingo (no quotes, no hashtags, no spaces) to make sure you get the credit, and check the September check-in post to make sure your numbers match. You can always email or jump into the comments on a recap post if you have questions.


#CannonBookClub

 

The A Study in Scarlet #CannonBookClub was a lot of fun, and the Remix #CannonBookClub is shaping up to be a hoot as well. Read any adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story, then join us this Friday and Saturday, September 20-21. Discussion topics and questions are up, so you can start your pondering early!
 

 

National Library Card Sign-up Month

 
 
Happy National Library Card Sign-up Month! Since 99.9% of Cannonballers likely already have a library card (or two or three), take this month to peer pressure your friends, neighbors, co-workers, children, and relatives to patronize their local library! Remember, libraries can be so much more than books (although that's the best part). I recently learned that my local library lets you check out passes to national parks! 
 
 


Banned Books Week

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week (and all the time, really!) September 22-28. You can read one of 2018's 10 most challenged books, or go retro like Tennessee and read a wholesome classic like Harry Potter. Perfect Bingo fodder!

 
 

Pajiban Authors
 

The Pajiba writers aren’t the only writers in these parts. Debcapsfan enjoyed fellow Pajiban, Peter Vonder Haar’s debut novel, Lucky Town. A brother and sister P.I. team investigate their brother’s disappearance. It's listed as his first novel and the first in a series, so we can continue to support Peter for many moons. Congratulations, Peter! 
 
 

Uncategorized option getting demoted

 


Small update to the review process: if you don't select one of the categories, it will now default to Fiction rather than Uncategorized. This will help clean up our more than 1,000 uncategorized reviews, and hopefully make searching easier for those looking for something specific. You can always go back in and edit a category, if it shouldn't be listed as Uncategorized, or Fiction. And always remember to tag, categorize, and rate your reviews! 
 
   

Pinterest
 

Did you know we're on Pinterest now? We're at pinterest.com/cannonballread with Library Love, Book Club, Reading and CBR Review Boards and more. If you're interested in helping out the CBR volunteers as we pin our heart on our sleeves, please contact Mswas.
 
 

Donation


It's time for another donation to the American Cancer Society. Thanks for all your clicks, donations, and good vibes. We have now raised $325 to kick cancer's butt in 2019!

Stuff We're Reading

Back on my Bullshit: Professor Fluffy Kitten's review of Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay, book 1), Sanctuary Found (Pelican Bay, book 2), The Truth Within (Pelican Bay, book 3)

Feb 23, 2020 07:09 pm
This is usually the time of the year, where I suffer from major burnout, and this year is not that much different. That usually means that the only thing I can deal with is media that is relatively light and does not require me to pay too much attention. This often includes playing World of Warcraft, watching a lot of reality shows and reading romance books.  I managed to read this series in three days. While the books are not particularly deep and complex read, […]
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Welcome to the Treaty Stay at Gertrude Hunt: Malin's review of Sweep with Me

Feb 23, 2020 06:38 pm
Spoiler warning! This is the fifth story in the Innkeeper Chronicles series, and this review may contain spoilers for previous installments. If you want to start at the beginning, Clean Sweep is the first book. For Innkeepers, the biggest and most sacred holiday of the year is the Treaty Stay, which commemorates the ancient treaty between the first Inns, their intergalactic guests, and the agreement to keep humans safe and completely unaware of the presence of alien visits to Earth. During a Treaty Stay, Inns have to open the doors […]
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A pox on novella cliffhangers!: Bothari43's review of Binti: Home

Feb 23, 2020 06:13 pm
I listened to the first Binti story as an audio book without knowing that it wasn’t a full-length book, and then had looooots of road trip left when it was done. So I was prepared this time, but it still ended very abruptly and left me in the lurch! I like Binti a lot, though, and I am very interested to see how she gets out of this latest cliffhanger. Binti and her jellyfish alien friend Okwu have completed their first year at university, and […]
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Fake dating, friends to lovers and a hilarious game of pictionary: Malin's review of A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year

Feb 23, 2020 06:02 pm
After the active interference of his parents and grandparents with the matchmaking extravaganza over Thanksgiving, Zack Wong is very worried that something similar will be repeated for Chinese New Year, especially since two of his brothers now have girlfriends, and the family seem determined that all four Wong children end up in happy couples. To make sure his family can’t meddle in his personal life a second time, he talks his good friend, Jo MacGregor, into posing as his fake girlfriend. They even go on a […]
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“If you spy a naked man among the pines, you must run as if the Devil were after you.”: andtheIToldYouSos's review of The Bloody Chamber

Feb 23, 2020 05:55 pm
Never have truer words been spoken! This collection of short stories crept around my periphery for some time, and I am both overjoyed to have finally given in to it and disappointed in myself for not biting earlier. I came across it originally on a list of fairy-tale retellings on Autostraddle, and when it popped up again in the employee recommendations section of one of my favorite booksellers (Crow Bookshop in Burlington, what’s up!) I knew that it was meant to be. Still, it sat […]
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