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December 2017

Q&A with a Cannonballer: emmalita takes the stage

 

How many times have you participated in CBR? Has it changed the way you read?

This is my 7th CBR. I started on a whim in CBR3, just to see if I could actually read 52 in a year. And as we all know, the reading is easy, it's the writing that's hard!

And absolutely, it has changed the way I read. Now I read books that I never would have even considered pre-Cannonball (especially YA and Romance), and I take note of certain passages or paragraphs that I want to use in my reviews. I take a lot of pictures on my phone when I'm reading these days, so I don't forget the important parts.

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#CannonBookClub: Let's play

 
 
Come on, you know you want to read about (and then talk about) characters named Moon and Birdboot. You'll get the chance on Wednesday, December 13, when the year's last #CannonBookClub will be discussing Tom Stoppard's play, The Real Inspector Hound. Watch for discussion questions this week, and then tune in to the blog or the Facebook group to participate.
 


CBR9: We read, we reviewed, we fundraised


Can you believe it's December already? Are you feeling stressed at your place on the Leaderboard? If so, don't fret. Cannonball Read is not meant to be stressful - it's supposed to be fun! Feel free to grant yourself amnesty, or bankruptcy, or whatever you want to call it. Review what you want or what you can, and don't worry about the finish line. We're just happy you're here! 

If you are one of those completists who are all about the finish line, however, note that CBR9 ends at noon on New Year’s Eve 2017 (12/31/2017, 12:00 p.m. EST).

While you're wrapping up your reading and reviewing, start thinking about your three best and one worst book of the year. MsWas will be asking for links later this month as we get to the end of 2017 as she compiles the always-impressive wrap-up post. It's tough, but we must do the hard work (whether that means "ONLY three??!?!" or "ONLY one?!?!?!") to guide future readers. 
 
 


Statistically speaking

 
Our intrepid ingres77 has done an amazing job of tracking, compiling, and interpreting a mountain of CBR data. However, it's a big job, and one that will likely look different for CBR10, as he plans to scale back or retire. Please take our survey asking which stats you're most interested in, and how often you'd like to see those round-up posts. And if you'd like to volunteer to help compile stats, enter your email in the survey so MsWas can contact you! Thank you for all your hard work, ingres77!
 
 

Latest American Cancer Society donation

 
 
We are on a roll this year, with a total donation to the American Cancer Society of $500, even before our #GivingTuesday efforts! #GivingTuesday brought in just under $400. We'll do a final tally and wrap-up post in January, but as of right now, we're doing our best to catch up to last year's total donation of $1,275. 

 

 

CBR Style Tip: Adding a link to an image


We learned previously about how to text wrap your review around an image, so now we're ready for some next-level shenanigans. What if you want to make your image an actual link? To Amazon, to your favorite cat gif aggregator, to your Kickstarter campaign to build a rocket to launch a horrible book into the sun, or make a wonderful book into an HBO show? It's easy! Go forth and make clickable images! 
 

Stuff We're Reading

if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back: melanir reviews The Obelisk Gate; The Stone Sky

Dec 06, 2017 10:16 am
I finally got around to finishing N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy. I read the first book, The Fifth Season, sometime in 2016 and was mostly waiting for the next two to be published before diving back in. They are phenomenal books, if extremely bleak. However, (and take note grimdark fans) Jemisin manages to create this bleakness without raping her female characters every other page. Bonkers, I know. Survival is paramount in the Stillness. If you cannot contribute to the survival of your people, community, or […]
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Some Fun Facts About a Great City: Lollygagger reviews Londonopolis: A Curious History of London

Dec 05, 2017 11:14 pm
Best for: Those who enjoy trivia about cities, or like learning more about London. In a nutshell: Historian provides a hodge podge of fun facts and bios of important people, organizations, and shops in London history, from literally hundreds of thousands of years ago through the 20th century. Line that sticks with me: “Turning carpentry into philosophy, he had made his own coffin, which he knelt in nightly to pray.” p114 Why I chose it: I lived in London a few years ago, and love […]
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What made, and still makes, America great.: thewheelbarrow reviews The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

Dec 05, 2017 04:39 pm
First and foremost, I’m sorry for the sensationalized header. I hope I didn’t make your eyes twitch but I think it is an accurate title independent of the political climate. Back in February, I had the opportunity to ask a question to a Two-star Army General and I asked him what books he recommended.  He said this was the most recent book he finished and that he highly recommended it so it entered the queue.  A few months later, the Army Chief of Staff added […]
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Mint means good.: mathildehoeg reviews Trains are...mint

Dec 05, 2017 04:27 pm
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in England. I mean, really live here, when you’re done eating crumpets and scones and marveling at the beautiful buildings and the kindest, most wonderful people (though I can only speak for the North). When you’re done with that and you almost become one of the English people then it just you riding the train. A lot. And you still get lost a lot. And the places you get lost are hillsides down to train tracks […]
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We Need YOU to help the CBR10 Stats Round-ups!

Dec 05, 2017 03:10 pm
For the past year, ingres77 graciously volunteered a lot of his time to put together very detailed monthly reports, and it has become a very time-intensive task. Thus we are asking for our readers help to revamp the reports in 2018! Please fill out our brief survey below to give us your thoughts on what statistics to share and if you’d like to volunteer to help out. 5 Question Survey About Stats for CBR10 View Survey
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