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December 2017, Bonus Edition


Wrapping up CBR9

 
 

CBR9 will end at noon on New Year’s Eve 2017 (12/31/2017, 12:00 p.m. EST). Get all your final thoughts and reviews posted, but no pressure! CBR does not require pulling an all-nighter (or all week-er, or whatever) so you can clear out your backlog. If you post one review, great. If you've been saving up and post a dozen, great. If the holiday stress is too much and you post none, that's okay too! You're still an awesome part of this awesome community, and we hope to have you all back next year.
 
 


Gearing up for CBR10

 

 
No rest for the readers - sign up now for CBR10! Registration is open now through mid-January, so you've got some time to figure out if you want to do a full Cannonball (52 books), a half Cannonball (26 books), a Veeter Cannonball (8,976 books), or whatever you feel up to. Pass the word along to your fellow readers!
 
 


Making a list, checking it twice

 

You know we love lists and rating things. Cast your critical eye back over your reviews from the year and let us know your three favorite and one least favorite books of the year. Think quick - the deadline is December 20!
 
 

#CannonBookClub

 
 
 
We're starting off the new year with a classic and a much-anticipated film adaptation. To coincide with the release of the movie, The first #CannonBookClub of 2018 will discuss Wrinkle in Time beginning Friday, February 23, 2018. Read it, watch it, or just dive in with your childhood thoughts - or all of the above! Thanks to everyone who filled out the Book Club survey, and be on the lookout for new things for CBR10.

 

Last call for donations

 


We'll make one final donation to the American Cancer Society at the end of 2017, and you help us finish on a high note. If you love books, love the CBR community, and love fighting cancer, consider supporting our mission. Help us stick it to cancer, one book at a time!

Stuff We're Reading

End in Sight: vel veeter reviews Burden of Proof; Invisible Cities; Shockaholic; White Rage; Ten Days in a Mad-House; The Haunting of Hill House; We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Dec 19, 2017 09:39 am
Burden of Proof – 3/5 Stars So this is a second of the “Kindle County” series books that Turow has been publishing over the course of the last 30 years. I reviewed the first one a few months back. This a “legal thriller” and starts with Sandy Stern (of Argentine Jewish descent, which comes up, repeatedly) finding his wife dead in the garage of a possible suicide. There is a note but few clues as to what might have happened. Over the course of the […]
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Which Amanda? THIS Amanda!

Dec 19, 2017 05:40 am
I must admit that when I received my Book Exchange gift, I had to check with faintingviolet to see just which Amanda had sent it! I remembered from November's Cannon Fodder newsletter that there are FIVE Amandas signed up for CBR9!  Never fear though, her CBR handle was right there in front of me: thank you Amanda!
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Change is What You Make of It.: emmalita reviews Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous; Ms. Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War 2

Dec 18, 2017 11:54 pm
I adore Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel. I am so glad that G. Willow Wilson is writing her. I’m so happy this all exists. Kamala has come a long way from her exposure to the Terrigen mist and that first fan girly team up with Wolverine. Some members of her family know, she’s a member of the Avengers, and Jersey City has come to view her as their own superhero. But success and notoriety come with a price. Reputations can be changed with just a whisper, […]
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No such thing as Mr. Perfect: Mikki Blu reviews Mr. Perfect

Dec 18, 2017 03:44 pm
I came across a review of this book lately, listing it as one of the best romance novels ever.  How did I miss this gem, I wondered, heading to the library website to put in a request.  Obviously, I read more historical romance than contemporary, but I’m always looking for something new it seems.  How could this go wrong? Alas, I wasn’t that impressed with this book. We have a group of four friends who get together regularly for drinks and a few laughs – […]
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Unhappy families might all be unhappy in a unique way, but I think books about unhappy families are starting to all read the same.: octothorp reviews This is Where I Leave You

Dec 18, 2017 02:35 pm
This wasn’t a bad book, per se, I just REALLY felt like I’d read it before, so much so that when I learned from the jacket that it was being made into a movie my kneejerk reaction was “but why? I’ve seen this plot a hundred and eleventy twelve times.” Patriarch of a fractured and imperfect family dies, and the grieving process helps the family come to realize truths about each other and heal old wounds.  That’s right up there with the hero’s journey and […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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