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October 2017

Q&A with a Cannonballer: scootsa1000 has some answers


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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The final #CannonBookClub of the year will be a play. Have you cast your vote yet? There's some good stuff out there - it makes me feel smart just to read about them. I can't wait to read the actual play! 
The winner will be announced soon. Thanks for all the great participation so far!

Planning next year's #CannonBookClub 

As reported in a previous newsletter, the first #CannonBookClub of 2018 will be A Wrinkle in Time, in honor of the movie being released in March. However, we'd like some input as to how the rest of the year's book clubs will go. What time of day works best for you? What 10-year-anniversary books should we read, etc.? Share your thoughts



As a counterpoint to Black Friday and the general frenzy of holiday consumerism (not that there's anything wrong with that - yay shopping!), Giving Tuesday encourages charitable giving, focusing on calls for donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year (November 28 this year). Cannonball Read is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday, and if you'd like to help, there are several options. First and easiest is using our Amazon link when you do all your shopping. You can also send donations through PayPal, but to abide by PayPal's rules, it has to go through the "send money to friends and family" link, and sent to Anything over our CBR operating costs goes straight to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for your continued support!

Holiday book exchange


Each year, Cannonballers have the opportunity to participate in a Holiday Book Swap. If you'd like to be involved, keep an eye out for a sign-up announcement later this month in the News from MsWas category. Once you sign up, you'll be assigned a book buddy, and you'll get to send and receive new books! What could be better? Details coming soon!

CBR Style Tip: Did you notice?


The Leaderboard is now under the Our Team tab in the menu. So if you're looking to see how far ahead vel veeter is of the rest of us, don't fret! The list is still there, just moved. And if you don't see your name on the list, or think the number is inaccurate, check your profile page. Each reviewer manually updates their own number. Hopefully that will be automated in future rounds, but for now, make sure your number is correct as we head into the end of CBR9 and start tallying final counts. 

Random weirdness


Did you know we have FIVE Amandas signed up for CBR9? I'll have to ask ingres77 what percentage that is of the total. Fellow Amandas, let's mobilize! How many more can we recruit for CBR10? ONE OF US! ONE OF US! Or should we start a rumble with the Katies? We can meet up on the Facebook group and plan our world takeover.


Stuff We're Reading

I came across time for you, Sarah: Sophia reviews The Time Traveler's Wife

Nov 05, 2017 10:47 pm
So, now that we’re into November and Christmas toys and decorations are proliferating the stores, I should probably start writing some reviews. I’ve never been this far behind, but I’m still hopeful I can pull off a Cannonball…we’ll see. I almost never re-read books, but my book club decided to read The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003) by Audrey Niffenegger. I had read it a long time before–at least ten years ago, probably more–and I decided I liked it enough that I should read it again. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a love story between Clare and Henry. Henry has some kind of chromosomal […]
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Great Storytelling: Lollygagger reviews We’re Going to Need More Win

Nov 05, 2017 05:23 pm
Best for: Those interested in reading a range of stories about an interesting, talented woman. In a nutshell: Actress Gabrielle Union shares stories from her life. Line that sticks with me: “There’s an epidemic now of people “being real” when they’re being anything but. It’s the person who loves being “Someone” who notices every little thing wrong with what you say, do, wear, or think, and has to point it out.” (p 178) Why I chose it: I’ve been meaning to read it, and needed something to get another item from Amazon delivered same day. Review: This was a read-it-all-at-once […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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