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Q&A with a Cannonballer

It's TylerDFC's turn under the Cannon Fodder microscope. I hope you're feeling loquacious, Rob! (Did you guys know his name's not even Tyler?? The things you learn at this gig!)

How many times have you participated in CBR?

I have been in CBR from the start. I've been a Pajiban from way back and was friends with Amanda (AlabamaPink) Amos and Brian Prisco. After Amanda passed it was a way to honor her that I fully support and I have since done it every year. Last year was the first time I completed the full 52.

See what else TylerDFC Rob has to say, over on the group blog.  

CBR got clubby

The book club was very divided on Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. Some people loved it, some people loathed it, and a very thoughtful and opinionated time was had by all. If you missed it, don't worry! You can see what everybody had to say on Twitter and Facebook, and pencil us in for the Young Adult book club selection on September 1. Voting will begin July 11, so you'll have plenty of time to prepare.

The world is going to be a little less funny/feminist

I'm not sure what the overlap is between Pajibans and Cannonballers and Toasties, but I'm sure there are some of us out there. Sadly, The Toast is closing down July 1. Thanks for a fantastic three years, Nicole and Mallory! Those of you who have no idea what The Toast is, go and read the archives. You'll thank me later. Jaya Catches Up is a good feature to start with - new eyes reading childhood classics, with hilarious (and sometimes thought-provoking) results.


Halfway through

How are your Cannonball goals going? Are you where you meant to be at this point of the year? Are you updating your numbers on the Leaderboard? Are you being supportive of the folks behind you on the Leaderboard (the Cannonball way), or are you mocking and taunting them every chance you get (the Pajiba way)? Give us a status update and tell us how you're feeling over on Twitter, TumblrFacebook, or Instagram.

Need a website?

Our web host, A Small Orange, has been great, and very easy to work with. In case any of our dear readers are looking to branch out and start their own website, A Small Orange is offering a sale - 66% off if you sign up June 14-16! As a bonus, CBR gets an extra $50 for referring you! So name-drop away as you go forth and take over your small corner of the internet. Our affiliate link  will take you right to them and credit CBR. Use the code SUMMERSUN to get your 66% off! (Valid on new plans only, offer expires Thursday, June 16th 11:59pm CST)

A library needs our help!

Thanks to Pajiba's post Let's Spread The Love And Trounce The Hate: A Kindness Comment Diversion, we bring you the story of a pretty much defunct school library in a small town northwest of Reno, Nevada that is desperately trying to become a functional library. You can send them a book! They even have an Amazon wishlist! Visit this link and your purchases for the school will also benefit CBR's mission. We'll let one of the town's residents speak to their needs

Because we live in a forest we do have great resources about natural resource management, forestry, conservation. We have a number of environmental organizations that help with a good deal of education and hands on learning experiences related with the great outdoors. We also have organic farms and sustainable ranches. Yay! So there’s the silver lining.

What we’re lacking is pretty much everything else.

We need racially diverse books. We need graphic novels. We need women’s studies. We need science. We need series. We need film. We need comics. We need music. We need biographies of important people. Looking for Young Adult. Classics. We want zines! Contemporary. Poetry. Everything that would make a difference in a young person’s life. Writers send us YOUR BOOK. We have many non-readers who we’d love to turn on to reading. We need a way to take this tiny area and bring it into the 21st century. We have a whole bunch of kids who don’t like to read because all they’ve ever been given is things that are either dull , dated, or dumbed down. 

You've definitely got some books in mind, don't you? Read the full post, and send these kids some books you know they'll love.

Stuff We're Reading

Jun 14, 2016 01:30 am | alwaysanswerb

This is a deliciously weird book, and if people have love-it or hate-it reactions to it I could not be less surprised. There are often very pretentious and meta conversations among geeks regarding the differences that delineate (with very fluid, hazy borders) fantasy and science fiction. Sometimes, this happens because of “bad” sci-fi, that doesn’t […]

Jun 13, 2016 03:49 pm | terroringlasses

It’s the title. The impish little asterisk accentuated by Crayola-colored block print on a field of black. The irreverence of such a scatological term in a title, of all places. Maybe you knew Miki Agrawal before you picked up Do Cool Sh*t, as the owner of WILD, or maybe, like me, you’d heard of her […]

Jun 13, 2016 02:03 pm | scootsa1000

Well. This certainly wasn’t the most uplifting book, was it? Buy that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good one. And it’s definitely one that’s going to stay with me for a very long time. It’s going to make me think about some of the parenting choices that ive made over the past 12 years, and […]

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