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February 2020

MsWas's Message Corner

Hello CBR12 participants and friends of Cannonball Read,

If  you've been looking at reviews recently, you may have noticed that the box for the links to Amazon at the bottom of reviews isn't showing up. We're currently in a dispute with Amazon over their terms of agreement for affiliate accounts, so ours is (hopefully just temporarily) down. We should hear something final within the week. For now, I ask that you still fill in that required field just in case we can resume those links. 

As for us, the loss of the affiliate accounts is quite a loss for our fundraising efforts. Proceeds from Amazon made up about 20% of last year's total. Still, our mission continues to donate to the American Cancer Society any proceeds that the site generates above what’s required to run/maintain it on the server. I donate all of my time, as do our volunteers. (We do contract with an awesome developer to run and troubleshoot our points system and other more complicated programming. Most of the other site maintenance is done by me.)

Please consider making a donation today to help us offset this loss. You can donate through PaypalVenmo (cannonball-read); and Google Pay (to Gmail address You can also support us by buying CBR merchandise on RedBubble, and sharing links to get more traffic to the group blog.

Let's keep sticking it to cancer, one book at a time!

Take care and Happy Reading!
Bonnie (aka "MsWas")


Q&A with a Cannonballer: Rachel


The readership loves your end-of-post stats! Have you always tracked how long it took you to finish a book, etc., or did you start that for CBR?

I started tracking how long it took me to read a book several years ago. Goodreads makes it very simple for me to track all of my books, even when I started and finished reading based on when I update my progress in a book. Before Goodreads, I used a good old pen and paper, and I have tracked every book I have read since the eighth grade! Participating in CBR helps me remember what I read since I attempt to write a thoughtful review.


See what else Rachel has to say »




We're doing some fun stuff with this year's #CannonBookClubs! On March 20 and 21, we're doing a Station Eleven reread to get ready for Emily St. John Mandel's next book, The Glass Hotel. June 19 and 20 we’ll be celebrating Pride Month the Cannonball way with The Future is Queer book club focusing on speculative and science fiction written by and/or featuring LGBTQ+ characters. See the announcement post for the choices.

Each #CannonBookClub discussion will take place over two days so folks from all sorts of time zones can jump in. The main discussion will be on the group blog, on a discussion post that goes up the first day. If you're thirsty for even more discussion, you can also chime in on our social media. Here's the schedule so far. Stay tuned for more details!

  • Station Eleven - March 20-21
  • The Future is Queer theme - June 19-20
  • The Glass Hotel - October 16-17


New category: Fanfiction

Fanfiction is now an option in what you read this year. Just make sure that your review is long enough (250+ words), especially if it’s a part of a multi-book review. If your book is not listed on Amazon, in the book info field, please add the information of the original book that your Fanfiction is about. Then in your review, either at the top or the bottom, mention and link to the Fanfiction source.

You'll see the Fanfiction option in the Edit Post> Categories menu. (We use Wordpress "categories" for our Genres.) Select that and publish.  


Helpful tips and tricks

There's a lot of good stuff in the CBR FAQ, but if you need a refresher (or if you're new to CBR), here are some things that come up fairly regularly:

As always, let us know if you have other questions.

Double check your numbers

When you see the review number in the footer of your most recent review, does it match what you think you should have? In the above example, kimberleybear has posted review No:3, with lots of descriptive tags, the number of stars she would give it, and the number of comments the post has so far.  So don't forget to fill out your tags and choose a star rating, and double check to make sure Wordpress is calculating your reviews correctly. If not, let MsWas know

If you happen to scroll all the way down on the Wordpress page while you're composing your review, remember to leave the CBR12 Review Number and CBR12 Review Total fields alone. Those are admin-only fields:


CBR11 recap

If you want to see something impressive, check out the CBR11 recap over on Pajiba. We reviewed 5,349 books and raised $1,675 for the American Cancer Society! Go team! That beats our 4,390 reviews from CBR10. I can't wait to see how we do for CBR12! You can help increase our fundraising this year by donating to CBR.


Stuff We're Reading

Blonde Assassin: Jake's review of The Blonde

Nov 27, 2022 07:46 pm
The fun thing about this book is that few of the individual subplots work and yet, Anna Godbersen creates such a vivid re-imagination of Marilyn Monroe as a person that I really didn’t care. Monroe is often depicted—mostly by but not limited to men (looking at you, Joyce Carol Oates)—as a wide-eyed naifish mentally damaged sex doll. I have to imagine there is more to her life than going around speaking in innuendo and substance-induced rage but rarely have I seen this depicted. Blonde is the latest […]
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I feel like a Jerk, but I didn’t like it: KimMiE"'s review of The Pleasure of My Company

Nov 27, 2022 04:53 pm
Steve Martin is a talented guy. He’s had a successful stand-up comedy and acting career since the 1970s; he’s written/co-written funny screenplays like The Jerk, Three Amigos, and L.A. Story; he’s published novels and written a Broadway musical; he’s an avid art collector and he plays a mean banjo; he’s won five Grammys, an Emmy, and a host of other awards. Throw in that stint performing magic on Main Street in Disneyland and you can say he’s lived a highly successful life. So, I feel kind […]
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Greek Myths: A Retelling: Classic's review of Greek Myths: A Retelling

Nov 27, 2022 02:02 pm
I thought this was so good. The cover was fantastic and I loved that as I read this one (I bought this in hardcover yesterday at a local bookstore) the cover sparkled. Higgins does a great job of following Greek myths through many of its famous women, but they are all linked by the loom and their weave depicting some of the terrible things the gods and goddesses have done. We start off with Gaia and Uranus and how their offspring where the Titans. And […]
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Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1): Classic's review of Six of Crows

Nov 27, 2022 01:29 pm
Original short review: DNF at 14 percent. After the first few pages there was just too much info dumping and names for me to even focus. I loved the idea behind some people who have special abilities, but think that there wasn’t a good build up and I still can’t tell you who anyone is after Anya. Longer review: Did Not Finish at 14 percent. I feel bad about this one. So many people recommended this book to me since they thought it be right […]
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The Haunting of Alejandra: Classic's review of The Haunting of Alejandra

Nov 27, 2022 01:23 pm
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Well this book packed a punch. We follow 30 something year old Alejandra. Recently moved from Texas to Philadelphia with her husband and three children, she feels adrift. You initially think that maybe Alejandra is suffering from post-partum depression. However, the book quickly moves that something seems to be haunting Alejandra. Telling her that she’s a bad mother, that her children would be better off with her, and […]
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