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Q&A with a Cannonballer: heeeere's bonnie!

(This is Cannonballer bonnie, not MsWas Bonnie. She's got 128 reviews so far!)
 

How many times have you participated in CBR?

This is my fourth CBR (I started with CBR5). I’ve actually been a lurker on Pajiba for the last ten years (I read a lot of the posts, but my commenting is infrequent at best) so I remember CBR1 between Prisco and AlabamaPink. Though she and I never had any interaction, I was devastated to learn of her death. I always enjoyed the CBR posts, but it took me until after 4 to sign up for CBR5. I enjoyed it so much that I convinced my husband to sign up for CBR6 and now he's a regular Cannonballer, too! It’s been an absolute joy, and it’s expanded my own reading world.

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#CannonBookClub: The Count of Monte Cristo


A whopping number of pages led to a whopping number of comments from our brilliant commentariat. Thank you all for a lively discussion, and for diving in to the book clubs so enthusiastically this year. Next year should be equally thought-provoking. Keep reading for more info!
 


#CannonBookClub: The Next Chapter

 

Under the skilled leadership of faintingviolet, the book club will continue for CBR9. Next year's book club genres will be:

•    Fantasy 
•    Nonfiction 
•    Non-Western Literary Fiction 
•    Play 

Stay tuned for more info! 



Best/worst picks

 

We agree, Neil - five is too difficult, and favorites of all time is overwhelming. That's why we're only asking Cannonballers to pick the three best books you read in 2016, and the one worst, and send them (and the links to your reviews) to MsWas by email or the contact form by December 22. They do not have to be new books, published in 2016 - just any books you read and reviewed this year. It's always interesting to see which ones make everybody's list, and which ones (eep!) make both. Plus, it's a good way to entice newbies! One of us...one of us...registration is open...
 

 

The end of Cannonball Read 8


CBR8 ends at noon on New Year's Eve (12/31/2016, 12:00 p.m. EST). The site will be down for the rest of the day, and then will rise phoenix-like on January 1 for CBR9. Any reviews not posted before the deadline will count towards CBR9 instead. You can register now, but still keep posting reviews toward your CBR8 goal. Don't forget to update the Leaderboard so you get credit for everything.

 



Cannonball Read 9 begins!

Cannonball Read 9 starts on January 1! Y'all ready for this? *insert funky dance beat* Registration is open right now, and stays open until January 13, so you have loads of time to decide how ambitious you're feeling, or try and cajole friends and family into signing up. 

If you're a returning Cannonballer, go to your profile and update your CBR9 goal (if it's blank, you're not officially on the list for CBR9) and your contact info. New this year: fill out your bio and post a profile picture! Remember that you log in with the email address you signed up with - not a separate username or Pajiba nickname. 

Going forward, please remember to use tags and categories thoughtfully - select one genre/category and tag the author's name. Our goal is to have NO uncategorized reviews next year. It helps keeps things organized for future readers, fellow reviewers, and MsWas. If you're unsure about anything, check out our comprehensive FAQ section
 


Thank you all for participating and reading, and especially thanks to our loyal and brilliant team of volunteers!


Stuff We're Reading

Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: bonnie: MsWas Sawsm's review of 0

Dec 15, 2016 08:50 am
(This is Cannonballer bonnie, not MsWas Bonnie. She’s got 128 reviews so far!) How many times have you participated in CBR? This is my fourth CBR (I started with CBR5). I’ve actually been a lurker on Pajiba for the last ten years (I read a lot of the posts, but […]
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Oh crap! You’re a condescending jerk.: Blingle Bells's review of Oh Crap! Potty Training

Dec 15, 2016 12:35 am
  I was going to wait until I’d actually potty trained my kid to review this, but 1) I need to clear my backlog of reviews, 2) I’m probably not going to get around to potty training in the next two weeks, and 3) my kid has some special needs […]
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More Like Notes from an Opinionated Woman…: Caitlin_D's review of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Dec 14, 2016 10:45 pm
Maisie Williams got some press at the beginning of the year for the following quote”I also feel like we should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ — and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist. People get […]
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Let the Wookie Win: emmalita's review of Chewbacca

Dec 14, 2016 10:38 pm
Mmmm… At last, the unsung hero of the Star Wars franchise gets his due. Never mind the drama queen Skywalker boys, or that show boating Han Solo, Chewbacca is the “big walking carpet” who gets stuff done. He gets the mission completed without spreading his family drama all over the […]
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Expose Complexities, Display the Messy: faintingviolet's review of Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums

Dec 14, 2016 04:02 pm
I work in museums. Specifically, I work at historic sites, and one of the main types of historic sites is the Historic House Museum (HHM). There are a lot of ways in which HHMs are interesting and important to our cultural heritage, and tons of ways where the traditional methods […]
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“Ministry of Magic (M.O.M) Classification: XXXXX Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate / or anything Hagrid likes”: badkittyuno's review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library)

Dec 14, 2016 10:04 am
First of all, Rowling wrote this book in order to donate the proceedings to charity (specifically, Comic Relief). J.K. Rowling rocks. Also, the book is a lot of fun, which also rocks. And finally, I have a weird thing for Eddie Redmayne, and now I can go see the movie! […]
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“It is easy to be liked when the world has no jagged edges, when life is electric blankets and peach ice cream. But to be beloved, a man needs a dragon.”: badkittyuno's review of Ava's Man

Dec 14, 2016 09:34 am
I read another book by Rick Bragg earlier this year, and I liked it despite the fact that Rick Bragg wrote it about himself, and…he’s kind of an ass. BUT this book focuses on his rather impressive grandfather, who comes across as much more likable, and Bragg still manages to […]
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I want this rewritten as a regular novel!: badkittyuno's review of Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)

Dec 14, 2016 09:26 am
I wasn’t entirely certain whether or not I liked this book as I was reading it, until I got to the end and realized I really wanted to read the sequel. So I guess that’s a fairly positive recommendation. My main issue was with the style in which is was […]
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I’m not actually sure O’Malley did much chess research: melanir's review of The Rook

Dec 14, 2016 09:17 am
The Rook is an urban fantasy novel and was The Sword and Laser’s pick for December. It’s been on my TBR pile for a while, so this was the kick I needed to get started, and I found it extremely readable. The plot is paced quickly and the characters likeable. […]
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