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October 2019

Bothari43's Oops Corner

No, we are not moving to Roman numerals for CBR - those pesky X's were meant to be changed! Sorry we dropped the ball on updating our draft - we are NINE days away from the end of Bingo!

MsWas's Message Corner

Greetings Cannonballers,

Happy Autumn! We’re getting towards the end of bingo (10/31), and we are in the home stretch of CBR11. What’s everyone reading lately? 

I just started The Power by Naomi Alderman. I realized that the running game app I’d been using diligently since May 2015 is written by Alderman! Zombies, Run! is a really great way to enhance your runs. I’m not a super-huge zombie fan, although I admit I love my Shaun of the Dead and and Station Eleven (from our first #CannonBookClub back in CBR7), but this app is really fun. While running your regular route and listening to music (or nothing), you hear snippets of a very involved story about the zombie apocalypse. As “Runner 5,“ you go on various missions, and a whole host of characters comes in over comms (including surprise celebrity guest Margaret Atwood!). If you enable them, zombies “chase” you and then you have to increase your speed by a certain percentage to evade them and not lose supply points. Look at that, you’ve just done intervals! 

It was only in the last month or so, that I looked at the credit at the bottom of the start screen “Six to Start & Naomi Alderman.” It finally clicked! I should have figured there was a science fiction connection during Season 2 audio cameo by Margaret Atwood. There's also a testimonial from Atwood on the cover of The Power.  Mind. Blown. Well, off to check out a new book!

I used Zombies, Run! to get back on the road this year and work towards a 5K, and I just ran my first in a year last week, on a beautiful course along the Delaware-Raritan Canal, and that brings me to a big shout-out to parkrun USA. This organization volunteers to host free, weekly, timed 5K runs throughout the US, and they hosted the 5K along the canal. It was loads of fun.

Take care and Happy Reading (and Running)!


Q&A with a Cannonballer: Cosbrarian


Who’s your favorite character to cosplay? Do you ever get to cosplay with your library kids?

This is a very hard question! I am most proud of my Sally cosplay, because it is very beautiful and I did makeup and wig work I've never done before. But Tina Belcher is probably the most fun, because she's a crowd-pleaser and it's comfy. Cosplaying with kids at the library is a true joy! Between Halloween and fandom events, at work I have cosplayed as Effie Trinket, Elsa, Wonder Woman, Merida, Dr. Olivia Octavius, Cruella DeVille, Other Mother, Sally, Catwoman, Amelia Bedelia, a Clockwork Droid, many Harry Potter characters, and most recently Edna Mode.


See what else Cosbrarian has to say »


CBR Bingo


Brace yourself for sadness: we're almost to the end of Bingo! There are nine days left until you have to go back to dithering about what to read next in your TBR stack, with no guidance whatsoever. There have been so many bingoes and blackouts and great reviews!

Stay tuned for a final Check-in post on November 1, and final wrap-up post after that, where we'll announce who wins the prize. Double check your numbers against the November Check-in post and let us know in the comments if our tally doesn't match your own. Reviews must be posted by midnight on Halloween for the spell to work (I mean, to be eligible for the prize drawing!). Keep writing those reviews and tagging those posts still have a few days left! 

Spooky books


There are many, many, (so many) lists of Halloween books out there to choose from! The most trustworthy list, obviously, comes from our very own Cannonball Halloween tag. What's your favorite spooky book? Show us on!


Book (or book-related) donations needed

We did this last year to celebrate CBR's 10th anniversary, and it was so fun we're going to do it again. Anyone who donates in the month of November will be entered into a drawing for a book-related prize pack. MsWas is currently taking book or book paraphernalia donations to add to the grand prize. If you'd like to be entered into the drawing, donate any day in November. If you'd like to donate a piece of the prize (a book-related tchotchke, etc.), contact MsWas

Put your (judgy) thinking caps on

This is always the hardest part, so we're giving you plenty of notice this year. Each year, MsWas does a Cannonball Wrap-up post that goes up on Pajiba, including a Best and Worst books list. What are your favorites that you've reviewed this year? Which ones do you wish you could go back in time and un-read? Watch for deadlines and details next month, but for now, start pondering, and you can check out the Best/Worst of CBR10 over on Pajiba.


Stuff We're Reading

Good Language is Wasted on the Young: Bingo 6 (because I missed one): Ale's review of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Oct 22, 2019 01:05 pm
I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for the first time in 5th grade for a class assignment, and never revisited it again. However, my interest in the original tale was piqued when hubby and I took a trip to actual Sleepy Hollow, New York, for their Halloween festivities a few weeks ago. We saw a storyteller do the entire legend complete with props, costumes, and the original language. It was AWESOME, but I wondered while we were listening how much of the story was truncated for the performance. After reading Irving’s tale, it was clear the storyteller had done a […]
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Okay Start to New Series: Classic's review of The Vine Witch

Oct 22, 2019 10:44 am
So this wasn’t a bad book, I just had a hard time sticking with it. The writing at times pushed me out of the story and the book starts to feel really predictable after a while. I loved the cover, and loved the idea of vine witches though. I just don’t know if I would read the next book in this series or not. “The Vine Witch” starts off with a woman named Elena Boureanu finally breaks a curse that has kept her hibernated (or whatever you want to call it as a frog) for 7 years until she manages to put […]
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Good Grief This Book Was Bonkers: Classic's review of Halloween Party

Oct 22, 2019 10:42 am
So I don’t even know what to say. What a crazy ride this book was. Also it takes place in 1984 and I maybe laughed at how some of the characters were talking. But the main plot and reveal of what the villain was up to made me go what in the world. And then I started to wrack my brain and wonder if I had seen a tv movie based on this book or what since it sounded familiar to me. I never read this the first time this was published back in 1990 so this was a new […]
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Solid Installment in Death, but Timeline Drives me Bonkers!: Classic's review of Vendetta in Death

Oct 22, 2019 10:40 am
Well we have the 49th in Death novel and it’s pretty solid. I am going to say though, if Bella (Mavis’s daughter) is 1 freaking years old and can somehow read we have issues. Also it’s only been a year?? “Born in Death” was book number 23 and I don’t want every book to be a year, but good lord can they at least be 6 months or something? I think the biggest issue I have is that that Eve and Roarke have grown so much in such a short amount of time when you look at the series that […]
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Maybe If I Had Started With Book #1: Classic's review of Anything for You

Oct 22, 2019 10:39 am
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Not much to say here, I could not get into this book. Other reviewers mentioned how crude it is, and honestly it is. I just couldn’t root for the main character, Valerie Hart. I don’t know if I would have felt differently if I had read book #1 (The Killing Lessons) and book #2 (LoveMurder). Valerie is obsessed with sex it seems and her ties to this case (a man she almost had sex with is killed during a home invasion) didn’t do […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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