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Q&A with a Cannonballer: record-breaker vel veeter "pretty sure he's not weird"

 
 

So, you’re at 354 reviews and it’s only August. How do you ever have time to do anything else? DO you do anything else? If you’re trapped in TK’s basement with nothing but a Kindle, use the word “aardvark” in one of your answers and we’ll mount a rescue operation!

I am most definitely ahead of where I am most years. It's been a kind of weird year partly because of my participation in CBR 9 but also in general. Having a count going and having some homework to do with each book does change things a little. I was an English major in college and I teach high school English now, so writing down my thoughts and ideas about books as I go isn't new, but I guess it is new to actually do it in the first time in a few years.

Vel keeps veeting »

 


#CannonBookClub: September 13

 


Our selection for Non-Western Literary Fiction will be Khaled Khalifa’s In Praise of Hatred. The #CannonBookClub post will go up on Wednesday, September 13, with faintingviolet's always-thoughtful discussion questions showing up before the end of this week. You can participate on the CBR page, the Facebook group or anywhere with #cannonbookclub. Happy reading! 
 
 


 

105,000 pages read last month

Ingres77's stats posts continue to cover an impressive amount of information, and do a great job of showing how awesome Cannonballers are. Did you know he's catalogued 68% of CBR reviews so far, and still going strong? Thanks, ingres77! 

 
 

 

Any other analytical minds out there? 

 

 
Our most-clicked review was Holly's review of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half from 2014, with 13,768 pageviews. For comparison, the second-most-clicked got 4,213 pageviews, also in 2014 (Narfna's review of a Flavia de Luce book). In 2017, an average review gets 700-1000 pageviews. We're a little curious about what makes the difference, especially considering that every pageview translates into money for CBR and therefore for the American Cancer Society. If anyone is interested in investigating our traffic trends and doing a deep dive into Google Analytics with an eye to improving traffic, let MsWas know.



 


Meg and Charles Wallace to the rescue big screen

 

 
Yes, the book is nearly always better than the movie - it is known. However, that doesn't mean we can't get super excited for Ava DuVernay's upcoming adaptation of Wrinkle in Time, which looks marvelous. We're planning ahead, and since the movie comes out March 2018, that's going to be our spring book club meeting for those who want to re-read (or read) the classic before the movie comes out. However, our overworked (but never underappreciated) book club maven faintingviolet has a schedule conflict. So while we're asking for volunteers, would anyone be interested in cohosting book club next March? Fresh eyes or die-hard fans, all are welcome!


 

 

This year's CBR map

 

 
Speaking of the excellent work done by our volunteers, check out yesknopemaybe's map of Cannonballers! If you're worried you're not on there, check your profile page on WordPress, and as always, contact MsWas with questions or concerns. If you're interested in connecting with neighboring reviewers, the Facebook group is a good place to start.

 



Free + books = hooray! 

 

 
As you hopefully saw from MsWas's message, ten lucky Cannonballers are going to get free paperback advance reading copies of 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner. All the publisher and author are asking for in return are honest reviews. If you love it, if you meh it, if you aren't overly fond of it, we want to know! If you're not signed up for CBR9, ask MsWas to reactivate your account just for this review. This adventure novel is aimed at a 4-6 grade reading level, so if you're not game to read a book geared to that age level, don't opt in. Maybe there's a junior Cannonballer who'd be interested, think about doing a Q&A review - we'd love to hear from them! Contact MsWas ASAP by noon on Wednesday 8/30 if you'd like to receive a free copy to review. 

 

Summer beach reads 

 

 
It might be a little late to start this list, but since the temperatures are still in the upper 90s for a lot of our readers, I think we're still safe to let the beach read recommendations fly. Do you prefer light and fluffy, turn-your-brain-off entertainment for the beach? Or keep your vacation brain sharp with some Dostoyevsky? Let us know on the Facebook group or #CBR9 on Twitter
 
 

CBR Style Tips: updating email addresses

 
This one's not exactly a regular style tip, but it is important info. If you get a new email address and update your CBR profile accordingly, you'll still need to use your old email as your username. All CBR communication will go to the new address, but usernames are harder to change. 

If you click on the "update your preferences" link at the bottom of any issue of Cannon Fodder (you archive these and reread them regularly, right?), you can update your email with MailChimp so you never miss an issue. Also, please let MsWas know that you've updated your email, or if you have any questions or problems with any of the above. 

Thanks for the heads up on this, llp!
 

 


Stuff We're Reading

Looking for a real Debbie Downer? Look no further.: ardaigle reviews Hausfrau

Aug 28, 2017 05:49 pm
Boy oh boy.  I came across this book as a recommendation from my favorite literary podcast, “Literary Disco.” The author is a friend of one of the contributors, and he mentioned it and it sounded interesting, a sort of dark tale of an unsatisfied house wife, so I added it to my audiobook queue months ago and just now got around to listening to it as part of my commute/walk routine. It was, interesting, to say the least.  I’ll let this quote from Time magazine take it away: “In Hausfrau, Anna Karenina goes Fifty Shades with a side of Madame Bovary.” I agree with that pigeonholing […]
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Do Not Enter The Dragon: Halbs reviews Bruce Lee

Aug 28, 2017 04:25 pm
Like everyone else in the world, I went through a very enthusiastic Bruce Lee phase. Mine was in college. I kept his movies on repeat in my living room. My roommates could walk in at any time and see something new on tv. In retrospect, it was the most coordinated thing I managed in college. A close second was the time I got really into Dance Dance Revolution and had two metal pads for 24/7 action. I nabbed most of this six-issue Bruce Lee series a year or two ago in a cheap comic grab-bag, and searched for months to […]
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