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May 2018

 

Q&A with a Cannonballer: teresaelectro

 

How do you decide what to read next from your TBR list?

I like to mix it up, but usually anything due for book club takes precedent and then the next book in whatever fantasy series I'm in. After that usually a romance book.

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#CannonBookClub - June 8 and 9

 

 
The book club will be discussing Octavia Butler's Kindred on June 8-9. Is it time for a reread, or is this a favorite classic? To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cannonball Read, this book was chosen from a readership poll of the most-reviewed books in CBR history, so it's possible you've already read this a time or two. Either way, watch for discussion questions on the main site, and then stop by the blog or the Facebook group and share your thoughts in June.
 


T-shirt (and other logo goodies) update

 

 
Last month we had a winner (Shannon Damiano of Communications High School in Wall, NJ), and this month we have actual merch! I am wild with indecision (shirt? hoodie? both?), but for all you more decisive shoppers out there: happy choosing! First Cannonballer to spot another Cannonballer in the wild via their CBR10 gear gets a prize!
 
 

 

Hip deep in Cannonballs

 
We have six Cannonballs so far this year! Plus, BlackRaven has actually pulled ahead of our indefatigable vel veeter. Congratulations to all! However, don't let the Leaderboard intimidate you. If you signed up for a full Cannonball and have two reviews by the end of the year, that's okay! The concept of "review amnesty" has evolved over the years. If you need to skip some books to jump start writing review, that's completely fine. The idea overall is that your fellow Cannonballers are just happy you're here, goals or no goals.

 

Fan Mail


 
While we're talking about updates, have you checked the Fan Mail page recently? It's always (usually?) a hoot to hear directly from an author, and there have been some good ones this year. If you've gotten an author response and we missed it, be sure to let us know!

 


Style Tip: Socializing

 
If you're a social media-savvy person, we hope you're posting links to your reviews and following CBR on the platform of your choice. If you are, please tag @cannonballread or #cbr10 in there while you're at it! Those shiny little social media share buttons are on the website, on social media, and at the bottom of this very email. Feel free to use them as thoughtfully as Tim Gunn would use a JCPenney accessory wall. Shouldn't everyone benefit from our scintillating conversations?
 

Stuff We're Reading

Silent Girls Can’t Tell Who Killed Them: Melina reviews The Silent Girls

May 17, 2018 09:59 am
After his sister and brother in law were brutally slain in their home, Frank Rath gave up his badge to raise his months’ old niece as his daughter.  But with his skills and instincts he never truly strayed that far from the job, taking up the profession of private detective, often having his daughter Rachel help him see the pieces of the puzzle he was missing.  When his friend from the force comes to him asking him to investigate what has happened to his gorgeous niece Mandy, whose car was left abandoned on the side of the road and no […]
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Neither Character Is As Awful As I Thought They Were In the Last Book: Melina reviews The Case For Jamie

May 17, 2018 09:22 am
Ahhh what glowing praise I’ve bestowed upon the characters in my title. hahaha. I won’t be able to talk much about the plot of this book unless I was willing to talk about some major plot points from the second book because you might want to read that book.  I personally never want to read that book ever again as it destroyed two characters that I loved in the first book, A Study in Charlotte.  I disliked The Last of August so very much that I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue with the series but I am pretty glad […]
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Lice consume grass, rust consumes iron, and lying the soul!: vel veeter reviews The Duel; The Cherry Orchard

May 17, 2018 08:27 am
The Novellas: The Duel – 4/5 Stars I often tell my students that if they’re stuck in an English class and can’t figure out what to say about a text they’re reading for class to think about the title and what it means. You can even make the comment: “I think it’s really interesting that it’s called “The Duel” and not something else.” This seemingly trite statement gets to the heart of authorship or translation or publication in some interesting ways. For one, what does it say to call something “The Duel”? For one, it creates an automatic sense of […]
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The Most Beautiful Song: BlackRaven reviews Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song

May 17, 2018 08:22 am
Khalida wakes up one night to a special song playing in her inner ear. She tries capturing it right then on the piano, but she is told to go back to bed. She hears it again at school. But is told to go back to class. However, when she has a moment to play it, she cannot remember it. But finally, when the time is just right, she can give her song to everyone. As someone who considers herself a poet, I know the frustration of hearing the music of the right words, but when you finally have a pen […]
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It wasn’t New York that frustrated me but San Francisco.: vel veeter reviews Blues City: A Walk in Oakland

May 17, 2018 08:10 am
Blues City Here’s what I learned from this book: Ishmael Reed really hates Jerry Brown. It’s a special kind of hatred too, one reserved by someone on the far-left for someone not left enough. That’s the secret of the Left, destroy those close to you but not close enough. I don’t think Ishmael Reed is an ideological purist by any means. His politics comes across as too messy and stitched together for that. It’s a kind of untenable utopian thinking that based not on an ideal society per se, but on an equitable one. It’s a shame then that equity […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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