Q&A with a Cannonballer: veteran and romance fan Malin
How many times have you participated in CBR?
I've actually taken part since the start of November 2009, right when Cannonball II started. Back then the goal was to read 100 books, and checking back through my blog, I reached that goal by the end of October. I think I may be one of the participants who have kept going the longest, but it wasn't until Cannonball III that I actually started reviewing absolutely every book I read. By then I'd realised that if I wanted a chance to make it quickly to 52, I was going to need to blog everything. I'm pretty sure I was the first Cannonballer to regularly review romance, and both my first and second Cannonball that year were with romances. The fact that romance is now one of the two most reviewed genres every month fills me with pride and joy.
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#CannonBookClub: The Count of Monte Cristo
How's everybody doing with The Count of Monte Cristo? December 1 will be here before we know it. Book Club Day waits for no reader! Stay tuned on the blog for discussion questions and details.
Holiday book exchange coming up
'Tis the season to...wait, is it ever not the season to buy books? Well, here's your chance to buy books for other people, anyway, and to make a fellow Cannonballer's day. It's our annual Holiday Book Exchange! Faintingviolet has taken on organizational duties, so all you have to do is sign up, get assigned a book buddy, and then do a little shopping and shipping! Sign up by November 27 if you're interested.
Our fearless leader has been adding new categories for our reviews. This makes searching for various genres easier, which will be very helpful for those of us who like to give books as holiday gifts! MsWas, why haven't you made a category for "tame, dry, unsuspenseful, chaste, coziest of cozy mysteries" so I know what to get my aunt Judy? Here are the new ones, so feel free to categorize with reckless abandon as you post the year's final reviews!
Children's | Comedy/Humor | Graphic Novel/Comic Book | Horror | Poetry | Short Stories | Sports
Also, to illustrate how necessary these new categories are...there are more than 900 posts out there that are listed as "uncategorized." (A lot of those are mine - oops!) If you have some time to spare, please go back in and deselect "uncategorized" on your old posts. It just makes everything tidier and more searchable. See below for more info...
Uncategorizing and Tagging (a how-to from MsWas)
I'm working really hard in improving the site. Have you tried the new site search? It's much faster now, and is hopefully pretty accurate.
I'm also on a mission to clean up the "Uncategorized" Genre/Category and also to add more tags to posts. I've added new genres, and I can add more if needed, just let me know.
Genres are listed in the "Categories" box right under the Publish/Update button in the admin dashboard while editing a post. If you do not check any checkboxes, Wordpress will select the "Uncategorized" category for your review. Make sure that you check at least one Genre/Category AND that Uncategorized is not selected.
Tags are right below Categories, and you can type in any words or phrases, separated by a comma, then click "Add". You'll see the tags below with a little "x," click the x to remove the tag if needed. Always add the book author's name as a tag, at the very least, and also if there's something else relevant.
Thoughtful categorization of the group blog will help people use it and hopefully come back again and again. So please make sure to add Genre/Category and tag the book author's name on your posts going forward.
(Note: If you would like to go back and quickly edit your previous reviews (please, please), in the admin dashboard, go to Posts> All Posts. Don't click on the review, just mouse over the post title and select "Quick Edit". There add genres/categories and tags separated by commas, and then click "Update." That way you don't have to go back into each review.)
Thank you so much!
Social media volunteers needed
Volunteers automatically go on the Nice List. It's just Santa Science. If you'd like to help Cannonball Read out on Twitter or Facebook, send MsWas a resume, cover letter, 14 references, 37 work samples, your checking account number, nine pounds of Cadbury Eggs, a list of questions you'd like to see included in the Q&A, and a puppy. (Or just let us know you're interested, and we'll be eternally grateful.)
Blast from the past
Want to know which books Cannonballers from Cannonball Read 2 picked as best in 2009? Or what the Pajiba pre-Disqus comments used to look like? Check out what MsWas found: Top Ten Cannonball Read Reviews of 2009
, an archived Pajiba Seriously Random List at the Internet Wayback Machine
! (Note: give the website a moment to load, it does take a while. -- MsWas). It's been 7 years, how many have you read?