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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.

See what else Malin has to say »


 

#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.



New categories

 



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)

Hello Cannonballers!

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!

--MsWas



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?

Stuff We're Reading

Quick Questions with a Cannonballer: Malin

By MsWas Sawsm on Nov 17, 2016 09:55 am
How many times have you participated in CBR? I’ve actually taken part since the start of November 2009, right when Cannonball Read 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 […]
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“The Good Lord went to ridiculous lengths to make sure that one of the finest minds in existence was housed in a body least likely to be suspected of it.”

By Ellepkay on Nov 17, 2016 08:57 am
This book.  Man, this book is exactly what I needed this past insanely crappy week.  It’s a 4.5 star book, but I needed it so much I can’t give it anything less than a 5 right now.  This is the first in a trilogy about Charlotte Holmes, a self-styled private investigator in Victorian London.  It […]
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How to waste an unbelievably cool premise in execution.

By narfna on Nov 16, 2016 04:08 pm
I was realllly looking forward to this book. I mean, come on. An alternate history exploring what it would have been like if the Congo Free State (shudder) never existed due to the invention of steampunk-like technologies. Instead, and I’m gonna steal from the blurb here, “Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American […]
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It’s time for our Cannonball Holiday Tradition – Book Exchange!

By MsWas Sawsm on Nov 16, 2016 12:13 pm
Katie (faintingviolet) has offered to handle the organization of the exchange for 2016. You can email her directly with any questions and to sign up (see the directions below). The CBR Book Exchange is completely voluntary, but it’s a lovely part of our community here at CBR and a great way to get to know a fellow […]
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