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December 2018

Q&A with a Cannonballer: BlackRaven

 

How many times have you participated in CBR? Has it changed the way you read?

This is my first CBR. A friend (who has participated in the past) recommended you to me. The change in my reading is I found a few books I never would have read on my own. I may or may not have liked them, but I did enjoy the experience. I also want to read more so I can recommend LOTS more books (as books are a passion of mine.... it's my only real addiction. And chocolate. And cake. And alligator wrestling).

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Bingo prize winners

 
 

Congratulations to our 38 bingo participants for being reading rock stars, but an especial congratulations to our prize winners! This inaugural bingo year has been great fun, and we are already looking forward to next year's bingo shenanigans. Thoughts to share, or changes to request for next year? Let us know!

Bingo participant raffle winners:
  1. Caitlin_D – One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  2. LittlePlatt – Pretty Face and Making Up by Lucy Parker
  3. BlackRaven – gift card from Lucy Parker and book journal
  4. lowercasesee – Precious Little Sleep book and bookmark by Alexis Dubief
  5. faintingviolet – 738 Days by Stacey Kade
  6. mathildehoeg – Sunbolt and Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
  7. vel veeter – Happy Endings graphic novel
  8. Malin – Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
  9. Debcapsfan – Cannonball Read tote with goodies
  10. narfna – Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers
  11. crystalclear – Debbie Harry Sings in FrenchSupergirl Mixtapes, and Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers
  12. Ellesfena – In Pieces by Sally Field
  13. Melanir – Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

 

Sayonara to CBR10, Salutations to CBR11 

 
 
The tenth anniversary year has been a blast, yes? Sadly, the end is rapidly approaching. It's all over (and the site will close for maintenance and year-end wrap-up) at 12 noon EST on December 31.

Would you like to see if we can make CBR11 just as much fun? Sign up now! Full, half, quarter, or the full vel veeter: sign up for whatever you're comfortable with. And if you didn't reach your goal this year, don't fret. Review Amnesty is your friend, nobody's here to judge, and every little bit counts. 

And just to make sure you're not getting bored after 10 years of Cannonballing, we're always looking for ways to improve. For example, we've just added a new Speculative Fiction category. If you wrote a previous review that fits in this genre, you can go back and check off this category. Always remember to tag your posts with the author's name and at least one book category. If you're not sure, every book fits either into fiction or non-fiction at the very least.
 

 

Best and Worst


 
Now the fun part! Or the hard part? What were your top three books this year? Which book would you like to launch into the sun? Fill out your picks (with links) here by midnight EST on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, and MsWas will compile the always-popular best and worst list for CBR10. 
 
 

Giving Tuesday 

 
 
CBR10 #GivingTuesday brought November's total to $1,651.65 for the American Cancer Society, exceeding this year's goal. Thank you to all our donors! Congrats to janetfaust, who won the #GivingTuesday prize raffle and received a prize package with all sorts of amazing goodies

And the year's not over! There are lots of ways to support CBR10, if you want to help us have a record-breaking year for our anniversary.
 
 

Book Exchange 

 
 
If you've signed up for this year's Book Exchange, don't forget your goodies are supposed to be mailed out by December 13 - that's today! So if you're going to be late, please let faintingviolet know. When you receive a package, please post a picture of what you got, and tag it Book Exchange, so we can all share vicariously in the fun stuff. (Mark the Quantity field as 0 to keep your Leaderboard score correct).

If you're not a current participant but are still in the Book Exchange, please post a picture and a brief thank-you somewhere on CBR social media

If you have questions about the Book Exchange, check out the details, or just search for the Book Exchange tag and see what everybody else is up to.
 
 

Cannon Fodder fodder

 

Are there topics you'd like to see covered in the newsletter? Any concerns/comments/suggestions? Let us know in this brief survey, and hopefully the newsletter will be even better for CBR11. Thanks for your feedback and for reading! 

And while you're in the survey mood, don't forget our Book Club survey is still up! Any requests or suggestions about #CannonBookClub for next year? Chime in by the end of this week so we can get planning.
 

Stuff We're Reading

When You Make a Deal with a Nixie, remember to find out if your wife is pregnant.: BlackRaven's review of The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories

Feb 24, 2020 04:57 pm
Do not judge a book by the cover is probably the first thing I learned about books. However, sometimes you can, sometimes not and sometimes there are books that you do both. The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories is one of those books that you think you know what is going on (there will be a Nixie, which looks like a mermaid/banshee/fairy, that will do something in a mill-pond) but open it up and there is something completely different. On page one we […]
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“You be the captain, I’ll be no one: Bea Pants's review of Song of Achilles

Feb 24, 2020 04:55 pm
  The story and characters contained in Song of Achilles will be familiar to anyone who knows their Greek history.  It is the story of Iliad.  It’s conceit is that it is told from the perspective of Patroclus, the companion of Achilles.  Different treatments of the legend vary on what type of “companion” he was but in Madeline Miller’s, Patroclus and Achilles are unambiguously lovers.  Exiled from his own land as a boy, Patroclus is sent to live in the house of Achilles’ father. Over […]
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Teeth, Claws and Awww: CATS: BlackRaven's review of Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture.

Feb 24, 2020 04:50 pm
I have tried to find a many First Second Graphic novels. While looking for the Science Comics for Dogs, I found Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture. As far as I was concerned cooler than dogs, but a friend had recommended it. What was I to do? Get the Cat book until the dog book was available! (Really, did you have to wonder?) And Andy Hirsch started off this fun and factual graphic novel on the slow side. I was afraid that I was going […]
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When the city’s fate rests in the hands of enemies: Parts 2 & 3: BlackRaven's review of The Nameless City V02 The Stone Heart, The Nameless City V03 The Divided Earth

Feb 24, 2020 03:59 pm
The Nameless City is a trilogy that (if you are like me) should probably be read back-to-back. I was lucky and able to read all three with little break between one and two (and two and three the same day). Yet, a few things I had to backtrack and try to remember, “Okay who are you again?” or “What did you do?” However, the reader aged 10 to 14 should have no difficultly remembering everything. And thankfully, all three are out so regardless they can […]
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Yeah, that title about sums it up: octothorp's review of Everything is Horrible and Wonderful

Feb 24, 2020 02:09 pm
Trigger warnings: addiction, adult child loss, grief This was such a hard book to read, even if it was amazing. I lost a cousin to suicide, among a few other episodes of grief, and so much of it hit home. Stephanie Wittels Wachs may not be as well known as her brother Harris, the Parks and Recreation writer / comedian who died of an overdose in 2015, but she’s a hell of a writer. To wit: “Dad’s notes to you feel especially poignant in hindsight. […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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