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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).

See what else BlackRaven has to say »

 

 

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

It’s good to be an officer–especially if you’re a POW: Sophia's review of The Confidence Men

Aug 17, 2022 05:41 pm
I found The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History  by Margalit Fox on NPR’s Best Books of 2021 List. I found it listed under “funny stuff,” although I probably wouldn’t categorize this book that way myself. This non-fiction story takes place during World War I, in a Turkish POW camp for British officers. We first meet Harry Jones. We learn how he joined the war, how he was taken prisoner, and how he came to be at the remote […]
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Three five-star books in a row; what are the odds? (Nm don’t tell me the odds.): narfna's review of City of Blades (The Great Cities, #2)

Aug 17, 2022 05:36 pm
“Not one war, she realizes—every war, all wars ever fought by humanity. Never one side prevailing over the other, never separate and disparate groups, but a blazing, monstrous act of self-mutilation, as if humanity itself was cutting open its own belly to send its intestines spilling into its lap. The sword speaks to her: Are you these things? Is this you?” This series continues to be so good, and in such unexpected ways. It’s just so rich in basically every way a story can be rich: in […]
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All right, I’ve finished this bonkers series now, so I know y’all are safe to read it. Five stars.: narfna's review of The Discord of Gods (A Chorus of Dragons, #5)

Aug 17, 2022 05:31 pm
I’m glad I kept going with this series. I was skeptical after book one, but the storytelling and worldbuilding here let me look past the confusion and ‘Wait, what now?’ moments to really enjoy myself, particularly in books three through five, when all the backstory telling is out of the way, and our main characters start to work together and uncover secrets. This last book is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of action. There are some nice character moments, and occasional moments of quiet, but for […]
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“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”: narfna's review of A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32; Tiffany Aching, #2)

Aug 17, 2022 05:19 pm
Terry Pratchett was so good. With this review, I shall continue my biannual tradition of being unable to write coherently about a five-star Discworld book. This is the second Tiffany Aching book, which is set in the Discworld with his adult books, but this is technically middle grade, verging on YA. I say technically because any adult who wouldn’t enjoy this has a piece of coal for a heart and loops of iron chain for intestines. I really liked the first Tiffany Aching book, but […]
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Fascinating historical fantasy mystery, an okay romance.: narfna's review of Rag and Bone (Rag and Bone, #1)

Aug 17, 2022 05:12 pm
Sometimes this happens with K.J. Charles and me—and it’s often in this particular magical world of hers, come to think of it—where I am way more interested in the plot and worldbuilding than I am in the central romance. Here, partly it’s because the couple are already together at the start of the book, and the tension of “will they stay together” is just not as inherently interesting to me as “how will they get together and when”. But also, partly, there’s just something about […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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