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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

“There is beauty in my truth, and I have so much to share.”: GentleRain's review of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022

Dec 03, 2022 10:51 pm
I look forward to this collection every year and so it was a treat to see it pop up in the bookstore recently. The selections are always varied and interesting, and John Joseph Adams should get special kudos for all the preparatory work he does before he chooses the best 80 stories and hands them over to the guest editor to choose 20 for publication. In contrast to the 70s SF/F anthologies I’ve been slogging my way through this year in the hopes that there […]
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Just Like Home: Classic's review of Just Like Home

Dec 03, 2022 05:44 pm
Wow. This was really good. I didn’t know where the book was going at all, but I had fun just hanging on for the ride. I wonder how do other readers think this book is going to end? I have some thoughts noodling around in my head. “Just Like Home” follows 30 something year old Vera Crowder. Vera has been gone from her family home for 15 years. Something drove her away. But now that her mother Daphne is dying, Vera is home to take […]
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Bury Me Deep: Classic's review of Bury Me Deep

Dec 03, 2022 02:57 pm
I am going to boo the heck out of the cover of the newest release, I loved the older version of the cover I had when I was a teen. I really did love this book ridiculously as a teenager, and I still enjoyed it. Pike really did just go all out with murder and really grown up topics. I thought this one did a great job with the horror and fantasy elements. “Bury Me Deep” follows Jean who is off to Hawaii to join […]
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Some Tips to Remember: ASKReviews's review of The Power of Rude: A Woman’s Guide to Asserting Herself

Dec 03, 2022 02:47 pm
Best for: Women who are tired of being polite to their own detriment. In a nutshell: Author Reid offers tips on how to be ‘rude’ in different life situations as a means to stop putting everyone else’s needs above our own. Worth Quoting: “My desire not to be rude made me the absolute worst version of myself.” “…all of this advice comes with a great honking caveat, and that is to keep yourself safe.” “However, there is a tendency for women to use ‘sorry’ as […]
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Into Shadow Series Review: Classic's review of The Garden, Persephone, The Six Deaths of the Saint, Undercover, What the Dead Know, The Candles Are Burning, Out of the Mirror, Darkness

Dec 03, 2022 02:46 pm
Wow. I really wish this series of short stories had been released around Halloween, some of the stories are very good and the horror/fantasy elements are great. There are at least two stories I wish had been longer novels (The Six Deaths of the Saint and Undercover) because of how good they were and how much I didn’t want the stories to be over when I got to the end. “The Garden” by Tomi Adeyemi (2 stars)-This one compared to the other books in the […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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