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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

What Would Marie Curie Do?: RevGirlUtena's review of Love on the Brain

Feb 06, 2023 03:17 pm
Last year, Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis was the book that jump-started me into reading Romance Novels. I was in a depressive funk, having lost six pets in six months, and reading helped pull me out of it. I voraciously read Hazelwood’s three Loathe to Love You novellas, and pre-ordered Love On The Brain, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. Since Valentine’s Day is soon, it felt like a good time to pick it up. […]
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Two boys, one city, and their places in it: BlackRaven's review of Moonwalking

Feb 06, 2023 01:20 pm
Moonwalking is an interesting story about friendship in early 1980s America. The characters are both likable and relatable, and the (SPOILER) not so happy ending, is a nice change of pace from having it “all be okay” and working out in the best possible outcome.  The tone mostly feels realistic (though I am not sure (SPOILER) if Pie sending his address to JJ would have happened). The supporting cast could have been explored a bit more, but what is needed to promote and support the […]
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Anthea Butler (1): vel veeter's review of White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America

Feb 06, 2023 10:56 am
“White Evangelical Racism tells a concise history of the evangelical movement and–here is the hard part–the racist and racial elements that imbue its beliefs, practices, and social and practical activism.” I first learned of this book and its author from watching the Jerry Falwell Jr documentary on Hulu. Butler is one of the featured commentators, and in the early parts of this book, she spends some time framing her relationship to the material which comes in part from her professional and educational expertise, but also […]
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Kevin M Kruse (1): vel veeter's review of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism

Feb 06, 2023 10:47 am
“In the stories spun by its supporters, Atlanta had done the impossible.” That impossible according to those supporters is to navigate the difficult process of integration (or more so desegregation) of the 1940s through the 1960s. Kevin Kruse, of course, suggests that that process was a lot more rocky than otherwise stated, and also not actually particularly integrated in the end. The opening statement does speak to some relative success, but that success is less about white people in Atlanta looking for an equitable way […]
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Edith Wharton (1-4): vel veeter's review of Mrs Manstey's View, The Fulness of Life, Afterward, The Letters

Feb 06, 2023 09:21 am
“Mrs Manstey’s View” “The view from Mrs. Manstey’s window was not a striking one, but to her at least, it was full of interest and beauty” In this first story, we meet Mrs. Manstey, an elderly woman living in New York in a boarding house. She has a room with a tremendous view, and because she doesn’t really want much else in life except to look out of her window, occasionally read or knit, and contemplate life, things are fairly good. She spends a good […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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