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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

Blonde Assassin: Jake's review of The Blonde

Nov 27, 2022 07:46 pm
The fun thing about this book is that few of the individual subplots work and yet, Anna Godbersen creates such a vivid re-imagination of Marilyn Monroe as a person that I really didn’t care. Monroe is often depicted—mostly by but not limited to men (looking at you, Joyce Carol Oates)—as a wide-eyed naifish mentally damaged sex doll. I have to imagine there is more to her life than going around speaking in innuendo and substance-induced rage but rarely have I seen this depicted. Blonde is the latest […]
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I feel like a Jerk, but I didn’t like it: KimMiE"'s review of The Pleasure of My Company

Nov 27, 2022 04:53 pm
Steve Martin is a talented guy. He’s had a successful stand-up comedy and acting career since the 1970s; he’s written/co-written funny screenplays like The Jerk, Three Amigos, and L.A. Story; he’s published novels and written a Broadway musical; he’s an avid art collector and he plays a mean banjo; he’s won five Grammys, an Emmy, and a host of other awards. Throw in that stint performing magic on Main Street in Disneyland and you can say he’s lived a highly successful life. So, I feel kind […]
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Greek Myths: A Retelling: Classic's review of Greek Myths: A Retelling

Nov 27, 2022 02:02 pm
I thought this was so good. The cover was fantastic and I loved that as I read this one (I bought this in hardcover yesterday at a local bookstore) the cover sparkled. Higgins does a great job of following Greek myths through many of its famous women, but they are all linked by the loom and their weave depicting some of the terrible things the gods and goddesses have done. We start off with Gaia and Uranus and how their offspring where the Titans. And […]
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Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1): Classic's review of Six of Crows

Nov 27, 2022 01:29 pm
Original short review: DNF at 14 percent. After the first few pages there was just too much info dumping and names for me to even focus. I loved the idea behind some people who have special abilities, but think that there wasn’t a good build up and I still can’t tell you who anyone is after Anya. Longer review: Did Not Finish at 14 percent. I feel bad about this one. So many people recommended this book to me since they thought it be right […]
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The Haunting of Alejandra: Classic's review of The Haunting of Alejandra

Nov 27, 2022 01:23 pm
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. Well this book packed a punch. We follow 30 something year old Alejandra. Recently moved from Texas to Philadelphia with her husband and three children, she feels adrift. You initially think that maybe Alejandra is suffering from post-partum depression. However, the book quickly moves that something seems to be haunting Alejandra. Telling her that she’s a bad mother, that her children would be better off with her, and […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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