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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

I refuse to research this any further, by which I mean, at all: auntadadoom's review of In The Freud Archives

Sep 27, 2022 09:58 pm
What do you know about Sigmund Freud? I’ll tell you what I *think* I know. I *think* he was a very early investigator into the realm of human psychology, and tried to help his patients to identify the root causes of their malaise. I also *think* he formulated incredibly elaborate and detailed ideas around the general common causes of psychological distress, and I *think* this was based mostly on, like, 40 patients? Something like that. And a lot of his theories involved butts and other […]
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As Little As Possible: Jake's review of An Honest Living

Sep 27, 2022 09:25 pm
Whew this is rough. I got hyped for this book just by reading the blurb. A literary mystery in mid-aughts NYC? Rock on, brother. And then I read interviews by Dwyer Murphy and got even more pumped. His favorite authors are my favorite authors and his views on crime fiction mine. And THEN some favorite writers such as Walter Mosley and Andrea Baartz blurbed it. Another dropped a Chinatown reference to the plot. So…this rocked right? Yes? Sigh. On some level, I’m sure folks will […]
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One: MarkAbaddon's review of Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One

Sep 27, 2022 04:36 pm
My experience has been that most comic based on video games are…less than stellar. And when I have not even played the game on which it is based, I am even more reluctant to read the book. However, my son’s oldest friend has been asking me to read this for several years and so I started it this month. I am so glad I listened to him as this was a fun and interesting read. The main concept is that Superman “Breaks bad” and Batman […]
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Eh. It was all right.: narfna's review of Gallant

Sep 27, 2022 12:48 pm
This is by far my least favorite of Schwab’s books, but I think that judgment has actually been coming for a while. I liked her last book (Addie LaRue) a lot, but it did lean pretty heavily into flowered language that really is not my preference. Even though it did that, I didn’t really mind because there was so much substance in that book, and an interesting story, that the language was little more than a slight distraction to me every once in a while. […]
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Double Cannonballing with Canadian Zombies, Necromancers, and Demons: Emmalita's review of One Heart

Sep 26, 2022 09:37 pm
Chace Verity is one of my favorite authors of the past couple of years. Their soft Canadian demon romances are delightful, weird, and fun. They also acknowledge and address the frustrations of existing in late stage capitalism with it’s dehumanization and the constant grind of mere existence. In One Heart, they give us a true romance where the love interest dies early in the book and then raise their middle fingers at Canada’s far Right. Perfect for spooky season election season. (If you can register […]
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