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October 2018

Q&A with a Cannonballer: Dome'Loki

 

How many times have you participated in CBR? Has it changed the way you read?

This is my third time participating in CBR. I attempted a half cannonball in 2016 and came close to reading 26 books but fell far short in the number of reviews written. In 2017 I set the same goal and succeeded! For 2018 I decided to challenge myself with a full Cannonball and it looks promising that I'll complete it. Being a part of CBR has changed how I read, number of pages is now a consideration for what to read next! In all seriousness, I am now more present in my reading and pay deeper attention, where as previously I wasn't processing as much. This year I have drastically cut back TV watching to carve out more time for reading and writing reviews, and discovered I don't really miss watching. Also, I now keep little post it tabs around the house so that one will always be handy to mark a passage that stands out. 

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Bingo blackouts and prizes

 

Congratulations to our first Bingo Blackout achiever, Jen K! One of these delightful prizes may be yours! (And for the rest of you, keep reading! you have until the end of November to get entered to win.) So far we have autographed books from: 

 


 

#CannonBookClub

 
 

The next #CannonBookClub will be November 2-3, sprawling across all our usual lovely platforms. Craig Ferguson's Between the Bridge and the River also happens to be the center square in CBR Bingo, so you get a bonus! You might need that extra bonus boost to read this one; it's sounding like this book is not going to be one of our universally beloved choices. But remember that you can participate in #cannonbookclub even if you didn’t finish the book. In fact, we want to know why you didn't finish it. Like it, love it, loathe it...stop by and share your thoughts! 
 

 

New category

 

I would never have thought cookbooks were reviewable, but leave it to Cannonballers to make reviewing recipes fun and interesting! You can now tag and categorize your reviews for Cooking/Food. MsWas already went through and checked off that category for any books tagged as a cookbook. But if you've reviewed another type of book about cooking or food, please go in and add that category to your review. And if you've tried any of the recipes, please send samples.
 
 

 

Feeling left out? 

 

 
We're not ignoring you, we promise! Are you ignoring us? There have been some email gremlins lately, and a lot of Cannonball messages aren't getting through, especially for gmail users. If you whitelist Cannonball Read, that can help solve the problem. And don't forget to add us to your contact list!  
 

Septuple Cannonballs? That's too much math. 

 

 

I didn't think the Leaderboard or our wicked cool badges could even go that high, but BlackRaven is at 378 reviews, and vel veeter is close behind with 364. That's seven Cannonballs! That's 52 books, seven times! Jen K tops out the Top Three with three Cannonballs, which is a lovely bit of synchronicity. Congratulations to all!

If you're intimidated by this...join the club. But don't despair! We appreciate the reviewers who only review one thing. We appreciate those who try but don't quite make their goal (this year!). We appreciate the lurkers and the readers and the Buyhole clickers. We appreciate this devoted, awesome community, and please feel free to give yourself all of the breaks and declare Review Amnesty if you need a breather. And then come back and read/write some more when you're ready! 

 
 

Even more ways to contribute


 
CBR is now accepting Google Pay. What will they think of next? You can join the list of supporters that help keep CBR running. There are lots of ways to contribute and donate to CBR and its mission to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, but if we've missed one that you'd like to see added, let MsWas know.

Stuff We're Reading

I might have been ten, eleven years old–I cannot say for certain–when my first master died. No one grieved him: vel veeter reviews Washington Black; Transcription; The Infinite Blacktop; Almanac for the Dead; Whose Body?; Hope in the Darkness

Oct 10, 2018 09:59 am
Washington Black – 4/5 Stars This novel just recently was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and by all rights, it should win. It also is possibly the front runner given that a Canadian author has not won in some time…possibly since Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin, but I’d have to check. It’s also quite simply the best book on the list that I’ve read and while I was worried it was going to be a little whimsical or odd, it’s actually nearly perfect. It’s Haiti in the 1830s on a sugar plantation owned by a British businessman. He also […]
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Everything okay, even the Armadillo: BlackRaven reviews But Not the Armadillo

Oct 10, 2018 09:49 am
I really adore Sandra Boynton’s work. Her whimsical, quirky and bright illustrations and delightfully charming text has many memories of reading to children or just experiencing it with the eyes of a child well into my adulthood. When I saw that she had a new book coming out I was overjoyed! But perhaps I was expecting too much. Perhaps I just had too high hopes for it, but when I read But Not the Armadillo it did not live up to expectations. Sadly, it just fell a bit flat for me. All the usual elements of her work are there: […]
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Satin and lace and brown velvet and the faint odor of violets. That was all which was left to him of his love.: vel veeter reviews They Came Like Swallows; Where the Dead Sit Talking; A Perfect Hoax; A Lucky Man: HP Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural; The Mezzanine

Oct 10, 2018 09:47 am
This post comes to you from the stack of books I decided I would read at school while my students read, and then donate them after.   They Came Like Swallows – 4/5 Stars This short novel from 1937 is about a family in Illinois in 1914-1918 or so amid the First World War, and then the outbreak of the Spanish Flu. This is story is told in a third person narration, but closely aligned to the perspective of first the youngest brother, Bunny, then the older brother, Robert, and finally the father. These tight perspectives help to illustrate the […]
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Episode 1-38: I Punched Satan!: prisco reviews The Fall of the House of Cabal, Post Captain

Oct 09, 2018 08:47 pm
Episode 1-38: I Punched Satan! Wherein I review: 144. The Fall of the House of Cabal (Johannes Cabal #5) by Jonathan L. Howard 145. Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin #2) by Patrick O’Brian I bid adieu (temporarily, dark forces willing) to my favorite necromancer and I continue the swashbuckling seafaring adventures of Captain Jack and his doctor pals.  And I continue to bust through two other wonderful but long books.
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Don’t judge a book by it’s wall: BlackRaven reviews The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Oct 09, 2018 04:59 pm
Everything is minimal in The Wall in the Middle of the Book but that works for the story. Jon Agee’s text is minimal. The illustrations have minimal detail to them. However, the details that are there are quite amusing and especially telling if you just pay attention.   The story is very simple: A knight thinks that his side of the wall that divides this book is the best side ever! There are no dangers there! After all the other side has lions and rhinos and an ogre that would just eat him right up! Yet, as the book goes […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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