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September 2018

Q&A with a Cannonballer: TheShitWizard

 

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

I started CBR6 but only got a handful of books in before I fell by the wayside. I guess I’d almost consider this my first real CBR. I feel that I remember more of what I read now because I’m focused on the review, but I also extra hate bad books because it lingers with me until I get the review out. I’ve been a voracious reader my whole life, I’m grateful that CBR has me more carefully considering what I feed my brain.

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Book Bingo!

 

 
Congrats to LanierHgts, the first Cannonballer to complete a bingo! Melanir, Jake, lowercasesee, BlackRaven and vel veeter have also bingoed, and others are close behind. We have 35 participants and more than 250 bingo reviews posted; and we've got all the way to November 30 to compete for fun CBR10 prizes, including multiple signed books like One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus. Find out more in the latest check-in post, and get your game card on the official rules post. And make sure to tag your bingo posts with cbr10bingo for your bingo to count, and your chance in the drawings.

If you're keeping track of your reading on a physical bingo card, feel free to share it on social media and tag us to show off to your fellow players. You can also upload it to the regular CBR media gallery, or email rochelle@cannonballread.com, and we'll do a roundup for a future newsletter.

 


 

#CannonBookClub

 

Next up, we’ll be discussing Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson, which was reviewed once upon a time by AlabamaPink. The book club will be Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. As always, you can participate on the main site, the Facebook Book Chat Group, or the social media platform of your choice. 
 

 

Belated Back-to-School, pre-holiday, or any kind of shopping

 
If you're doing any end-of-summer-sale shopping on Amazon, don't forget to click on our affiliate link first: tinyurl.com/CBRbuyhole. This link takes you to a book written by one of the founders of CBR: Brian Prisco, but after getting to Amazon, a percentage of everything you buy helps support our mission to fundraise for the American Cancer Society at no extra cost to you.

You can also support CBR by making a donation, or purchasing some CBR10 merchandise featuring our Anniversary Design via RedBubble, or the new non-anniversary gear. T-shirts, hoodies, scarves, notebooks, stickers and more – a portion of every sale helps our mission! 
 
 
 

 

New merch! 


 
We merched some more merch! The CBR10 anniversary gear was such a hit, we decided to expand to some non-anniversary stuff, if you'd like Cannonball Read phone cases or greeting cards or tote bags. As always, sales of any of these products go support our mission. Happy shopping!
 

Author interactions 

 

It's always cool when an author notices and responds to a review or a social media post, but it's even cooler when they read a little deeper and approve of the whole existence and purpose of Cannonball Read and our mission. If you're brave, tag authors in your posts, and keep track of responses on our Fan Mail page!

 
 

Quality control

 

 
Every once in a while, it's a good idea to double-check the Leaderboard against what it says in the footer of your reviews. Sometimes there are gremlins in the system, and we wouldn't want you to not get credit for any of your hard work! See the example up there, where it says CBR10 Review No. 21? If you ever post a review that does not have your name and review number at the bottom or has the wrong number, let MsWas know
 

Stuff We're Reading

Show Me the Essence of Being Lonely: Petre18 reviews Men Without Women

Sep 10, 2018 12:58 am
Haruki Murakami’s Men without Women is a series of seven short stories, each written in rather different ways, but all focused on similar stories. All talk about men and their relationship with women. The title is a bit of a misnomer in that way in that there is a female character that is featured in each of the stories. But each male character, in some way or another, is or has been without some ‘woman’ in his life. One thing that stood out to me in these short stories is the realism of the characters. Even though the characters are not […]
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My Wife and I Could’ve Read Something More Interesting: Jake reviews Prime Suspect

Sep 09, 2018 08:28 pm
Read this as part of CBR10Bingo: Two heads are better than one. Reviewing this one with my wife. I didn’t know until after I finished this that the book itself was a re-written teleplay from the show. Had I known that, I probably would have held off on reading it for awhile because you can see the proverbial glue and scotch tape that held this together and it’s not pretty. I appreciated the female detective navigating layers of patriarchy to try and solve the case. I thought that was done well (and I look forward to seeing it done well […]
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CBR Bingo- Delicious: Caitlin_D reviews Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Sep 09, 2018 05:18 pm
I knew as soon as I saw this category that I wanted to read internet icon Chrissy Teigan’s cookbook Cravings for this particular square but I struggled with this review for weeks… How does one properly review a cookbook? She cooks! My initial plan was to drag my parents over for a hearty meal of John’s fried chicken, garlic smashed potatoes and roasted carrots but those plans turned into my mother coming over for brunch this weekend and my tackling of Chrissy’s dutch baby pancake and cheesy cheeseless scrambled eggs (I didn’t make the cherry tomatoes).   Dutch Baby Pancake: I make a […]
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CBR Bingo- BINGO! Throwback Thursday: Caitlin_D reviews Running with Scissors

Sep 09, 2018 05:13 pm
So I have been playing Bingo all wrong. I’ve been aiming, and have a plan for, a blackout but I haven’t been paying attention to actually achieving 5 in a row traditional Bingos until now! I haven’t read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs since before I joined Cannonball Read but I read it a few times in high school and college so it seemed like a good choice for Throwback Thursday. Since I’ve read Burroughs’s memoir numerous times I opted for the audiobook version for my reread but I don’t think the author’s narration adds or detracts from the bizarre, […]
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CBR Bingo: Home, Something, Home: Caitlin_D reviews Why Girls are Weird

Sep 09, 2018 05:10 pm
The stars at night – are big and bright Deep in the heart of Texas. The prairie sky – is wide and high Deep in the heart of Texas. I have lived in North Texas my whole life, excluding my Freshman year of college where I went all the way to Oklahoma, but I traveled a little farther south to Austin with Pamela Ribbon’s Why Girls are Weird because I’ve already read all the books about JFK’s assassination and was at a loss for what to read for this category (plus the rules say State or Country, not city). I have read Why Girls are […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

The Cannonball Read Newsletter Editor
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