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October 2017

Q&A with a Cannonballer: up next: Caitlin_D

 

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

This is my fourth round of CBR. I started with CBR6 at my sister, badkittyuno's, suggestion. I didn't take it terribly seriously. I read about the same as I would have every other year only now I would write reviews for what I read. Then last year I made the mistake of requesting the audio version of a book when placing a hold at the library instead of the hard copy. It changed my whole CBR game. I could 'read' in the car. I canceled my Sirius XM subscription a few months later and hit my first double cannonball.

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CBR's upcoming 10-year anniversary


 
Believe it or not, next year will be Cannonball Read 10! Looking back to the year we started, the list of Amazon bestsellers from 2008 includes FIVE Stephenie Meyer titles, The Secret, and Eat, Pray, Love, so 2018 has a pretty low bar to clear, book-wise. Our excellent volunteer team already has some fun ideas lined up, but if you'd like to chime in with some suggestions or become a volunteer, we'd love to hear from you!
 

#CannonBookClub: In Praise of Hatred

 
 


Last month's book club covering Khaled Khalifa’s In Praise of Hatred was a little different: there were not a lot of big fans, with many participants not finishing the book due to the author's mishandling of the main character. As always, the discussion was good and thoughtful, with some cogent points and intelligent analysis. Keep an eye on the newsletter for upcoming information about next year's book clubs, and help keep the discussions going!
 

National Book Month

 

October is National Book Month! (For CBR, it seems like every month is National Book Month, but any excuse for more books!) This time of year always brings up lists of fall books and Halloween books; We Have Always Lived in the Castle usually makes an appearance on the blog. What are you reading to celebrate fall/Halloween/National Book Month? Share on Facebook (page or group), Twitter, or Instagram!
 

CBR Style Tip Reminder Redux: fitting the pictures in among the words

 
With all the social media-ing going on, adding pictures to reviews adds even more to our increasingly-public little website. To decrease the amount of white space and make the reviews more readable, all you have to do is tweak the alignment (like text wrapping in Word, for those of you more familiar with that). 

So, choosing left alignment gives you this:

    vs. this:   

MsWas clarifies, "the style for cannonballread.com posts is that the text is wrapped, mostly with the first image being aligned to the right, So posts that don't follow that style look like they're unfinished." MsWas should know, her daytime alias is that of a university web designer. So align those images! Have any questions - let us know!
 

More free books!

 
 
MsWas has more book offers coming up for some lucky reviewers. Last month the publishing fairies brought us vampires in Amsterdam and Asian short stories; this month we get a freebie from one of our own. Next up is a chance to win one of three (3) copies of Alexis's Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents. Everyone is eligible, though if you already got a free book this year, you'll need to have posted your review already to be in the running for this one. Thirty Cannonballers have thus far gotten free books this year, so Drop MsWas a line if you're interested in being 31st, and watch your e-mailbox for another offer later this month.

Stuff We're Reading

Cracked, plain and simple.: Blingle Bells reviews The De-Textbook

Oct 06, 2017 04:07 am
Have you ever read a Cracked.com article? It’s a website with clickbait-y titles (6 Animals That Are Secret Badasses! 5 Ways College Makes You Dumber!) with pretty substantial content. It’s been around forever. I’ve been reading it for 7 or 8 years and it’s definitely older than that. If you’re familiar with it, do you like it? If so, good news, this is basically 200 or so pages of Cracked articles. Your mileage with that, I guess, depends entirely on whether you enjoy Cracked.com. The De-Textbook covers a lot of ground while keeping pretty decently to a unifying theme of […]
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More AIM conversations than I expected.: Blingle Bells reviews Where Am I Now

Oct 06, 2017 02:08 am
Where Am I Now is Mara Wilson’s memoir – if you don’t remember, she’s the kid from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s not a bad book despite the low rating (I’m torn between a 2 and a 3 but since I read it a few weeks ago and remember it with a feeling of mild annoyance, I guess I’m going to round down), it just has the same problems as every memoir by a young adult that I’ve ever read: a lack of/really odd sense of perspective, Very Important Lessons wrung out of trivial-seeming events, and an ending that doesn’t […]
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In which your hero is disappointed about his experiences with the Novel Book by Boz: vel veeter reviews Oliver Twist

Oct 05, 2017 02:25 pm
This post is mostly punctuated by my disappointment with this novel. I should start by telling you two things about Young Vel Veeter. Oliver! is one of my favorite movies of all time. It was one of those movies that my family loved and we watched when I was young and impressionable. It was a big hit when it was out, but it felt like one of those things that were HUGE when I saw it based on how much I loved it and watching it as a family and how that legitimates a movie. Just watch this! Great Expectations […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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