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
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:
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.