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Q&A with a Cannonballer: yesknopemaybe takes a break from running the CBR Tumblr page to answer some questions

 

How many times have you participated in CBR?

I did one review for CBR5 and then stopped because I was paralyzed by writing anxiety. Finally for CBR7, I said fuck it and signed up again, willing myself to not care so much and just write.

Has being a participant changed the way you read? If so, how?

It’s definitely influenced my reading list. I finally have all the bookish friends I could ask for with THE best taste in books. Some of my favorite reads of the last few years were only on my radar because Cannonballers recommended them.

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#CannonBookClub: Vote by April 19


It’s time to vote for the June selection in Cannonball Read’s #CannonBookClub! Up next: Non-Fiction, Hollywood style. Choose between Hadley Freeman’s book about how 80s movies changed movie-making forever, Peter Biskind’s Rise of Independent Film about Miramax and Sundance, William J. Mann’s book on 1920s Hollywood scandals, and a book about Breakfast at Tiffany’s and its influence on American culture. Choose one by April 19 for the June discussion. Then read up, and get ready to join in on June 14. Remember, only votes on the poll count - we can't count the ones in the comment section.


 

Cannonball update

 



As the inexhaustible ingres77 said, "we are on fire this year." Check out the stats post for a look at what Cannonballers are reading at an impressive pace.

Also, we've made the year's first donation to the American Cancer Society: $150 for the first quarter. Excellent work, team! Keep reading and posting and clicking!
 


Hallelujah for new tags

 



MsWas has seen fit to bestow upon us a new category, in the form of #Religion. While you're clicking the little genre box and tagging your posts, you can now choose Religion as a category, which also makes it searchable. (You are tagging your posts, right? Just add the author's name and your name, and whatever else you feel is a good identifier.) 

 



Mark your calendar




Saturday, April 29 is Independent Bookstore Day! Plot out your routes now, and see how many you can hit in a day. Much as we love our Amazon Buy Hole, there's still something special about a brick and mortar bookstore. 

April is a good month for books, as last week was National Library Week. In honor of libraries, MsWas posted one of her rare book reviews. Did you catch this lovely story of tracking down an author who was also a librarian?

 
 

CBR Style Tips: Un-underline those titles

 




When talking titles of books, TV shows, and movies, stick with italics. When expressing intensity, go bold. Underlining text makes it look like a link, and when every click counts to raise money for the American Cancer Society, we need to make sure the links stand out. For example, yesknopemaybe might say, "You guys should all read Station Eleven, it is so good!"
 


 

Your TBR list could handle a few more titles, right?



Attention science fiction fans! The Hugo Awards have released their list of finalists, which leave me feeling smug about loving the ones I've already read, and frantically searching the library catalog for the rest. It's not strictly books and sci-fi, though: they also cover art, TV, fanzines, and more (CBR favorite Chuck Tingle even makes an appearance!), if you need recommendations for new favorites. 

(Shoutout to my girl Lois McMaster Bujold and the Vorkosigan Saga making it in for Best Series. If you have not read these, consider yourself peer pressured.)

 



Stuff We're Reading

When Nothing Else Matters: Jake's review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Mar 05, 2021 06:30 pm
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is fairly easy to describe: an alternate history mystery tale set in a Jewish colony in Alaska that’s about to be handed over to the United States. But it’s so much more. This book pays homage to the great hardboiled traditions of the past but has a big beating heart in the middle. And it also functions as a hilarious and sad commentary on Jewish life post-World War II. I’m aware of how acclaimed Michael Chabon is but I’ve not had much […]
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A romance trope hidden in a fantasy novel: Bothari43's review of Troubled Waters

Mar 05, 2021 03:47 pm
Sharon Shinn is always dependable. I know that doesn’t sound like high praise, but sometimes you just need something solid that you know you’ll enjoy, and this fit the bill. She’s got good characters, interesting (if sometimes a little unoriginal) plots, and happy endings (and terrible covers, good god!). Zoe lives with her father in a tiny town far from the capital city. Her father used to be advisor to the king, but after a disagreement and falling out, he was exiled and ran away […]
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Sheep trying to take control of things, tricksters, talking dogs and a few other things: BlackRaven's review of Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic

Mar 05, 2021 03:23 pm
Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic is a cute and fun graphic novel. However, it is definitely the sequel to Aster and the Accidental Magic. To help you understanding the pieces of this puzzle, you really should read the first book to understand the twists and turns of this section one. Thom Pico is continuing the misadventures of one gal named Aster. Forced to move to the middle of nowhere for her mother’s work, Aster learns that there is magic in dem darn hills…and dogs and […]
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Dresden’s very long list of things to do and the best quote, “Home is where you embrace the present and plan the future.  It’s where the books are.”: Dome'Loki's review of Peace Talks

Mar 05, 2021 12:04 pm
For the first time I’m going to attempt to work on my review while still reading the book.  Let’s see what happens! 2/23 : I haven’t touched a Dresden novel since the release of the previous volume in 2014, so before cracking open Peace Talks had to look up recaps for Skin Game and Cold Days to refresh my memory.  As it’s been several years, I had forgotten how quickly the stakes are introduced and Harry is thrown into the fire but this book seems to have […]
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“The craft of writing as the art of thinking”: dsbs42's review of Between the World and Me

Mar 05, 2021 11:30 am
I did not want to finish this book, because I knew I’d then have to write a review, and I don’t know if I can do Between the World and Me justice. This short National Book Award winner from 2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a three-part letter to the author’s (then) 15-year-old son, Samori Coates. It was written shortly after the killer of Michael Brown was acquitted, inspired by his son’s reaction to the injustice, and is a Coates’s paean and lament about the truths […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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