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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.

See what else yesknopemaybe has to say »


 

#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

“Because all the words I could think of—bullying, teasing, flirting—seemed too simple, too small, to hold all the hurt I was feeling.”: cosbrarian's review of Maybe He Just Likes You

Feb 24, 2020 07:03 pm
Mila used to love wearing her green fuzzy sweater. That is, until a group of boys at school started calling it lucky.  It began at recess one day, when the boys joined into a group hug between her friends uninvited. Since then, they’ve narrowed their focus in on her. One day, a boy brushes her shoulder and she’s pretty sure it was intentional.  Another, someone wants to touch her fuzzy sweater for luck in the basketball game. One day, a boy asks her for a […]
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When You Make a Deal with a Nixie, remember to find out if your wife is pregnant.: BlackRaven's review of The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories

Feb 24, 2020 04:57 pm
Do not judge a book by the cover is probably the first thing I learned about books. However, sometimes you can, sometimes not and sometimes there are books that you do both. The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories is one of those books that you think you know what is going on (there will be a Nixie, which looks like a mermaid/banshee/fairy, that will do something in a mill-pond) but open it up and there is something completely different. On page one we […]
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“You be the captain, I’ll be no one: Bea Pants's review of Song of Achilles

Feb 24, 2020 04:55 pm
  The story and characters contained in Song of Achilles will be familiar to anyone who knows their Greek history.  It is the story of Iliad.  It’s conceit is that it is told from the perspective of Patroclus, the companion of Achilles.  Different treatments of the legend vary on what type of “companion” he was but in Madeline Miller’s, Patroclus and Achilles are unambiguously lovers.  Exiled from his own land as a boy, Patroclus is sent to live in the house of Achilles’ father. Over […]
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Teeth, Claws and Awww: CATS: BlackRaven's review of Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture.

Feb 24, 2020 04:50 pm
I have tried to find a many First Second Graphic novels. While looking for the Science Comics for Dogs, I found Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture. As far as I was concerned cooler than dogs, but a friend had recommended it. What was I to do? Get the Cat book until the dog book was available! (Really, did you have to wonder?) And Andy Hirsch started off this fun and factual graphic novel on the slow side. I was afraid that I was going […]
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When the city’s fate rests in the hands of enemies: Parts 2 & 3: BlackRaven's review of The Nameless City V02 The Stone Heart, The Nameless City V03 The Divided Earth

Feb 24, 2020 03:59 pm
The Nameless City is a trilogy that (if you are like me) should probably be read back-to-back. I was lucky and able to read all three with little break between one and two (and two and three the same day). Yet, a few things I had to backtrack and try to remember, “Okay who are you again?” or “What did you do?” However, the reader aged 10 to 14 should have no difficultly remembering everything. And thankfully, all three are out so regardless they can […]
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Amanda Howard (aka "Bothari43")

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