How many times have you participated in CBR? CBR4 was my first year, making this my sixth! Has being a participant changed the way you read? If so, how? Yes — I actually read now. It’s a bit of an exaggeration, but allow me to set the stage for you: I hadn’t properly read for pleasure since before high school, an idyllic time when I threw myself fully into extroversion and a high school boyfriend of questionable compatibility. Suddenly, upon breaking with that guy almost a decade later, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and […]
Our own Sultan of Stats, ingres77, takes a turn. How many times have you participated in CBR? This will be my third year. I was a long time lurker on Pajiba, and remembered the original Cannonball with Alabama Pink. But the amount of reading I did had nose-dived after college, so I never signed up. I took a job in 2014 that allows me to listen to audiobooks, so I signed up the next year – and here we are. I’m back to physically reading books, too, by the way. As a reader, writer, and all-around word person, I am […]
Cannonballer yesknopemaybe took some time out of running the Cannonball Read Tumblr page to answer a few questions for us. 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. […]
We all need some good news these days, so I am pleased to announce that we’ve made our first donation to The American Cancer Society for Cannonball Read 9, in the amount of $150! Find out what else you can do to help our mission to fight cancer.
How many books have you hung on to since childhood? As the daughter of a librarian, my answer is, “not many.” I did hang on to my Scholastic Book Club copy of Marden Dahlstedt’s The Stopping Place, from fifth grade though. I recently came across my slim paperback story of a girl from Brooklyn forced to move to New Jersey’s Pine Barrens when her hippie family relocates. (The horror!) I saved a few books from my childhood, but most of my favorites came from the library. I still remember the thrill when my mother showed me the rest of the Oz series under […]
How many times have you participated in CBR? I started with CBR4! So this is my 6th year, which is hard to believe. Time flies when you’re reading. I used to see Pajiba posts in my FB feed and especially enjoyed the book reviews. I thought it would be good for me to write about the books I read because I’d seen an article about warding off dementia by keeping your brain active with reading and writing. So far so good! Has being a participant changed the way you read? If so, how? I think so. I’ve branched out more […]
How many times have you participated in CBR? I have participated in CBR since CBR 6. Has being a participant changed the way you read? If so, how? In CBR 6, I had to build up my reading stamina after many years of not keeping up with it. After that I started being more selective about what I read because of the time frame. I learned to be more critical and not waste my time with a book that I’m not interested in. Keeping up with certain literary awards like the National Book Award or the Printz Award helps me keep on […]
To kick off Cannonball Read 9, our newsletter maven, Bothari43, interviewed me as the first Q&A of the year. How did you become Coordinator of Cannonball Read? Did you start out as a participant? Cannonball Read 2 was my first time as a participant – here’s my first review! At the end of CBR3, Tamatha asked me to take over running CBR4. That Read and CBR5 were standalone blogs over at wordpress.com, and our reviews would go up daily over at Pajiba. For CBR6 though, Pajiba just couldn’t devote columns to us any longer, so they offered us the daily […]