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 […]
I’ve tallied the yearly totals for most users going back to CBR3, and (assuming their review counts are accurate), there are more than 20,134 reviews since 2011. The database currently has over 14,000 reviews, so I’m about 73% of the way complete. That makes me feel better. On with the stats! May stats: 280 reviews (May 2016 saw 275 reviews) Average rating: 3.64 stars (May: 3.69) Most popular book: Life Moves Pretty Fast (Hadley Freeman) and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (4 reviews, 2.75 and 3.25 average, respectfully) Most popular author: CS Harris (6 reviews, 4.00 average) Most reviews: vel […]
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 […]
All the way back in 2009-10, CBR2 saw 103 come together to review 1,381 books. Through the end of April, 2017, we’ve reviewed 1,7771 books. For CBR6, we didn’t reach 1,700 reviews until July. In both CBR7 and 8 we reached it in June. We are having a banner year. On with the stats! April stats: 392 reviews (April 2016 saw 278 reviews) Average rating: 3.69 stars (Feb: 3.61) Most popular book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (4 reviews, 4.50 average) Most popular author: Lemony Snicket (11 reviews, 4.00 average) Most reviews: vel veeter (congratulations on 57 reviews! That makes […]
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.
We are on fire this year. Each of the last three months has surpassed the corresponding totals from the previous three years. And vel veeter is reading and reviewing at a record pace (the previous record for fastest to reach 128 reviews was janniethestrange, achieved on July 6, 2015. janniethestrange would go on to review 230 books that year.) On with the stats! March stats: 446 reviews (last Mar. saw 312 reviews; this is the third highest month of all time, behind Jan. 2017 and Jan 2014) Average rating: 3.61 stars (Feb: 3.57) Most popular book: The Devourers by Indra […]
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 […]