Last year was a great year, and I had lots of fun. I marked a person best for books read, and I upped my participation here by starting the database. I don’t know if I’ll read as many books as I did last year, but I plan on continuing being the resident stat guru. And we’ve had an incredibly prolific month! It was hard keeping pace with your reviews. Anyway, on with the stats! February stats: 431 reviews (last Feb. saw 365 reviews, which was a then-record) Average rating: 3.57 stars (Jan: 3.56) Most popular book: Norse Mythology by Neil […]
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 […]
Last year was a great year, and I had lots of fun. I marked a person best for books read, and I upped my participation here by starting the database. I don’t know if I’ll read as many books as I did last year, but I plan on continuing being the resident stat guru. And we’ve had an incredibly prolific month! It was hard keeping pace with your reviews. Anyway, on with the stats! January stats: 502 reviews (a record! The previous record was January 2014, with 458) Average rating: 3.56 stars Most popular book: Kulti (5 reviews, 3.8 average) […]
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 […]
First: December goodies. 368 reviews (+241% from last month) Average rating: 3.72 stars (+2.4%) Most popular book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and Kulti by Mariana Zapata (4 reviews; 4.00 and 5.00 avg, respectively) Most popular author: Madeleine L’Engle and Tana French (5 reviews; 4.20 and 4.60 avg, respectively) Most reviews: NTE (congratulations!; 42 reviews) Fiction: 120 reviews (+253%) Nonfiction: 65 reviews (+51%) Uncategorized: 2 reviews (same as last month) Most popular genre: Fantasy (80 reviews) Male authors: 127 (219%) Female authors: 225 (+346%) Oldest book read this month: Much Ado About Nothing (1598) Books from 2016: 112 (30.4% of […]
Cannonball Read 9 has officially started. Note: there is one new field that you’ll need to fill in when you are writing your post: Book Quantity. Use this field to say how many books are being reviewed in that post. The data in that field will eventually replace the manual update of the leaderboard, but not yet.
Huzzah! We snuck one last donation in under the wire – in the amount of $100 – to the American Cancer Society! Due to the matching grant, our donation counts as $200, bringing our yearly total to $1275! Woohoo!