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Thank you @cannonballread for this review on our upcoming release "Hide and Shh!" by Christina Dendy!
You can check it out on the link below⬇️https://t.co/6N3dVzsijs
— Cardinal Rule Press (@CardinalRulePrs) January 20, 2023
- Publishers don’t often weigh in, but it’s fun when they do! Cardinal Rule Press hopped on Twitter and Instagram to highlight BlackRaven’s review of Hide and Shh! by Christina Dendy.
- BlackRaven gets the first author comment of 2023, with Jessica Whipple commenting on her Enough Is… review.
- Emmalita’s review of author ‘Nathan Burgoine‘s Felix Navidad “made his whole damn week” on Twitter.
- Books, cats, and author Fan Mail: these are a few of our favorite things! BlackRaven’s review of Carole Gerber‘s P is for Purr got a sweet comment from the author.
- Author Alastair Heim called BlackRaven’s review of Hello, Tree “absolutely lovely, flattering, and fun” on Twitter. Awwww!
- Classic’s review of the short story collection Other Terrors got comments from the editor, Vince A. Liaguno, and one of the authors: a Fan Mail double whammy!
- Author Maud Newton gave a Twitter thanks to Booktrovert for her five-star review of Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and A Reconciliation.
- BlackRaven felt all the feels while reading How to Send a Hug by Hayley Rocco, and got comments from Hayley herself as well as illustrator John Rocco, both appreciating this very first review of their book!
- Author Shelly Sanders thinks we’re inspiring! She commented on Twitter about ElCicco’s review of Daughters of the Occupation: A Novel of WWII, saying “I’m thrilled that #daughtersoftheoccupation is reviewed here, as my mother has survived thyroid, breast and skin cancer.”
- In what may be a Fan Mail first, faintingviolet got a comment from a fanfic author on her review of the Questionable Communication Skills series by Abhorsenbranwen, who said the review “made me smile.”
- Emmalita strikes again, with author Aliette de Bodard commenting on Twitter that she loves Emmalita’s description of a character (“secretly soft and stab happy”) in a review of the Dragons and Blades series.
- Author Mia Hopkins was so taken with Emmalita’s review of Tanked, she made a graphic for her Instagram!
- With the excellent Instagram handle of “fizzziatrist,” author Freida McFadden thanked esmemoria for her review of The Locked Door.
- Author S.A. Barnes (Stacey Kade) sent Twitter hearts and thanks for katie71483’s five-star review of Dead Silence.
- NTE’s review of Baby Squeaks got an enthusiastic thank-you from author Anne Hunter in the comments.
- Emmalita tweeted her review of Tanked, by Mia Hopkins, and got the author’s attention on Twitter.
- Author Katrina Jackson hearted LB’s featured review of The Don from the @cannonballread Twitter account.
- In a Fan Mail first, the translator of three stories by Marie Redonnet, Jordan Stump, thanks andtheIToldYouSos’s for her perceptive remarks on her review.
- BlackRaven is on a roll, with author Catherine Macorol saying “I am really glad I stumbled upon your blog post,” on BlackRaven’s review of A is for Axolotl: An Unusual Animal ABC.
- BlackRaven gets another shoutout, this time on Instagram, from author John Parra about the review of his Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son.
- Author Jackie Lau tweeted her thanks for faintingviolet’s review of two of Lau’s Cider Bar Sisters series.
- BlackRaven got a comment from author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater about her “cute and fun” poems by animals, If This Bird Had Pockets.
- Guy Gavriel Kay responded to Aquillia’s review of the Sarantine Mosaic, noting his “great pleasure when historians respond to [his] novels.”
- The publisher of Katya Kazbek‘s Little Foxes Took Up Matches not only tweeted their thanks regarding andtheIToldYouSos’s review, but they made a graphic with a quote from the review and posted it on instagram!
- New Cannonballer MG Dietzel got a Twitter thank-you from author Leslie Kirk Campbell after their review of Campbell’s short story collection said that each character “is anointed with the poetry of her writing.”
- Pooja’s VERY FIRST Cannonball Read review – five stars for Kamila Knows Best – got a thank-you comment from author Farah Heron on Twitter.
- Author Susan Middleton Elya not only commented on BlackRaven’s review of La Princesa and the Pea, she pointed out where to find the handy glossary!
When a reader "gets" what you were trying to convey and beautifully shares it in a review. Feeling grateful.😊 Thank you @cannonballread #howtowearasari @jlewvriethoff @versifybooks https://t.co/X2VzJgUPlt
— 📚🧁🍫Darshana Khiani🥻🇺🇸⚽️ (@darshanakhiani) November 23, 2021
- We love to highlight the happy books and cheery comments, but even the powerful, heavy books can get good feedback. esmemoria’s review of Dave Cullen‘s Columbine got a nice comment from the author: “Thanks for that thoughtful review. I appreciate it. I know it’s a tough read.”
- NTE is on a roll! Her review of How to Wear A Sari by Darshana Khiani got a lovely Twitter comment from the author: “When a reader “gets” what you were trying to convey and beautifully shares it in a review. Feeling grateful. Thank you
@cannonballread,” plus a follow-up comment on our reply from the @cannonballread Twitter account: “Your review made my week or month or something even more.”
- NTE’s review of Hair Story got a Twitter response from author NoNieqa Ramos AND their editor!
- KD Casey, author of Unwritten Rules, sought emmalita’s permission to retweet her review – as if you even need to ask, KD!
- Nannerbears’ review of Period Power got a grateful response on Twitter from author Nadya Okamoto.
- Author Phil Bildner was enthusiastic via emoji on Instagram, regarding cosbrarian’s review of A High Five for Glenn Burke.
- MsWas called in to the Banana Phone on the Bananas podcast, and the hosts read out a description and plug for CBR and the website (:32 mark on the August 3 episode).
- Emmalita also got a Twitter comment from author May Peterson, who said, “What a terrific review of The Calyx Charm!” Emmalita also provided an explanation for her tendency to show up on this Fan Mail page a lot: “I tend to get more mentions because I mostly read advance reader copies, so authors are keeping an eye out for their name.”
- Emmalita’s review of the essay collection Never Say You Can’t Survive got a supportive tweet from author Charlie Jane Anders, who says the book being useful “makes me happier than I could possibly say.”
- Aquillia’s “thoughtful review” and “noble reworking” of The Councillor‘s synopsis got noticed by author E.J. Beaton on Twitter.
- Author Rachel Hartman has a soft spot for Ellesfena’s review of Tess of the Road.
- Author Heather Corinna responded to Emmalita’s review of their book What Fresh Hell is This on Twitter, saying, “This is the [reading] experience I want people to have.“
- Siskel101’s review of The Secrets We Kept got a thank you from author Lara Prescott on Instagram!
- thegirlwhogotoverit’s review of Trent Dalton’s All Our Shimmering Skies got spotted on Instagram by the author, who calls us “dear @cannonballread!”
- BlackRaven’s review of Steve the Dung Beetle by Susan R. Stoltz got a comment from the author, noting that “Steve was an adventure to write.”
- ElCicco’s review of Fence: Striking Distance got some love on Twitter from author Sarah Rees Brennan, who has now not only been introduced to Cannonball Read but the Book Exchange as well!
- Ursula Majorette not only got a comment from author David Menconi on her review of his book about the North Carolina music scene, she got a recommended Spotify playlist!
- andtheIToldYouSos got a comment on her review post of Justine from author Forsyth Harmon, who says “Thank you so much for this beautiful review!”
- katie71483 also got three whole hearts from author Olivia Dade on Twitter after she posted her review of Spoiler Alert
- Jill Watts thanked teresaelectro on Twitter after she posted her review of The Black Cabinet: The Untold Story of African Americans and Politics During the Age of Roosevelt
- katie71483’s review of Whiteout got a shoutout on Twitter from author Adriana Anders
- Eli Wray was “really moved” by Emmalita’s review of the A Very Enby Christmas holiday series and posted a response on Instagram
- Author Bridgett M. Davis left a thank-you on Jake’s review of her book, The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers
- Emmalita got a comment and thanks on her review of Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
- Matt Hongoltz-Hetling tweeted andtheIToldYouSos’ review of his book A Libertarian Walks into a Bear
- Author Phyllis Fagell left a comment on LanierHgts’ review of Middle School Matters
- LittlePlat’s review of Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night made Ms. Anders’ day “and then some!”
- Emmalita’s review of A Touch of Stone and Snow by Milla Vane got the author excited about Cannonball Read
- Megan Morrison‘s heart melted at the review of her book Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by the co-reviewing team of LanierHgts and 11-year-old Lala
- Author Vivien Chien replied with thanks on the Instagram post of pixiestyx’s Noodle Shop Mysteries review
- Cambridge University Press tweeted out Emmalita’s review of their upcoming title Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato by Rebecca Earle
- Emmalita’s review of 40-Love made author Olivia Dade cry all over her chicken.
- Shelli R. Johannes tweeted thanks to BlackRaven for her review of Libby Loves Science.
- Emmalita loved Strange Love, and author Ann Aguirre loved her tweet.
- Have you seen that Gail Carriger played along in our #CBRbookgram challenge on Instagram?
- Charish Reid effusively thanked faintingviolet for her review of Hearts on Hold
- A lovely thank you was tweeted to us by Wendell Minor for BlackRaven’s review of Tiny Bird
- We got a great tweet from Jessica E. Young thanking BlackRaven for her review of Fairylight Friends V01 A Magic Spark: An Acorn Book
- Lucy Parker thanked faintingviolet for her review of Headliners; Parker also thanked us for our congratulations on being awarded one of the 2019 Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction
- The Folio Society thanked kittenkong42 for her mentioning the Folio Society’s new edition of Howl’s Moving Castle
- Jeffe Kennedy commented on nart’s review of her book Prisoner of the Crown, and then raved about it on her podcast and on her social media
- Therese Beharrie thanked Emmalita for her review of her book, One Last Chance.
- Suleikha Snyder called Emmalita’s reviews of In Her Service and She’s So Lovely, “lovely.”
- Amanda Bouchet thanked teresalectro for reading in reply to a tweet about her review of Bouchet’s book, Nightchaser.
- Ctkat1 got a thank you from author Rachel Reid for her review of Reid’s gay hockey romance Heated Rivalry
- Emmalita got emojid by Rebekah Witherspoon for her review of Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience
- Melissa Caruso posted on Twitter that KatSings’ review title was the “best post title about my books ever” referring to her review of The Swords and Fire Series.
- Brad Ricca sent CBR some love on Twitter in response to ardaigle’s review of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes
- Audiobook narrator Colman Domingo found and tweeted ClaireBadger’s 5-star review of Someone who will love you in all your damaged glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
- Angelina M. Lopez thanked emmalita and gave us a BIG shout-out in a tweet about emmalita’s review of Lush Money.
- Alexis Hall was “thrilled” by Leedock’s review of her book The Affair of the Mysterious Letter
- “Best possible outcome! Thank You!” from Meg Elison after reading that alisonata donated to Planned Parenthood after reading her book, Book of the Unnamed Midwife
- J got thanks from Phyllis Fagell for her review of Middle School Matters
- Sherry Thomas thanked ElCicco for her review of A Study in Scarlet Women.
- Dr. Jen Gunter tweeted out emmalita’s review of her book The Vagina Bible.
- Mrs. Julien got thanks from Aviva Blakeman for her review of the debut novels Stacked and Say My Name from the Devil’s Bastards MC series.
- LanierHgts got a nice thank you from Andrew Donkin on Instagram for her review of Donkin and Eoin Colfer’s book Illegal.
- Therese Beharrie thanked emmalita for her review of One Day to Fall – the first review Beharrie had seen of her novel.
- MikkiBlu got an awesome tweet from Caleb Roehring for her review of his book White Rabbit
- Elana K. Arnold tweeted thanks to Amanda for her review of Damsel.
- Tracy (Teresa) Grant thanked Lumenatrix for her CBR9 review of her book Vienna Waltz, right on the review!
- Sara Ackerman tweeted thanks to NewlyWest for the review of her book The Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, and then gave us the awesom shout out!
- Wendelin Van Draanen commented right on badkittyuno’s review, “Delighted to stumble upon this. Thank you for taking time to read and review…and for understanding Wren. Love your site. <3”
- Jenny S got a nice author thank you and it’s from an author she has met, Nick Petrie.
- We got some smiley faces from Karen M. McManus on scootsa1000’s tweet about her new book, Two Can Keep a Secret.
- M. T. Anderson called ElCicco’s review of his book The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge “kind and thoughtful.”
- “Awesome review. Thank you!” tweet from Jared Shurin about ElCicco’s review of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, a short story collection he edited along with Mahvesh Murad.
- Author Melissa Albert thanked crystalclear for her review of Albert’s book The Hazel Wood.
- Suleikha Snyder thanked emmalita for her review of Tikka Chance on Me.
- It’s a banner year already. Our first mention of the year is Rainbow Rowell thanking faintingviolet, narfna, malin and all of us for our love of her books.
— Intisar Khanani (@BooksByIntisar) September 7, 2018
- Heather L. Montgomery commented right on BlackRaven’s review of her book Roadkill
- Triple thanks to kfishgirl from Hannah Howard for her review of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen
- Lollygagger had thanks tweeted to her by Courtney Summers for her CBR10 Book Bingo review of Sadie
- David Nickle tweeted thanks to Mrs Smith for her review of his book Eutopia, and encouraged his readers to purchase copies through our affiliate link!
- One of our wonderful donors to CBR Book Bingo, Intisar Khanani, is spreading the word about CBR on Twitter
- Emmalita got thanked by Richard Kadrey for her review of Hollywood Dead, the tenth book in the Sandman Slim series.
- Nick Petrie commented to Jenny S on Twitter about her review of his book Burning Bright
- Meagan Brothers thanked BlingleBells and noted CBR’s mission on Twitter
- Mark Lawrence tracked LittlePlat down with thanks for the review of his book Red Sister
- Thanks were tweeted to emmalita from author Patrick Weekes for her review of his book The Palace Job.
- Author Lisa Ann Verge shared on Facebook Mrs. Julien’s review of her book Heaven in His Arms
- Catherynne Valente replied to emmalita’s tweet about Refrigerator Monologues
- Devoney Looser thanked us for our tweet and bonnie’s review of The Making of Jane Austen
- Robin Talley thanked polyesque for their review of What We Left Behind
- Thanks and a correction (we’re happy to make them!) from JY Yang to ElCicco via Twitter
- Sarah Kuhn thanked teresaelectro for her review of Heroine Complex
- Emil Ferris tweeted a lovely comment to MrsLangdonAlger about her review of My Favorite Thing is Monsters
- CatonMyHead was thanked by Sandi Ward for her review of The Astonishing Thing
- faintingviolet got her own review of the memoir of Doaa Al Zamel, quoted back to her on Twitter by the author, Melissa Fleming.
- Cecilia Grant tweeted a fun trivia fact with us and narfna about the model on the cover of A Woman Entangled
- Mira T. Lee thanked soapyme for her review of Everything is Beautiful
— Rachel Kadish (@RachelSKadish) July 6, 2017
- Ellen K. Pao thanked Lollygagger for her review of Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
- Sami Shah tweeted thanks to ElCicco for her review of his Djinn-son Duology
- Intisar Khanani commented right on emmalita’s review of her book Thorn.
- Rainbow Rowell tweeted thanks to faintingviolet for her review of Attachments!
- Both Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris tweeted about cats to us, after we tagged them in a tweet about WistfulCynic’s review of their book How it Works: The Cat
- Owl Hollow Press, publisher of the anthology Pick Your Poison called sabian30’s review “the best”!
- EIGHTH time’s the charm for ElCicco with another comment from an author. Julie Mayhew tweeted thanks and a book offer after reading the review of her YA novel, Red Ink.
- Neil A. Hogan commented right on Sabian30’s review of Alien Dimensions #9 to thank him and offer another book for review!
- Alexis Hall thanked Lane for her review of Pansies on Twitter
- Thanks again to ElCicco, this time tweeted from author Victor LaValle for her review of his book Black Tom
- Peter David commented right on this very blog to thank janetfaust for her review of his book Darkness of the Light, AND make a book suggestion
- “Thank you this is freaking beautiful!!!” and more from Emil Ferris to ElCicco about her review of My Favorite Thing is Monsters
- Sophie Hughes, the translator of Laia Jufresa’s novel, Umami called ElCicco’s review “a really lovely review!”
- Yangsze Choo thanked ElCicco for her review of The Ghost Bride.
- Rachel Kadish thanked ElCicco for her “lovely and thoughtful review” of her book The Weight of Ink, and was delighted to learn of our mission, to boot!
- Kadish’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, then thanked ElCicco for the review and complimented us for our support of the American Cancer Society. SWOON!!
- Dave Cullen complimented Ealbrecht on review of Cullen’s book, Columbine, right on the blog post!
- Fyrehaar made the erotic author, Charlotte Stein, blush! See Stein’s tweet commenting on Fyrehaar saying she was “the only author worth mentioning” in her big review.
- Pamela Jeffs thanked CBR (and melanir) for the review of her short story “Cards and Steel Hearts” featured in the Lawless Lands anthology
- Isabel Greenberg tweeted thanks to ElCicco for her review of The One Hundred Nights of Hero
- James Hamblin told Lollygagger that her review of his book, If Our bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body, “made his day.”
- A. M. Justice commented on sabian30’s review of a SciFi Magazine anthology in which an excerpt of her novel, A Wizard’s Forge, was featured.
- Anita Diamant tweeted thanks to Jenny S for her review of The Boston Girl, and complimented Jenny on the photo of her lovely grandmother
- Intisar Khanani commented on J’s review of her book Memories of Ash.
- Brandon Sanderson replied on our instagram post advising MsWas where to start reading his works
- Leigh Statham thanked sabian30 for his review of an anthology in which one of her stories appeared: Dark Magic: Witches, Hackers, & Robots
- Hadley Freeman had a nice little conversation about TheShitWizard’s review of her book Life Moves Pretty Fast
extra love for the Cannonball Run inspired name. I owe so much to those movies.
— Therese Oneill (@ThereseNOneill) December 28, 2016
- Therese Oneill thanked Caitlin and mentioned Cannonball Run re: our name
- Nicola Yoon thanked us twice for Jenny S’s review of her book The Sun is also a Star
- David D. Levine tweeted about Dome’Loki’s review of his book Arabella of Mars
- Charles Soule thanked Halbs and CBR for his review of Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin
- Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, weighed in on how many swears equal censorship in faintingviolet’s review.
- Halbs’ review of For the Title was a big hit with @ChampionWish and Lance Schibi.
- Caroline Paul thanked Caitlin_D for the revifew of her book Gutsy Girls.
- Elizabeth Greenwood tweeted thanks for the review of her book Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
- Jenny Nordberg thanked faintingviolet for the review of her book The Underground Girls of Kabul
- V. E. Schwab laughed an evil laugh while she was tweeting baxlala that the next book in her series is written and comes out 2/21/17.
- Carmen Oliver and Susie Jaramillo both tweeted thanks to NeverThatEasy for the review of their books.
- Gail Carriger tweeted thanks to Emmalita for her review of her book Soulless.
- Julia Franks commented right on ElCicco’s review of Over the Plain Houses and thanked ElCicco for the review and mention of the book’s publisher, Hub City Press.
- Meagan Brothers thanked Cannonball Read and narfna for giving her book Weird Girl and What’s His Name a shout out during #IReadYA week.
- Lyndsay Faye thanked ElCicco (with a hug and a kiss, no less) for her review of Jane Steele.
- Lucy Parker tweeted thanks to everyone in Cannonball Read for all of the reviews of Act Like It.
- Simone St. James tweeted thank you to sarah_jwh for her treview of The Other Side of Midnight.
- Kelly Bowen thanked Mikki Blu for her review of Duke of My Heart.
- Lucy Parker tweeted thanks to faintingviolet for her review of Act Like It.
- Fiona Barton thanked ElCicco for her review of The Widow.
- Damon Suede tweeted compliments to reviewing duo Pattykates for their review of Pent Up.
- Jim C. Hines quoted narfna’s review on his release day post for his latest novel, Revisionary.
- KC Dyer thanked the reviewing duo PattyKates for their review of Finding Fraser.
@RochelleJennin7 Thanks for the nice write-up.
— Richard Kadrey (@Richard_Kadrey) February 3, 2015
- Judy Blume replied to Katie, Patty and Jr. Cannonballer, “Girl” on their tweet about their review of Blubber.
- (First author comment on Instagram): Andi Teran thanked yesknopemaybe.
- Glenda Carroll commented on Jenny S’s CBR6 review of Dead in the Water.
- Sarina Bowen tweeted thanks to faintingviolet.
- John Simenon, son of author Georges Simenon, commented on Janniethestrange’s review of his father’s book The Mahe Circle.
- Andie M. Long commented on Mrs. Julien’s one-star review of her book The Alphabet Game.
- Donna Foley Mabry commented on ModernLove’s review of her book Maude.
- Jim C. Hines thanked Kinoumenthe for her review of his Goblin series.
- Pamela Ribon tweeted an answer to Caitlin_D about a sequel to her book Why Girls Are Weird: “Thank you! [Whatever sequel you wrote in your head is better than the one I would’ve made.]”
- Lorraine Heath also thanked Malin for her review of The Duke and the Lady.
- Fadia Faquir thanked bonnie for her review of Pillars of Salt.
- Ellie Marney thanked Malin for her review of Every Breath.
- Piu Eatwell herself tweeted about yesknopemaybe’s review of her book The Dead Duke.
- Caroline Linden thanked HillaryM (@NerdlingAlong) for her review of Love in the Time of Scandal.
- Anne Sebba thanked Caitlin_D – and US – for reviewing her biography of Wallis Simpson and our efforts
- Stacey Kade thanked katie71483 for her review of Bitter Pill.
- John Jackson Miller thanked Captain Tuttle for her review of his book in the Star Wars universe.
- Kimberly P Chase thanked Hillary M for her review of The Apollo Academy.
- Liz Climo thanked The Chancellor for his review of The Little World of Liz Climo.
- Erin Claiborne mentioned Savage Cats’ review of A Hero at the End of the World.
- Katherine Roy commented on bonnie’s review of Neighborhood Sharks.
- And so did Claire Fuller on janniethestrange’s review.
- Rhys Ford thanked Katie and Patty for their hysterical review.
- Nia Vardalos thanked badkittyuno on Twitter.
- And so did Kristen Johnson.
- Larry Edwards tweeted thanks to genericwhitegirl for her review of his memoir Dare I Call It Murder.
- Sarah Mayberry tweeted to faintingviolet about her book The Other Side of Us.
- Jandy Nelson thanked Scootsa1000 for her review of I’ll Give You the Sun.
- Anthony Rivera commented on emmalita’s review of the anthology Death’s Realm, which he edited; and Karen Runge, one of the authors, gave emmalita a shout out about this book, her first experience with a horror novel.
- Carine McCandless thanked Sophia for her review of her memoir, The Wild Truth, on our Facebook page.
- Richard Kadrey thanked emmalita for her review of Sandman Slim.
- Laura Florand thanked Mrs. Julien for her review of Once Upon a Rose.
- Courtney Milan commented on the group blog on Mrs. Julien’s review of Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare, which started a Twitter discussion on the property rights of unmarried women in regency England and the pitfalls and benefits of a critical brain. Check out the full discussion in our Storify compilation.
- Samantha Kane thanked faintingviolet for her review of Cherry Pie.
- Wendy C. Ortiz thanked A.Winfree for her review of Stranger Than Fiction – An Unflinching Memoir.
What a kind and thoughtful review. Thank you!
— M. T. Anderson (@_MTAnderson) January 24, 2019