I often avoid reviewing a Book Club book before our discussion to save what I have to say until the conversation, or because I’m not sure what I want to say and am hoping the discussion will help clarify it for me. When I do review ahead of time I find myself leaving amorphous reviews without much substance, reviews that I look back on and think, but what did I really get out of that reading experience? I’m hoping not to fall into either camp with Good Omens. I’ve read a bit of both Pratchett and Gaiman’s solo works and […]
So I’m giving this another go due to book club and the series coming out (which looks awesome!) But there is a reason I didn’t read it until now. I bought the book a while ago (10 years ago?) and it was just hanging out in my TBR pile. Then I started dating a guy, and he recommended that I read it. So dug it out and put it on top of the pile. Then we broke up. And I couldn’t seem to get past the first few pages of the book! And so it was tainted by ghost of […]
Our Good Omens discussion is now open. Please join us there for these and other topics to discuss! This was a first time read for me, a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf, or my roommate’s, for years. I was saving it, and without getting into review/spoiler territory I can say I’m glad to have read it now. Good Omens tells us the story of what happens when The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), is indeed correct and the world will […]
When I became too old for Sunday School, I had to learn to sit through sermons. At first I doodled hearts and flowers on the church bulletin. When I was too old for that, I turned my attention to analyzing the sermon. Depending on the preacher, I waited for Freudian slips, clichés, logical fallacies (“no true Scotsman”), and flights of magical thinking—flaws I found quite amusing. Yet the quickest way to lose my interest and respect was to traffic in the soggy old object lesson. For the uninitiated, a pastor will tell a story—maybe from the news, maybe an anecdote, […]
The vote is closed and we have a winner – A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be the basis of our Classic and Retellings book clubs later this year! The voting was close for most of the week, and then there was a late surge – over 40 votes in the last 24 hours – and Sherlock pulled ahead. We’ll be having two discussions, one for A Study in Scarlet on August 16th and 17th and the second for the adaptation of your choosing on September 20th and 21st. Remember, you choose an update, or a graphic novel, or […]
I apologize now, this review will not really be a review. It is more a love letter to our community here at Cannonball Read. Of the ten books we had to choose from for So Popular, I had read most, but not all. The ones I haven’t read I don’t care to (looking at you, Divergent) so I was thinking about re-reading Eleanor & Park to go with last year’s re-read of Attachments or maybe The Martian to see if I still had a book crush on Mark Watney. I wrote up my #cbr10bingo list with a couple options and […]
We had a banner year with the CBR10 #CannonBookClubs, and we’re planning for next year. Please fill out this survey to give us some feedback on your book club experience in 2018. Even if you weren’t able to participate, we still want to hear from you so we can make CBR11’s book clubs even better!
So I thought this was going to be Craig Ferguson’s biography. I know it says “a novel” but I still thought it was semi-biographical at least. I was wrong, it appears. This is not good. It bounces around and rambles. Everyone seems to have miserable lives. Some of the background characters have interesting stories, but as others have mentioned, women are not portrayed well. I didn’t hate it as much as other people, but I didn’t like it either. We follow certain people around, the brothers Saul and Leon, George, and Fraser. George seems to be the most decent […]