Disclaimer: Karen McManus and I went to college together. I am very good friends with her old roommate. Karen has been a huge supporter of the Cannonball Read in the past. I would never review one of her books if I wasn’t going to give it a big thumbs up. And so, with that out of the way, I’m happy to report that One of Us is Next, the sequel to her fun and amazingly popular debut, One of Us is Lying, is just as […]
For a long while, I was happily riding along on the Sarah Dessen bandwagon, waving my flag and cheering her on. I recommended her books to my daughter and her friends, and enjoyed reading them myself. And now, I think I’m ready to get off the bandwagon. I’m going to ask the driver to pull over. I’m confused about why our relationship has cooled. Maybe its that I’ve just gotten older and can’t relate to her characters anymore. Maybe I’m annoyed with her about the […]
This book had everything going for it, including multiple comparisons to The Stand, and a massive recommendation from the mothership. I started it back in August, thinking I could whip through it for the Pajiba Says bingo square, and well, I just finished it yesterday. I was…not a fan. I didn’t hate it, but I was incredibly let down by it. The story starts out strong: across the world, sleepwalkers start marching toward an unknown destination. Their numbers start off small, and as the group […]
As is tradition at our house, we open our Cannonball books on Christmas Eve. tiny_bookbot, LouBear was so excited to get the two Shannon Hale graphic novels! And the bookmark magnets are beautiful. HUGE thanks from me to ellesfena for American Royals, Exile from Eden, and the adorable book magnet. Love them and can’t wait to start reading. We are so grateful to be a part of such a lovely community. Happy holidays to all!
Welcome to The Institute, my favorite book of 2019. Was it the best book of 2019? Probably not. But I can’t think of a reading experience that I enjoyed more than this. This book brought me back to the feelings I had when I first discovered Stephen King, back in Junior High, staying up late at night, scared to death about what might happen to my favorite characters. Its been MANY years since those first late-night readings of The Shining and Thinner (not his greatest […]