The Cannonball Read got its start in September 2008 on Pajiba as a battle royale between Prisco and AlabamaPink. The race was on to see who could read 100 books first within a year’s time. Other ‘Jibans wanted in, so they opened the competition to all who were willing to take up the challenge. Sadly, our Warrior Queen left us before she could complete the race, but Prisco and other participants forged on.
In the fall of 2009, a second Cannonball Read was organized. This time, over 100 ‘Jibans wanted in. Probably helped by the fact that the number of books to be read was made a bit more attainable, 52 in a year, though this year, reviews of books read were required. Thirteen participants made it to the the end; reading and reviewing 52 books between November 1, 2009 & October 31, 2010. For all of those who completed the challenge and to honor Miss Pink, a donation was made by Pajiba to the college fund for her son, Lil A.
And that brings us to Cannonball Read III. This year we’ve made a few more changes. First, for easier tracking of start and end dates, we’re pushing back the beginning of CBR-III to January 1, 2011. Second, to encourage as many participants as possible, we introduced levels to the Cannonball Read. The full Cannonball is still 52 books, but folks can also sign up for a Half Cannonball, 26 books, or a Quarter Cannonball, 13 books. The goal of CBR-III is to have more people reading and, of course, to continue to honor AlabamaPink. For all of those who complete the Whole Cannonball, Dustin Rowles, publisher of Pajiba, will make another donation to Lil A’s college fund.
Another change for CBR-III is this here blog. Several of this year’s cannonballers requested a place where anyone who wanted to post their reviews could, so the Cannonball Read III blog was created. We’re hoping it becomes a place for cannonballers to gather and discuss CBR-III, books, reading, etc.
Questions, etc., about CBR-III can be directed to Tamatha, this year’s CBR organizer. You can email her at email@example.com.