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It’s been great. Thanks for being a part of this wonderful experience!

Well folks, it’s officially done.  Yes, I know that Cannonball Read III officially ended on December 31st, and you all had until January 7th to get your last reviews written, but that still left me with the responsibility of figuring out how many reviews you all had written.  As I mentioned in the email I sent out yesterday, January is a busy month for me, so it took even longer than I expected.  But it’s done!  If you missed the post on Pajiba, you can find it here.

Here are the numbers, in case you were wondering:

Whole Cannonball (or more) – 25 Cannonballers!  That’s almost twice the number who completed a Whole Cannonball last year.

Half Cannonball (or more) – 17 Cannonballers.

Quarter Cannonball (or more) – 15 Cannonballers

Thanks again to everyone who joined in, whether you wrote a review or not.  As I mentioned before, I simply love what the Cannonball Read stands for, a bunch of folks reading together, forming a community, and honoring AlabamaPink.

Now, onto Cannonball Read IV!


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I’m Still Tallying, Just FYI.

Hey Folks,

Just wanted to let you know that I am, in fact, still working on the wrap-up for CBR-III.  I’ve been busy lately and it’s amazing how long it takes to check each of you out to see where you ended up!

Hopefully, by early next week I’ll have it all done and ready to go up on Pajiba.

Thanks for your patience.


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The Best Books of Cannonball Read III

Hi Everyone!

I just sent you this information in a group email (plus other  important information, so you should totally make sure you read that email), but I wanted to really plug The Best Books of CBR-III and get maximum participation.

This is something that I’m really excited about!  Dustin and I would like to do a post on The Best Books of CBR-III, and for that, I need your help

Please email me your favorite book that you read for CBR-III (in this case, I don’t care if it’s been reviewed already on Pajiba, just to be clear).  Make sure you include the author as well (but I assume that’s obvious).  If you actually wrote a review of that book, please include a link to your review.  If you didn’t get a chance to review it, that’s totally fine too.  If you can’t limit yourself to one book, then give me your top two or three. 

I really want as many of you to participate in this as possible, so please get back to me.  (I actually hate to give you too much time to do this, as it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, and the more time you have to do it, the more likely it will be put off and then forgotten, but I expect I won’t be pulling together the post until next Tuesday.)  So, make sure you have emailed me your pick for the Best Book of CBR-III by midnight on December 26th.

Any questions?  Email me at cannonballread3[at]


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Summer Reads – Still looking for your suggestions, plus some suggestions I’m sharing from NPR.

Hello Everyone!

I sent out the following message last week, and have gotten several responses, but not nearly as many as I’d like.   So please, PLEASE email me with your suggestions for summer reads.

Now that summer is here (yes, I know not technically, but as far as I’m concerned summer begins when June does), I am thinking that it would be good to have a theme for some of the CBR posts this summer: Summer Reads .  I don’t know about you, but summer vacations–especially when I go to the beach–are when I have some of my best opportunities to finally make a dent in my reading list.  And I often make a trip to the library before heading out on vacation.  I’d like to be able to give Pajibans a bunch of recommendations as they may be looking to add to their summer reading lists.
Of course to do this, I need your help.  I would like you to send me links to any reviews you’ve written for books that you think will make good summer reads.  To be clear, a summer read does *not* need to be fluff!  Vacations often provide a rare opportunity to read uninterupted for a stretch of time, and therefore can be a good time to delve into a meatier book.  Of course, other folks on vacation want something that’s easy to pick up and put down as they grab 20 minutes here and there between activities.  I want a mix of books to recommend to our fellow readers.
So, have at it!

I just want to reiterate that that the definition of a summer read is completely open.  It’s what *you* think would be a good summer book.

And speaking of summer reading suggestions, NPR has a couple of lists of summer book suggestions, which I wanted to share with you all.  I’ve gotten some really great book ideas from them in the past.

Here’s the link for all their summer book lists.

Here’s are some suggestions from independent booksellers.  (And, ahem, perhaps you might want to buy a book from an independent seller this summer.  I’m just sayin’.)

For those of us who like to cook, or you know, just read cookbooks, here’s a list of “simple, summery cookbooks.”

Those of you into detective novels might want to check out this crime fiction list.

And finally, here’s their list of “summer’s high fliers.”

Woohoo!  Summer reading!



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Looking for books to read?

I’m sure all of you saw this on today’s Pajiba Love, but if not, here’s a recommendation–brought to you in word cloud form–of 100 books you should read.

For more info, here’s the link where I got it from.


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Next review scheduled to go up on Pajiba tomorrow!

Uh, yeah.  So, I may have lied when I said there wouldn’t be daily review posts.  What can I say, you’ve already given me a bunch of great reviews to work with!  Thank you!

And no, there is currently no method to my review-picking madness.

And while I have your attention, we’re up to 149 Cannonballers.  And two Junior Cannonballers.


Now I must sleep.

Good Night, Mes Petite Choux!  (Yeah, I could totally be misremembering my French.)



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First Review Going Up on Pajiba Tomorrow Morning!

Unless something goes wrong, of course.


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