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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 94-104: Double Cannonball Completed!

Have finally completed my double Cannonball! So limiting myself to 52 posts next year.

The final reviews can be found on my blog:




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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 78-93

I really suck at updating regularly, so here’s another massive list of my book reviews since last time. I keep promising myself to be better about updating on the group blog, and then it all goes to hell again. 11 books away from my double Cannonball now.

Book 78: Delightful young adult book. 

Book 79: Book 2 in Kate Elliott’s epic fantasy series.

Book 80: What if Cleopatra became a vampire? 

81: Another wonderful book by Franny Billingsley. 

82: The most recent Discworld novel, starring Sam Vimes.

83: Historical romance from Courtney Milan.

84: Amazing paranormal fantasy, set partially in Prague.

85: Young adult fantasy with a slightly unusual heroine.

86: A persuasive argument for romance reading, wittily and cleverly written.

87: I finally discover Tamora Pierce. 

88: Awesome Steampunk adventure romance. Archeology! Kidnappings! Zombies!

89: Alanna grows older and starts noticing boys.

90: Alanna joins a desert tribe and becomes a shaman.

91. Amazing historical romance from Joanna Bourne.

92. Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this sci-fi/fantasy/romance.

93. What if Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were rock stars on tour with each other?

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 69-77: Yes, I did another massive blog update

So my work is keeping me way busier this time of year than I’m used to, which reduces the amount of free time I have for reading. I’m also a lot more tired when I do have spare time, so reading takes longer, but I AM still reading. I just hadn’t really blogged any of the books since the last update. So on the final day of my autumn break, I decided to blog all of them in one day, again. Here goes:

Book 69: The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres –

Book 70: The House at Riverton by Kate Morton – 

Book 71: This is strictly speaking 3 volumes of a comic book/graphic novel, Mike Carey’s The Unwritten –

Book 72: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs –

Book 73: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh –

Book 74: The Glass Demon by Helen Grant –

Book 75: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton –

Book 76: Heat Rises by Richard Castle –

Book 77: The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly –

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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 55-68: Too many to actually name here

So because it’s summer, I’ve been reading a whole lot. My last update here on the group blog was in early July. I’m Norwegian. I live in Oslo. Most of you know what happened here on the 22nd of July. Because of the news reports, varying from truly unbelievable and horrifying in the beginning, to just plain depressing now, in addition to reports on the English riots (my husband’s from Newcastle), I’ve not been in the mood for a lot of heavy reading over the last month or so. So there is a lot of romance here. Books that guarantee a happy ending. No unhappy rioting youth or crazy right-wing mass murderers.

55. After 11 long years, I finally know what happens to Jon Snow, Tyrion and Danaerys:

56. Book the fourth in Gail Carriger’s entertaining Victorian Steampunk adventure/romance series:

57. Victorian mystery with romantic undertones:

58. Contemporary romance with a fairly ridiculous premise. Fun, though:

59. Contemporary and historical fiction, both in the same book!:

60-62: Trilogy about the three sons of a notorious widowed Duchess. They’re all very good in bed:

63. Twelfth and rumoured to be penultimate book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series:

64. Second book in Rick Riordan’s entertaining young adult series. Even more Egyptian gods!:

65. A teenage girl gets abducted and taken to the Australian Outback. A strange relationship with her abductor develops. Budding romance or Stockholm Syndrome?:

66. Book 1 of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series:

67. Book 2 of the Pennyroyal Green series:

68. Book 3 of the Pennyroyal Green series:

I think I may have reached my saturation point for historical romance for a while, and will probably read something completely different next. We shall see. I will endeavour to update on the group blog a bit more often, so my link and tag lists don’t become quite so long.






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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 51-54: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran, Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase and Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

So I’ve finished the first 52 books of CBR-III, and have obviously decided to try to complete a double Cannonball by the end of the year. It shouldn’t prove too difficult, although I’ve taken much longer to finish and blog 52 books this year than I did last year, probably due to a much higher workload, and teaching a graduating class of school children. I shall have to read as much as possible this summer to stay on schedule.

51. The first book in Rick Riordan’s new adventure series for kids – now with Egyptian demi-gods!:


52. I do like my romance, this is a particularly good one (although yes, I admit the title is a rubbish one) :

53. More romance, much more light-hearted (again, it’s better than the silly title suggests):

54. Some epic fantasy as well:

I’m currently re-reading Jane Eyre, and should have finished it in time for my six-year-long wait for A Dance with Dragons to be over. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.





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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 47-50: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb, Graveminder by Melissa Marr and Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

Finally up to date with my blogging. That means you get another link-dump here at the Cannonball blog:

47. Excellent debut, completely stand-alone fantasy novel by the guy who’s now finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (although he deserves to be read for his own work, which is all good):

48. More futuristic, romantic mystery by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. Love me some Eve and Roarke:

49. Excellent paranormal fantasy suspense, with a romantic subplot. Possibly the start of a new series, but ends satisfyingly, so no worries about cliffhangers and having to wait ages for the next in the series:

50. Book 3 in Kim Harrison’s young adult series about Madison Avery, light and disposable:





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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 44-46: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews and Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

I’m yet again way behind on my blogging, so expect quite a few links here in the next few days. Here are the first three:

44. Award winning historical fiction about the Sexy Tudors (not really):

45. Fifth installment of my possibly absolute favourite paranormal fantasy right now:

46. Frothy Regency romance, very disposable:




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