It's Been Out of This World! Cannonball Read IV Wrap Up
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It's Been Out of This World! Cannonball Read IV Wrap Up

By Mswas Sawsm | Book Reviews | January 10, 2013 | Comments ()

'You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room's the greatest arsenal we could have - arm yourselves!' -- "Tooth and Claw." Doctor Who
The fourth Cannonball Read honoring our warrior queen, AlabamaPink, has reached the finish line. 243 people, including four junior Cannonballers read and reviewed, at best count, a grand total of 3,163 books!

198 book reviews appeared on Pajiba for Cannonball Read IV. Comment count is a bit hard to calculate since Disqus came in mid year, though the group blog had over 1,800 comments. To the best of my knowledge, the post with the most comments was nidaros's thoughtful (yes, truly) Fifty Shades of Grey review with 48 comments, and there were great discussions on a lot of the reviews. Check out the Best of 2012 and the Worst of 2012 posts to see our most favorite and hated books from the year.

Some of the most exciting comments were from authors themselves. Michael Solomon commented on Captain Tuttle's review of his book, Now It's Funny: How I Survived Cancer, Divorce and Other Looming Disasters . Leigh Byrne commented directly on taralovesbooks's blog with a thoughtful response about her book Call Me Tuesday. Louise Rozett thanked petalfrog, who also got an email from Joy Castro about her book Hell or High Water.

In the twitterverse, we had a couple of authors tweet or retweet us. Henry Winkler retweeted the mother of one of our Junior Cannonballers, joemyjoe, and then tweeted directly to joemyjoe when his review went up on Pajiba.  Other tweets included Margaret Atwood thanking The Fatling and CBR4 for "encouraging this old scribbler," and Ron Currie, Jr. thanking baxlala for her review.

But the comments that made me most proud were when Cannonballers stood up to defend their compatriots' efforts and the Cannonball Read. My favorite is Bunnybean's review of a Phineas and Ferb book.

This was the first year of our Amazon Affiliates account, and just by clicking on the links in the Pajiba reviews, we've f***ed cancer to the tune of $170 (raised for the American Cancer Society.) Try the Cannonball Read Buy Hole and see how a book really can be a weapon. Find out more specific details about the donation here.

Not to bury the lede, but Malin was the first of us to make it to 52, which you may have seen when we featured her review (in May!) of Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. Malin also was the first to make it to a double cannonball of 104 this year, followed by Valyruh, and let's not forget meilufay who made it to 101. The first Cannonball Read challenge between Prisco and AlabamaPink was 100 books in a year (but no reviews back then.)

So many, many thanks to those of you who read and reviewed your hearts out, those of you who visited the group blog daily, those who shared our Facebook posts and retweeted our tweets, those who commented on pretty much every review, and yes even those commenters who bitched and scathed at these "unprofessional" book reviews. The mere mention of our warrior queen soothed those savage breasts, and I believe one or two have since joined our efforts for Cannonball Read 5. We're glad to have you.

Here is the list of those who completed whole, half, and quarter Cannonballs, and the honorable mention of those who read and posted 1-12 reviews to the group blog.

Whole Cannonball (or more)

Malin - 104
Valyruh - 104
Meilufay - 101
DragonDreamsJen - 96
Krista - 73
Caitlin - 71
HelloKatieO - 66
Janel - 64
idgiepug - 62
sevenstories - 60
narfna - 59
BoatGirl - 55
Bothari - 55
CommanderStrikeher - 54
Sara Habein - 54
Fofo - 54
pyrajane - 54
Alli - 52
Amanda6 - 52
amurph11 - 52
ambern - 52
Captain Tuttle - 52
ElCicco - 52
faintingviolet - 52
Jen K - 52
Katie - 52
petalfrog - 52
Quorren - 52
Rebecca - 52
Scootsa1000 - 52
taralovesbooks - 52
xoxoxoe - 52

Half Cannonball (or more)

Siege - 47
rdoak03 - 40
sonk - 36
Baxlala - 34
Mrs. Julien - 33
funkyfacecat - 31
Jelinas - 31
lyndamk - 29
Sophia - 29
loveallthis - 28
KatSings - 27
caragwapa - 26
Karo - 26
faquin - 26
Mrs Smith - 26
The Scruffy Rube - 26
Shaman - 26
TylerDFC - 26

Quarter Cannonball (or more)

Competitive Non-Fiction - 24
llp - 23
kemp ridley - 23
Loopyker - 22
Alexis - 20
Bunny Bean - 20
Lurkey Turkey - 19
The Fatling - 18
PerpetualIntern - 17
Rahael - 17
akhirnya - 16
Return of Santitas - 16
Carolyn - 15
Cfar1 - 14
Claus - 14
Robert - 14
Goddess of Apathy - 13
miss kate - 13
Pinky McLadybits - 13

Cannonballers who wrote between one and twelve reviews:
Captain Steve
Count Fosco
Doctor Controversy
El L Cool J
Erin is Scrumtrulescent
Even Stevens
Generic White Girl
Internet Magpie
jim of the lower case
Joe G.!
Jordan Bravado
Kinda Fancy
Sassafrass Green
The Grace Hurricane
the other courtney

So stop on by the Cannonball Read V group blog, our Facebook page or our Goodreads group, or follow us on Twitter. Don't forget to give us your opinions here and on future Cannonball Read posts. C'mon, you know you want to. Viva los Cannonball!

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • No Pithy Name

    It seems that whole "writing reviews" thing trips me up every year. I
    read over 90 books, logged'em and everything, but failed to write a
    single review. Perhaps baby steps will get me there. I'll try starting with at least a rating...

  • Sara Habein

    High-five everyone. This is such a great project. Also special high-five to The Grace Hurricane because she's my junior Cannonballer, and since I'm her mother, I'm allowed to single her out. ;) She wrote (I think) 5 reviews for CBRIV.

  • Scootsa1000

    Thanks to the mods and mswas for keeping this going. Its a real treat to be a part of this community. I love knowing that there are so many amazing books out there that I'm going to worship, that I didn't know anything about until a fellow cannonballer told me. I also love knowing that there are SO MANY books I can avoid reading thanks to those same folks.
    Congratulations to all of the readers -- I'll give a shout out to my two junior cannonballers in particular. They didn't meet their goals (one read 20 and one read 6), but its been amazing to see them get so into reading and reviewing.

  • BlackRabbit

    I wish I'd done more for it. Some good stuff in there and not enough hours in the day.

  • PerpetualInterncantsignin

    Savage breasts is an awesome typo

  • mswas
  • Uriah_Creep

    Well I'll be damned! Like most people, I thought it was "savage beast." Thank you for the lesson.

  • KatSings

    I love this group/project/awesomesauce thing so very, very much. It's encouraging me to read more satisfying lit, spurring on wonderful conversations, and forcing me to write more often. All of the good. Thank you to the fabulous moderators for making this work, and for everyone who participates for just being awesome.

  • Siege

    Thank you to everyone who participated, and a particular thank you to the mods who have made this possible and done such a great job at keeping Cannonball Read going. For me, the CBR has inspired me to take up reading for pleasure again (a hobby I lost track of while in college), and has also forced me to flex my writing muscles by doing the reviews. I have enjoyed it all so much, and can't wait to get started on CBR5!

  • You guys are truly awesome! I'm not writing reviews, but I'm reading and my list grows every day thanks to you reviews and recommendations. I can't wait to see what y'all are reading this year!

  • BWeaves

    Congratulations to all readers! Books are the best thing in the world. They are the real ESP, as they allow you to read someone elses mind, with their permission.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Books are the best thing in the world.'
    Amen to that.
    There's a reason they're a part of my 'Four B's Guide to Life': Books, Booze, Boobs and the Blues.

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