Last year was the 11th year of Cannonball Read - that’s right, we are into our second decade of honoring the memory of the late, great Pajiban, AlabamaPink. CBR11 participants reviewed 5,349 books and raised $1,675 for the American Cancer Society. That brings our total donations for all of the Cannonball Reads to $6,600!
It was a wonderful year, filled with discussions of Good Omens and Sherlock Holmes and lots of book bingo boards. If you haven’t signed up yet for this year’s Cannonball Read, you have until Friday, Jan. 31. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, the servers at your favorite diner - the more the merrier! You get to read books and raise money to fight cancer - two great tastes that taste great together!
As far as the numbers for the year, the first Cannonballer to complete a Cannonball (52 books) in 2019 was vel veeter, with his review of The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles by Giorgio Bassani. He got there one month earlier than the year before, on January 25. For the second year in a row, vel veeter also read and reviewed the most books - 730! This Cannonball level is what’s called “Quattuordecuple,” 14 Cannonballs! I’ll tell you one other thing about our vel veeter, he’s a stress reader. So you can see why his reading is on the uptick these days. Check out an interview of vel veeter, where you can meet this voracious reader on the CBR group blog.
CBR11’s most popular books:
1. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (20 reviews)
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama (17 reviews)
Tied for 3rd with 13 reviews each:
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Tied for 5th with 12 reviews each:
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Tied for 7th with 10 reviews each:
Severance by Ling Ma
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Tied for 10th with 9 reviews each:
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley by John Carreyrou
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
CBR11’s Top 5 Most Read Authors:
1. Stephen King (54 reviews)
2. Agatha Christie (39 reviews)
3. Rainbow Rowell (35 reviews)
4. Taylor Jenkins Reid (32 reviews)
5. The writer/artist collective: CLAMP (28 reviews)
Author Interactions and Social Media
In 2019 Cannonball Read heard from over 25 authors, including Amanda Bouchet, Brad Ricca, Dr. Jen Gunter, Caleb Roehring, Karen M. McManus, Suleikha Snyder, Rainbow Rowell, and more. We are SWOONING! Check out #CBR12 for this year’s Cannonball Read Fan Mail.
Cannonball Read could not run with out a crew of talented and dedicated people who have volunteered their time. From the Facebook page and CBR Book Chat Facebook Group, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram accounts, to the "Cannon Fodder" newsletter, we could not run as smoothly without them. Thanks to: Ale, ardaigle, Beth Ellen, Bothari43, Classic, emmalita, faintingviolet, getoffmylawnn, ingres77, katie71483, kdm, Malin, Mrs. Julien, Mrs Smith, scootsa1000, teresaelectro, The Mama, Walking Widdershins, and yesknopemaybe. If you have a talent you’d like to offer to help Cannonball Read, sign up for CBR12 and contact me.
We also read and discussed the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet. Then we took on Holmes retellings/adaptations. Cannonballers read many different Holmes-related titles, and wrote numerous reviews. Visit the discussion post to see what everyone chose.
Coming up for 2020: five years ago, we held the first #CannonBookClub group discussion of the popular 2014 novel, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This year, Mandel’s next book is due to be released on March 9. So for CBR11, we’ll reread and discuss Station Eleven in March, and in the fall, we’ll discuss Mandel’s new book The Glass Hotel. Pick up The Glass Hotel after its release date on March 24, 2020, and get ready to discuss this fall.
CBR11 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
By the end of the CBR11 Book Bingo Reading Challenge, there were 49 players, 34 had at least one bingo and 16 completed their bingo card. CBR11 Bingo resulted in 729 reviews over 4 months. A big congratulations goes out to the Bingo Raffle winner: CarrieJay! We’ll definitely be bingoing again this year, so join up for this fun reading challenge.
Donations and More Thanks
The mission of Cannonball Read is to donate to the American Cancer Society in memory of AlabamaPink, Pajiba’s fierce warrior queen, in the fight against cancer. In 2019, Cannonball Read 11 donated $1,675 bringing our total donations to $6,600. Thanks to everyone who donated! If you’d like to support Cannonball Read in its efforts to stick it to cancer, one book at a time, there are several ways you can donate.
Quattuordecuple Cannonball (728+)
vel veeter 730
Decuple Cannonball (520+)
Sextuple Cannonball (312+)
Quintuple Cannonball (260+)
Triple Cannonball (156+)
Full Cannonball (52+) - 23 people
Half Cannonball (26+) - 24 people
The Chancellor 40
Lisa Bee 38
Bea Pants 31
Jenny S 28
Caesar’s Wife 28
Dusty Highway 25
Quarter Cannonball (13+) - 17 people
Moonlight Reader 13
Mikki Blu 13
Mrs. Julien 13
And the 60 Cannonballers who wrote between one and twelve reviews, listed alphabetically:
Danar the Barbarian
Mad Max Fury Road Generator
Mrs Smith Reads
noodlestein’s danger tits
If any of the authors or books listed here sound intriguing, consider joining Cannonball Read 12. Open registration ends on Friday January 31, so head on over to the sign-up form. And if you’re reading this after the 31st and still want in, drop me a line and we’ll get you on the books, literally.
Image sources (in order of posting): giphy, Buzzfeed