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Oh Yeah Baby, It’s On!

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | December 16, 2010 |

By Tamatha Uhmelmahaye | Books | December 16, 2010 |

(Publisher’s Note: With Cannonball Read III kicking off in two weeks, I thought we’d repost this, as a reminder for those of you considering joining. Details on CBR III are below.)

For those of you obsessives (like me) who have been paying attention and thinking, “Hey, didn’t Cannonball Read II start in November last year? Shouldn’t Cannonball Read III be starting, say, last Monday?” The answer is yes and no. The good news is that there will be a CBR-III! Yay! And well, there isn’t any bad news. For ease of tracking the beginning and end of CBR-III, it won’t officially start until January 1, 2011. So, start gathering your reading lists.

This means you have two months to cheat, I mean, get a head start, if you want. Yeah, you heard me correctly. I honestly don’t care if you start reading two whole months early. Want to know why? Because what I love most about the Cannonball Read are its two basic premises: A) it encourages people to read more and, B) it honors our beloved AlabamaPink. So, if you want to go ahead and start reading now, as far as I’m concerned, you are accomplishing both of those ideals, and therefore, have my blessing. Additionally, if starting a couple of months early means that a few more folks get to 52 books, I’m totally willing to offer up more of Dustin’s money for Lil A’s college fund. I’m generous like that.

OK, I want to take a second to speak to those of you who were all raring to go last year, and perhaps even started CBR-II with a bang, but then, well, life got in the way, and perhaps you felt a bit discouraged, maybe even a little bit guilty. Yeah, I’m right there with you. But you know what? New year, new Cannonball Read! That’s right, hope springs eternal! You can do it! Also, if you read the next bit, you’ll see I’m making some changes that may further encourage you to try again.

As with last year, we’re taking some of the pressure off. I encourage any and all of you who want to go for the full 52 books in one year, to go for it! Hats off to you kind ladies and gentlemen. For those of you who complete the full Cannonball, a donation will be made to Lil A’s college fund. At the same time, I recognize that not all of us can read a book a week and write a review to boot. So, I’m offering up some other options. Perhaps you feel up to a Half Cannonball—twenty-six books in a year—which comes out to just two books a month, plus a couple extra? Or you think a Quarter Cannonball—thirteen books in a year—just one a month, plus one more for good measure, is more your speed? Well I say, join us! The more the merrier. Remember what I said about more reading and honoring Miss Pink.

If you are interested in participating, email me. Give me your Pajibidentity and your blog address. (Yes, you will have to have a blog.) We’ll have a list somewhere on the site of all the participants and a link to their blogs. If you know ahead of time the commitment you are going to make, Whole Cannonball, Half Cannonball, or Quarter Cannonball, let me know that too. As was the case last year, I’d like a review for each book you’ve read, both to establish that you did, indeed, read it, but also to provide reviews to go up on Pajiba.* I definitely added to my CBR-II reading list last year based on the great CBR reviews I read, and I’m guessing I’m not alone. And who doesn’t love to get a good book recommendation? Reviews should be three to four paragraphs, and can be longer of course. Speaking of CBR reviews on Pajiba, expect them to be a little less frequent than last year—probably one to two a week, depending on how many come my way.

All righty then, people. I do believe you have the info you need. Now get to reading! Or, you know, wait until the official start date of January 1, 2011.

*There may be some flexibility on the review requirement. If that’s your sticking point, email me and let’s see if we can work something out. I want as many folks joining in on the fun as possible.