Does size matter?

Should there be a limit?

Should there be a limit?

The original Cannonball Read rules said:

No books smaller than 200 pages. Short story collections only count if they are at least 6 stories long. No graphic novels.

Since then, we’ve allowed graphic novels and audiobooks, and we’ve lowered the page limit to 100 pages. As we head into the next Read, what are your thoughts about these (few) limits?

Should we measure graphic novels in some way so there is some guideline? Is the 100 page page count still needed? Should we remove all limits?

Post in the comments below, I want to hear from you.

Ashlie’s #BookExchange (Received Gift)

Super excited about my books, and the coolest damn mug ever, which has titles of banned books on it, including one of my favorite books of all time, 1984!!

I really have been wanting to read Orson Scott Card for a while but was hesitant to spend money because of his politics, so now I can read, guilt free. (It’s all about the ability to rationalize.) 🙂

Big thanks to Erin, my gift buddy, and Jen for organizing this.


“His gold and silver was largely spent in presents…”

NOT the movie tie-in!

NOT the movie tie-in!

Many, many thanks to narfna who sent me this awesome Tolkien box set as part of the CBR Secret Gifter Book Exchange. It’s been many years since I read these, and I’m really looking forward to refreshing my memory!

This has been a really neat addition to CBR, and I can’t wait to see the other gifts!

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

Save on Amazon and Still Fight Cancer

"God Bless Us, Every One"

“God Bless Us, Every One”

Even Stevens kindly informed me that for Black Friday is offering 30% off all books when you enter the code ‘BOOKDEAL’ at checkout through December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. BUT FIRST you should make sure you use our affiliate link! Click this link to get to arrive at the listing of the book, A Christmas Carol.

Once you get to the listing, just search for the books you want.

Cannonball Read will receive a percentage of everything you purchase in that shopping trip, which we’ll donate in entirety to the American Cancer Society. No extra charge is added to your purchase.

And don’t forget to enter ‘BOOKDEAL’ at checkout for your 30% off. See the details at

Getting so close!

Sticking It to Cancer One Book at a Time!

We’re heading into the home stretch of Cannonball Read 5. As of today you have 35 days left in 2013 to finish your books, reviews, and posts. Plans for Cannonball Read SIX are in the works with a brand new website being built for the next Read.

Also in the very near future, we’ll have t-shirts and other accessories available featuring the Godtopus reading graphic and slogan shown on the right. All of the proceeds from those sales will go to the American Cancer Society, as those do from the Cannonball Read Buy Hole*.

Registration for Cannonball Read 6 will open mid-December, and CBR6 kicks off on 1/1/14. Any questions? Drop me a line!

(*just click the link and shop, it’s that easy! Click it every time BEFORE you put your amazon items in your cart. No additional fees are added to your purchase.)

CBR Secret Gifter Book Exchange

Books are the PERFECT gift for any Cannonballer!

Books are the PERFECT gift for any Cannonballer!

Jen K suggested that it would be fun to do a Cannonball Read (CBR) Secret Gifter Book Exchange. This is completely voluntary, but we hope that you’ll do your shopping by heading on down the Cannonball Read Buy Hole affiliate link. Just click the link, gaze at Ryan Gosling’s soulful stare on the linked poster, and then search and shop for any of your needs. Anything you buy in that shopping trip after clicking the link will generate a percentage for CBR – 100% of that money goes to the American Cancer Society. Remember: Click, shop, F— Cancer!

Jen K will be handling all of the arrangements for the exchange, so please email her directly with any questions. The instructions below are from Jen.

The time line:

  • Sign up by 20 November.
  • Send a package to your recipient by 10 December.
  • Send an email to Jen when you send your package and when you receive your package so she can make sure everyone is on track. If you haven’t received a package by 1 Jan, send Jen an email.
  • Post a picture of your gift in a post on the group blog, and tag it with BookExchange

How to sign up:

Send an email to Jen at and include the following information:

  1. Your Full Name and Mailing Address
  2. Your CBR Name
  3. We have some international Cannonballers, so she needs to know if you’re willing to send internationally.
  4. Whether you wish to remain anonymous (keep it as a “Secret Santa”)
  5. Some information to help your gifter – a wish list with 5-10 books (make sure there are paperbacks included in this since hard covers can get expensive), a list of favored authors and genres – fortunately, with this blog we should be able to get some ideas about what everyone likes. Also, anything you absolutely wouldn’t read.

Food for thought:

If you send a used book, make sure it is in a good condition– think like new. Feel free to add something to the package, like candy, something bookish, or something festive. There isn’t a money constraint on this, because the guidance “send a book or two with a small something extra” should restrain people from going too crazy and keep the monetary amount within limits.

Enjoy and Happy Reading!