The Cannonball Read got its start in September 2008 on Pajiba as a battle royale between Prisco and AlabamaPink. The race was on to see who could read 100 books first within a year’s time. Other ‘Jibans wanted in, so they opened the competition to all who were willing to take up the challenge. Sadly, our Warrior Queen left us before she could complete the race, but Prisco and other participants forged on.
In the fall of 2009, a second Cannonball Read was organized. This time, over 100 ‘Jibans wanted in. Probably helped by the fact that the number of books to be read was made a bit more attainable, 52 in a year, though this year, reviews of books read were required. Thirteen participants made it to the the end; reading and reviewing 52 books between November 1, 2009 & October 31, 2010. For all of those who completed the challenge and to honor Miss Pink, a donation was made by Pajiba to the college fund for her son, Lil A.
Cannonball Read III ended on December 31, 2011. Over 150 Pajibans participated, and their reviews counted in the thousands.
We’re continuing many of the great traditions of number three in our fourth Cannonball Read which kicked off on January 1, 2012. Again, to encourage as many participants as possible, we are keeping levels to the Cannonball Read whole (52), half (26), and quarter (13) Cannonballs. For all of those who complete the Whole Cannonball, Dustin Rowles, publisher of Pajiba, will make another donation to Lil A’s college fund.
Since you’re here, you know about the idea of a group blog which proved to be successful last year. The only change this year is that you must post to the group blog, whether it is the link to your review on a blog or the review itself. I know that Tamatha spent a lot of time last year hunting for reviews, and your assistance in this is most appreciated. Besides, the more you bring your reviews to my attention, the more likely I am to tweet about you. My goal is to post at least one review from every participant, and potentially two, depending on a number of factors.
Please check out the FAQ page for information on posting, tagging, and more.
Questions and comments about CBR-IV can be directed to mswas, this year’s CBR organizer.