Happy Birthday to Books Are My Fandom!

Posted January 26, 2017 by BAMF in Spotlights // 7 Comments

Hello hello everyone and welcome to our blog’s birthday party! We are so excited to have been blogging together for ONE FULL YEAR! Even though we have separately been blogging for longer than that, we hold BAMF closer to our hearts because it’s something we get to do together. We have had so much fun bringing you guys exciting content, fun features, and lots of reviews! We hope that you like them and will continue to read BAMF well into the future!

To celebrate our blogoversary, we are going to do a condensed version of Jamie’s Year End Survey and give you a chance to win a SIGNED copy of WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard since TRUTHWITCH was the first giveaway we hosted on here! Learn more about our reading and blogging year and then enter to win!

Here’s to another year here at BAMF!


Blog Stats

Books reviewed in our first year: 98

Genre you read from the most? YA Contemporary


The Year Behind

Best book we read in our first year?

The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
The best kind of entertainment, The Taming of the Drew is smart, funny, fresh, and original. You’re going to love this badass heroine and her friends. You might even end up liking Drew, too.
Our Review!


Book we were excited about & thought we were going to love more but didn’t?

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
Our Review!


Best series we started in our first year?

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.
Our Review!

Favorite new author we discovered in 2016?

About Stephanie Kate Strohm

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, and the upcoming It’s Not Me, It’s You. She graduated with a dual degree in theater and history and has acted her way around the United States, performing in more than twenty-five states. She currently lives in Chicago with her fiance and a dog named Lorelei Lee.

Best book from a genre we don’t typically read/was out of our comfort zone?
The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
The Prince of the Rats, who’s in love with Cinderella, is changed into her coachman on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!
Our Review!


Favourite cover of a book we read in 2016?
Earth’s End by Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire’s conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.
Our Review!

Most memorable character?
David from Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.


Most beautifully written book read?
The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


Book we can’t believe we waited UNTIL this year to finally read?
The Martian by Andy Weir
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: August 28, 2014
I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.
Our Review!

OTP of the year?
Cass and Drew from The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
The best kind of entertainment, The Taming of the Drew is smart, funny, fresh, and original. You’re going to love this badass heroine and her friends. You might even end up liking Drew, too.
Our Review!


Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year?
US! We love each other platonically and our friendship will forever be a beacon.

Best book we read in 2016 that we read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: October 5, 2015
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
Our Review!

Best 2016 debut we read?
Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: April 21, 2016
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway.
Our Review!

Book that made us the most mad?
Half Lost by Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
Our Review!


The Year Ahead

Non-debut book we’re most anticipating?

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

A romantic comedy in which a Mississippi teen finds herself in front of the cameras as her beauty-queen big sister prepares for a reality-TV wedding to a Scottish aristocrat.

Debut we’re most anticipating?

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: May 16th 2017

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Series ending/a sequel we’re most anticipating in 2017?

Embers in the Sea by Jennifer M. Eaton

Publisher: Month9Books

Publication Date: January 31st 2017

The clock is ticking down to humanity’s last hours as Jess and David face a world more alien than either of them can imagine. The sea hides secrets, but some secrets don’t want to be found.

2017 release we’ve already read & recommend to everyone?

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Her vengeance. His vision.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go. He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Our Review!

One thing we hope to accomplish or do in our reading/blogging life in 2017?

Well, finding a good balance between school and reading would be a plus! But we’re also hoping to read more diverse and middle grade novels this year.


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7 responses to “Happy Birthday to Books Are My Fandom!

  1. Amy

    Coolest magical system: I read Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time at a formative age, and the complexity, flexibility and capability of that magic still makes me really happy.

  2. The coolest magic system I’ve read about has got to be in Sabriel by Garth Nix – it’s absolutely fantastic!!!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway! <3
    Rafflecopter name: Megan S.

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