The Reader and The Chef's 2nd Blogoversary!


I'm still having trouble to wrap my head around the fact that two years ago, on this very day, my sister & I decided to open a blog where we could fangirl over our favorite books, share book-inspired food,  make friends, and basically have a place of our own where we could support and talk about the things we love the most!

It was the best decision ever. 

Today I'm the happiest reader & blogger in the world. My blog has been my safe place for two years now and I can't thank it enough for the many doors it has opened for me. For how much it has allowed me to grow along with it. 

Book blogging has made me a better writer.
Book blogging has made me a better reader.
Book blogging has made me feel more comfortable at expressing myself.
Book blogging has introduced me to wonderful people.
Book blogging has pushed me to make my dreams come true.
And Book blogging has made me HAPPY. I am happy.

And I can't thank YOU all enough, for all of your support and cheers and bookish talk. 

Thank YOU.

I love my blog so much. I love my readers so much. I love my friends so much. I love my authors so much. And I love everyone and everything that's helped build my site into one of my favorite places to be. 

It's been such an amazing ride.

A few special thank you's:

Flor, my sister, the Chef. Thank you so much for being the best friend in the world. I know I nag you a lot every time I want you to post something even when you don't have time anymore, but I love how you always make something special for the blog like the cookies on the banner. We are still a duo, always will be. ♥ 

To Kate Tilton, thank you thank you thank you for being such an amazing friend. For letting me review on your site, for letting me help on #k8chat and for always being awesome. You seriously rock! ♥

To Danielle L. Jensen, the author of my favorite YA fantasy series. I can't even begin to express how incredible you are. Thank you so much for giving me the time of day and not getting tired of my incessant fangirling. For letting me beta my most anticipated read of 2016. For everything you have done for me. Thank you!! ♥

To Jessica L. Brooks, for also being one fantastic friend, reading buddy and author. Whenever I see or hear anything about a hamburger I always laugh and think of you. We almost met once, so nothing will stop me for meeting you next time! And we'll eat BURGERS. ♥

To Claudia Victoria of PenMarkings for designing the new image of the blog! Did you notice?! WE HAVE A NEW LOOK! She did a great job and I love it so so much. I'm going to miss my old design but I think it was time to freshen things up a bit. Thanks, Claudia!!! ♥

To amazing authors & writers like Elise Kova, Maureen O'Leary Wanket, Patricia Burroughs, Nina Falkestav, Katie M. Stout, Doug Solter & Mike Hartner for making my world much brighter. You guys are amazing!

And to all my lovely blogger friends: 

Emma Dirach of Reigning Shadow Rose of Books, Becky of Booknerd Addict, Eileen Lee of BookCatPin, Brittany of Brittany's Book Rambles, Erika of The Royal Fey, Jazmen of This Girl Reads A Lot, Tanya of Girl Plus Books, Talina of Sassy & Dangerous, & YOU. Each and every one of you reading this post. My super cool friends on Twitter who chat with me in my personal account and on @StolenSongbird. I know who you are (in a not so creepy way) and I can't thank you enough for being here with me. You guys rock and I love you so much!



It wouldn't really be a celebration if we didn't have a giveaway! To thank you all once more (won't ever tire of saying thank you) for being with me on this special day and all the other days, I want to give you something in return! Just enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of 5 prizes (might add more later!):

-My preorder of Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen
-$10 book of your choice from Book Depository
-An audiobook of your choice from Audible (2 winners)
-A canvas pouch signed by Jennifer L. Armentrout & cover model Drew Leighty (The Return) filled with swag

This is of course INTERNATIONAL. Good luck!♥


  1. Whooooo!!! congrats on two years!!! *throws confetti!* :D And cheers to many more years to come! :)

  2. Happy Blogoversary and thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

  3. First off, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2ND BLOGOVERSARY! I am so happy for you Melissa! You were one of the first few bloggers that I started following when I opened up my own blog and to see how far you and your blog has come, has made me so happy!

    I definitely feel the same way about opening up my blog. Being a blogger has also made me happier, made me feel comfortable in expressing my opinions and also gaining new friends (YOU, especially!) and exciting opportunities. YAY FOR BLOGGIN! *throws confetti*

    Also, for the past few minutes I've been admiring your blog because DAMN! I absolutely LOVE it! It's so cute and fluffy, exactly like a cupcake should be, hah!

    With all of that being said, I am so happy to call you my friend and I am so happy you've accomplished so much in just these two years. Here's to many more! <3

    Talina @ Sassy & Dangerous

    1. Awww, thank you so much for all the love Talina. You are so sweet and I feel so honored to receive such wonderful thoughts from you. *blows kisses* ♥

  4. Muchas felicidades!!!
    aunque creo que mi nombre debería estar en los agradecimientos

    1. hahaha gracias!!! Y oops, pero sabes bebe you tu siempre en mi vida. ♥♥♥♥

  5. Happy blogoversary. Liking the new design. Here's to many more!

  6. Aww, Melissa, CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR! I haven't told you this before, but you and your blog is one of the blogs who inspired me to do better in blogging. I always get motivated whenever I read your posts. Your enthusiasm is too contagious! Haha

    You deserve all the love you're getting, and you deserve even MORE. You are lovely, and wonderful and I am so glad that I was able to meet you and become friends with you (thanks to Stolen Songbird and Danielle!). When I created my blog, I didn't know where to start from there. But as I made progress, just like you, it made me happy. I was happy to meet so many blogger friends along the way, and you're one of them.

    Congratulations again and happy 2nd blogoversary! That being said, I'm letting you have Tristan and Aldrik all to yourself for the meantime. lol. Here's to more fruitful years ahead!

    *throws lots of love with Tristan and Aldrik along*

    - Erika @ The Nocturnal Fey

    1. AWWWW I ♥ you so much Erika!!! You are such a great friend and I love how much we have in common. Even share bookish boyfriends *jk MINE ALL MINE*. Hehehe. No but really, thank you so much for being wonderful and one of the coolest peeps around. And thank you for letting me have my boys for these days, you rock!

  7. Congratulations Melissa! I'm so proud of you <3!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kate. ♥♥♥♥♥

  8. Whoops! I accindently put my twitter name as @WordsThatStay2 - It's @WordsThatStay1! :-)

  9. WAU!!! Two years! :O that's amazing! Congratulation Melissa! *high five*
    I hope you will get lots of lots of lots of love in the future! You soo much deserve it ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥! Thank you for being such an amazing friend! Love you too! :D!
    Hang in there! I'm always there for you, when you need me! *Fighting!!* xD

    1. Thank you so much my dear friend! ❤ So many hugs your way!

  10. Hey Melissa, I just want to tell you, you are one very, very lucky girl for being a beta reader for Danielle L. Jensen. :)

  11. Btw, Congradulation on your two years of blogging.
    I hope to read your blog for many years to come. :)

  12. Congratulations on two years! That's such a big accomplishment. And thank you so much for the giveaway! I love the Stolen Songbird series. :)

    Ang @The Gilded Pages