book review: 99 problems but a baby ain't one

One of my 24 before 24 goals was to read five books. This probably sounds like a small number, but it's been hard for me to read for pleasure for a long time. Fortunately, it seems like this goal won't be a problem because I finished two books last week! 

I'm so excited to write up a review for this first one because it's written by one of my favorite bloggers. The funny and fabulous Megan Silianoff of Greetings from Texas recently published her book 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One. After hearing all about it at TxSC and having her sign my copy, I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy the book.

99 Problems is written in a blog-style as Megan tells her story of fighting cancer and adopting Macy, the prettiest little girl you've ever seen. Don't worry, those aren't spoilers. No one could possibly spoil the superior hilarity and utter vulnerability Megan employs in each "blog post." Also, lots of references to Jay Z, which is never a bad thing.

One of the things that sets 99 Problems apart from similar titles is that the voices of Megan's friends and family play a role in her story. I loved that we were able to read their comments on each post as she updates about the process of her diagnoses and recovery. Her loved ones clearly care and show so much concern and support for Megan and her family, but they also set up some of the funniest one liners in the book.

The third and final section of the book is probably my favorite. Without giving too much away, the final section introduces us to Macy's birth mother. The relationship that Megan and Macy's birth mom form is so unique and special. The adoption process seems to be almost intentionally difficult, so by time Megan meets her, I as a reader was rooting extra hard that things would work out. I'll let you read the book to find out what goes down, but let me warn you that this would be the time you want to grab some Kleenex.

I'm a notoriously slow reader, but I finished 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One in less than 24 hours. I couldn't put it down, I couldn't stop laughing, and I'm pretty sure Megan actually stopped time while I read. All of a sudden I closed the back cover and looked around and it was dark again. What the heck happened? 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One by Megan Silianoff happened.

Go buy her book! You won't regret it. Plus, don't you want to support your fellow blogger? You do.


  1. I definitely just added this to my Amazon cart. I didn't realize this was done in blog form. I'm trying to write a novel about a woman who is a blogger in Austin, so this book is completely relevant to my interests. That will definitely be my nighstand reading!


  2. This book sounds absolutely amazing - I cannot WAIT to read it! Thank you for such a wonderful review!!

  3. Just finished this a couple weeks ago and it's wonderful! She's one of my favorite bloggers too, especially since she's just as funny in person. I definitely laughed and cried a bunch, but it's one of my new favorites!

  4. This sounds like a great read! I haven't been good at all with my "read more for fun" idea. I used to be a huge reader, but then textbooks got in the way. I'm pinning this so I don't forget about it next time I feel like enjoying my books.

  5. Ummmmmmmm, wow. What a fun surprise to see this blog post! Thank you so much Nicole - I'm flattered and honored and I don't even know what else. Also - love the new pic of you in the leather peplum top. I want to borrow it! Thanks again!

  6. I hadn't heard about this book beforehand, but am dying to read it now! Megan sounds like such a strong and funny woman and I think we could all benefit from reading her book. Can't wait to check it out!


  7. ok, this sounds like a must read. seriously.
    i want to read it now.


  8. I can't wait to read this! I should have picked up a copy at TxSC.

  9. This book sounds amazing! I will absolutely need to check this out - my husband and I are planning to adopt when we decide to grow our family, and I am always interested in hearing more about others' stories!!


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