Raising My Three And Me

The unfiltered thoughts and happenings of a married SAHM


Good Morning! Readathon Update

I’m so happy that I made the decision to not fight my exhaustion as I was drifting to sleep by the time I was writing.

I worried that I would feel more guilty not being awake the full time. I contemplated it. But, sleep is important – especially when you’re a stay-at-home parent.

I woke up at three in the morning, wide awake and ready to tackle my reading.

At the time of writing this, I’m on Day 28 in 99 Days by Katie Cotugno and I do like it so far.  I can understand why people don’t like it – after all, cheating is a big aspect of this story and the aftermath of it.

The Plot

This story follows Molly Barlow who returns home after being practically chased out of town for breaking her boyfriend, Patrick Donnelly’s heart after having sex with his brother, Gabe.

The book is broken up into short chapters that go through the 99 days she has left being in their (hers included) hometown and begins with the aftermath of her betrayal. She grew up with the Donnelly family and was practically a member herself.

Without giving too much away, Molly is treated like the most hated person in town even to the point with aggressive harrassment from other people for what her decisions did.

What I appreciate about this book is that Gabe is stating what most people don’t – Molly didn’t do it alone. A lot of people who have experienced cheating forget the age-old “it takes two to tango” and it’s often ALWAYS placed on the other woman and, even when the woman was the person who cheated, she too bears all of the blame.

It’s nice to see him advocate for that injustice from his family. It’s nice to see he’s not icing her out like most guys do after getting the girl.

I don’t know. I like it but as I said, it would probably irritate a lot of people and that’s okay.

Opening Survey

There are a lot of updates I need to do for the mini-challenges and hope to do them soon!

Until then, here are my answers to the opening survey from Dewey.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from the United States – specifically Maine.


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This one is tricky because I’m excited about every book I chose for my TBR for this reverse readathon. However, I guess I will choose Dial A For Aunties and I hope to get to it since I’m such a slow reader.


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t even prepare with snacks but maybe I’ll get my hands on something.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

So, hey, I’m Christina. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have three daughters who mean the absolute world to me. I feel like mothers don’t really get to experience these sorts of challenges (readathon) especially when their kids are little.

I just wanted to try. I have always wanted to get back into reading and felt horrible only reading about five books a year. I struggle with it. So, really, I have been enjoying the feeling of cracking open a book and reading.


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first readathon and I’m looking forward to the permission I give myself to actually read. I’m hoping to read at least two books by the end of this.

That’s it for now. 😊

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