Moms Don’t Have Time To – Published 2021
“It’s impossible to ignore how life has changed since COVID-19 spread across the world. People from all over quarantined and did their best to keep on going during the pandemic. Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast MomsDon’t Have Time to Read Books and a mother of four herself, wanted to do something to help people carry on and to give them something to focus on other than the horrors of their news feeds. So she launched an online magazine called We Found Time.
Authors who had been on her podcast wrote original, brilliant essays for busy readers. Zibby organized these profound pieces into themes inspired by five things moms don’t have time to do: eat, read, work out, breathe, and have sex. Now compiled as an anthology named Moms Don’t Have Time To, these beautiful, original essays by dozens of bestselling and acclaimed authors speak to the ever-increasing demands on our time, especially during the quarantine, in a unique, literary way.
Actress Evangeline Lilly writes about the importance and impact of film. Bestselling author Rene Denfeld focuses on her relationship with food after growing up homeless. Screenwriter and author Lea Carpenter and Suzanne Falter, author, speaker, and podcast host, focus on loss. New York Times bestselling authors Chris Bohjalian and Gretchen Rubin write about the importance of reading. Others write about working out, love and sex, eating and cooking, and more. Join Zibby on her journey through the winding road of quarantine and perhaps you, too, will find time.” – Goodreads
A huge thank you to Uplit Reads and Zibby Owens for this incredible care package and book!
Reading this collection of essays written during the early months of quarantine was actually more emotional than I anticipated. Most of the stories weren’t centered around the pandemic or the devastating loss that has followed our original shutdown, it just was heavy to revisit that time. At the time everything was overwhelmingly scary, but adrenaline was keeping us all going. We were all focused on ordering the best kindergarten work books, fingerpaints, bullet journals and cleaning supplies. Those essays were written during the days when we thought this was all temporary (and it is, relatively speaking), but we had no idea we’d still be here a year later. We had no idea of the burnout that laid ahead. The burnout we’re all in right now.
That being said, the essays themselves were really great. Some witty, some offering advice, some about how the pandemic has changed them or explaining what they’ve learned. All with the same idea: moms are busy, moms do it all, moms need taking care of too.
I really enjoyed how the book was broken up into different topics, things like Moms Don’t Have Time to Workout, Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Sex, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read, etc. All very relatable and easy to read through quickly.
Definitely check this one out. All profits are being donated to COVID research.