The Wife, The Mom, and The Bookworm

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have.” –Doctor Who (The Tenth Doctor)

Some people doom scroll. Some people read. I’ve always enjoyed reading. Before BookTok, Bookish, and Book Dragons, bookworms were associated with libraries, good grades, and a classic in hand. I was a bookworm. Being a bookworm was not a bad thing. I carried my books with me. I had my library card and made my parents drive me to the library every week to replenish my shelves. Think Matilda without the powers, or Rory Gilmore without the private school.

For many reasons, beyond my love and adoration of reading, I was looked at as less social than other girls my age, perhaps a little strange. I am not saying that enjoying books made me bored, or antisocial. I am saying that I discovered worlds within the pages. I was introduced to countless characters who made an impact on my life. I learned life lessons through the actions of others, and I gained knowledge from experts who knew their respective work and fields. I’ve mourned a thousand deaths, and I’ve celebrated thousands of happily ever afters. I’ve embraced the spicy and left my judgment at the cover.


Tips to Get More Reading Time

Being a bookworm means so much more than growing up with books. It means I’ve experienced life through books, and I’ve grown because of books. I dive in headfirst, and I don’t come up for air unless I have to do “real-world adult stuff.” For the record, I am a mom and I run a nonprofit organization. I do have real-world adult stuff to do, but I just prefer to read sometimes.

I try to make as much time to read as I can, but I do make time everyday. If you want to make time to read, here are my top tips.

1. Read before bed. This seems like common sense, but I suggest doing this only when you’re starting a book or finishing a book. Unless it’s a SJM book — the last 100 pages are always just pure chaos, and you will not want to put it down.

2. Read in the parent pick-up line. If you’re the first one in line, great! You have more time to read. If you’re the last one in line, fantastic! You have to wait for everyone to go through. You have time to read.

3. Read before you check your phone in the morning. Set aside time to read 10 pages first thing in the morning. This works really well if you’re reading something spiritual, self-help, or devotional. It’s a great way to get grounded before the day gets going.


4. Turn it into a family affair! Reading doesn’t have to be expensive (even though some social media pages may lead you to believe that). You aren’t limited to buying books. Get a library card and get your little ones library cards, too! Read together before bed or do an evening where you swap a 20-minute episode of TV for a few chapters of a book together.

5. Audiobooks count. I will die on this hill. Although I prefer hard-copy books or my Kindle, I have to accept that not everyone shares that perspective. Audiobooks are a great way to get lost in a different world while you’re keeping up with life and all of your responsibilities. Gym? Audiobook. Driving to the office? Audiobook. Navigating the airport solo? Audiobook.

6. Do it with friends. Join a book club. It sparks conversation.

I don’t belong to a Book Club, but if I did (or if I had my own), the first rule of Book Club is you don’t talk about Book Club.

But look at you… still reading this, you rebel.

Brittany Hutto
Brittany Hutto was born and raised in a small (but fast-growing) town in Florida. She married her high school sweetheart and is the mother to the most kindhearted and adventurous little boy named Mark. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Florida where she majored in Public Health and Health Education. She served her community during her time working with underserved populations. After a complex pregnancy, she and her husband welcomed Mark to the world at 27 weeks and 4 days. She stepped away from her career to become a stay-at-home mom so that she could take her son to his many specialist appointments, therapies, and surgeries. She works tirelessly to ensure her son is happy, thriving, and meeting every milestone. Brittany enjoys many activities with her family. In her free time, you may find her reading a good book, spending time with her family out on the boat, DIY projects, and giving back to the local NICU. She currently manages her own blog which invites you to come along on her and her son’s journey from complex pregnancy, to the NICU, and every diagnosis and surgery in between. Brittany also manages a program called Mark’s Mission which gives back to local NICUs. She is an advocate for NICU support and research and is a current student pursuing her Master of Public Administration with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Health Care Administration at the University of North Florida. Her dream is to establish Make Your Mark as a non-profit organization to give back to more local NICUs and serve as a resource for local parents with children who have superpowers.


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