I watch a lot of HGTV. Please tell me you do too. I have a fascination with watching other people walk around empty houses, I guess. House Hunters was the original, the first nothing-but-real-estate show that hooked me, but House Hunters International combines my love of house listings and the daydream of travel. I will watch episodes of Love It or List It that I've already seen multiple times, and the Property Brothers and their collection of shows can stop me in my tracks. Maybe I should see someone about my real estate obsession.
I’m always interested to hear the wish list or the must-haves. Sometimes they make sense to me: a dishwasher, a nice yard, good schools. And sometimes I just shake my head in wonder, especially when the wish list far outstrips the budget.
Maybe that’s why this is good television (for me). The transformation that takes place on the house-flipping shows and the sheer gutsy fearlessness of people who can make their dreams come true in Ulan Bator (Mongolia which is between Russia and China. House Hunters International: expanding my geography knowledge!) show me that there’s a lot more possibility in the world than even I can imagine.
And that’s why I love books: the glimpse into a different world makes me dream bigger. My keeper-shelf must-have list starts like this: 1. Happy ending (thank you, romance!) 2. Characters I root for. 3. Writing that makes me smile.
What are your keeper must-haves? And if you could share your stories of similar HGTV obsession, I would appreciate it. If I’m all on my own, I’ll have to look for some new hobby. I’m starting a newsletter in September where I will probably tell you all about my deep love for cooking shows. If you’d like to subscribe, you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card. Here’s the link: Newsletter.