These are a Few of My Favorite Things

One of my favorite things about being a blog follower is how the experience goes from just following along to eventually feeling like you are taking advice from a friend. As a result of my love for blogs, I have purchased clothes, tried hair styles, decorated mantles, read books, organized my office, discovered health tricks, and become inspired in countless ways! Reading about a solution that an everyday person, just like me, finds enriching to their lives has been really helpful – so here on HALF I thought I would get in on the info sharing action and include a weekly favorites post!  Each week I will share one of my favorites things! The topic areas will range from favorite clothes to organizing solutions to health tricks. Really anything that I feel we just can’t live without – or would really not want to – at the Bessette home and maybe you can find something you love too!


As hopefully you are starting to notice we are moving back to some of our regular features on the blog and today it is one of my favorite things post on the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. The first Sunday following the Super Bowl, when Sundays are no longer ruled by football, I headed to Target to pick up a few things. Me and my 1,000 closest Ashburn friends! The aisles were packed, there were limited shopping carts, and as you may have guessed the checkout lines looked the length of a half marathon. Originally I joined the rest of the crowd with first world problems and began to moan and groan. I texted Danny that I was #77 in line and that I would hopefully be home by Wednesday. Then I decided to start reading the book I was contemplating purchasing. Yup 15 pages later – the lines could have gone on for days and minus the sadness of my quickly dwindling Starbucks coffee, I was completely content just reading away.


Errand Running or Reading?
February 2017
Lately I have been reading a lot more. It provides a sense of escape that TV seems to fall short on and I tend not to feel so lethargic after a few hours of reading. This particular weekend I wanted to pick up a book that would provide a good escape. I had read a decent amount of biographies and faith based books lately that had been incredibly inspiring, but for now I wanted a distraction. Many of my blogger friends and a few other readers in my life had recommended the author Liane Moriarty to me. So when thinking about what to read I selected Big Little Lies since this particular book was soon to be a TV show on HBO with a great cast – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley – that I was planning to watch. This book did not disappoint!


For me a good book has to be something you experience. Through Liane’s writing I could smell the coffee at Blue Blues, feel the salt air wafting from the surf up to the ocean line drive, and actually feel the characters’ various emotions as the story unfolds. Taking place in a “normal” Australian town the setting for this book is people’s homes, places of work, schools – although full of mystery and murder – you weren’t traveling to another realm to become a bystander. If I have to suspend belief too much I get lost in how unrealistic a detail is rather than the book itself. But instead during this read I was often surprised by the change of events from regular life to who’s done it challenge? I devoured those 400+ pages quick!


Saturday Afternoon Escape
February 2017
So if you too are looking for a little escape or a book to curl up with as we let the final few days of winter melt a way this is a highly recommended read. And I have also enjoyed the show that is now playing based on the book, but I would say they are very different and, of course, to read the book first. If you are anything like me you will find yourself hiding in your car during Saturday errands just to squeeze in one more chapter…. happy reading! Me? I am off to read my second book by Liane – What Alice Forgot.


Thanks so much for reading and remember to make it a great day!

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