Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Eat, Pray, Love Book Review

Hi hi! I'm back again with another book review. This was actually my second time reading "Eat, Pray, Love" because my initial attempt was unsuccessful. I first tried to start this book while in college, and wasn't able to juggle all of my commitments AND read. This was fairly typical of my college days- my renewed love for reading has really blossomed since I've been working full time. I purchased this book before it was even committed to be a movie, and decided I wasn't going to see the movie until I finished it... years later I am finally ready. This second attempt obviously had divine timing because I was able to get all the way through it and really felt as though my older self appreciated it more than my college self would have. I've had more relationship experience, finally have the desire to travel, have a love for yoga, a steady faith, and well, my love for pasta has always been here. But you can see that I am basically an ideal candidate for this book.
The book is split into 3 sections, not-so-slyly relating to the title. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, picks up to travel after a nasty divorce and what I gathered to be a mid-life crisis. She spends her time in 3 different countries- Italy, India, and Indonesia- and explores different aspects of her personality while immersed in the culture of each one.

In my humble opinion, this is a beautiful story of self-discovery as she navigates her travels and healing process. She openly writes about her struggles with loneliness and depression, which I was very impressed with. She could have easily glazed over those details and filled the pages with the rest of the story line. Her self-assurance tactics and connection to her budding spirituality were also inspiring to me.

I found this to be extremely well-written and easy to read. It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down, but I had no problem feeling engaged and excited to pick it back up. I love books with a strong female lead and this absolutely qualifies! After finishing, I have decided that I want to go eat all of the pasta she described in Italy and am excited to develop a more spiritual connection to yoga/meditation. But first, I will settle to just see the movie! I hope it doesn't disappoint!

On a side note, I just started Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me" and am loving it. I'm looking forward to the next review already!

Have you read "Eat, Pray, Love"? Did you see the film? What are you currently reading/do you have any book recommendations for me?

25 comments:

  1. I never read this book, but I did enjoy the movie ;-) I just started reading Amy Poehler's book "Yes Please!", it's so good!

    Tracy
    www.TracysNotebookofStyle.com

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  2. This was such a great book + I loved reading your review. Keep it up, gf! x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

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  3. This book is on my list and now I am even more excited to read it after reading your review.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  4. I've seen the movie and thinking I should've read the book first :)

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  5. I love this book! I actually did a presentation for my asian religion class in college about the eastern asian influence from this book/movie!

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  6. I haven't read this book yet, but I have heard great things about it. I am wanting to read it, but unfortunately I just have not gotten around to it!
    Love the review.

    Lexmeetsworld.blogspot.com

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  7. I need to read this! I've heard such great things about it.

    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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  8. I read the book a couple of summers ago and LOVED it! Definitely still need to see the movie!

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  9. I really love this book. It is so inspiring and heartwarming!!

    Nicole // Chronicles of Home

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  10. I actually just finished this book! I read it in two days! Like you said it wasn't a couldn't-put-it-down type of book but it definitely was good!

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  11. I read this book a long time ago and like you it wasn't a book I couldn't put down but I thought it was really happy and inspiring.

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  12. I feel like you, that this is a book that I would appreciate more once I am graduated college and living on my own and a young adult!! That is why I haven't read it yet. I probably will in the future though as I love to read! :-) Great review!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  13. I have been wanting to read this book for so long! It has been at the tops of my to read list forever. I feel like now would be the perfect time to read it!

    xo Ashley

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  15. This book is in my wishlist and Now I'm even more excited about reading this book after your review!!

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  16. I definitely want to read this book, and visit her store in NJ! I just finished "Still Alice" and was the same way about the movie - I had to read the book first! Finishing a good book is the best feeling, thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Miranda
    www.citygirlsouthernstyle.com

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  17. This book is definitely next on my list! I have a roadtrip in the next few weeks, so hopefully I can knock it out then!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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  18. I read this book a few years ago and could never really get into it! I'd like to watch the movie though!

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  19. I have heard wonderful things about this book, but I'm always weird about book that have turned into movies. I will have to check it out :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  20. Thank you for sharing your review! Eat, Pray, Love is on my list of books to read. My boyfriend bought me the Mindy Kaling book for Christmas and I really enjoyed it! I hope you will, too :)

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  21. I really enjoyed the movie! I really have to read this book now 💕

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  22. I've really been wanting to read this book! I watched the movie (and thought it was interesting at the beginning, but the last half was a bit boring, to be honest). I'm sure the book is so much better, and it's still on my TBR list. I also read Mindy's book and LOVED it! My favorite celebrity memoir by far.

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  23. I haven't read this book but I'm definitely going to start soon! I've heard great things about both the book and the movie!

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  24. I've always wanted to read that book! I'm so glad you liked it! Xo
    Chelsea // trendychelsea.com

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  25. epic movie for this!! :D definitely want to read the book! :D

    Have a great weekend!
    Animated Confessions

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