April 13, 2010

Eat Pray Love and Next On My Reading List



I just finished reading this today, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the hype was too big for it. It didn't change my life, but it was a great read!

If you don't know, Eat Pray Love is a true story written by Elizabeth Gilbert about a year she spent traveling to find herself , after a difficult divorce. She spends the first 4 months in Italy, (Eat!) and learns the language she loves and amazing food. The next four months she spends in an Ashram in India, learning to meditate. (Pray) She then spends 4 months in Bali, Indonesia, to learn to balance pleasure and spirituality and she falls in love.(Love) I loved the Italy third, the second third lost my interest a little bit, just because she was all about reaching new levels of consciousness in meditation, etc, and for me, it just went over my head, but that's a personal thing. The Third half was great though. A really nice ending.

She does come off a little selfish at times, or unaware of her privilege but Lizz is a witty story teller and I liked a lot of the people she met on her journey.

Next I'm going to finish reading Veronica Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho.



Then I'll read whatever I feel like next on the list. Have you read Eat, Pray, Love or any of these other books? What did you think (no spoilers)?

26 comments:

  1. I also read Eat,Pray,Love. I agree there was a lot of hype for this book and I actually didn't end up finishing it as I got a bit bored in the second part. Maybe I should get it out and try again!

    I've been wanting to read Three Cups of Tea for ages!

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  2. Thanks for the review! I am going to try to read it before the movie comes out inshallah!

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  3. HOW do you read? I just cant sit still anywhere long enough to read and actually absorb anything. Too many kids yelling, screaming, jumping, trying to kill each other....

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  4. Amalia, I stopped in the middle for 2 weeks, I was busy and kinda wasn't dying to see what happened next then, but picked it back up and enjoyed the end. She is a little (a lot) self absorbed but I liked the story.

    Rana, I'm so looking forward to seeing Julia in this!

    Khadra, well all mine are in school, and there's while they do hw and before I sleep. :)

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  5. I never read that book but heard a lot about it. By the way what is Three Cups of Tea about?

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  6. Assalaamu Alaykum,

    I haven't read EPL and I just don't feel like getting it either. I did read Three Cups Of Tea, which was ok. Parts of it were interesting.
    My Getaway, it's about an American mountaineer who decides to build schools in the Northern villages of Pakistan, after he sees children trying to learn out in the open, making marks in the dirt, etc.
    I just finished reading Persuasion also by Jane Austen and after that I do indeed have the inclination to converse in that manner :D

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  7. My Getaway, Fruitful Fusion beat me to it!

    Fruitful Fusion, Interesting! Maybe a classic is next, then.

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  8. Great review! I read Pride and Prejudice in college, but don't remember most of it-Sorry! Heard The Devil Wears Prada is excellent and recently read Three CUps of Tea. It's very wordy, but sure did make me cry a whole lot. It really makes you think how amazing one person can be when they put their mind to something.

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  9. I'm so jealous! I wish I have time to read. Good for you :)

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  10. UmmOmar, I'm looking forward to 3 Cups, Thanks.

    Susu, even 20 mins before bed is nice!

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  11. Hmmmm... I was wondering if all the hype was worthy? I'll take it from you though :-) BTW i love books too <3

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  12. Aalia, Yea it was good, just not earth shatteringly amazing.

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  13. Interesting book, I'll have to see if the library has it.

    I was musing about blog titles today, and tagged you.

    You've been tagged!

    Anisah
    http://catsrule2k.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thanks Anisah, I'll do that soon!

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  15. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Salaams
    I read Eat, Love, Pray as well.
    It was good and I have to agree not life changing at all.
    She has a new book Committed, a Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.
    Looks at the institution of marriage from a historical perspective and her dealings with it as her to be husband is deported. Not as lively as the other book.
    Happy reading
    Salaams
    Shaheedah

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  16. Anon/Shaheedah, I'm not at all interested in her other books. I didn't really particularly like her, but I liked the journey.

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  17. I bought the book but I just found it so slow did not really care for it.

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  18. Mistika, :) I guess it's not everyone's cup of tea.

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  19. Anonymous9:54 PM

    MONA,
    i read three cups of tea and really loved it. I saw an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert and didn't find her a particularly likable person, so the book doesn't really interest me. Have you read any Coelho before? He seems quite popular, but I'm not sure where to start?
    Lizzegrl

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  20. Lizzegrl, :)! I'm told Choelo's The Alchemist is great!

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  21. Anonymous5:42 AM

    Thanks! I will start there. BTW, your templates are beautiful. You have a second gift beyond mothering (you are an amazing mother imo) you have a wonderful eye!
    Liz

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  22. Liz, Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  23. Anonymous4:59 AM

    Simply the truth Mona! You know how I feel about the true gift of mothering. Some are blessed by God, as my mother was by such a gift, and I believe you are in the same category. :o)
    Liz

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  24. Liz, That's a huge compliment. Thank you.

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  25. Anonymous2:06 AM

    I related to the Italy portion of the book because I lived in Milan for three years, so I completely understood her love affair with Italian culture. I think the India part was written in such a style that it wears down the reader and literally makes the reader feel they are in the struggle with her. I also didn't care for that part. I like the Bali part just because it sounded so peaceful and beautiful. I also didn't care for her as a person, but reading about the journey was interesting...

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  26. Anon, Italy was definitely the best part for me. I've since seen the movie and feel the same about the movie. Pretty scenery and food but not great as a film.

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