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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
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Jonathan Terrington (thewritestuff) | 387 comments Mod
Eat, Pray, Love is this month's nominated non list read - enjoy the discussion.


Sunny (travellingsunny) I'm interested to hear what folks think about this book. I read it earlier this year, and it was not one of my favorites. There are three very, very distinct sections based on the three "I" countries that she visits.

I enjoyed her time in Italy, but I read this book literally two months before my first trip to Rome, so I was a bit biased at the time. Still, I had a difficult time relating to the main character in the following two sections.


Lauren (youratlass) | 62 comments Mod
I read this a few years ago and can safely say that there is no chance I will re-read this one. I spent the entire book wanting to just punch her in her mouth. No one needs to whine that much. I have known people that loved this book (it was recommended by a former roommate, hence me finishing it) but I really disliked it.


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Nicolle I own this and shall start after I've finished The Handmaid's Tale and Room.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Downloaded and will be up next after I have finished Delirium. Cant wait.


Rachel (rachelschell) I read this book a long time ago, but it's still one of my favorites. It's a book I own and I'll keep to re-read and there aren't many books I will re-read if that tells you anything.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments I have started this and so far really enjoying it. Although not my usual type of book, I find the writing style humorous and easy. Thumbs up so far. I will update after.


Glenda L I read this book some time ago ... I liked the first part and the last part, but the middle of the book went on far too long. It was really not one of my favorite books.


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Liz Hunt Have the book to read but not sure about it yet. Procrastinating because the hype has annoyed me intensely and need to force myself to read it


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments I downloaded this book yesterday and so far I'm liking it, it reads like a true story, is it? I never had a desire to watch the movie, but I'm hoping to enjoy the book.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Hi I watched the movie and some of it is similar to the book but not all. I am halfway through and enjoying it even though its not a genre I usually read. It does read like a true story though but I dont know if it is. Maybe someone will update us?


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments Thanks Bev, I'm nearing halfway through myself and I find that I have to take breaks from it, because it is a bit wordy...I know funny thing to say about a book, anyone else feel the same?


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Roxanne - exactly. I usually fly through books but not this one. I keep reading it before bed so maybe its doing its job.......


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments I fly through books to, lol. I'm not sure how I will feel about this one when it's finally over. It is a hard one to stay awake and read.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Thats what I thought. I am enjoying it but I am not feeling the urge to gallop through it. What are you going to read next?


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments I'm reading The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo at the same time, and will be reading Free Fall in the sisterhood series by Fern Michaels soon I want to get through the whole series. What will you be reading next?


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments I enjoyed the girl with the dragon tattoo and its sequels. Saying that I love Scandinavian fiction/crime.

I am torn as to what to read next. I managed to borrow The Book Thief from the library which I understand will be Julys read. I have also got The Night Circus waiting for me on my kindle. Saying that after Eat Pray Love I need something I can fly through. Any ideas?


Rachel (rachelschell) it is a true story... a memoir.


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments Thanks Rachel, I thought so but wanted to be sure. Bev have you read any of the sisterhood series, they are very quick reads sometimes only takes me a few days, that said anything written by Sophie Kinsella as well or Emily Giffin, I love reading books like that in between much more indepth novels.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Thanks Rachel and Roxane I think I may have read a Sophie Kinsella but I am not aware of the Sisterhood bks. I will go and research them. I like a good mix.Thanks


Sunny (travellingsunny) Roxane wrote: "Thanks Bev, I'm nearing halfway through myself and I find that I have to take breaks from it, because it is a bit wordy...I know funny thing to say about a book, anyone else feel the same?"

I enjoyed only the first third of the book - up to the point that she left Rome. By the time she started in with the heavy meditation, she lost me.


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments I'm not even there yet, but I think that is probably where I will get lost too :(, time will tell.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Sunny I enjoyed the Italy bit ( all that food) and I am currently In India and a bit baffled. Hopefully I wil reach understanding (chuckle) later in the book.


Sunny (travellingsunny) Bev wrote: "Sunny I enjoyed the Italy bit ( all that food) and I am currently In India and a bit baffled. Hopefully I wil reach understanding (chuckle) later in the book."

..."reach understanding"... *snickering* Clever!


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments ooh I saw a glow then not sure if it was blue tho.....


Sunny (travellingsunny) *snickering AND snorting*


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Well finally finished Eat Pray Love. Do I feel enriched by reading it? Yes. Did I fully get it or even understand it? No probably not. It is a book of several parts and I found each different to read. Italy was fun and very me. India whoosh over my head. Bali well it seemed rushed and less loved by the author.
Whilst reading it I enjoyed it but in between struggled to pick it up again. My verdict is give it a try after all it is well written and at times funny. Just dont expect to like it all.


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments good points ...I'm finding it hard to want to finish it...but I'm sure I will. definitely not what I thought it would be.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments No nor me Roxane.


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments Does anyone know why Richard keeps calling Liz groceries? I think I was asleep when I read that part, lol.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Was it something to do with her eating all the time in the cafe?


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments Maybe, I didn't want to go back and check, lol. just want to move forward. He just keeps saying it and I find it to be somewhat annoying.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Yep I know what you mean.


Mimicha | 15 comments I finished it and I'm not unhappy that I did. I feel that it wasn't as good as some thought nor as bad as others thought. There were parts that were relatable but I don't feel that I'm a better or more insightful person for having read it.


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Bev (greenginger) | 296 comments Mimicha wrote: "I finished it and I'm not unhappy that I did. I feel that it wasn't as good as some thought nor as bad as others thought. There were parts that were relatable but I don't feel that I'm a better or..."

Good point. I agree.


Rachel (rachelschell) Roxane wrote: "Does anyone know why Richard keeps calling Liz groceries? I think I was asleep when I read that part, lol."

because she eats so much. :)


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments That explain's it, thanks Rachel...just finished it yesterday :)


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Paula Sealey (paulasealey) I read this book a couple of years ago, and after seeing all the hype and glowing reviews, I was anticipating a great read.

What I got was one readable, and at times, enjoyable, chapter (Italy), but it was downhill all the way from there.

I struggled to get through Elizabeth's constant whining, and so nearly gave up on the book many times. The chapter on India was mind numbingly boring and heavy going. I did persevere, but not sure why!

I'm not really sure how this book could be classed as 'life changing' at all. It certainly hasn't changed mine!


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Roxane (roxaneh) | 14 comments Paula wrote: "I read this book a couple of years ago, and after seeing all the hype and glowing reviews, I was anticipating a great read.

What I got was one readable, and at times, enjoyable, chapter (Italy), b..."


That is pretty much how I felt Paula, I try not to read books while there is a lot of hype going on, because I find that usually it doen't compare, and yet still I didn't find myself liking this book too much. Yes she was funny, but more often than not annoying. I was left feeling a little unsatisfied by it. That's just my opinion.


Jasmine linso | 5 comments It took me a long time to finish the book but It's really good and quite enlightening. My favorite is the Italy part, it sure made me hungry while I was reading it. The book made me want to travel and broaden my perspective in life.


Sunny (travellingsunny) I think we should recommend the book be sold as three separate installments, then only purchase the Italy part. The story could have ended there for me with few repercussions. :)


Claire Dobson I found it an average read, some parts were dragged out which spolit it a bit, i felt. It did make me yearn for adventure in strange lands and I must confess, having some time to find out who I am, would be amazing (although maybe a tad selfish as I have a husband and 3 daughters).


Teri-lynn (bookworm31) I enjoyed it...not what I was expecting. I have the next book ready in the wings....it's the next book after eat pray love its called committed for those of you who would like to read it


Teri-lynn (bookworm31) Sunny in Wonderland wrote: "I think we should recommend the book be sold as three separate installments, then only purchase the Italy part. The story could have ended there for me with few repercussions. :)"


I found that I enjoyed the last part...I like how she found love a gain


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