My 2021 Book Recommendation

My favorite book that I read this year is hands down Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m betting most people have seen the movie which is good (love Julia Roberts) but I really recommend reading the book too! It’s been a bit since I’ve read it but I loved the basic premise; a newly single woman traveling the world to find her true inner happiness.

A friend recommended me this book and I soooo appreciate it! I have it on my list to buy because it’s one I want to go back to and read again. I jotted down a few notes as I was reading of parts I want to remember, included below. I loved the overall mindset the main character has throughout the book. *Spoiler alert* If you don’t want to know more don’t continue reading. The book is about positivity, meditation, enjoying being in the moment and not caring about silly things like pant sizes or how you look. There are three sections titled Eat, Pray, and Love which correspond with the different countries that she visits, Italy, India, and Indonesia. She makes strong friendships and learns different lessons in her travels. Without further delay here are some quotes I made note of:

“Guilt’s just your ego’s way of tricking you into thinking that you’re making moral progress. Don’t fall for it, my dear.”- Eat, Pray, love

Instructions for Freedom- I didn’t jot these all down because I think it was a list of ten but below are the top 3. To set the stage at this part in the book a friend of hers sends her up on a rooftop to read this list of instructions for freedom. I think this would be a great exercise to repeat if you ever feel like something is weighing on you that you need to let go.

  1. “Life’s metaphors are God’s instruments. Now, let go.
  2. You have just climbed up and above the roof. There is nothing between you and the infinite . Now, let go.
  3. The day is ending. It’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful. Now, let go” – Eat, Pray, Love

” I can sit in my own company for hours at a time now, at ease in my own presence, undisturbed by my own existence on the planet” Eat, Pray, Love

“but, I know my thought patterns so well now that they don’t bother me anymore. My thoughts have become like old neighbors, kind of bothersome but ultimately rather endearing.” – Eat, Pray, Love

This is a short glimpse of the book but I 100% recommend reading the whole thing, it’s a great read! On that note, I want to incorporate more book reviews/ what’s on my nightstand to read next list. Leave me a comment if you read Eat, Pray, Love or if you have any other book recommendations. Next on my nightstand is The Secret.

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