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Eat, Pray, Love : Elizabeth Gilbert (7 Feb – 7 March reading along with friends)

Some hate it, some absolutely love it. Some agonise over the fact that this was made into a movie, and some love it. Whatever it is people sit up and take notice of this book.

I’m persuaded to read this book a second time around after my first review of the book; written in 2 April 2009, long before anyone cares about what I reviewed 🙂 and I gave it a 5 stars rating.

I’ll be reading along with my friends J and Wilfrid for a month, in the first of the many series of reading along commitment with my friends. If you like, you are more than welcome to join us. I am still planning to host the Mega read-along project this summer, so stay tuned!

I own a hardback copy now and would like to bring out my colourful highlighters to analyse the book and crack my head in answering some of these discussion questions:

Reading Guide from Penguin

Discussion Questions from Bestsellers

I will not be posting about it every week. At the end of 7 March, the wrap-up posts will follow. Feel free to pick and choose discussion questions you want to answer. I look forward for your feedback and discussion J, Wilfrid, and anyone who would be interested. Read the book, watch the film. We’ll talk about both of them.

Meanwhile, the movie trailer:


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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


15 thoughts on “Eat, Pray, Love : Elizabeth Gilbert (7 Feb – 7 March reading along with friends)

  1. Yes! I am really looking forward to this. EPL is still unwrapped, sitting in a secure area. Feb 7 it is then. I will try to get people to join us via Facebook … heh.

    Posted by Wilfrid | January 30, 2011, 7:32 am
  2. I applaud you for not only re-reading a book, but also using discussion questions to try and delve a little deeper into it. What a good idea!

    Posted by Chinoiseries | January 30, 2011, 9:43 am
    • Chinoiseries, Thanks. I hardly re-read a book. Maybe once in 5 years! lol 🙂 My best reading experience is to read along with discussion questions. I stand to gain more as critical reader this way, which I’m far from become one. 😉

      Posted by JoV | January 30, 2011, 4:25 pm
  3. I have much about this book and have read you review too. Sounds interesting. I would have loved to join but again, difficulty in getting this book here. Perhaps, I may have to wait for the Mega one you plan to organize. Thanks.

    Posted by Geosi | January 31, 2011, 11:40 am
    • Geosi, I am sorry to hear that you can’t get hold of the book. I’ll write separately to tell you what I have in mind about the mega read-along. It is nice to have you with us.

      Posted by JoV | January 31, 2011, 4:24 pm
  4. Just saw this post and the links to the questions. Let’s see if some of them are the questions I have in mind. 🙂 I will share your post and let’s see if any friends would like to join us in this read along journey too. Thanks for posting.

    Posted by J | January 31, 2011, 11:47 pm
    • J, yeah there are lots of thought provoking questions on this book. The book make people think about life a little deeper so I’m all for a second read and see what I have missed. If you like to shortlist those questions, feel free to do it and let me know what they are. 🙂

      Posted by JoV | February 1, 2011, 12:50 am
  5. Hello JoV 🙂

    I finished Eat, Pray, Love today and I just reviewed it. Chinoiseries was so kind to point out to me that you reviewed it as well, so I linked up your review in my post here: http://uniflamecreates.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-eat-pray-love-by-elizabeth.html

    I actually “read” the audiobook, but I would love to buy the actual book, just to read it again one day and go through it with a marker 🙂 All though this summer might be a bit too soon for me. But who knows how I feel then 😉

    Posted by Uniflame | February 4, 2011, 1:43 pm
    • Uniflame, I always wonder how it is like with audiobook? I am a visual person rather than auditory. I always fear that the experience is not as good. I hope you come along and read it again with us… and with the “marker”. lol 😀

      Posted by JoV | February 4, 2011, 11:15 pm
      • I have to say that I am more of a visual person too. This was my first audio book.

        But it does feel nice to be able to relax and close your eyes before going to sleep and just listen. I think it helped that she voiced her own book. Because who is better in touch with the story then the writer? To me it was very convincing 🙂 She set the standard high for future audio books, that’s for sure.

        Posted by Uniflame | February 5, 2011, 11:48 am
        • ahhh.. Uniflame, now you are tempting me to hear Gilbert narrates her own story. Maybe I should change the read-along format a little and say, “read the book, watch the movie, and listen to the audio book!” You are tempting me.. I am going to give this a serious think. 😉

          Posted by JoV | February 5, 2011, 9:02 pm


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

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Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
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White Dog Fell from the Sky
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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