4.07.2008

Eat, Pray, Blog

So I was over at my friend Amanda's crib the other day and she was telling me all about a book called "Eat, Pray, Love" which apparently is this great bestseller, Oprah's Book of the Minute club, yada yada yada. Amanda said it truly spoke to her and that a lot of women have read the book and been inspired by it.


What transpired over the weekend could only be considered an "awakening."

I received a slew of eHarmony matches (yes, I'm still a member of the site...I figured the monthly dues were cheap enough to cough over purely for the comedic value of the experience) over the weekend and while sifting through all the profile responses, I noticed two of the women matched with me had "Eat, Pray, Love" as the "last book you read."

Against my better judgement, I decided to go back into my archives of failed eHarmony matches (up to 320 now!!) and re-read what all these women had selected as their latest reading pleasure. Wouldn't you know it, but the Elizabeth Gilbert novel lead the pack an amazing eight times of the 80 profiles I re-read. (For those of you keeping score, a mention of a Harry Potter book came up 6 times, "Water for Elephants" 5 times, and "Something Blue" and "The Time Traveler’s Wife" each got 3 nods. Nicholas Sparks and Dean Koontz were listed as a favorite author multiple times as well.)

Here's a few of the descriptions of the book straight from the profiles:

*"Eat, Pray, Love." It was about a woman on a traveling spiritual/mixed with fun discovery. I liked the descriptions and the info about Italy/India/Indonesia.

*"Eat, Pray, Love." It's about a woman in her early thirties who goes on a path of self-discovery after going through a personal crisis. She sets out to explore three differenct aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three differenct cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and balance in Bali. I loved it. It was a very candid and inspiring story. I particularily enjoyed her descriptions of the countries,
countries that I haven't been to... yet!

*The last book I read was called Eat, Pray, Love and was mainly about figuring out what makes you happy in life and how to further ones's spiritual life. I really enjoyed this book because I felt I was able to relate to so much of what the author was sharing about her own life.

*I have "Eat, Pray, Love" sitting next to my bed waiting to be picked up, so stay tuned for an update.

*Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. She goes to Italy to experience pleasure, India to explore
spirituality, and Indonesia to find something she calls balance.

*I'm currently reading a memoir called "Eat Pray Love". I love the time the author takes to induldge her passions. It reminds me to create a balance between my personal and professional life and to follow my dreams.
I think there are four women in this world (or at least on eHarmony): those who's latest book read is "Eat, Pray, Love", those who are obsessed with Harry Potter, those who keep reading over and over and over "The Notebook" and those who say "I don't read much", which I really don't jive on.

The interesting thing about the "Eat, Pray, Love" sampling is that all of them were ones I was (or am) interested in...each of the eight Eaters/Prayers/Lovers I initiated further contact with. Coincidentally, I closed every single Harry Potter reader match before attempting to move onto Step Two of the eHarmony process.

Interesting, no? I'll definitely have to ask two latest two matches what it is about this book.

4 comments:

LbUtLer said...

Don't people normally eat after they make love? Or is that smoke a cigarette? Either way maybe the book is an omen slash big red disaster sign, judging from your luck with eHarmony. I read the book and thought this chick is friggin' nuts..perhaps the correlation? (No offense to anyone who did read it and believes it spoke to them.)

avalorosi said...

Okay....so I finally took the time to sign up as a "Commenter" after this Blog...
A) Eat, Pray, Lovers are amazing!
B)Everyone is nuts, some of us just admit it...
C) I would close the Harry Potter peps also...
D) I love that I live in a Crib...

Adam G Partridge said...

Don't rule out the Harry Potter fans out of hand. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be transformed to a dream world of magic.

Josh said...

Personally, I would probably instantly drop anyone that reads Eat, Pray, Love and look more closely at the Harry Potters. I would guess them to actually be less likely to be completely insane.